We ask the buidlers within the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for his or her ideas on the trade… and throw in a couple of random zingers to maintain them on their toes!
This week, our 6 Questions go to Annabelle Huang, the managing associate at Amber Group, a world main digital asset platform.
Previous to Amber Group, I served because the Asia lead at AirSwap, a decentralized buying and selling platform that allows peer-to-peer buying and selling on the Ethereum blockchain. Earlier than transitioning into digital belongings, I suggested personal fairness funds, U.S. corporates and hedge funds on structured options and threat administration as an FX structurer at Deutsche Financial institution and Nomura in New York. My background in conventional monetary markets, coupled with my expertise in establishments and macro markets, has given me a novel vantage level in growing the product technique and options delivered by way of Amber Group.
1 — What’s an issue you assume blockchain has an opportunity to unravel, however it hasn’t been tried but?
The gender divide is a key social problem that blockchain know-how can doubtlessly tackle. I consider blockchain know-how has the potential to unlock funding alternatives for ladies, and I’m honored to be on this trade to assist construct consciousness amongst ladies and different marginalized communities concerning the utility of crypto and blockchain know-how of their monetary journey.
The trade can also be transferring at such a speedy tempo and the likelihood for improvements are limitless — what extra can we do to financially empower ladies? And the way else can we smash the glass ceiling for ladies who’re constructing a profession on the intersection of finance and tech? I strongly consider these are questions which we should sort out collectively, as an trade.
2 — What’s going to occur to Bitcoin and Ether over the subsequent 10 years?
Bitcoin and Ether will not be going anyplace. If something, they’re going to acquire in recognition as crypto goes mainstream. The value and worth will proceed to fluctuate as in any given monetary market, however as the dimensions of the communities that help them grows and rules develop into clear, Bitcoin and Ether are more likely to drive innovation and develop into a mainstay within the trade and past.
3 — Do you subscribe to the thought of Bitcoin as a method of cost, a store-of-value, each… or neither?
Each! I consider Bitcoin works identical to another forex, and holds its personal saved worth. We’re seeing its widespread adoption nowadays, with the hundreds of thousands of transactions on-line and ever-increasing curiosity in crypto exchanges and digital asset platforms. That is testomony to Bitcoin’s utility — it isn’t solely used for buying and selling, as a substitute doubling as a method of cost for items, providers, artwork and extra.
4 — Which two superpowers would you most need to have, and the way would you mix them for good… or evil?
I might go for both teleportation or mind-reading. In my line of labor, it’s at all times so busy, so the previous could be useful to assist me go locations shortly!
5 — Aside from the current day, in what time and through which nation would you wish to have lived?
All through my life, I’ve been very lucky to have lived in a couple of stunning locations. I grew up in China and bought the chance to review overseas in Pittsburgh and Paris. I additionally depend myself fortunate to have been in a position to work in stunning, cosmopolitan cities comparable to New York, Hong Kong and now, Singapore. In one other life, I might be having tea in a quaint cafe in London.
6 — Pondering of a favourite poem or musical lyric, what’s it, and why does it communicate to you?
My favourite quote is from Le Petit Prince: “All grown-ups had been as soon as youngsters… however solely few of them bear in mind it.” This quote is my go-to reminder to at all times keep curious and to strategy every day with recent eyes and a day-one mentality.
A want for the younger, formidable blockchain neighborhood:
On behalf of Amber Group, we want the younger, formidable blockchain neighborhood to proceed changing into catalysts of innovation, and ship new blockchain purposes that remodel industries whereas upholding the decentralized spirit of DeFi. We’re excited to see improvements that advance our world financial system with out forgetting the spirit of alternative and neighborhood when creating a greater world for everybody.