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Getting into blockchain

Bootstrap your brain

Lexy Prodromos, a fellow active learner (see Out Work and Out Learn Everyone!), truly bootstrapped her way into a prominent role in the blockchain ecosystem. Now a Research and Marketing Strategist at Bloq, Inc., and the Director of Operations for the Chicago Blockchain Center, her journey shows how to build your value and seize an opportunity.

We worked together on Illinois’ blockchain strategy, and I interviewed her recently for a forthcoming article. Her path at first seems disjointed, but from a more holistic lens, it makes sense. She wasn’t just collecting dots, she was connecting them.

Starting with degrees in political science and music, she connected with law and protecting the digital rights of artists. There she came upon blockchain in 2015, and connected it with global opportunity. She immediately connected with every source of information she could find to learn more, from white papers and industry luminaries, to Twitter and Reddit feeds.

Reaching out to everyone she could in the space, we met in my past role as Chief Strategy Officer, Innovation and Technology, for the State of Illinois. For her graduation present, she had the focus and foresight to ask for a ticket to a blockchain conference, and made more connections there.

Her persistence, willingness to learn fast, teach others, and work hard, was immediately evident and impressive, and she became part of our state blockchain strategy team.

More to come on Lexy, truly a woman to watch.

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