South Korea Pushes Monero and Ripple Price Up While Other Cryptocurrencies Fall

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The Monero and Ripple price has surged over the past 24 hours, while other cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and Ethereum fell by around 5 percent.

Extreme Premiums

Investors in the South Korean cryptocurrency market are driving the price of Ripple and Monero up, given that nearly every cryptocurrency in the local market are being traded with high premiums. Ripple and Monero are two of the few cryptocurrencies that are heavily concentrated in the South Korean market in terms of daily trading volume.

Bithumb alone, the second largest global cryptocurrency exchange based in South Korea, accounts for more than 35 percent of the market share of both cryptocurrencies. Korbit and Coinone, also process 10 percent of global Ripple trades, increasing the market share of the BTC-to-KRW trading pair in the global Ripple market to nearly 50 percent.

Currently, on both Bithumb and Korbit, Ripple is being traded at 1,592 KRW or $1.48. Given that the global average price of Ripple is $1.29, it is a premium of over $12.83. On Bithumb, Monero is being traded at $467, higher than the global average price of $391, with a 16 percent premium.

Price of various cryptocurrencies on Bithumb

Because of the substantial premiums on South Korean exchanges caused by a lack of supply, cryptocurrencies with trading volumes concentrated in the South Korean market tend to surge by larger margins and decline at a slower rate relative to other cryptocurrencies.

Ripple for instance, barely declined on December 23, when the entire cryptocurrency market plunged in value, with bitcoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash all experiencing over 30 percent drop in prices. While other cryptocurrencies fell drastically, Ripple declined by around 3 percent, remaining above $1.

, Litecoin creator and former Coinbase executive Charlie Lee stated that the South Korean cryptocurrency market has been pushing the price of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies like Ripple up for many months. Even bitcoin is being traded at $19,700 in the South Korean market, with a $4,000 premium over the global average price.

“I think increased regulation will help to reduce the volatility of the coin. A lot of the recent gains have had a lot to do with countries like (South) Korea and Japan really getting into the cryptocurrency space. Ever since China banned the bitcoin exchanges, (South) Korea has really taken up the mantle. There is a lot of frenzy in (South) Korea right now and I think that’s driving up the price,” said Lee.

Why are Premiums so High?

Cryptocurrency exchanges based in South Korea are very cautious in regards to the cryptocurrencies integrated on the platforms. Qtum for instance, underwent a rigorous process of market evaluation before the Bithumb development team came to a consensus to implement support for the cryptocurrency.

As such, Bithumb, Korbit, and Coinone, three of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea, only support a handful of cryptocurrencies, and the cryptocurrencies that the three exchanges support are often traded with high premiums.

The demand for cryptocurrencies in South Korea is higher than any other regulated markets like the US and Japan, primarily due to the tendency of investors in the South Korean finance market to all-in on an asset which others are either invested in or is trending. The South Korean prime minister Lee Nak-yeon described such surge in demand for bitcoin as “cryptocurrency mania.”

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Coinbase Launches a PayPal Like Plugging For Ethereum, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin

Coinbase, the biggest crypto broker and one of the biggest exchange, has launched a new service for merchants, allowing them to seamlessly integrate crypto payments by adding a Coinbase Commerce button, not much different than the PayPal button.

Unlike previously where their merchants service was directly integrated with Coinbase, requiring a Coinbase account, all you need now to make the payment is just crypto.

Coinbase has said little officially regarding the new service, with a bare website stating they are not open for new sign-ups, but some merchants are already using it, giving us the opportunity to test Coinbase Commerce.

Once you’ve selected whatever product and have gone through the checkout process, customers could face a screen like this:

As can be seen above, the crypto option seamlessly integrates, making it look no different than the other two established options.

We naturally clicked on Coinbase which, like PayPal, takes you out of the merchant’s environment to be met with a screen shown below:

The four options shown above are the four cryptos Coinbase has listed on their broker service and on their exchange.

Ethereum is shown first under a, we must say, nicer logo than the rest, betraying perhaps a slight bias on the part of Coinbase which, is no secret, has dedicated some considerable resources towards supporting the ethereum ecosystem.

Clicking on any of the four listed options instantly sends you to the final screen, a screen that might look somewhat familiar to cryptonians:

We pursued no further, but we presume once the payment is sent the website would redirect back to the merchant’s natural environment, just as it does with PayPal.

