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Women Leading the AI Industry: “Humanity is currently posing a danger to humanity and AI can help solve a lot of those issues.” with Kristina Bruhahn and Tyler Gallagher

I think it absolutely has the potential to pose a danger to humanity, the same as any baby has the potential to become a serial killer. That said, humanity is currently posing a danger to humanity and AI can help solve a lot of those issues. I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristina Bruhahn. Kristina is […]


I think it absolutely has the potential to pose a danger to humanity, the same as any baby has the potential to become a serial killer. That said, humanity is currently posing a danger to humanity and AI can help solve a lot of those issues.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristina Bruhahn. Kristina is the COO & Co-Founder of CoinGenius, an API marketplace, research tools and community platform for Traders. She applies her Chaos Management background towards the intersection of FinTech, Global Markets, Crypto & AI/ML. She believes the financial market’s adoption of crypto & blockchain technologies will pave the way for a more equitable future.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you share with us the ‘backstory” of how you decided to pursue this career path?

Thank you for having me! I originally started as a Technical Project Manager, then Program Manager for Digital, Enterprise Infrastructure and Big Data strategies for Fortune 500 companies. When you can innovate with a quantified sentiment, clean granular data, and AI, there’s infinite potential. When our Founder & CEO, Jeremy Born came to me and said, “Let’s do the same thing for all of Crypto”, I understood how big this was. The concepts have continued to grow as we hold discussions with FinTech & AI industry leaders, the potential for bleeding-edge blockchain innovation paired with AI best practices gives me goosebumps. I get slightly excited about what we get to work on every day.

What lessons can others learn from your story?

If you’re afraid, do it anyway. You learn more from trying and failing, refactoring and trying again, than you ever will perfecting your plan. The gold nuggets that surface are your truths and that’s what you build your platform on. Also, don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo, dare to dream a better future, understand the negative driving components and figure out how to disrupt them. Use your powers for good and not evil. Be the change for a better future.

Can you tell our readers about the most interesting projects you are working on now?

I have the pleasure of being surrounded by geniuses. We are getting better, quantified, actionable data to traders. We are doing it at an API level so anyone can program it into algos and automate their strategies. Then we’re bubbling all that up to a super easy user interface, so it makes sense for someone like my grandma to understand and enter the space and perform more successfully. If you don’t want to build your own and would rather piggyback on a proven strategy, we are creating a marketplace where you can do that too.

We’re quantifying event triggers on a -10 to +10 scale, so you can know when the needle moves and get an alert. Or program a binary decision tree market regime strategy so it will do it for you. It’s ok if I lost you there, my quant team can explain it to you.

Basically, they tell me, an asset can only move one of three directions, up, stay the same, or down. You can algorithmically program for any of those scenarios, add in quantified sentiment, event triggers and performance indicators and now you can start to identify the onset of volatility opportunities, mining opportunities, black swans, market manipulation, so many things. Then you get your AI Neural Network to start learning from the performance results and improve itself.

These tools exist for traditional equities, we are just leveling the playing field and making the advantages of quants and institutional traders available to everyone. 360° sentiment analysis, AI-based scoring systems, advanced forecasting models, and high-quality data feeds, all in one platform.

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 have many mentors whose wisdom I am eternally grateful for and forever changed because they took the time to explain things to me. One person, in particular, has challenged me to do more than I ever thought I could be capable of, to set goals and decimate them, to believe in myself, to listen when I need a break, to support the whole team at once without my head falling off my shoulders. That person is Jeremy Born.

Yes, Jeremy is the Founder & CEO of CoinGenius, but he’s been my friend and technical scope ally for 5+ years. He also once drove 100+ miles roundtrip to listen to my band perform. That was awesome.

Jeremy is not only an entrepreneurial genius, but he has also taught me profound lessons in leadership, balance, tenacity, perseverance, belief in yourself and friendship. He is my Ambassador of Quan.

I’m pretty sure it’s in part because his wife is such an amazing human. He finds inspiration in her & his two girls, makes sure to schedule off-hours team calls around their sports schedules, he exemplifies that family comes first. All that translates to how he connects and communicates to the team. He is a very woke human.

What are the 5 things that most excite you about the AI industry? Why?

The potential to address global scarcity issues, the opportunity to increase global connectivity, the feasibility of a global space strategy, globally quantifying and strategizing our natural resources, undoing some of the harm we’ve impacted, bringing about a more equitable future for everyone on this planet. With AI, we can literally make the world a better place.

What are the 5 things that concern you about the AI industry? Why?

Skynet. I don’t think I can outrun the Terminator. I recently had an interesting conversation with AI experts about the timeline of “What if AI entities demand rights” and other “What if” scenarios that slightly terrified me. It will be interesting to see it unfold.

As you know, there is an ongoing debate between prominent scientists, (personified as a debate between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg,) about whether advanced AI has the future potential to pose a danger to humanity. What is your position about this?

I think it absolutely has the potential to pose a danger to humanity, the same as any baby has the potential to become a serial killer. That said, humanity is currently posing a danger to humanity and AI can help solve a lot of those issues.

AI is math, you have to program values and structures around that math, but you can use the programming powers for good. There is a long road of AI applications. Solar AI monitors in fields that automatically water/etc. so you can have a higher crop yield, that is a lower level of AI and completely feasible right now. It’s a good debate to have for the higher tiers of AI & Regulation, but in my experience, you can’t stop innovation. Better to define it and get ahead of it now.

What can be done to prevent such concerns from materializing? And what can be done to assure the public that there is nothing to be concerned about?

Well, I’m a big fan of transparently registering things on blockchain technologies. That’s one potential solution.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Can you share a story?

At CoinGenius, we have laid the groundwork for the masses to benefit from wall street strategies, to benefit from these new asset classes. Time will tell if an automated trading fund for the masses evolves and if it can actually address global monetary scarcity. I believe our efforts are bringing good to the world.

As you know, there are not that many women in your industry. Can you share 3 things that you would you advise to other women in the AI space to thrive?

It’s well aligned for how women naturally operate. The AI space requires a far-casting vision for what the landscape could be 5–10 years from now and then try to build it tomorrow. Find collaborators, especially other women, who share your vision and then build a team and execute. Find the people that are just as nerdy and passionate about these big problems and the collaboration energy will keep you fueled for the long run.

Can you advise what is needed to engage more women into the AI industry?

To me, that’s part of a bigger narrative to engage more young girls, students, working mothers, retired grandmothers, women of all backgrounds, towards the STEM fields. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics are all fields where the hypothesis is encouraged and discovery is absolute. It’s a diverse palette of opportunity to find what you are passionate about and pursue it whole-heartedly. AI is the field where you can challenge all the known limits.

What is your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that had relevance to your own life?

My motto comes directly from Walt Disney, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” In the past 18 months, I’ve challenged everything I thought I knew about myself and the world around me. It’s amazing to have these technical “What-if” discussions with folks who are incredibly intelligent, all pooling their knowledge towards pushing the known boundaries as far as possible. What some might think is impossible, might be just a Tuesday for our team.

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

I would like everyone to know that they can be a Trader too. I thought it was impossible, overwhelming, too hard, too much data. I had talked myself out of it before I ever even gave it a chance. We are streamlining the good stuff, eliminating the noise, giving you only what you care about. A chance to build your own, personally curated, recipe for financial success.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You can find me on LinkedIn & Telegram at Kristina Bruhahn and on Twitter @GirlGeniusXV. You can follow CoinGenius on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/coingeniusai/ and Twitter @CoinGenius_AI.

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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