Member Since February 2022
I have 15+ years of experience in software development, entrepreneurship cloud mining, blockchain, DeFi and cybersecurity. A pioneer in the decentralized finance industry, I founded CEX.IO in 2015 with the mission of making cryptocurrency more accessible to traders and investors around the globe. I started my career as a software developer and developed one of the world’s first Bitcoin mining algorithms. I hold a PhD in Economic Sciences with a specialty in money, finance and credit.
Digital assets can present expansive and valuable opportunities for a TradFi institution that's prepared to lay the necessary foundation. As digital asset options continue to gain attention and acceptance from investors, traditional financial institutions may be considering adding digital assets to their offerings and/or portfolios. As with any other industry, "standing still" isn't an option in the financial sector, and tapping into the potential of digital assets can help TradFi organizations tap into an enthusiastic and growing new customer base. Further, adding digital assets can diversify a traditional portfolio, offering a hedge against market downturns. However, any upside achieved from being viewed as an innovative early adopter can quickly be erased if a TradFi institution isn't thoroughly prepared for the unique opportunities, challenges and risks that come with digital assets. Below, 11 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share essential things any TradFi organization must be prepared to do if it's considering digital assets and why these steps shouldn't be skipped.
Being fully aware of both the strengths and weaknesses of bots can help traders leverage them with optimal success. Investment marketplaces — particularly the volatile cryptocurrency market — move at lightning speed and operate around the clock. It's not surprising that crypto traders would consider leveraging trading bots, which can monitor the market 24/7, analyze ever-inflowing and changing data and follow established instructions to automatically buy and sell crypto. Bots don't need sleep and won't make mistakes due to fatigue, impulse or emotion, and they can react in a fraction of a second. Bots can be incredibly valuable tools for crypto traders, but along with their many advantages, they do have significant limitations as well. If traders rely too heavily or uncritically on bots, the results may not be what they were hoping for. Below, 10 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share their advice for traders who are considering adding trading bots to their investment toolkits — their counsel can help both experienced and new traders leverage bots both wisely and well.
Tracking Bitcoin blockchain metrics can provide a window into the overall health of the crypto community. Many who aren’t crypto industry insiders may view “Bitcoin” and “crypto” as basically synonymous. While members of the traditional finance industry know that there’s much more to crypto than Bitcoin, they also know that Bitcoin’s performance and health serve as a bellwether for the acceptance and growth of the overall crypto industry. Monitoring select blockchain metrics can help financial institutions and investors gauge market sentiment, predict changes in values and identify investment risks and opportunities not only in terms of Bitcoin, but also the larger crypto industry. Below, 11 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle detail Bitcoin blockchain metrics TradFi organizations would be wise to watch.
Respect for users’ personal privacy must be top of mind when developing proof-of-humanity identity solutions. Trust is in shorter supply in the digital world these days. As artificial intelligence evolves and produces more “humanlike” and realistic results, users of digital services are increasingly concerned with knowing who and/or what, precisely, they’re interacting with. With a commitment to decentralization and broad access, the crypto industry in particular needs proof-of-humanity solutions to avoid issues like fake accounts and automated bots — and, of course, to comply with Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering regulations. The crypto industry is nothing if not innovative, and proof-of-humanity solutions that leverage verified video registries, social connections and biometric identification are among those in the works. But user privacy and control are a cornerstone of the crypto philosophy, so it’s essential that developers demonstrate a commitment to these principles. Below, nine members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share their advice and ideas to help developers of proof-of-humanity solutions preserve the privacy of personal information.
Offering both big-picture and detailed views of transactions, blockchain explorers are a powerful tool for both individuals and companies. Even those who aren’t steeped in the finance industry can probably call up a visual image of an old-school stock ticker, generating lengths of white tape to help investors stay on top of stock market transactions and developments. Today, these have been supplanted by up-to-the-moment digital trackers. In similar fashion, the crypto industry has blockchain explorers, which offer users real-time tracking of not only their own transactions, but also everything happening on the blockchain. Providing invaluable information for both individuals and companies, blockchain explorers bolster insiders’ argument that cryptocurrencies can be a secure and trustworthy option for investments and digital transactions. Below, 11 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle discuss some of the benefits blockchain explorers offer to all users.
The ultimate impacts of CBDCs on the crypto industry may be a mixed bag of positives and negatives, and insiders need to monitor developments. In June 2023, the Atlantic Council, based in the United States, announced the results of a study on global nations' interest in and progress toward creating their own central bank digital currencies. Eleven countries have already launched CBDCs; 130 others are in the exploratory phase, and about half of those have begun the development process. Market watchers cite multiple factors behind governments' push toward CBDCs, from the decreasing use of cash by the general population to geopolitical tensions and events. Whatever the underlying reasons, though, crypto industry players need to keep an eye on developments and consider how the rise of CBDCs could impact the industry and global marketplace. Here, 11 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share their predictions for possible outcomes from the ever-expanding development and introduction of CBDCs.
Founded in 2013, CEX.IO works to connect people and businesses with opportunities in cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance. Our global ecosystem includes a market-leading exchange and offers 360-degree services to crypto market participants, including retail and enterprise crypto holders, as well as professional traders and financial institutions. The dedicated CEX.IO team includes over 350 global professionals across offices in the U.K., U.S, Gibraltar and Cyprus, with R & D centers located in other geographies. For more information, visit CEX.IO.