Jasmine Smith My name is Jasmine, I am from Pennsylvania, USA. I have a degree in Health Information Management with a minor in Health Informatics and worked for several years as a Clinical Coder in ICD-9 and 10 CM/PCS, mostly from home, long before COVID-19 and the advent of mass work from home initiatives.

In 2018 I underwent somewhat of an awakening in the sense of health, discovering the truth about the quality of common foods that are in the affordable range for the general public, and becoming growingly concerned with the seeming squelching of any inclusion of natural medicines in the current paradigm. Through research and curiosity, I started to have the inclination that other countries may offer better qualities of life and were maybe not so unfriendly toward natural medicine and wellness, so I decided to quit my job and take a late “gap year” to travel the world.

Leaving America gave me the insights I needed to redefine and recentre my values. I ended up in rural Australia for some time, working a humble job as a barmaid in outback pubs. Throughout all this time from before I left the U.S., up through this exploration and re-set time, I was involved in SingularityNET, a decentralized economy and AI marketplace, on a volunteer basis. In April 2021 I was approached for an official role as product manager for a SingularityNET spin-off, Rejuve, alongside being a community manager. I accepted, and by August 2021 I was appointed CEO of Rejuve.

The current model of healthcare is broken, especially when it comes to longevity. The industry is focused on mitigating symptoms and generating profits rather than treating root causes, and there is no concerted effort towards extending healthy longevity. Rejuve is a decentralized AI-powered longevity research network, allowing for the crowdsourcing of health data and AI expertise to arrive at new discoveries in life and health span extension, ensuring that all parties who contributed to those discoveries are compensated fairly and proportionally for their contributions, also subsidizing the costs of these products and services via a cryptographic token, RJV.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I always planned to be successful, but I did not have a delineated career plan. However, ironically enough I did always have dreams of becoming a CEO since I was fairly young.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

My biggest achievement to date would be of course becoming the CEO of Rejuve. I feel very honoured to have been chosen to steward this amazing initiative and be at the helm of leading us toward an anti-dystopian decentralized high-tech future.

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What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

I believe that staying true to myself and feeding the yearning for something greater has been a major factor in arriving where I am now. It would have been easier to continue to follow the status quo and remain in a secure position while not really feeling connected to what I was doing. The time that I did dedicate toward pursuits that I was more passionate about such as SingularityNET and personal health & wellness led me to opportunities that both continue to stimulate my mind and line up with my morals and values more closely.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

Get the technical education if you have the opportunity, but don’t see it as a limiting factor if you are not the greatest at a particular subject or did not follow a traditional path. Network with people who share similar interests and are connected to the people and places you want to connect with in your career journey.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

I do believe there are still barriers, there is still a lingering stigma, rooted in truth, about there being hardly any women in STEM. This is improving year by year, but I think there is always that aspect that women feel the need to work twice as hard as their male counterparts to get the same level of recognition and prestige. To overcome this, I think more women just have to indulge in their interest in tech, not be afraid to be in the minority and proudly show their talents and skills, as the world inclines more and more toward accepting this paradigm shift.

What do you think companies can do to support the progress of the careers of women working in technology?

The best way is for companies to have good core values; non-discrimination and diversity are important, but alongside that it should be all about sourcing the best talent based purely on skills, poise and ability rather than arbitrary characteristics such as gender. Blockchain technology helps with this; distributed ledgers don’t need to reveal people’s identities to send and receive information, which minimizes the bias in certain arenas such as job applications and proof of work.

There are currently only 17 percent of women working in tech. If you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

Wow, that’s a big one! A magic bullet would be to eradicate the ability in humans to discriminate, along with eradicating the stereotypes that have been cultivated.

More practically though, we can change the way tech is presented in media and pop culture, displaying more women in such roles and professions, using more female images in places like universities and scientific magazines, and generally just promoting the message that girls can be tech geeks too.