How did you become interested in Blockchain?
A really close friend of mine started working on a healthcare-related project at ConsenSys in early 2018, and her enthusiasm, coming off the bull run of 2017, was very infectious. I was especially struck by the need for such complicated ideas to be translated in an accessible way, or else people–who are, after all, the end users–wouldn’t be able to grasp their potential. As I struggled with STEM subjects growing up, I loved the idea that I could use my humanities education to communicate the potential of new and emerging technologies to others.
Who or what inspires you?
Poetry and music, depending on what I am trying to accomplish. My favorite poet is Ada Limón, author of The Carrying and Bright Dead Things. I used to work with her, and so can attest that on top of being immensely talented, she is a warm and lovely person who leaves the room a better place than it was when she came in. I love all genres of music–it’s difficult to find something I can’t at least appreciate, but I’m currently very impressed by Anoraak, the musical project by French musician Frédéric Rivière.
What is the last book you read?
Anyone who knows me knows I read quite a bit–the last novel I read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and the last nonfiction book I read was Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. The latter is a fascinating look into early adoption of bitcoin, and the founders of Gemini. I recommend it to anyone interested in the watery origins of crypto.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Anne Boleyn. King Henry VIII’s second wife is credited as the reason for the English break from the Catholic Church, and there’s a long historical debate as to her level of involvement with Lutheran sympathizers. Plus, she got accused of being a witch and I think she deserves at least a nice meal and a glass of wine for having to put up with that kind of slander.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring professional?
When you’re looking for a job, anyone and everyone is a potential contact. If anyone tells you about a job opening, offers to connect you with someone, or takes time out of their day to talk to you, make sure you thank them for it. No matter how inconsequential it might seem, people remember the small stuff, and you never know where they’ll end up–today’s assistant might be the partner interviewing you tomorrow.
Where was your first job?
I’m dating myself here, but it was at Hollister Co., at the local mall. I loved getting Auntie Annie’s cinnamon sticks on my breaks. Also, discounts on graphic tees I could never wear again once I got to college.
When you’re not at work, what’re you doing?
Sleeping, taking advantage of Brooklyn’s techno scene, hanging out with friends and practicing Bikram yoga. I have a membership to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which is very close to my apartment, so I like to go there and read. I also enjoy going to book events–New York has an amazing literary community.
Where is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to so far?
London has an incredible aesthetic, and it feels similar to New York in some ways: you can never really be bored, there’s always something to do, and everyone’s from somewhere else. Berlin is on my list–I’ve never been, but very much want to go.
What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?
A device with an active subscription to Spotify Premium and headphones, a solar charger that works on both, and sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better.
What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?
I think Freud got a lot wrong but he got this one right– “From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.”