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Mission-Driven Leader Focused on the Future of FInance

Stephanie is a business transformation expert and mission-driven leader focused on the future of finance. She has a successful history consistently scaling businesses by raising funds, redesigning operations, up-leveling compliance and driving growth. Stephanie improves profitability by adapting new business models rapidly and effectively at key inflection points in a company’s life cycle in order to execute and achieve the goals of the organization, a skill she acquired from the US Marine Corps and refined through her extensive business experience.

Stephanie is an accomplished C-Level executive with both broad and niche expertise around corporate structure, strategic funding arrangements, and launching businesses in Blockchain, Digital Asset, FinTech and Lending Space. Stephanie has a specific expertise in launching digital assets from compliance (KYC/AML), tax, corporate structure (including open-source foundations), token formation & distribution, secondary trading and public exchange listings. She has an engaging personality that establishes strong rapport quickly with all team members, serves as a trusted advisor to boards of directors and communicates effectively with all levels.




Stephanie Vaughan is the current COO at Equa Global a SaaS blockchain-backed capital management company. Previously, Stephanie worked as COO of xx network and Elixxir where she joined as the project was being formed and departed at over a $400 million valuation.  Stephanie also held board positions at Privategrity and xx network, where she served on the compliance committee. Currently Stephanie is the officer listed as Equa's Transfer Agent.  


Prior to working in tech companies, Stephanie served as a Captain in the USMC as a communications officer.  Notably, Stephanie served in Afghanistan, and as a General's Aide in the Pentagon.  Stephanie also worked as an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey focusing on M&A for Industrials.  Stephanie has passed the Series 79 and Series 63.  


Stephanie takes a mission-driven approach in her work derived from her experience in the USMC. 


Examples include:

  • Launched a global sale for xx tokens (selling at a $450 million valuation when she left the company) 

  • Launched global operations for onboarding nodes to the xx network (running this first implementation of David Chaum’s cmix, a faster version of the mix network) 

  • Led a Series B of a Veteran Lending Startup in Washington DC 


An economist and technologist by training, Stephanie has unique knowledge and skills across all facets of financial technology including SaaS, lending, fintech and services. Stephanie enjoys writing for Crowdfund Insider and Blockchain Times.    


Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Economics with merit from the United States Naval Academy, and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.  Stephanie is a prior elite athlete with awards and records in powerlifting and marathon running. She also won the Steel Susan award as the most physically fit person in her basic school class in USMC. 


Stephanie is a member of the Det Bozeman Leadership Team, a veteran non-profit group. Stephanie also volunteers on the tactical committee of the Santa Monica Airport Association. 

She is passionate about removing the friction in today's agreement and transaction processes and properly empowering stakeholders in all parts of an organization.

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  • Anti-Money Laundering Regulation of Privacy-Enabling Cryptocurrencies (Read on Perkins Coie)

  • The Technology Edge: How Non-Banks are Seeking to Dominate Point of Sale Lending (Read on Lending Times)

  • Are Decentralized Exchanges the Future of Crypto Trading (Read on Blockchain Times)

  • Perspective Student Loans have failed American Students What about Income Share Agreements
    (Read on
    Crowdfund Insider)

  • Creating the Next-Generation Credit Card (Read on Lending Times)

  • Will Initial Coin Offerings be the Death of Venture Capital (Read on Blockchain Times)

  • The Effects of Traditional Capital Entering the Crypto Market (Read on Blockchain Times)



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