Nor did we have the MetaMask plugging installed. So it is unclear whether we would have just received a request for confirmation with the payment automatically made if MetaMask was in operation.

If that’s not the case, then it probably will be in due time because it significantly increases customers convenience as instead of copy pasting around you’d just click the MetaMask confirmation button and be done within a second.

Even without it, however, the experience is no worse than with PayPal or credit cards, although it is unclear how that 15 minutes payments time frame would work with bitcoin when it experiences sever backlogs.

With Bitcoin Cash, such problem might be unlikely because they could use first seen zero confirmed transactions as Coinbase used for bitcoin prior to 2014.

But it is really with eth, integrated with MetaMask, where the checkout experience could shine and be far more convenient than with either PayPal or a credit card.

That’s because in such integration, you would need not search for your wallet then enter all those numbers, nor would you need to copy paste crypto addresses, with the payment instead virtually instantly made as long as you have a sufficient balance on MetaMask.

That means BitPay might have quite some competition on their hands. They have been dragging for months now on Bitcoin Cash integration, without any indication of eth addition, while Coinbase is offering all of them, plus Litecoin on top.

BitPay is, however, bigger where merchants are concerned, with the last known number being some 100,000, while Coinbase has around 50,000, but Coinbase’s pioneering in the eth space, where many innovative projects are beginning to make a practical difference, might give them a significant edge.

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A major vulnerability has frozen hundreds of millions of dollars of Ethereum

Today is not a good news day for Ethereum. A  vulnerability found within a popular wallet has frozen potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of the crypto currency in a second setback in recent months.

Parity Technologies, the company behind widely used wallet service Parity, today disclosed an issue that could enable the contents of a wallet to be wiped.

The issue affects multi-sig wallets — a technology that uses the consent of multiple parties for additional security on transactions — that were deployed after July 20. In other words, ICOs that were held since then may be impacted.

It’s a kicker because it is the second time in just a few months that a major Parity bug has been unearthed with potentially costly repercussions for Ethereum, which is the world’s second highest-valued crypto currency with a total market cap of over $27 billion. Back in July, a vulnerability in Parity led to 150,000 ETH (then worth around $30 million) being stolen.

That bug was fixed July 19 — hence the significance of the July 20 date — but one positive element of that first scare is that many in the Ethereum community, and particularly those who have held ICOs, backed away from the technology in favor of alternatives. Even those who did use Parity may not have opted for the multi-sig wallet.

But still it is a major security issue with wider implications. Parity explained that it found the problem when one user’s wallet was wiped:

Following the fix for the original multi-sig issue that had been exploited on 19th of July (function visibility), a new version of the Parity Wallet library contract was deployed on 20th of July. However that code still contained another issue – it was possible to turn the Parity Wallet library contract into a regular multi-sig wallet and become an owner of it by calling the initWallet function. It would seem that issue was triggered accidentally 6th Nov 2017 02:33:47 PM +UTC and subsequently a user suicided the library-turned-into-wallet, wiping out the library code which in turn rendered all multi-sig contracts unusable since their logic (any state-modifying function) was inside the library.

The issue appears to center around the fact that the Parity Wallet operates as a smart contract.

There are no immediate reports of lost or stolen coins, but already it is clear that a sizable amount of Ethereum is at risk.

Parity continues to look into the problem. The company said on Twitter that it believes that wallets are locked. It added that projections for the amount of ETH impacted were “speculative”.

The price of Ethereum dropped on news of the vulnerability, falling from $305 to $291 to reach its lowest value for two weeks. What happens next on that scale may depend on how severe the vulnerability is, and what total portion of ETH is affected.

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Swachhcoin w/ Ingot Forms Alliance of Blockchain Startups to Merge ICOs

“We are entering an era where the value of individual Blockchain enabled ecosystems combining through joint ventures will lead to a new paradigm of Token Augmenting Partnerships (TAP) creating a network effect, which will propagate to create greater value.”

