Jill Carlson

Co-Founder, Open Money Initiative

Jill is a co-founder of the Open Money Initiative, a non-profit organization that researches and publishes data on how those without access to a free and open financial system manage their money. Jill is also a Principal at Slow Ventures, a San Francisco-based early stage venture capital fund where she leads investments into consumer and enterprise startups.

Jill has conducted academic research on the use of cryptocurrencies in emerging markets. In 2016, she published “Cryptocurrencies and Capital Controls” which was among the first studies formally examining how bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were (and were not) being used by individuals and institutions to evade capital controls and financial regulations. This work was done as part of her masters degree at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Jill started her career on the emerging markets fixed income desk at Goldman Sachs in New York. She traded the sovereign debt and derivatives of countries including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela.

Jill graduated with highest honors from Harvard University with a degree in Classics. There, she was also captain of the Division I NCAA Rowing Team which won the league championship.

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