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Men With Blockchain | How Can I Make A Difference?

By Morne Olivier on ALTCOIN MAGAZINE

Morne Olivier

1/10/2019
#Block1

We live in an interlinked network of data, you could say we are a Blockchain. Connecting data, sending data, confirming the data with each other and casting it out there to confirm that we accepted the data.

In this context, I discovered, met and befriended people from all over the world. With my passion for writing in combination with an “idealistic” vision of what decentralized finance on a Blockchain ledger could mean for us humans and specifically our children.

I decided to focus my attention on a Niche, Blockchain Technology and it had to coincide with my main goal Education. I started Women in Blockchain to connect with women, mothers, and moms to help me set up the foundation for a book, a book about real-life Blockchain and how children/students could use this information to build on a future for themselves.

I have two boys and my wish is for them to see the opportunities as I have. With this came my realization that I could not exclude the Men from my Niche or Goal, for; we men are after all strong components in the “humanchain.”8

“Men with Blockchain” was born and true to us it’s taken weeks to set the first article. We struggle with the opening up concept. However my two Brave first men have done the concept a huge justice, so without further ado here is…

Ryan Gledhill | CTO DLT at Ivno

Q&A

#1 Give us a summary of your background and how you got into Blockchain & Digital Currency / Cryptocurrency?

An autodidact developer with a passion for cutting-edge technology and how technology can advance humanity.

I’ve led development teams of up to twenty with budgets of up to £27m, and have been active in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain/DLT space since pre-2017. The bull run of 2017 forced me to consider how (beyond the obvious hysteria) we can use the technology to commoditize trust, bridge transparency, and address inefficiencies — particularly in the financial system.

#2 Tell us about your current position, responsibilities and some day to day activities that you look forward to?

I’m currently CTO @ Ivno, lucky enough to work with the most elite team of subject matter experts I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, from legal and financial elites to technological best-in-class. Learning is my passion and I learn something new every day with this team.

Ivno is the first to offer a collateralized token on Corda pertaining to current market infrastructure regulations and offers sub-second transfer times and atomic settlement capabilities.

We’re breaking new ground in terms of tech, and pairing that with an exceptionally well-designed financial architecture.

My role is to ensure the Technical team — an incredibly talented bunch of individuals — are able to perform at their best and create robust tech suitable for financial markets, and I count my blessings I’m able to work with them daily.

#3 If you had to be critical about yourself, which part of your career would you like to improve on?

I’m working on improving my knowledge of macroeconomics and global financial markets, to make a change one must think about improving global inefficiencies.

#4 What advice do you have for children/youth (10–18 years ) today especially young women about the Blockchain world? How do we nurture interest in this new Technology?

In my opinion young developers (women or otherwise) are passionate about making a difference.
It’s important to change our media default — instead of perpetual articles about Bitcoin price volatility, let’s instead provide coverage about the positive impacts and projects utilizing Blockchain, for example:

Consensys’ Blockchain Social Impact projects;

Healthcare initiatives like Gem;

Banking the unbanked;

Giving data sovereignty back to the individual and many, many more.

#5 What kind of skill set would you be looking at in job applicants?

Technology is a team sport. It’s so varied and has so many branches permeating virtually every worldwide industry that it’s impossible to know everything. You must be humble and willing to learn in perpetuity. Passion for the industry and teamwork are vital, everything else may be taught or improved.

#6 Blockchain to me is a forward-thinking force of snowballing Technology, but where I’m from a lot of people still see Bitcoin as a scam.
How do we bridge the gap between technology and people that are skeptical about it?

To truly understand Bitcoin, you must have intimate knowledge of: Distributed computing; Cryptography; Messaging Protocols; Consensus Protocols; Internet and Communications; Databases; Data structures; Finance; Wealth and hedging; Portfolio theory and inverse asset correlation; Global settlement and central banking; Current worldwide fiscal policy; Cypherpunk movement; Emerging assets and hype bubbles; Energy distribution and much, much more.

You can hardly blame the media and others for knee-jerk reactions in place of true understanding.

We must appreciate that human nature is to fear that which we don’t understand and that our role as Scientists and Technologists is to provide proof.

Bitcoin is an ongoing social experiment and one which is, over time, seeing positive sentiment more so than negative as understanding increases.

Bitcoin is Blockchain, but Blockchain is not only Bitcoin. Our job is to prove our claims about Blockchain technology, and I think we are on the cusp of mass adoption once these projects and initiatives prove themselves.

#7 Can you please provide the details of an educational facility that is in your area or country if anyone reading this article decides to find out more about Blockchain.

Medium is a great source of information. Udemy, Coursera, and universities are beginning to teach Blockchain. Technology is lucky to be a largely open-source community, reach out to projects you like and contribute.