Recent years have witnessed the evolution of a number of the innovative organization coming forward to harness and utilize the revolutionary Blockchain Technology to create products and solve various social problems and overcome technological hurdles. Incorporation of Blockchain Technology, and some of its underlying fundamental properties such as decentralization, transparency, immutability into any system, undisputedly gives it a redefining edge. When this Blockchain technology is integrated with other modern-day technologies like IoT, AI, BigData, the result is a far more advanced platform or product with a high number of use cases and advantages.
Taking the big leap forward, is Komorebi, An alliance comprising of over 10 such platforms, whose vision is to create a multi-utility platform in order to provide a wide range of services from member platform in a highly efficient and easily accessible manner.
We at Swachhcoin, believe in the power of unity and togetherness. Swachhcoin has joined hands with Komorebi to be an active member in this revolution and provide its users a number of other utilities in addition to those already in place. The Komorebi Alliance is led by INGOT Coin, a fully integrated blockchain-based Wallet with a Digital Bank, Brokerage, Exchange, Certifier, and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Accelerator; all rolled into a holistic ecosystem. Komorebi currently has a number of prominent members as of now, namely, Bolttcoin, MFChain, Bineuro, Black Insurance, PlaceToRent, Stella amongst others.

Hirander Misra, Chairman, and CEO of GMEX Group commented:

“We are entering an era where the value of individual Blockchain enabled ecosystems combining through joint ventures will lead to a new paradigm of Token Augmenting Partnerships (TAP) creating a network effect, which will propagate to create greater value.”

A number of other organizations are also set to enter this Alliance in the coming week. This is inarguably the most revolutionary development in the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency domain where an Alliance has been formed with so many well known ICO’s which individually have a highly recognized capable team and technology from across the globe. Komorebi has already witnessed a lot of traction with over 50,000 members in its Telegram Discussion group within a couple of days of its formation. Komorebi is set to take the Blockchain world by storm.

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Fortnite Store Accepts Crypto – But Only Monero

Fortnite fans can now buy merchandise for the blockbuster online video game using the cryptocurrency Monero (XMR). Bitcoin payments are not yet accepted, reportedly due to privacy concerns.

While Fortnite did not make an official announcement, fans shared the news on Reddit on January 1, where it received a very positive reception.

Monero enthusiasts said the move signals that crypto adoption is expanding, since Fortnite is the most popular video game in the world, with more than 200 million registered users.

Fortnite V-Bucks and Crypto Top Teen Wish Lists

Indeed, Fortnite is so popular that American teens polled in 2018 said they preferred to receive crypto and V-bucks — the virtual currency used in Fortnite — over cash, gift cards, or gas money as gifts.

Monero developer Riccardo Spagni excitedly shared the news on Twitter.

“Too cool: The Fortnite merch store lets you pay in Monero, so now you can purchase that sweet Durrr Burger onesie without friends/family/coworkers judging you,” he tweeted.

Too cool: the Fortnite merch store (https://t.co/KNL4IFCFHk) lets you pay in Monero, so now you can purchase that sweet Durrr Burger onesie without your friends / family / coworkers judging you. https://t.co/XYs1NjGvGp

— Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony) January 1, 2019

Some Twitter users wondered why Monero was an accepted payment form while bitcoin — the largest cryptocurrency by market cap — was not.

Monero’s project lead Riccardo Spagni told CCN that Fortnite isn’t currently allowing bitcoin because of its “lack of privacy, but they’re considering LN because it restores *some* privacy to Bitcoin.”

Lack of privacy, but they’re considering LN because it restores *some* privacy to Bitcoin.

— Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony) January 1, 2019

Fortnite ‘Very Interested In Lightning Network’

Spagni also said that Fortnite is “very interested in Lightning Network, and we’re pushing hard to get them to add that to the list. Right now, they’ve only enabled Monero, even though they have a number of options (including bech32-enabled Bitcoin).”

Privacy has become an important issue amid rampant hacks and disturbing reports of user data being misused by social media monopolies like Facebook.

As CCN reported, Facebook has been having trouble recruiting top talent to its new blockchain division because of the numerous data-privacy scandals that have decimated the public’s trust in the corporate giant.

Facebook Aggressively Hiring Blockchain Devs, Discussed Launching Cryptocurrency: Report https://t.co/SMtuRTonBN

— CCN (@CryptoCoinsNews) December 16, 2018

“A lot of people obviously don’t trust the Facebook brand right now, especially people in the crypto/blockchain world,” said Cheddar reporter Alex Heath. “A lot of them got into this industry because of the centralization and the data misuse of companies like Facebook.”

Many users were outraged after learning that Facebook has been selling their personal data for years — without their consent — to third parties for profit.

