The current crypto winter seems to be all people can talk about when it comes to Web3. Should people cut their losses or buy the dip? What should they keep in mind when looking for projects to invest in? Financier-turned-crypto-trailblazer Vivien Khoo covered all these questions and more on July 14 for Meta Versed, the live-streaming series that has previously featured Yat Siu from Animoca Brands, NFT art collector Whale Shark, Sébastien Borget from The Sandbox, and Web3 entrepreneur and influencer Irene Zhao.
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Tatler Hong Kong’s editor-in-chief and editorial director, Jacqueline Tsang, began by interviewing Khoo on the three crypto organisations that she had helped set up and run: the Asia Crypto Alliance, SatoshiWomen and Web 3 Women (W3W).
Khoo—who was also the July cover star for Tatler Hong Kong—had left her role as managing director at Goldman Sachs in 2019 to pursue a career in cryptocurrency, and is now an important name in Hong Kong’s crypto scene, primarily due to her work empowering and educating female and Asian communities.
She said that while she saw healthy programmes and policies for diversity at Goldman Sachs, “crypto is just a different industry”.
“By profession, most of them are tech coders, so I think the proportion of females is just low,” Khoo explained. She added that when she first came into the industry, she struggled to find another woman in a senior position, and she was glad that she now has the time and the requisite background to form a group with other women. W3W was specifically created to target female leadership within the space, although Khoo was keen to emphasise that her organisations were about empowering women, and not about being anti-men.
“I felt that there was a lack of female participation in crypto in Asia [specifically],” she said. “It’s an area that’s interesting and that people want to know about, both in the traditional finance and crypto scene itself; there are emerging ladies who want to know what the crypto scene is about and how to go forward.”