#8 What is your current opinion on the Digital Assets, ( Cryptocurrency ) market and share with us your opinion on where you think this Technology will take us?

We are on the cusp of incredible efficiencies in financial markets. Consortiums such as R3 are leading the way with various initiatives.

My personal opinion is that we will see financial markets and enterprise blockchains leading the way currently with public chains the following suit and gaining mass adoption.

As standards emerge and blockchain interoperability becomes more simple, I truly believe we will see a new age of economic prosperity.
Previously trapped assets and illiquid markets will be blown wide open for trading.

Financial market cut-offs will cease to exist.

Collective fractional ownership of tokenized assets will provide financial inclusion to poorer demographics and societies and in turn, close the world’s “wealth gap”.

Data privacy techniques will usher in a new age of ‘big data’ and provide efficiencies to macro-markets.

#9 What new exciting projects are you currently working on or planning?

Ivno is contributing to Token standards and frameworks in order to pave the way for the future and the native token economy.

#10 What is your favorite Blockchain project and why?

Projects like Enigma are exciting. Take healthcare as a nascent example. Currently, healthcare data is (rightly so) opt-in and therefore algorithms within the healthcare market lag behind due to lack of iterative data. If we can use Cryptography to truly anonymize data then the emerging technology of AI/ML/big data can play its part in providing remarkable insights on large datasets and save human lives.

Rather than using our hardware to mine for profits, perhaps we can mine for proteins instead? Do they even need to be mutually exclusive or can we offer both profit and good? The potential for finding life-saving cures as a collaborative society is truly remarkable.

“Morne

I kid you not, every time I go through these answers, I get so pulled into the sure passion and drive, I can hardly contain myself. It is this passion and drives that I want to pass on to our children and students so that they too can grasp a clear vision of what the future in Technology holds.

Ryan, you are right, when you address the Bitcoin Price culture. I shifted my way of thinking about Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin in 2018 and never looked back. The price of the Bitcoin Blockchain and any other technical sound Blockchain is and will be measured by its functionality, how it will be used as a software to improve our lives and to me in a Decentralized state give back to those that are unbanked by a select minority.

Driving Demand by innovative design with unique attributes is far more superior than thinking how a digital asset price have dropped because of a trade war, (that has no bearing on an asset that is not actually even in use yet — on a scale).

Thank you Ryan, awesome, it has been a real pleasure to get to know you in this space we call Blockchain.

Onto my second participant…

Carl Jenster | Co-Founder at ARYZE

Q&A

#1 Give us a summary of your background and how you got into Blockchain & Digital Currency / Cryptocurrency?

I’m a marketing and business development specialist, with a background in marketing management, innovation, and entrepreneurship. I started ARYZE in 2017 alongside my partner, Jack Nikogosian. I heard about Ethereum before I ever heard about blockchain, interestingly enough, in 2016. Later, I began digging into what cryptocurrencies could offer and loved the idea of disintermediation through decentralized ledger technology. Early 2017, my partner and I began discussing how we could make our own sovereign currencies “smarter” through smart-contracts and DLT. We set out to create Digital Cash — a true, digital representation of fiat currencies, where credit-risk and transaction fees would become a thing of the past.

#2 Tell us about your current position, responsibilities and some day to day activities that you look forward to?

As a company in transition from startup to scaleup, it’s still important to be flexible. My main responsibilities are community and marketing management for our firm, but I support my colleagues in many days to day activities that make sure my days are never boring. I’ve started our ambassador program, which is a network for motivated and ambitious students where we support their development in education and career while involving them in many of our marketing efforts.

One of the many upsides to my day is communicating with a wide variety of professionals in creating international partnerships — I enjoy speaking with people and learning about their journeys through life. I also enjoy writing articles on topics that are seldom spoken about. You can check out our Medium blog to read through some of them! (http://medium.com/aryze)

#3 If you had to be critical about yourself, which part of your career would you like to improve on?

I’d like to slow down a bit! With ARYZE, our journey has been and is a fast-paced story. I often have a difficult time taking a moment to relax for myself — I need to get better at that! I’d also like to be better at saying no to new projects. In my work, I have to juggle many balls all the time, and I’d prefer not to drop any of them, so to speak.

#4 What advice do you have for children/youth (10–18 years ) today especially young women about the Blockchain world? How do we nurture interest in this new Technology?

It’s important to foster an interest in new technology, especially among younger generations. There’s a need for people to understand that they can take control of their own financial situation by being your own bank. There’s room for everyone in the financial reformation. Learning to separate the nonsense from the gold nuggets in crypto is a great way to prepare oneself for the solutions that are on our doorstep.

Especially in developing countries, young women should feel empowered to take responsibility for handling money in the household. I think it’s critical that the user experience of blockchain develops to appeal to a more mainstream audience, so it’s not overly complex for individuals to get started.