US Govt Wants To Track Monero Transactions

Digital currencies like Monero and Zcash are preferred among crypto users who prioritize privacy because they provide a high level of anonymity for users and their transactions.

However, that could soon be changing. In December 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security announced that it’s developing a monitoring framework to track Zcash and Monero transactions through a blockchain-based forensic analytics program.

The move is reportedly part of an effort by the US government to ensure that cryptocurrencies are not used to enable money-laundering, tax evasion and terror financing.

Uncle Sam Wants to Snoop on Your Monero Transactions https://t.co/IXZkOV3X4w

— CCN (@CryptoCoinsNews) December 5, 2018

Crypto acceptance is on the rise, with Bitcoin Cash now having over 900 retailers accepting it.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Stellar, Litecoin, Cardano, Monero, IOTA: Price Analysis, September 14

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

Market data is provided by theHitBTCexchange.

Mike Novogratz, founder and CEO of crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital Capital Management, called a bottom in cryptocurrencies on September 13, while conversely the Chief Commercial Officer of BitPay, Sonny Singh believes that Bitcoin will resurge in 2019 but that altcoins “will never come back.” He said the next trigger that can carry Bitcoin higher is the entry of institutional players.

Morgan Stanley is the latest Wall Street giant planning to allow its clients to trade Bitcoin using trade swaps, according to Bloomberg sources. Investors continue to pour money into funds linked with blockchain technology. U.S.-based venture capital firm Ribbit Capital is aiming to raise $420 million for its latest fund, a 40 percent increase above its previous venture that attracted $300 million.

New research by fintech analysts Juniper House found 65 percent of large enterprises – employing a minimum of 10,000 staff – are “considering or actively engaged” in blockchain deployment. This shows the fundamentals of the sector are improving. So, will prices follow the fundamentals higher? Let’s find out.  

BTC/USD

Bears did not challenge the $6,075-$5,900 support zone as we had expected. Bitcoin broke out of $6,500 on September 13 but is currently facing resistance at the 20-day EMA. This shows sellers are active on pullbacks. If the bulls break out of the 20-day EMA, a rally to the 50-day SMA, followed by a move to the downtrend line of the descending triangle is likely.

If the BTC/USD pair turns down from the current level and sustains below $5,900, it will complete two bearish patterns – a head and shoulders and a descending triangle. The pattern target of such a breakdown is much lower, but we anticipate strong support at $5,450 and $5,000.

If bulls hold the next dip above $6,200 and breakout of the 20-day EMA, we might suggest opening a small position. Until then, we suggest traders remain on the sidelines and wait for a reliable buy setup to form.

ETH/USD

We anticipated a pullback in our previous analysis and Ethereum rallied to $224.21 from the $167.32 low on September 12. However, the trend remains down as both the moving averages are trending down and the RSI is close to the oversold zone.

If the bulls scale above the 20-day EMA, the next overhead resistance is the downtrend line of the descending channel and the 50-day SMA, located just above the channel.

Hence, we shall wait for the ETH/USD pair to form a reversal pattern before proposing any long positions. The critical level to watch on the downside is $167.32, below which the decline can stretch to $136.12.

XRP/USD

Ripple is finding it difficult to sustain above the $0.27 level. A breakdown of the support zone of $0.27-$0.24508 can sink prices to $0.24001 and below to $0.20.

Both moving averages are sloping down and the RSI is in the negative, which shows that the sellers are in command. The XRP/USD pair has not broken out of the 50-day SMA since May 17. If bulls can sustain above the simple moving average, it will indicate buying and a probable change in trend. We will wait for prices to scale above the downtrend line before recommending a trade.  

BCH/USD

Bitcoin Cash remains in a strong downtrend with both the moving averages trending down and the RSI in negative territory.

The pullback from close to the $400 level is facing stiff resistance at the $475 mark. If the BCH/USD pair breaks down from $400, it could slump to $300 and $282.  

On the upside, if the bulls scale above the 20-day EMA, a rally to the 50-day SMA is probable. The virtual currency will show signs of a change in trend if it breaks out of the resistance line of the descending channel. We shall wait for a reversal pattern to form before suggesting any long positions.

EOS/USD

EOS has been facing resistance at the $5.65 level for the past two days., just below the 50-day SMA.

