Bitstamp's women leading the way in cryptocurrency


As International Women's Day approaches, we're excited to celebrate the extraordinary women on our team. In a sector often marked by underrepresentation, these women are key contributors to our culture of innovation and inclusiveness in the cryptocurrency world. Their stories are more than personal successes, they can inspire women globally. Representing about a third of our team, we proudly recognize their diverse experiences, perspectives, and essential contributions.Let's explore the journeys and mindset of three outstanding women at Bitstamp.Aysenur Yükselal Aji – Vice President, MarketingAysenur Yükselal AjiFrom traditional finance to the disruptive world of crypto"I was initially drawn to the world of cryptocurrency by its disruptive potential in the financial markets. Having worked in traditional finance for years, I was intrigued by the transformative power of blockchain technology and the opportunities for innovation it presented. As I delved deeper into the crypto space, I found a dynamic and inclusive community that welcomed and inspired each other with diverse perspectives. Now, I'm passionate about encouraging other women to explore this exciting and rapidly evolving field.”Making crypto more inclusive and accessible to everyone“One project I'm particularly proud of is launching the Bitstamp Learn Center. I believe in demystifying crypto and empowering individuals to confidently navigate the digital asset space. Throughout my career in cryptocurrency, I've learned it’s a dynamic environment, rich in learning opportunities. Embracing this ever-changing industry opens doors to continuous growth and innovation.”“For other women exploring this field, remember: A woman's brain is like a jazz improvisation, with ideas and thoughts flowing freely. So, keep improvising, exploring, and creating something truly remarkable."Mia Arh – Head of Product OpsMia ArhEnjoying a never-stagnant work environment"I stumbled into the world of cryptocurrency somewhat accidentally, feeling like I was late to the party. However, I quickly realized the excitement and dynamism of the industry. It's a fast-paced world where there's always something new to learn and explore, keeping the work engaging and never boring.”Integrating voices and embracing change“Within my role in product ops, my main mission is to ensure that every voice is not just heard but truly integrated into our product journey. This initiative may not be immediately quantifiable, but I'm proud to see the positive changes taking root within our team dynamics and product development processes. One crucial lesson I've learned, applicable across all industries, is the power of perseverance and adaptability. I joined a brand-new industry in a role that was totally new to both Bitstamp and the IT world in general. With some grit and a willingness to roll with the punches, we managed to figure things out. This experience was a lovely reminder that if you keep pushing and stay committed, you can tackle anything.“Regardless of gender or race, if you have the passion and drive, you can thrive in this dynamic industry. Stay hungry for knowledge, embrace new opportunities, and never underestimate the impact you can make.”Petra Hrast – Reconciliation Team Lead, Deputy Head of PaymentsPetra HrastFrom mining BTC to head of a department"Before joining Bitstamp nearly 9 years ago, my introduction to cryptocurrency started with mining Bitcoin, using my new computer's high-end graphics card. This experience was fascinating – being part of something new and creating something valuable that wasn't owned by any single entity. I knew about Bitstamp, and when a friend started working here and mentioned they needed help, I thought, 'Why not?' and the rest is history. I am particularly proud of being part of the original team that shaped our payments department, especially the reconciliation processes we established over the years. I like to think we have one of the best reconciliation services around.”“The path in technology and finance, including cryptocurrency, is filled with ups and downs. Resilience is key; setbacks are learning opportunities that keep you moving forward. With backgrounds in technology, finance, marketing, design, law, or any other field, there are opportunities in cryptocurrency for everyone. Leverage your strengths and apply them in this new context.”“Embrace the journey of continuous learning. Stay curious and open to new ideas. This industry values knowledge and innovation, providing a fertile ground for those willing to explore and grow.”Shaping a future in tech where everyone thrivesWe're proud of the strong, fearless, and intelligent women leading the way at Bitstamp. Their expertise and dedication are pivotal to our success, shaping a future where innovation and inclusivity go hand in hand.Happy International Women's Day from all of us at Bitstamp! #WomenOfBitstamp