Past Meetup

Bootstrapping Inclusion: Standing up for the Right to Transact

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Price: $12.00 /per person
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* We encourage NY Blockchain Week guests to join us.

Why should we care about providers of adult goods and services? What do they have in common with Venezuelan citizens? With us?

We’re all in need of access to financial services… and those who don’t have it make the case for the rest of us in navigating a system designed to keep them out.

In this session we will explore how blockchain solves the problems of some groups today, how in the future this might benefit all of us, and why we need to protect everyone’s right to transact to guarantee ‘inclusion' in the digital age.

We have an amazing trio of women.
Leah (Use case 1/ ) and Linda (Use Case 2/ zCash) will introduce the projects that offer solutions while Amber Baldet, former lead of JPMorgan’s blockchain initiative and expert in privacy & operational security will connect the dots to traditional banking and opportunities offered by blockchain and crypto.

Use Case 1:
Adult companies (legal all the way) are severely compromised in their ability to conduct business by banks and credit card services shutting down their payment gateways based on a moral stand.

Use Case 2:
Amidst a humanitarian crisis, Venezuelan’s are looking to protect their value from hyperinflation, the deteriorating value of their local currency by exchanging it into USD, respecting sanctions while protecting their own privacy.

Pay 6$ as a signal of your commitment...we want to see you!
No-show funds support one of the next meetups.
Fee doubles 24hrs before event. If you can't afford the fee please get in touch before May 12th.

Everyone is welcome.


This event is generously sponsored by





Amber Baldet - Co-founder, CEO (TBA)
Amber led J.P. Morgan’s Blockchain Center of Excellence since its inception in 2015, recently leaving to launch a soon-to-be-announced venture. Considered a leading voice on the practical application of blockchain technology within the financial industry and beyond, she has spoken at SXSW, Money 20/20, Consensus, MIT, Wharton, EthCC, and many other venues. Appearing on 2017’s Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list of the most influential young people in business and CoinDesk’s 10 Most Influential in Blockchain, Amber “handily bridges the divide between the Wall Street and crypto sets.”

Leah Callon-Butler -
Leah is a Co-Founder and the Chief Impact Officer for , a cryptocurrency that is challenging institutional bias to bring trust, safety and inclusion against to the Adult Industry. With over a decade's experience spearheading the business development and growth strategies for a range of emerging tech startups, she devoted a large part of her MBA to the topic of social entrepreneurship. This lead her to work with the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and actively participate in a range of gender equality movements, including a leadership development program for young women and a global non-profit that empowers disadvantaged women to achieve economic independence.

Linda Naeun Lee - zCash
Linda is a user-focused crypto evangelist with a mission to make encryption technologies widely adopted and easier to use. She has a master's degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on security and user research from UC Berkeley.