A breakout of the 50-day SMA could carry the EOS/USD pair to the $6.8299 level. Therefore, we recommend holding remaining long positions with stops at $4.40.

The 20-day EMA has turned flat while the 50-day SMA is still sloping down, with the RSI in the negative. If bears force prices lower, a drop to $4.4930 is probable. If this support breaks, the decline could extend to $4.1778 and $3.8723.

XLM/USD

Stellar has risen from the critical support of $0.184 but is facing resistance at the 20-day EMA for the past three days.

We anticipate the XLM/USD pair to extend its stay inside the range of $0.184-$0.24987525 for a few more days. The 20-day EMA is turning flat, which shows that the near-term selling has abated.

Traders should wait for a breakout from this range before initiating any long positions. A breakdown will be very negative and could sink prices to $0.11812475 and $0.082332.

LTC/USD

The breakdown from the $49.466 level on September 12 was short-lived as Litecoin bounced back into the range. This shows some buying below the $50 level. We like the positive divergence developing on the RSI, but need prices to follow up higher before it can act as a buy signal.

The LTC/USD pair will face stiff resistance on the upside from the 20-day EMA, the downtrend line and the 50-day SMA.

Both moving averages are trending down and the RSI is still in negative territory. A breakdown from $47.246 could sink prices to the next support zone of $40-$44. We suggest traders wait until the virtual currency forms a reliable buy setup.

ADA/USD

Bulls are trying to defend the $0.06 level on the downside but have not been able to carry Cardano above the $0.0715 level for the past two days.

Both moving averages are sloping down and the RSI remains in oversold territory. This shows that sellers are firmly in control. The target on the downside is $0.054541.

The first sign of a probable change in trend will be when the ADA/USD pair breaks out and sustains above $0.111843. We will wait for a reliable buy setup to form before suggesting any long positions.

XMR/USD

Monero has broken out of the moving averages after taking support at the downtrend line. If it breaks out at $120, it could climb to $142.71 and $150.

The moving averages are close to each other and are flattening out while the RSI has moved into positive territory. This shows that bulls have an advantage in the short-term. Therefore, we suggest holding long positions with the recommended stop loss.

The XMR/USD pair will turn negative if bears sink prices below the September 12 low of $96.390.  

IOTA/USD

IOTA is attempting to bounce after taking support at the $0.5 mark, but it is facing strong resistance at the 20-day EMA.

The zone between $0.59-$0.67 will act as stiff resistance. Once this zone is crossed, a move to $0.81 and $0.9150 is probable. The 20-day EMA has flattened out and the RSI is attempting to climb into positive territory, which shows that selling pressure is decreasing. Traders could hold their long positions with the stops at $0.46.  

If bulls fail to scale above the overhead resistance, the IOTA/USD pair will dip to $0.50 and $0.4628.

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The Monero Malware Response

Monero developers announced the creation of a working group aimed at combating hidden mining and malware – Malware Response Workgroup. As part of the initiative, a website has been launched to inform users about how they can clean their devices from hidden miners and ransomware, and protect their computers from getting infected by such programs. …

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Top 8 Women in Cryptocurrency: Bring On The Revolution | Women Blockchain 2018

It’s 2018, and thanks to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain we stand on the brink of a sea-change in global economics. This revolution has the potential to sweep away traditional power-bases and institutions and pave the way for genuine diversity and people power, providing unprecedented access to technology, data, and control regardless of location, status or identity.

Why then do we continue to see women and other minorities underrepresented at every level?

Frankly if Silicon Valley regards itself as the future, we’re in big trouble.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise when we remember that cryptocurrencies are fundamentally tech innovation companies. During the previous couple of years, the technology industry has spawned some of the worst high-profile examples of institutional sexism – with cases of bullying, discrimination and toxic organizational cultures coexisting alongside some of the most innovative products and ambitious mission statements on the planet. Frankly, if Silicon Valley regards itself as the future, we’re in big trouble.

So we’re looking at the intersection of both the nerdiest of tech and the heavyweight presence of the finance industry… Also not known to be a hotbed of feminist liberalism. (And anyone who argues that lack of a pay-rise or a bit of workplace ‘banter’ is irrelevant in the light of the exposure of recent criminal activities in the entertainment industry and elsewhere, is simply failing to understand how such abuses of power originate and get normalized).

