Caitlin Long

Founder and CEO of Custodia Bank
Summary

Caitlin Long is a Wall Street veteran who has been active in bitcoin since 2012, and whose passion is a fair and stable financial system. She is also a founder and CEO of Custodia Bank (formerly Avanti) and one of the leading blockchain consultants and experts in the U.S. State of Wyoming. Before devoting her career to digital assets, Long spent 22 years on Wall Street. She holds a degree from Harvard Law school.

She has been active in the bitcoin space since 2012 Previously, she worked at Credit Suisse, Salomon Brothers, and Morgan Stanley's pension solutions business. In 2018-19, Caitlin helped the state of Wyoming to enact a series of blockchain-related laws.

Caitlin Long also holds two co-patents to her name in the fields of “Cryptographic Token with Separate Circulation Groups” and “System and Method for Termination of Pension Plan Through Mutual Annuitisation”

She is the daughter of a professor of electrical engineering and an elementary school teacher who taught the children of miners.

Biography

Caitlin Long holds degrees from Harvard Law School (JD, 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP, 1994) and the University of Wyoming (BA, 1990). She worked at Salomon Brothers (1994-1997), Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and Morgan Stanley (2007-2016). She first came across Bitcoin in 2012 in Austrian School economics circles. 

She fully immersed herself in 2013 when an article on “how to” buy and store Bitcoin hit her inbox. With a passion for “honest ledgers” and the goal to make securities markets fairer by issuing and trading securities on a blockchain, Long was chairwoman and president of blockchain startup Symbiont until 2018. In 2017, she co-founded Wyoming Blockchain Coalition and, from 2018 to 2019, Long was a gubernatorial appointee at the Wyoming Blockchain Task Force, which was responsible for enacting 13 blockchain-enabling laws in Wyoming. She also chaired WyoHackathon, a nonprofit hackathon in 2018 and 2019. 

She is also founder and CEO of Custodia Bank, a chartered US bank specialising in digital assets that plans to open for business soon. She saw inaccuracies in Wall Street’s ledger systems while running Morgan Stanley’s pension solutions business (2007-2016) and jumped to blockchain to help fix these problems. 

In 2018-19 she volunteered in my native state of Wyoming to enact a series of enabling blockchain laws, and am a gubernatorial appointee (non-voting) to the Wyoming Blockchain Select Committee. 


Vision

Caitlin Long is a prominent figure in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. As the Founder and CEO of Custodia Bank, she has established herself as a visionary leader, working towards the transformation of the traditional financial system through the integration of blockchain technology.

Caitlin Long's vision revolves around the democratization of finance and the elimination of the barriers that currently restrict access to financial services. She believes that blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize the way financial transactions are conducted, making them more efficient, secure, and accessible to all.

One of the key aspects of Caitlin Long's vision is the concept of decentralization. She envisions a future where financial power is distributed among individuals rather than concentrated in the hands of a few centralized institutions. By leveraging blockchain technology, she aims to create a financial system that is transparent, trustless, and resistant to censorship or manipulation.


Recognition and Awards
Caitlin Long was also included in Institutional Investor list of most influential people in pensions (“Pension 40”): 2015, 2014, and 2013. MarketsMedia Women in Finance Award for Excellence in Blockchain 2016. Inc. list of 10 business leaders changing the world through tech in 2016. Since 2019, Long has been chairwoman of WyoHackathon, a celebratory blockchain event for developers, entrepreneurs and established companies. In 2020, she founded and became CEO of the first crypto-native bank in the U.S., Avanti Financial Group. Long remains very optimistic about the future of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. In 2022, she is expected to continue the educational journey through various podcasts and conference presentations, which she seems to enjoy as one of the most prominent blockchain spokeswomen in the space.

References
Caitlin Long
Residence
Wyoming, USA
Occupation
Investment Banker
Known for
Founding Custodia Bank
Education
Harvard Law School Kennedy School of Government and University of Wyoming
Social Media
Fri Feb 23 2024
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