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Meet The Female Leaders Of Finance: “Allowing women to break away from their traditional gender stereotype without judging them (or themselves) is something that every individual can work on.” with Marie Tatibouet and Tyler Gallagher

The professional environment is shaped around the assumption that men were the ones working, and so the perfect salaryman is created in man’s image. Changing this pre-conception will help achieve parity and individuals, companies and society as a whole has to be held accountable. Most importantly, allowing women to break away from their traditional gender […]


The professional environment is shaped around the assumption that men were the ones working, and so the perfect salaryman is created in man’s image. Changing this pre-conception will help achieve parity and individuals, companies and society as a whole has to be held accountable. Most importantly, allowing women to break away from their traditional gender stereotype without judging them (or themselves) is something that every individual can work on.

As a part of my series about strong female finance leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Marie Tatibouet, CMO of Gate.io. Prior to joining Gate Technology, Marie was the CEO of a successful Digital Marketing Agency in Hong Kong, working with clients in the technology sector. Due to her experience, she has developed a keen acumen for delivering clients with strategic planning. With in-depth experience of working on several blockchain projects, she is responsible for the strategy an operational excellence of Gate Technology’s marketing. Marie has lived and worked in America, Europe & Asia. She has lived in China for the past 5 years.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the “backstory” about what brought you to the Banking/Finance field?

I actually studied finance during my university years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I fell down the wonderful rabbit hole that is blockchain technology, and subsequently returned to the finance world. It was 2016, and I joined an online platform called 21, mostly using it for fun and I then started researching how to withdraw the BTC a few months later and voila — I was hooked.

Can you share with our readers the most interesting or amusing story that occured to you in your career so far? Can you share the lesson or take away you took out of that story?

My boss and I have an ongoing joke about Bitcoin waves. When Bitcoin first started, nobody wanted to listen to anything the early adopters had to say, but little by little as the wave grows, more and more people are calling you up: “Hey Marie, I heard about Bitcoin, what do you think?”, and as the wave gains true momentum, we will have messages popping up from everywhere: Linkedin, personal, email, Telegram, it never stops: “Hey Marie, when should I buy Bitcoin; is it oversold?”. As the wave breaks, the noise multiplies and it’s impossible to hear anyone, right before it all falls onto itself with a giant crash and everyone goes quiet. And that’s the best time to learn, the best time to ask questions, and the best time to buy. Nobody ever seems to remember that.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

Gate recently launched ‘Startup’, an IEO platform that aims to provide its users with access to innovative and advanced projects. The platform offers traders opportunities to make initial investments in early stages of blockchain projects. Since this launch, Gate.io has launched 10 high achieving startup projects. The latest two IEOs have seen significant funds being raised for companies.

Since April 2019, Gate.io launched GT and POINTs. These platforms allow users to enjoy trading fee deduction by purchasing POINTs, users can also participate in discount token sales by holding GT. Since this, Gate.io’s trading volume has seen steady increases.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story? Why is Gate unique to others in the market? What does it offer to users that other companies don’t?

Gate Technology is the mother company of Gate.io which is one of the oldest (2013) and largest cryptocurrency exchanges within the industry. Gate also own Wallet.io, which is a cryptocurrency wallet that integrates directly with its exchange platform. Our platform has over 400 trading pairs, enough to satisfy all kinds of traders, many advanced functionalities like margin trading and perpetual contracts to satisfy even institutional investors, and some of the lowest fees of the industry. However, what sets Gate.io apart is our commitment to our values.

We value security, integrity and transparency, and we’ve proven it time and time again to our users. We’ve taken full responsibility (and reimbursement) when hard times came, we’ve found a sustainable business model instead of profiting by listing low quality projects, and we’ve always been committed to true financial freedom, which will be materialized in Q4 of 2019 when we launch our Decentralized Exchange.

Wall Street and Finance used to be an “all white boys club”. This has changed a lot recently. In your opinion, what caused this change?

Working in a male-dominated sector (only 5% of those working in the blockchain industry are women!), has made me a strong advocate for improving gender diversity within the sector as it becomes more mainstream.

I think one of the catalysts for this change has been the fact that the sector has finally realized how much women have to offer; I strongly believe that there is a lot that the finance sector can learn by taking the perspectives of women into account.

Of course, despite the progress, we still have a lot more work to do to achieve parity. According to this report in CNBC, less than 17 percent of senior positions in investment banks are held by women. In your opinion or experience, what 3 things can be done by a)individuals b)companies and/or c) society to support this movement going forward?

The professional environment is shaped around the assumption that men were the ones working, and so the perfect salaryman is created in man’s image. Changing this pre-conception will help achieve parity and individuals, companies and society as a whole has to be held accountable. Most importantly, allowing women to break away from their traditional gender stereotype without judging them (or themselves) is something that every individual can work on.

You are a “finance insider”. If you had to advise your adult child about 5 non intuitive things one should do to become more financially literate, what would you say? Can you please give a story or example for each.

There are two questions you might want to ask yourself (which are really two sides of the same coin) when you’re spending your hard-earned money: is this really an asset, and who does this asset belong to? I’ll give you a few examples. When you buy a house, this asset does not belong to you until it has been entirely paid off. I would argue until it is, your house is really a liability because you have to keep making the payments to fully own it. As another example, when your money is on an exchange, the money you have invested now belongs to this exchange, and you are putting your trust in these institutions to return the funds to you if you ask them to do so. Whilst governments typically act as a safeguard, they do not always do so, so being careful around who you give your money to is extremely important.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I took Andreas Antonopolous’ MOOC course at the University of Nicosia and it was life-changing. He is incredibly precise, enthusiastic, and industry-aware. Anybody working in the industry should take his course.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Although this may seem unrelated, the best life lesson I have to offer is exercise. The rewards behind exercise are incredible: higher energy, more focus, adrenaline rush, and in my case better nutrition. Find a sport you love to play, and go and reap those benefits.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the greatest amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Privacy is your right, fight for it to achieve true freedom.

Thank you for all of these great insights!

About the Author:

Tyler Gallagher is the CEO and Founder of Regal Assets, a “Bitcoin IRA” company. Regal Assets is an international alternative assets firm with offices in the United States, Canada, London and United Arab Emirates focused on helping private and institutional wealth procure alternative assets for their investment portfolios. Regal Assets is an Inc. 500 company and has been featured in many publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Market Watch and Reuters. With offices in multiple countries, Regal Assets is uniquely positioned as an international leader in the alternative assets industry and was awarded the first ever crypto-commodities license by the DMCC in late 2017. Regal Assets is currently the only firm in the world that holds a license to legally buy and sell cryptos within the Middle East and works closely with the DMCC to help evolve and grow the understanding and application of blockchain technology. Prior to founding Regal Assets, Tyler worked for a Microsoft startup led by legendary tech giant Karl Jacob who was an executive at Microsoft, and an original Facebook board member. Feel free to reach out to Tyler on Linkedin HERE .

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