As long as the tech industry, in general, is perceived to be somewhere that women will face systematic casual abuse in the workplace, or simply have diminished earning potential or career opportunities, then we shouldn’t be surprised if many of the best and the brightest choose to go elsewhere. And let’s remember that the earliest waves of cryptocurrency consumer adoption and knowledge-sharing happened across the least regulated channels of online communications, such as Reddit and 4Chan – again, spaces which are intensely gender-biased and appeal to a narrow subculture of those obsessed with Lambo memes and Pepe the Frog. Not exactly embracing inclusivity, shall we say.

Crypto in the real world

But even going beyond the politics to looking at the practicalities of the cryptocurrency marketplace, it’s obvious that failing to engage with the voices of women is going to seriously obstruct future mass adoption of blockchain-based products and technologies.

Women buy 70-80% of the world’s products and act as the purchasing gateways for multiple institutions across different categories. If cryptocurrencies are ever to cross effectively into use as a medium of exchange rather than just a store of value – which is surely the objective of the industry long-term – then it’s incredibly short-sighted to ignore the female perspective.

only 5%-7% of cryptocurrency users are women

However, in December 2017 Forbes quoted data that only 5%-7% of cryptocurrency users are women – and that means at best 5%-7% of the $85 billion wealth creation from Bitcoin in 2017 benefited women as a result. Far from leveling the playing field and empowering underrepresented groups in the way that it could, so far the benefits of crypto are actually deepening existing inequalities.

Thank goodness the backlash has started, even though it’s yet far from equally distributed. The Blockstack Summit in 2017 specifically reserved a quota of ticket allocation for women and other underrepresented groups, in an effort to amplify the voices which were going unheard, and create space for participants to speak up without feeling themselves to be in a minority. Linda Xie, the co-founder of Scalar Capital, described it as ‘one of the only crypto events I attended where I actually had to wait for the women’s restroom’!

ICOs too present increased opportunities for female engagement in the space, given that they are less dependent on the traditionally male-dominated careers related to coding and instead stand or fall on their whitepapers – in other words, effective communications, a professional realm where women have greater penetration. And stepping outside that closed (and yet again male-dominated) culture of VC funding to the egalitarian potential of crowdsourcing, ICOs have the scope to democratize access to startup capital for founders from every demographic.

Women to watch

So today let’s take a quick look at some of the women who are really making a difference in the crypto world because there are plenty of them. With a few notable exceptions, they’re doing it too quietly, compared with the airtime and exposure that their male counterparts are gaining in the press.

Let’s change that right here, right now, by rounding up a few female movers and shakers in the space to keep an eye out for in 2018. Some of these you may not have heard of yet… But you will:

Joyce Kim
@joyce
Joyce Kim
Joyce is Executive Director of Stellar.org (Stellar Lumens) and managing partner at Spark Change Capital. She is passionate about the potential for blockchain on the global stage, as a tool for empowering the unbanked and tackling inequality at the grassroots.

An expert in the cryptocurrency space, she has presented on cryptocurrency platforms for banks, governmental organizations, the UN and the Bank and has advised numerous crypto-related projects and ICOs, as well as devoting pro-bono time as an attorney to helping immigrant families and domestic violence victims.
Image: sparkchaincapital.com

An expert in the cryptocurrency space, she has presented on cryptocurrency platforms for banks, governmental organizations, the UN and the Bank and has advised numerous crypto-related projects and ICOs, as well as devoting pro-bono time as an attorney to helping immigrant families and domestic violence victims.
Image: sparkchaincapital.com

Perianne Boring
@PerianneDC
Perianne Boring
Perianne is the founder of the Digital Chamber of Commerce, advocating for blockchain “at the intersection of innovation, investment and policy” (their leadership team is 50% female). A regular Forbes contributor through her column, “The Beauty of the Blockchain.”, Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” for her public policy accomplishments.
Image source: digitalchamber.org
Amber Baldet
@Amberbaldet
Amber Baldet
Amber is the executive director of JP Morgan’s Blockchain Center of Excellence. She is working on blockchain in a bank, and she has pink-tipped hair. This would make her someone to watch in any circumstances. She is one of the real synergists in the world who will be vital to mass adoption, bridging the crypto/big-bank world, as she similarly champions the benefits of both open-source and digital privacy.

