This interview is part of a series of interviews featuring female Fintech leaders globally. LATTICE80, in partnership with Miss Kaya, recently published our Top 100 Women in Fintech 2019 list.The effort reflects our efforts in women empowerment and support in a field where women continue to be underrepresented. Check out the full list for 2018 here as well.
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Disclaimer: The interviews are published on a rolling basis and the order by which they are published by no means representative of any rankings.
1.Tell us more about what you do and how did you move into Fintech?
I invest in companies building the efficient formation of capital and decentralized finance. I started angel investing and was investing at a VC fund. One of our portfolio companies was Seedinvest which was bought by Circle. As a former securities lawyer, I got very interested in security token issuance and invested in many projects and infrastructure players.
2. What does being a woman in Fintech mean to you?
A diverse voice. There needs to be more.
3. What challenges do you think women face in Fintech?
The same challenges they had in finance and tech. Lack of capital and bias. I just wrote a book called “WTF is Happening? Women Tech Founders on the Rise” where I discuss the institutional problem and profile over a dozen female founders. 8 of them are in blockchain/fintech and I think one of the promises of blockchain is democratization, so I hope it is the start of something different and that is why more women are entering.
4. What advice would you give to other women starting out and growing their careers in Fintech?
Look for role models, seek out networking groups, have passion.
5. What are 3 keywords to describe Fintech for 2019?
Evolution, fractionalized, democratized.