In our fourth edition of 21 Questions By Decentralize Today, we feature Anson Zeall, the Co-founder/CEO of CoinPip, a money transfer service leveraging on blockchain technologies. CoinPip is backed by 500 Startups, one of the most prominent venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Anson is also the Chairman of the Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups Singapore (ACCESS). Since May 2014, ACCESS has been at the forefront of Bticoin and blockchain initiatives in Singapore, playing a vital role in making the country a major player in the global crypto space.
Let's get to know more about one of the pioneers of Crypto in Singapore and Southeast Asia in this latest edition of 21 Questions!
Decentralize.Today: If you could choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be and why?
Anson Zeall: Cheerleading inclusion and privacy (4 words?)
DT: How did you discover Bitcoin/crypto?
AZ: A friend from Australia introduced to me, whilst I was playing World of Warcraft. So I was definitely skeptical as I was comparing to WoW gold. But after I read the white paper, my perception of it changed from skeptical, to fan boy.
DT: How did you start in your current profession?
AZ: I had a computer science background, and ran an investment fund. So once I discovered bitcoin, it was right at the intersection of the two things I like.
DT: How would you describe your work if you were explaining it to a 5-year old kid?
AZ: Helping people understand what bitcoin is and what it can do.
DT: What was your first ever job (even as a kid)?
AZ: Sorting files. (Context: my dad was a lawyer)
DT: Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to work/business?
AZ: Satoshi Nakamoto! 😄
DT: What's the best life and work advice you've ever been given?
AZ: God help those who help themselves - from my mum
"If something can be done about the situation, what need is there for dejection? And if nothing can be done about it, what use is there for being dejected?" - eighth-century Buddhist master Shantideva
DT: Your favorite superhero or fictional character, and why?
AZ: Iron Man
DT: What were you like as a student?
AZ: Good student. Never wanted to get in trouble.
DT: You have the power to solve one world problem forever. Which one would you choose?
AZ: Inclusion. Everyone should be included in the financial ecosystem.
DT: If you could live anywhere, where would you go and why?
AZ: Taxes, family and politics aside, I would love to move back to the Valley.
DT: How are you with money? Stingy? Generous? Do you bargain? Tip big?
AZ: Just right. Won't say stingy, won't say generous. Yes I do margin and no I don't tip big. Tipping is a bad incentive. Makes people very fake.
DT: Who are your real life heroes?
AZ: Ray Dalio, Bill Gates (his philanthropy side), Richard Dennis, Dalai Lama
DT: What does your family think of Bitcoin / crypto?
AZ: They feel like they missed the train.
DT: What was the last book you read that made you go "wow that was great"?
AZ: The art of happiness - Dalai Lama
DT: What grinds your gears or is your pet peeve?
AZ: People wasting my time, especially taking away time from my family.
DT: Do you have an "I lost my private keys" story? If not, what's your craziest story related to Bitcoin/crypto?
AZ: Yes. Back in the early days of using Armory. I was scramming through my hard drives to find the private key for it.
DT: Where do you see Bitcoin/crypto in ten years?
AZ: An asset class like Gold. But I still don't see people using it for money. Should at least eat into a sizeable chunk of Gold's market capitalisation.
DT: What's your go-to form of entertainment or pastime? What do you do for fun?
AZ: For now, it's going through the whole Star Wars series. I'm watching clone wars right now and it's taking forever.
DT: Describe your dream project if money was no object?
AZ: Collecting cars :). Can't really do that in Singapore. One Honda Civic costs around US$70K. So imagine the other cars. And it's not proportional in price. It's priced in an exponential way.
DT: You have one thing to say to your 18 year old self. What would it be?
AZ: Find a way to move to Silicon Valley. Be with the brightest minds in the world.
About Anson Zeall
Anson Zeall is the Co-founder/CEO of CoinPip, a money transfer service leveraging on blockchain technologies. CoinPip is backed by 500 Startups, one of the most prominent venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Anson is also the Chairman of the Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups Singapore (ACCESS). He is an instructor of blockchain 101 at General Assembly Singapore. Prior to CoinPip, he ran a private family office in Singapore managing various asset classes, equities, derivatives and real estate. Anson is an alumni of University of New South Wales and Columbia Business School. Anson had brought Bitcoin and blockchain technology into the mainstream financial system in Singapore and has been spearheading the regulations that will be favorable to the industry.
Follow him on Twitter @AnsonZeall for more of his thoughts on Bitcoin, crypto, and everything in between.