Supporting Women In Crypto, With Ashley Trick

Ashley, a seasoned and well-connected investment manager, explained what it means to be a minority in the crypto world and how she navigated the complexities for women in the industry. Her ethos includes empowering women and minorities in the environment to increase the diversity and richness of crypto debates.

According to Trick, increasing the visibility of women in space is a critical task for this journey. This has the potential to have a snowball effect, inspiring more women to enter the cryptocurrency space. To her, crypto is open to anyone, and prejudices about discrimination must fall in order for the space to be enriched with perspectives from people who would not normally be associated with the industry.

You can watch the full interview on Blockster’s YouTube channel here.

Blockster: Tell about your origins and experience in the blockchain industry.

Ashley: It’s funny. I’ve been telling the story wrong for the past six months because I just learned something yesterday that was completely true and I had forgotten. So what I thought had happened: in 2014 I was dating a guy who kind of had started getting into crypto and he said lets exchange valentine’s gifts that you could only buy using Bitcoin. It was really, really hard to do. He cheated and he found a flower shop and sent me flowers. I thought I bought us plane tickets, but that was the next year. I had completely forgotten. I could not find anything legal that I would send him and he would want.

So I got him nothing that year. I was apparently a terrible girlfriend. I’m surprised he stuck around. But I did buy a bunch of bitcoin that year. I was like, you know, I’ve got to buy him something and so I loaded up my Coinbase account, and then I forgot about it for four years. I forgot about it until 2018. All of a sudden I start hearing about it, crypto is everywhere. It’s just going up, this is amazing. I said I should buy some of that, and so I logged into my Coinbase account, and there it was.

And I was like OK that worked really well, I need to start paying more attention to this. That was where I started actively really participating more than I had been at that point. That was around the time I met the guy who’s now my boss. His name is Peter Vessenes. He is amazing, was a friend of mine for many years before he was my boss and I just peppered him with crypto questions constantly. He has been in the space since 2009, he is a complete OG. And I said: Should I buy this one? Should I buy that one?

He said: Yes or no, or send me the whitepaper whatever it was. And I made decisions based on what he told me. So he called me about six months ago. He said well you are so well networked, I’m looking for an assistant. Do you know anyone who’s looking for an assistant job?

I said I got this one girl, but she has the same name as your wife. He said it was a bad idea. I can only have one Chelsea, that’s fair. I said ok well I’ll do it. But he said you are an engineer, you are not gonna be happy checking my email for the next ten years. I don’t think this is the job for you

He called me back about three days later and he said if you could do investment relations and investment management, I got a job for you. I moved to Seattle like ten days later and took the job, got to meet the team and I am now running the San Francisco office.

Blockster: What’s your role in Capital6 Eagle?

Ashley: I do half investment relations and half investment management. We are raising funds right now, so I go around the glove talking to family offices, talking to high network individuals. That’s half of my job. The other half is talking startups. Who’s building what, why is it cool, how are you doing it. And I guess there is a third job which is helping them once we have invested. You know, what connections of mine are useful for them. We’ve helped rearchitect projects, getting them tech press. So I guess I have three jobs.

Blockster: What are your strategic goals?

Ashley: I mean I think one thing I really want to do is I want to empower first of all my startups, but second of all women and other minorities in the blockchain space or maybe who aren’t in the blockchain space yet. You walk into a room at a crypto conference and it kind of is all one color, one gender. I would really like to see more women and more minorities in the space so that’s something that I’m really actively striving for.

Blockster: What challenges women have to face to become a part of the crypto industry?

Ashley: I have to tell you I haven’t had a lot of that. It’s actually been fair, I think because the space is more inclusive than people would expect. I‘ve been very welcome. I think that was a surprise for me and I think that might have been part of why I resisted for as long as I did. I didn’t think it would be female-friendly, but people have been very welcoming to me. And I think that’s kind of part of my message to other women. It’s like come on it’s okay, right, we’re safe, we want you here please come join us. That has been a big push for me. I think part of it is just seeing more women in the space makes it feel like it’s not necessarily a boys club.

Blockster: How do you support women in crypto?

Ashley: It depends on what they need. I love female founders, I did before I was in crypto. And I think it starts with education too right. You know, getting young girls involved in technology and coding. When I was little I was meant to look at an engineer for 17 years, I didn’t really know there were female engineers. That was not how they were portrayed in movies or on TV so I didn’t necessarily realize that was a job I could do someday. So I think part of it is just being as visible as I can possibly be where it’s like hey we are here to come to join us. It’s a safe space, I promise.

Blockster: Could you give an example of projects you supported which are blooming now?

Ashley: We’ve got a portfolio company called the XX network that I am a fan of. They’ve got some cool things. They haven’t launched quite yet but we’re getting there, we’re getting quite close. With them it is just like how I can utilize my network to help them. I’ve been in Silicon Valley for a long time, I know a lot of people. They needed help, we were working on getting an exchange listing for them. We were working on finding press outlets for them to talk to. Trying to figure out Asian markets for them. We have an office in Beijing, so we’re helping them bring their project over to China because there are 1.2 billion people in China who should absolutely be using this product. So I have a call with them every day for 30 to 60 minutes and it’s just: how can I help you with what you need?

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