Kristen Stone is the head of partnerships at Coinbase, the world’s most widely used bitcoin platform, where consumers, merchants, developers, and traders can transact with digital currency. Her focus is on identifying, researching, and developing new market opportunities. Previously, she worked at Occidental Petroleum building their data analytics team and driving improvement for strategic categories such as drilling rig performance. Kristen received her business degree from Texas A&M University where she was a collegiate athlete. After becoming passionate about Bitcoin technology and digital currency in 2012, she moved across the country to join Coinbase. Since then, she has brokered partnerships and managed integrations with major financial institutions such as USAA, Braintree, and Fidelity Charitable.