Coinbase UK CEO: Crypto’s youth is opportunity for gender balance

CEO of Coinbase UK, Zeeshan Feroz, spoke about the position of women in the cryptocurrency space during a Q&A at the CryptoCompare MJAC London Blockchain Summit this week.

When asked by an audience member his thoughts on encouraging more women into the sector, he said: “I think there’s a real opportunity because this industry’s so young, for us to have a different balance compared to traditional finance. We as a business are very aware of that; we’re very conscious of it. The first employee resource group we launched was ‘women in crypto’, and our activities range from speaking at meet-ups to events targeted at women. As an organisation, we’re making a lot of conscious effort to try and address it.”

According to recent reports, the number of women interested in crypto has more than doubled (13 per cent up from 6 per cent) in the last six months.

“There’s still a comon misconception that cryptocurrency is a game for men, but we’ve seen hundreds of women sign up for our exchange in the last few months and some of the most inspiring and knowledgeable investors, leading the way in the industry are female,” said Agnes de Roeyer, London Block Exchange’s senior business analyst.

Despite this uptick in popularity, however, of the 48 speakers listed on the conference’s website, just 5 (2.4 per cent, for those counting) were women – proving there is still a long way to go.