Three Days to Remember in a Mediterranean Paradise
TIOnauts, we salute you!
And that’s a wrap!
trade.io’s first ever Dare to Share competition in Cyprus recently came to a close. The three-day extravaganza saw over 70 attendees from all over the world join us for a series of events that will live long in our memories.
Scrolling through the endless messages in a haze of nostalgia, the feedback received from our welcome guests proves just how much of a success the occasion truly was!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody from trade.io for putting together an awesome event and providing us with such a unique and enriching experience.
I truly appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into preparing and executing the event flawlessly and even more so to thank all of you for being such gracious, kind and engaging hosts.
- Tim Schröder-Klings
In case you weren’t able to be with us, we’ve rounded up the three-day trip-of-a-lifetime:
Day 1: Welcome to Cyprus
Our winners started the day at their luxurious beachfront hotel, the Atlantica Miramare. Upon entering their rooms, guests dug-in to their handmade Cypriot welcome-hampers, indulging in crunchy peanut brittle (pastellaki), squidgy jelly-candy (shoushoukos), and sugary Cypriot delights (loukoumi).
At the evening’s cocktail reception, drinks, canapés and a glowing violinist delighted the senses of winners and curious hotel gatecrashers. Guests, management, and the trade.io team mingled the night away to kick off the event in style.
Day 2: The Main Event
A few hours (and many sore heads) later, guests nursed themselves back to health with a scrumptious hotel breakfast, and basked in the morning Mediterranean sizzle before joining us down the corridor for an exclusive conference.
Special guests Soulla Louca from the University of Nicosia, and Kristie Swartz, an expert on crypto regulation, offered fascinating insight into the emerging world of blockchain. But the main event lay within our wonderful management team, who all rotated to present a golden future ahead for trade.io.
Kicking off the conference was infectious duo Will Corkin and John Patrick Mullin, who offered engaging insight into our rapidly expanding Hong Kong operations. From showing how they’ve successfully supported over 20 ICOs (and counting), to presenting a smart business case for trade.io’s consulting arm, the gentlemen gave an informative summary of the most credible ICO program this side of the new financial age.
Next, Chief Strategy Officer Mohan Singh announced some major milestones that are coming up, including:
- TIO Markets, an upcoming FCA-regulated FX solution that will support crypto funding.
- Sponsorship of the Malaysian racing team, led by Alex Joong, at the Bahrain GT Festival.
- Launch of the NEST experience.
Terence Tan, our Head of Business Development spoke about the ease and opportunities of our affiliate program.
And who could forget Helen Astaniou, CMO. With typical charm and wit, she explained how trade.io thinks outside the box, using an integrated-marketing approach to expand market reach and serve current clients.
Before we knew it, we found ourselves stepping off buses into the quaint old-town of Limassol, swarmed by a parade of Cypriot bouzouki-players, who dragged and danced with us through the narrow, cobbled streets, and right into the office — home of the trade.io marketing team.
Inside the space-themed office (and outside in the office gardens), a traditional feast was waiting: local meats, halloumi pittas, roasted veg, and a larger-than-necessary selection of naughty desserts.
Nightfall descended, and we kicked off the long-awaited gala dinner at the luxurious Columbia Plaza.
Dazzling outfits and happy faces walked through yet another dimension of space at the welcome reception, surrounded suddenly by dancing mirrors and wine.
After dinner; lucky draws, iPhones and watches all round, and one lucky winner for the grand prize.
Professor Hooman Samani won on all-expenses paid, luxury VIP holiday-of-a-lifetime worth $100k!
Attention was very much in the detail, as every inch of décor and every morsel of food delivered the most lavish of evenings for all of our winners.
They say pictures are worth a thousand words:
It was the best event I’ve ever been to! All the details made it unique and unforgettable.
Glad to meet all of you and, as you may have noticed, I enjoyed and learned a lot from the people of the community and management team as well.
Hope to meet you all on the next event!
- William Shimabucuro
Day 3: Not for us to tell :)
Suffice to say we spotted some fun-loving winners around town on their free-to-roam day. Sun-burnt, but smiling.
An overwhelming few days for us and all. And it seems we’re not the only ones reflecting…
It took time for Professor Hooman to really believe his luck:
“Finally back home and it’s finally sinking in that I’m the winner of the grand prize. It was really a unique experience. I’m glad to learn more about trade.io, met really interesting people of this community, had wonderful conversations and learned a lot. In the world of crypto, I had (and will have) my up days and down days same as all of us. Graphs go up and down, excitement and disappointment, success and failure… That’s life and we live only if the heartbeat signal goes up and down. Hopefully more up, all the way to the moon! Again, thanks everyone for such an amazing experience. The organization was absolutely awesome, the people were fantastic and Cyprus was beautiful. Hope to see you again sometime somewhere.”
To the good professor, and every single one of you we met and remember fondly, we look forward to inviting you and many more TIOnauts again, back here, or just maybe, to the moon.