Nicolette Kahen has earned the named Crypto Barbie in the blockchain space, but don’t let the name deceive you. She travels to crypto conferences and meetups around the world and regularly interacts with the industry’s most influential players. Through this, Kahen has gained a unique perspective that is rarely found today in crypto. I had a chance to ask her about her story, experience, and future plans she has in the space.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What is your background?
I was born and raised in LA by entrepreneurial parents and have two siblings. I grew up as the middle child and always craved establishing a legacy for myself. I studied fashion and business, but after realizing fashion wasn’t what I had imagined, I made my way into Silicon Beach. I utilized my creative and technical experience to aid in the growth and development of many startups. Tapping into my network, I began helping startups expedite their growth process. In pursuit of that, I have worked with many hackers, converting them to mainstream developers, helping small businesses and startups. Soon after I founded Sensory Code, a company that provides a bridge between art and real estate. We eschewed the typical gallery experience to bring art to new venues. This began my journey into crypto.
How did you first get into crypto?
I began learning about crypto after seeking out alternative assets that could be attached to art. A dear friend of mine who builds content in crypto showed me his film on Bitcoin and I was hooked! As they say, I took the red pill and there was no turning back.
Can you talk about your blockchain idea?
Sure! Traditionally, art has offered an extremely stable asset investment with minimal to no liquidity. In contrast, cryptocurrencies are a highly liquid utility that are known for their volatility. My company ARTemis Exchange seeks to pair the stability of art with the liquidity of the world of cryptocurrency by building the first ever Global Art Exchange. ARTemis will be the first exchange to deal with all crypto and fiat currencies including the ARTemis Coin.
How can blockchain be used to benefit the art world?
A line of provenance for art has long been desired but never successfully implemented. The art world is an ever-constant game of collusion between galleries, appraisers and collectors, going so far as to decide which patrons are allowed to purchase a specific piece of art. The fine art market establishes the value of art by vetting both its buyers and artists before allowing a purchase. Some galleries will sell only to what they consider prestigious collectors to increase the perceived value of their collection, while auction houses will go so far as to pay people to bid to drive up the price of an item. All this, in return, drives up the value of the other pieces created by the artist.
High-value pieces must go to auction which necessitates brokers, auction houses, dealers and other middlemen who all take their cut. Blockchain will allow transparency where needed while allowing the art marketing to continue to thrive.
What are the biggest lessons you have learned from being in the crypto space?
I have learned many lessons but probably the biggest one is perseverance. I have had a journey learning to be secure in my ability to succeed in crypto. I’ve spent many sleepless nights building on the knowledge I have and strategizing my personal growth plan. I’ve had to learn to be my own biggest cheerleader at all times. Never the less I continue to preserve
In your travels, how does the crypto scene compare around the United States?
I must admit my favorite part of crypto is the community of friends around me who have become like family. All over the United States crypto communities are continuing to grow, but I’ve noticed stronger presence in bigger cities such as LA, NY, SF etc. One thing I’ve noticed is that people on the east coast are more interested in the financial potential while those involved on the west coast focus more on the technology. Most individuals who devote themselves to crypto travel throughout the US and the world engaging in conferences and seeking crypto communities. This has been an instrumental part of many people’s education and exposure in the blockchain space.
What is the secret of becoming educated in crypto? What are your current sources of information?
I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would never stop seeking and searching for knowledge. The only way I will stay relevant and prepared for my endeavors is through consistent self-education. As a CEO, I stress the importance of education and as a hungry individual, I demand it.
Most of my information comes from established and educated individuals in the blockchain space. This said, I spend time educating myself on new ideas through written and existing digital content. Unfortunately like any community, crypto has many people who will sell false realities. As a result, everything I learn I question until it is confirmed.
Where do you see crypto in the near future?
I see blockchain tech continuing to be used to bring efficiency and sustainability to businesses, institutions, and economies worldwide. Utilizing the decentralized nature of blockchain will allow individuals to be able to have more control over their personal fiscal growth. Establishing an equilibrium of power with the use of the technology will allow global markets to have stability.
What do you think is missing from the crypto world right now?
I think the biggest missing factor is approachable content and educational outlets. Most information circulating has not been designed to educate the emerging group of curious individuals. People are seeking guidance and it is important to share our knowledge! This is imperative to sustain the relevance and viability of blockchain and the crypto community.
Over the past year, a lot of “Crypto Influencers” have appeared on Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere. What do you think about them and their impact?
I think it’s wonderful that crypto has established a presence on many social outlets. That being said, I’m not sure how effective the content is for newcomers. I have noticed that influencers are mostly targeting the existing crypto community. As a result, we are hindering adoption into crypto. I have personally begun to produce content and establish an entry point for new and future individuals entering the crypto community.
You are known as Crypto Barbie, how are you going to use the influence to help the crypto community?
In a space dominated by men, I understand the importance of using my influence to be a voice and guiding force for women in crypto. I seek to spread my knowledge of the importance of a decentralized economy (like crypto) where we empower individuals. I’m working on many projects like ARTemis Exchange and Crypto Barbie post-ICO and growth consultants to help establish this movement.
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