The only woman going to Richard Branson’s big Bitcoin summit is a professional kiteboarder


Next month, Virgin Group billionaire Sir Richard Branson is hosting a bunch of people at Necker Island, his “private paradise” in the British Virgin Islands, to talk about Bitcoin. A website about the Blockchain Summit at Necker Island promises that it will gather the “top thinkers in the world of Blockchain, Digital Currency and Bitcoin to help DEFINE THE FUTURE.”

Apparently, Branson believes that the top thinkers defining our future are dudes. Of the 37 participants, moderators and hosts listed as attending the summit, the only woman is Susi Mai, a professional kiteboarder.

Mai has no documented history of involvement with Bitcoin-related projects, that I could find. But she does run a conference called MaiTai, which the site describes as “an exclusive kiteboarding camp in Hawaii for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to discuss the future of technology.” And she organized a 2013 kitesurfing gathering on Necker Island that Branson called “fascinating” and “fun-filled.” (I reached out to…

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