Interview with Intimate.io Co-founder and CIO Leah Callon-Butler. Intimate.io is a blockchain-based payment and reputation system that provides safe and secure transactions for the adult industry.
Surprisingly, Leah’s involvement in the blockchain space can be traced back to her 5-year background in renewable energy. About two years ago, one of her mentors introduced her to the Brooklyn Microgrid, the first blockchain-based, peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading project that engages participants in a sustainable energy network and allows them to choose their preferred local energy sources. This piqued her interest in the technology and prompted her to travel across the globe to pursue her aim to help people. She shared,
“When I first found out about this, it really captured my imagination. The idea of decentralization subverting the way that our economy currently works and potentially taking power away from a few centralized bodies and putting it back into the hands of the people.”
Since blockchain technology is still at its nascent stage, Leah came into conclusion that there should be a use case that could solve current, pressing issues and having witnessed the people in the adult industry without a means to transact safely and securely, she saw an opportunity to help some people and make a lasting impact in their lives.
Leah’s journey is not without challenges. Armed with nothing but a suitcase and lofty aspiration, she traveled all over the world in order to realize her dream.
“I’ve been living out of a suitcase for more than a year now. I gave up almost everything I owned and left my home in Australia to go traveling the world with co-founders, sharing our vision for a financially inclusive and sex-positive future. It was a massive risk but since then, I’ve found out that the truly fulfilling things in life…are not things. Despite having very little stuff to my name, I’ve never felt richer,” she stated.