Amber also speaks up for inclusivity issues, and making the blockchain world fully accessible, whenever she gets the chance. She made Coindesk’s list of “Most Influential in Blockchain 2017”, and taught herself to code when she was 11.
Image: Fortune.com

Amber also speaks up for inclusivity issues, and making the blockchain world fully accessible, whenever she gets the chance. She made Coindesk’s list of “Most Influential in Blockchain 2017”, and taught herself to code when she was 11.
Image: Fortune.com

Jinglan Wang
@jinglanW
Jinglan Wang
Jinglan is the executive director of Blockchain Educational Network and Blockchain Product Manager at NASDAQ .

Designed to help students start and/or grow their blockchain clubs across the world, the Blockchain Educational Network cross-campus initiative ambitious seeks to propagate blockchain culture across university campuses. By connecting the various blockchain hubs through friendly competitive activities, student-leaders form strong relationships between each other and amplify their local efforts, whilst the organizational support takes the non-hierarchical form of ‘janitors’ rather than managers. In 2017 they reached new (decentralized) growth goals, exceeding 1,200 members across 270 schools in over 50 countries.

Blockchain isn’t all about making money, this organisation is engaging young people across the world using volunteer activity to make a difference in the world.
Image: twitter.com

Designed to help students start and/or grow their blockchain clubs across the world, the Blockchain Educational Network cross-campus initiative ambitious seeks to propagate blockchain culture across university campuses. By connecting the various blockchain hubs through friendly competitive activities, student-leaders form strong relationships between each other and amplify their local efforts, whilst the organizational support takes the non-hierarchical form of ‘janitors’ rather than managers. In 2017 they reached new (decentralized) growth goals, exceeding 1,200 members across 270 schools in over 50 countries.

Blockchain isn’t all about making money, this organisation is engaging young people across the world using volunteer activity to make a difference in the world.
Image: twitter.com

Jen Greyson
jengreyson
Jen Greyson
The CEO of Powered by Neureal Jennifer brings decades of executive leadership to the blockchain/crypto space.

Her adamant stances on empowering women, global issues, and educating over regulating, set her team at Neureal apart in the frenzy that is the current crypto space. With a project tackling artificial intelligence, big data, and cryptocurrency, she’ll be one to watch as she bridges some of the biggest nascent technologies.

About Neureal’s far-reaching impact, she says, “We are giving everyone the ability to matter, to make a difference in the world on a grand scale. Users will be able to predict anything they’re passionate about, from hurricane paths to the extinction of a species to climate change to medical advances. And, of course… Bitcoin prices.”
Image: Neureal.net

Her adamant stances on empowering women, global issues, and educating over regulating, set her team at Neureal apart in the frenzy that is the current crypto space. With a project tackling artificial intelligence, big data, and cryptocurrency, she’ll be one to watch as she bridges some of the biggest nascent technologies.

About Neureal’s far-reaching impact, she says, “We are giving everyone the ability to matter, to make a difference in the world on a grand scale. Users will be able to predict anything they’re passionate about, from hurricane paths to the extinction of a species to climate change to medical advances. And, of course… Bitcoin prices.”
Image: Neureal.net

Fahima Anwar
@FahimaAnwar
Fahima Anwar
Fahima is the Director, Marketing & Communications for IVEP, and Senior Director, Global Marketing & Communications at Dubtokens. The Canada-based organisation is bringing the immutability of the blockchain to the trust-challenged industry of media engagement metrics, and Fahima is a content strategist with 8+ years in marketing, e-commerce & technology with a keen interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain.

She is the founder of Canada’s largest influencer conference, Spark Sessions, and has a background in the fashion influencer space. At IVEP she has purposefully built her team to be 90% female, in order to deliberately disrupt the growing lack of diversity in the cryptocurrency movement. “They [all] had the skills, they just didn’t know they could excel in the space”. She has exciting plans for 2018 to hopefully get other women thinking about entering the industry and making the change an unstoppable reality.
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She is the founder of Canada’s largest influencer conference, Spark Sessions, and has a background in the fashion influencer space. At IVEP she has purposefully built her team to be 90% female, in order to deliberately disrupt the growing lack of diversity in the cryptocurrency movement. “They [all] had the skills, they just didn’t know they could excel in the space”. She has exciting plans for 2018 to hopefully get other women thinking about entering the industry and making the change an unstoppable reality.
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Meltem Demirors
@Melt_Dem
Meltem Demirors
Meltem is the development director at the Digital Currency Group (whose subsidiaries include Coindesk), where she has been described as “the ‘connective tissue’ between subsidiaries, portfolio companies, investors, and corporate partners”.

