What Is Cryptocurrency?: August TechTalk with Lauren Browne and Melissa Jobe of Blocksperity Capital

Taking over thousands of different forms, the value of cryptocurrency mostly lies in the “utility that the technology is providing”, said Lauren Browne. Browne and Melissa Jobe are the founders and managing directors of Blockesperity Capital, Kansas City’s first cryptocurrency investment fund, Browne and Jobe bring years of working with Fortune 500 and 100 companies to their approach to providing the Kansas City community with access to learning more and investing into various types of cryptocurrency.

“We’re looking at the big picture of where we think KC is in regards to the technology landscape, cost of living, and incredible talent,” said Lauren Browne. “We are here to provide a service while the [cryptocurrency] technology is still progressing and somewhat hard to to access.”

Browne and Jobe shared their insight into cryptocurrency during our Kansas City Women in Tech August TechTalk at Mazuma Credit Union in Overland Park. Going beyond monetary assets, Browne and Jobe discussed block chains and how cryptocurrency can process data; so it is “important to know what you’re investing in”, said Jobe.

Cryptocurrency Myths

Working in cryptocurrency investment, a relatively new frontier for the mass public, Melissa Jobe and Lauren Browne have come across varying first impressions of people when first exploring cryptocurrency.

  • That it’s a “get rich quick” scheme
  • That it’s used for shady things (transactions are transparent.)
  • That there’s no value to cryptocurrency

Beyond exploring the network value of cryptocurrency, Melissa Jobe explored the various authentication software and best practices with TechTalk participants for those interested in investing into crypocurrencies like Bitcoin or Litecoin.

Many thanks to Lauren Browne and Melissa Jobe for an in-depth introduction to cryptocurrencies and Mazuma Credit Union for hosting our August TechTalk. View our Instagram photo below for more information on how to learn more about cryptocurrencies from sites Coindesk and Medium.

Are you interesting in staying on top of the latest practices and trends in technology? Join us for our free monthly TechTalk speaker series around Kansas City. Explore the role of Business Analysts with a Q&A panel with local women professionals during our upcoming September TechTalk on Wednesday, September 19, at the Kansas City Public Library-Central branch.

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