Flori Marquez, the co-founder of crypto lending company BlockFi, was included in this year’s edition of Forbes 30 Under 30 ranking, an event held annually to celebrate entrepreneurs who are 30 years and below across diverse industries.
Marquez’s recognition in the recent rankings came following her impressive performance in the crypto industry, especially BlockFi.
Her drive has always been to provide U.S.-grade financial services to the unbanked globally, and she has featured on several initiatives to make this dream a reality.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law with a minor in Economics from Cornell University and has since picked a career in the financial industry.
From 2010 to date, She has spent her career managing alternative lending products in major financial institutions, such as BNP Paribas, Barclays Capital, Oak Hill Advisors L.P., and several others.
In 2017, Marquez co-launched the New York-based lending platform BlockFi alongside Zac Prince. The company allows cryptocurrency investors to take loans or lend out their assets to other users in exchange for stipulated returns.
The platform offers investors a 6% APY on BTC and 8.6% on stablecoins. Since its launch, BlockFi has raised over $100 million from VC firms, including Winklevoss Capital, Galaxy Digital, among others.
BlockFi announced today that it would launch its bitcoin rewards credit card in Q1 2020. Contrary to other crypto cards that have launched in the past, the BlockFi initiative will enable clients to “hold their bitcoin and earn a yield on it.”
More Crypto Players Gets Deserved Recognition
Marquez is not the only crypto player that made the list in the latest edition of Forbes 30 Under 30. Interestingly, this year’s edition has the highest number of crypto enthusiasts, as the industry looks set to dominate the global financial space.
Sam Bankman-Fried, 28, the CEO of crypto derivative platform FTX and Alameda Research, was added to the list for his contributions to the industry.
Other crypto players named in the latest ranking include Brian Tubergen, the co-founder of CoinList, Joseph Krug, co-founder of Augur, and Jessica Khater, Head of Institutional Lending at Celsius Network.
The achievement shows that members of the crypto community are gradually getting recognition from mainstream media.
Coinfomania reported earlier that few crypto entrepreneurs, including Catherine Coley, Adam White, etc., bagged the prestigious Fortune 40 Under 40 award held in September.
The recognition of crypto experts by these reputable organizations would help boost the morale that would lead to the development of essential projects.
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Author: Lele Jima