Want more control over your own money and career?

I’m Leigh Cuen, a creator focused on women and digital money.

I love inspiring women to take more control over their own lives, whether that’s through beauty or bitcoin, sometimes both. I’m a journalist and community-builder with past bylines at Teen Vogue, TechCrunch, Vice, Playboy, Mic and Business Insider, just to name a few.  Next I’m creating a community-driven magazine, Des Femmes, for young women taking control of their own money and careers.

This is my personal newsletter. Subscribers are welcome to ask me questions about that journey, from journalist to entrepreneur, and to share stories of their own in the comments. This newsletter offers:

  • Updates on my work

  • Interviews with interesting people I meet along the way

  • Answers to questions from subscribers (AMA!)

  • Crowdfunded experiments where subscribers vote on what I create

  • Occasional rants about Taylor Swift

Meanwhile, along with The Defiant founder and Bloomberg alum Camila Russo, and Rosalie Lessard, a seasoned engineer and pilot with management experience, we’ll be busy increasing young women’s power through access to capital and software tools. Drop us a line if you want to join our community! ⬇️

How to pay with bitcoin

I accept nameless bitcoin payments for this personal newsletter via strike.me/leighcuen, if you include an email address in the subject line (so I can manually add your subscription). You can also DM me an email and ask for a fresh bitcoin address. Paying with bitcoin can be a more anonymous way to use Substack. Here’s an example of how Strike works. ⬇️

Fair warning: This is *not* a crypto newsletter.

Since I’m a woman who knows a lot about bitcoin, many people use this newsletter to learn more about lady bitcoiners or to meet other feminists interested in technology. But I must confess, I’m not a crypto fanatic. There are plenty of podcasters out there passionately advocating for this technology. That’s not me.

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a screen, hoping it will help me connect with the world beyond my apartment. You’re welcome to join my journey and learn along with me as we go.