Last month we launched our #CryptoAndCoffee Q&A with #TeamGemini that highlights our employees, life at Gemini, and their interests outside of work. Today we featured one of our OG employees — Marcus Skala, Head of Design Technology, who has been an integral part of building our exchange and custody business for the past five years.
You can read his story below or grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and watch his Q&A on IGTV:
How long have you been at Gemini?
It was five years officially on October 8, according to Human Resources!
What made you want to come work here? What do you love about crypto?
It was an amazing opportunity to be at the forefront of a truly unique and revolutionary idea in cryptography and finance. I was asked to help shape a company from the ground up by a couple of awesome guys and the rest is history. At the time, I was working on another startup idea, and they completely won me over. I really geek out on the potential of crypto’s underlying tech, and I can’t wait to see how it will transform the future of money and payments.
Has your opinion about crypto changed since you joined Gemini?
Not really! My opinion was really high when I started and it remains that way. I’m definitely one of the believers of crypto being the next big thing. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have the potential to change the world of finance, and while it might take some time for us to get there, I do think that the underlying tech will change the world as we know it.
What is the most exciting part of your job?
Being able to influence, mentor, and just be on a team with incredibly talented people. I’m continuously inspired by our team, and it’s amazing to see that regardless of whether someone is new to the space or if they’re a true veteran, how eager and passionate they feel about shaping this industry. But also, seeing our products in the market and hearing the feedback from our users is something that motivates me everyday.
What advice would you give someone who’s just starting their career in Design Technology?
Design Technology combines all aspects of the product design process, from ideation to execution. I try and set the expectations for our new team members by asking them to be adaptable and open minded; we are a young, growing business and we move fast! Keeping that in perspective helps people achieve the goals they actively pursue here at Gemini.
What do you do when you aren’t at Gemini?
Other than hanging out with the family, I’ll likely be on the trail! Mountain biking has been a lifelong joy of mine and it keeps me young. That or in the gym, hiking, doing anything outdoors.
What book would you read over and over again?
Not sure about which book, but I can definitely watch Empire Strikes Back over and over again. BIG Stars Wars fan!
What is your proudest life moment?
Fatherhood. Hands down. The rewards can not be measured.
Thank you for reading. Our team is always growing! If you’re interested in joining us — check out our careers page!
Onward and Upward,
Marcus Skala, Head of Design Technology