#5 What kind of skill set would you be looking at in job applicants?

All sorts. Besides being a specialist in a certain field, whether it’s programming, legal, HR, business development, finance or marketing, it’s important to have an open mind and understand that the landscape is rapidly changing. Being flexible in one’s mindset is important! We also look for team players. Our company has Danish DNA, meaning that we’re inclusive and believe in equality in the workplace. Every opinion has merit, so being able to formulate oneself effectively is a huge plus.

#6 Blockchain to me is a forward-thinking force of snowballing Technology, but where I’m from a lot of people still see Bitcoin as a scam. How do we bridge the gap between Technology and people that are skeptical about it?

That’s where what we are building at ARYZE comes in. Bitcoin is amazing technology, but hard to understand for most people. To bridge the gap, we need to ease people into blockchain technology — we do that by enabling what people already see as money on the blockchain. Once that is done, easing people further down the rabbit hole becomes a bit simpler since we can relate digital cash to dApps and integrate with other blockchain projects from there.

I also think we need more people who can educate on technology in a manner that is easy to understand. I’ve been to way too many blockchain seminars and lectures where the vast majority of the audience has a blank look on their face 5 minutes in. The argument of “the establishment doesn’t understand Bitcoin, so of course they are against it,” is a fallacy — do a better job at explaining the merits and downsides then!

#7 Can you please provide the details of an educational facility that is in your area or country if anyone reading this article decides to find out more about Blockchain.

In Copenhagen, we’re fortunate to have a number of educational institutions that do programs for people seeking to learn about blockchain. I can recommend the IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, and Copenhagen University. Besides that, there are plenty of interest groups that host meetups in Copenhagen. Shout out to Nordic Blockchain Association and Bitcoin Talk — Denmark, which are excellent resources for someone seeking feedback on digital platforms. Otherwise, I can recommend getting in touch with me for our Ambassadors Program (http://aryze.io/become-an-ambassador), where we make sure to provide coaching and resources on Blockchain, business development, and marketing.

#8 What is your current opinion on the Digital Assets, ( Cryptocurrency ) market and share with us your opinion on where you think this Technology will take us?

I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. More and more established institutions and governments are looking at blockchain and exploring projects for the years to come. I believe that in order to be taken more seriously, we need proper and trustworthy infrastructure to provide a sustainable ecosystem, in order to attract projects that have merit.

#9 What new exciting projects are you currently working on or planning?

At ARYZE, we are currently conducting a major Security Token Offering to fund our next steps. In tandem with this, we have some hefty partnerships in the pipeline that will lift the entire venture to the next level. This includes first signed use-cases, auditing and solvency partners, technology provider sandboxes and much more. The entire team is dedicated to building our firm with the future in mind, in terms of professionalism, trustworthy infrastructure, and a kickass business model.

Personally, I am focused on community initiatives which include an international ambassador program and hackathon/idea generation case competitions. I’m always open to speaking with potential talents, community builders, event managers, students and educational institutions for new projects. I’m excited about our forthcoming module development sandbox, which will hopefully be available for developers towards the end of this year! On a side note, I’m also excited about lecturing on Blockchain, Stablecoins, and Digital Cash at internationally recognized universities, on a regular basis.

#10 What is your favorite Blockchain project and why?

In general, I’m excited about Ethereum. This is a project that has a large number of developers working on it, and I feel that this lends a lot of strength and credibility to it. I see enormous potential in smart contracts to transform businesses in the future and automate processes using distributed ledger technology. We’re going to see a lot of technology in the years to come that is derived from what Ethereum is building, in my opinion.

A bit biased, perhaps, but we have an exceptional model for Stablecoins that will be able to cater to real-world use cases and corporations. I think ARYZE is a great blockchain project. So feel free to join our Telegram to hear about what we’re working on at ARYZE.

“Morne

Again, I can’t help but feel excited about the way Carl has taken on a new Technology and turned into a working business.

This is so true:

“The argument of “the establishment doesn’t understand Bitcoin, so of course they are against it,” is a fallacy — do a better job at explaining the merits and downsides then!”

and like Ryan said, look at all the components and angles — no wonder they are getting confused, I mean I have to remind myself to not get carried away because the audience just won't understand.

We have to approach the subject in different ways. I think of it like this:

I practice on my wife, explaining to her what Blockchain is all about, she still doesn't understand it that well, how it will or won't make an impact on her life, in fact, most people around me don’t.

The perfect scenario actually, to get innovative in your approach. Thank you, Carl, you’ve made me think about a few new ways I can get the message across. #teamwork

That said, I think we can take a lot away from these two gentlemen and I hope you do. Until the next one.

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