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Everledger CEO Leanne Kemp on Technology Powering Change

Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO of Everledger, shares how blockchain can revolutionize supply chains.

Leanne Kemp poses in a gray jacket against a beige background.

Leanne Kemp poses for a photo in Brisbane, Australia., Image by Mark Lehn

Name: Leanne Kemp 
Title: Founder and CEO  
Company name: Everledger 
Company’s function: Blockchain solutions 
Headquarters: London 
IT Experience: 25 years

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in IT? I’ve never seen myself in IT; rather I’m an entrepreneur who commits to a continuous state of learning.

What’s the biggest challenge facing your company today? The challenge of scale-up and rapid elastic sizing creates a leadership dilemma. Our leadership feels we can serve a larger market share, increase production, diversify the product lines and offer more solutions to our customers. To achieve these aspirations, the reality is that, as scale-up startup company leaders, we must try to figure out how to grow while not losing structural integration and not losing our ability to coordinate, all while remaining agile and nimble.

What do you think “the next big thing” for your business will be? Circular economy needs trust, transparency and traceability. In order for this model to become lean and mean—so it can ultimately replace the current linear model—secondary resources will need to become more attractive to manufacturers than virgin raw materials.

What business skill would you most like to acquire or improve? Making time. Setting aside time each week for self-improvement is the difference between the best CEOs and the ones who burn out or get replaced.

What trends are affecting your work? Climate change, demography, urbanization, economic growth, energy consumption, connectivity and geopolitics are among the most prevailing megatrends.

What’s been your biggest accomplishment? A well-balanced network of people in my life who create and draw the qualities of life: love, open communication, sincerity, responsibility and respect among its members.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work? Anything outdoors.

What’s your favorite book or movie? “Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code.”

If money were no object, what would you purchase and why? I’d spend time with people. The single most valuable thing money can buy is time. The most valuable thing I can do with time is to connect with people who create meaning.

What’s your favorite sound? A crackling fire or the sound of the rain.

What superpower do you wish you had? To be strong enough to be vulnerable. 

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