, 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.
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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?
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 ShantidevaDT: Your favorite superhero or fictional character, and why?AZ:
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?
Inclusion. Everyone should be included in the financial ecosystem.DT: If you could live anywhere, where would you go and why?
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 LamaDT: 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"?
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?
: 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?
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.