Working as a synergist between the cutting edge of blockchain development and traditional investment, she is focused on creating new models for partnership and growth. As well as driving investor relations, development programmes and vendor partnerships, she incubated DCG Connect, a subsidiary of DCG that connects startups with enterprises and technology service providers to build scalable solutions across value chains.
Meltem is also a member of Global Future Council on Blockchain at the World Economic Forum.
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Working as a synergist between the cutting edge of blockchain development and traditional investment, she is focused on creating new models for partnership and growth. As well as driving investor relations, development programmes and vendor partnerships, she incubated DCG Connect, a subsidiary of DCG that connects startups with enterprises and technology service providers to build scalable solutions across value chains.
Meltem is also a member of Global Future Council on Blockchain at the World Economic Forum.
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Raine Revere
@metaraine
Raine Revere
A background in contemplative psychotherapy and now working as a blockchain engineer, would be enough to make Raine an interesting person on its own. She is still a practicing therapist, but as well as being a developer and educator in the smart contracts space, she is a founder at Maiden – teaching modern cryptocurrency investment and development skills to women, people of color, LGBTQIAP+, and others who have not traditionally had access to wealth.

As with many of the women making this list, Raine is working across the boundaries of the technological and social change, quite possibly the only place where the true implications of the impact of the blockchain revolution might be understood.
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As with many of the women making this list, Raine is working across the boundaries of the technological and social change, quite possibly the only place where the true implications of the impact of the blockchain revolution might be understood.
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International Woman’s Day

Jane Zhang, Marketing Partner, Delphy – a blockchain-powered predictive market, is one of the leading women in the blockchain space and has written a brief quote sharing her thoughts on women’s treatment in crypto space and highlighting some important issues.

“On March 8th it is International Woman’s Day, which seeks to celebrate women’s achievements. This year’s theme #pressforprogress is calling for change – change in gender equality across the globe. As a woman in the relatively new area of blockchain, a technology industry that has only been around for 9 years, it is interesting to reflect on the presence of the female voice in this area.

“Sadly, for all its talk on innovation and disruption, the world of cryptocurrencies trails behind in diversity and there is underlying tone of a “gentlemen’s club” culture. The wider technology industry has faced many issues with gender equality, but strides are being made in the right direction. Yet why do we see and read about cryptocurrency events being held at gentlemen’s clubs? Why are there so many stories from women who have attended cryptocurrency events only to be subjected to sexist and condescending remarks? An innovative and exciting new world is stuck in the dark ages.

“But there is hope. The crypto community is still relatively new. We need to ensure that women’s voices are being heard, that women are being brought into the industry whether that be from a business, investment or development perspective. This is an exciting world, but it can only succeed in truly disrupting if it is inclusive.”
“We definitely see a wave of talented women bagging leadership positions in blockchain start-ups.

Grassroots change

Indeed, education is where change has got to start. Whilst valuable initiatives such as Girls in Tech can start to bridge the gap for women to enter the highly male-dominated world of coding, it’s vital that more generally financial literacy is heightened for all young people.

Investing has been the largest wealth generation tool for decades worldwide, so it’s essential that women are equal players in this system. A lack of financial literacy and no social empowerment to invest for those in developing markets is leading women to miss out on opportunities such as cryptocurrency. The only way to fix this is to work financial literacy and investment training into global education programmes, so all young people will be more able to advance their financial positions in a rapidly changing world.

Sadly our educational institutions in the ‘developed’ world have always failed badly at this area. Watching my own daughters struggling with schoolwork covering critical life-skills like trigonometry, I can’t help thinking how much more useful it’d be for them to be learning to understand trading, risk, and even compound interest… Whatever their future holds for their generation, a fundamental understanding of triangles probably won’t help them as much as understanding how to value and manage and make their most of the assets they acquire.

But in a world where learning is a click away for most of us, the traditional curriculums surely become less and less important, and so in parallel will the institutions which gate-keep such knowledge. I look forward to the next generation of men and women in cryptocurrency, who are the self-taught pioneers of a new age and will build the new economy to fit a world we can’t begin to imagine. I believe, or at the very least sincerely hope, we won’t be looking around wondering where the women are.

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