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1. Where are you originally from, what was your upbringing like?
I am born in sunny island Singapore. Singapore’s environment is rather competitive if you compared it to other countries. You can imagine how is life like in this fast pace country. I am trained to do my best in whatever I do, be effective and results driven.
2. What languages are you fluent in, what heritage or culture do you hold onto strongest?
I can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, a bit of Japanese and Korean. I am Chinese, so I do hold on to my Chinese roots very much. Having said so, we are in 2021. Our culture changes with times, we learn from the best cultures and adapt to our lives.
3. What or when was the first time you realized crypto was your life path?
My first encounter with crypto was in 2010/11. My first encounter with blockchain was in 2016/17. Crypto as a life path is a bit cliche. I think it is more like I felt that blockchain can help to improve our lives, that is why I started to find out more.
4. If you could change one thing about your crypto journey what would it be and why?
Honestly, nothing in my opinion needs to be changed for my crypto journey. If it is a ‘must” for me to answer this, then I would say get rid of bad partners and find more like-minded individuals. Because I started early, you won’t imagine what kind of bad incidents I have encountered.
5. If you could educate new people getting into the crypto space what would you choose?
I would recommend them to learn from the basics and not enter into the cryptocurrency space because their friends made a 100X for example.
6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be and why?
“Maybe to be less successful when young.” Don’t ask me for the details.
7. What countries do you feel are leading the way in the digital currency space?
South Korea, China, Singapore and U.S.
8. What media do you feel is the right place to search for right information or less FUD?
There is no right media. I read @WuBlockchain, @blockcastcc, @cointelegraph and lots from the mainstream media. Do they have some FUD angles? Yes, but good media will provide both sides of the story.
9. Do you believe Cryptocurrency will end the banking system or evolve around it?
As of now, cryptocurrency will not end the banking system. It is evolving around it and improving it. I know many of my friends were against me when I started to give advice to governments in 2018. They told me crypto is decentralised and working with the government makes me look bad. I did not listen, I stuck to my point that we need to work with everyone to make crypto mainstream and we need to redefine decentralisation. I used the word “redecentralise”.
10. Will you mentor me? Lol jk. Do you believe Satoshi Nakamoto is an idea or an actual person?
I am in no position to mentor anyone. I need some mentorship myself too. (LOL). I believe Satoshi Nakamoto is amongst us. It may be a group or an actual person in the past but right now- “WE ARE SATOSHI”.
About Anndy Lian:
Advisory Board Member, Hyundai DAC Technology (Blockchain arm of Hyundai Motor Group)
Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolian Productivity Organization
Member, Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of the Republic of Korea
Former Blockchain Adviser, Asian Productivity Organization (APO)
Book Author, “Blockchain Revolution 2030”
Advisory Panel, China-ASEAN Business Alliance
Partner, Blockchain Investment, Passion Venture Capital (Granted Capital Market Services (CMS) licence from Singapore regulator MAS.)
Chairman, Korea eSports Industry Association (Singapore Chapter)
Anndy Lian is an all-rounded business strategist in Asia. He has provided advisory across a variety of industries for local, international, public listed companies and governments. He is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur, book author, investor, board member and keynote speaker.
Currently, he is appointed as the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group where he looks after the governance and compliance aspects of the business. He is also the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization.
Anndy is also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce (Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation) and Alexis Sirkia (Founder of Yellow.com), helping the province to grow using blockchain technologies.
He is the Chairman (Singapore) for Korea eSports Industry Association (KeIA) where he is actively promoting eSports to go mainstream and adopt cryptocurrencies.
This interview curated by Scott Tripp @CryptoBeast32.
Date of interview: 29 June 2021
Time of interview: 9.00 am SGT