Author: Stephan Raubach
We are happy to announce that Nicolas Weber has been appointed Head of Business Development at Amazing Blocks. With his experience in the blockchain space and outstanding efforts for Amazing Blocks he is the ideal fit to lead the Business Development department. He will work closely with the rest of the Amazing Blocks management team and will continue to help Amazing Blocks progress with his great work. We, therefore, wish him all the best for his new position and look forward to many more exciting projects in 2021.
We would like to introduce you to the new Head of Business Development at Amazing Blocks, Nicolas Weber! Nicolas has been with Amazing Blocks since the very beginning and has always been an indispensable part of our company. With great dedication and effort, he has already made a great contribution to the success of Amazing Blocks. He will continue to work closely with the rest of the management team and the members of the Business Development department. The entire Amazing blocks team duly congratulates Nicolas on his new role and looks forward to a successful time ahead!
Meet Nicolas, Head of Business Development
Stephan: First of all, congratulations on your new role, Nicolas and thank you for taking the time for this interview. You have been appointed as the new Head of Business Development at Amazing Blocks. Would you like to start by telling us a little bit about your time prior to Amazing Blocks?
Nicolas: Thank you for the kind intro, Stephan! First of all, I would like to thank the entire team and Board of Directors at Amazing Blocks! I am honored by the trust and thankful for this great opportunity! I am very happy about my new role at Amazing Blocks. Before joining Amazing Blocks, I have worked for companies such as Daimler, Dieffenbacher and Allianz Global Investors and experienced the diverse world of business to the furthest extent. This is actually on par with my personal interests, which also can be described as very diverse. Hence it probably comes to no surprise that I went all in on the blockchain space after realizing its diverse use cases. Other than that I have also focused on social endeavors such as building a recreational facility in Sri Lanka and advising refugees from The Gambia in my hometown of Karlsruhe.
Stephan: Very interesting, Nicolas! What were the main arguments that led to your decision to pursue a career in blockchain?
Nicolas: Our contemporary world is very globalized and interdependent. Often, sometimes without even realizing, we communicate and do business with people all over the world — peer to peer at the end of the day. Nevertheless, to execute the means of communication or transfer for instance funds from A to B, friction through intermediaries is omnipresent and thus costs time and money. Especially in the world of fast-moving tech it is all about efficiency. I realized that our current system, whether it be intermediaries in the finance sector, supply chain or health care, cannot prevail. We need a borderless, publicly accessible platform enabling instant, peer-to-peer and trusted exchange of data, financial assets and generally information. Blockchain can provide this platform and blockchain can also allow us to rather trust a programmed code which is immutable rather than giving trust to laws that can be changed or human emotion which is quite volatile and not reliable.
Stephan: How did you come into contact with the topic of tokenization?
Nicolas: I first discovered tokenization throughout the ICO-craze in 2017 and projects such as Ravencoin. Then after gradually digging deeper into this topic and also seeing the need to bridge the blockchain with the financial sector, I came to the conclusion that tokenization can in fact be this bridge or better: Tokenization will be this bridge and thus transforming the entire financial system. After trying to pursue this topic in the traditional economy, I decided to shift my focus and came into contact with a member of the Board of Directors, Sofia Balogianni, and our CTO Raphael Hess, who convinced me to join Amazing Blocks prior to its official foundation. Looking back, this was probably one of the best decisions of my life, so a huge thank you to these two for giving me this opportunity!
Stephan: Which assets do you find particularly exciting in regards to tokenization and why?
Nicolas: Here I probably should say every asset, as this is also the name of our podcast series “TOKENIZING EVERYTHING”… And quite frankly I would be lying if I didn’t say any asset, since to me every single one has its own attractive features. However, I do not want to beat around the bush and if I have to single out specific assets it probably would be patent and data tokenization. These are two still rather exotic use cases and will most likely not be the first ones to gain traction. However, I believe that they may actually have the biggest impact in the future. Patent tokenization because now you can actually invest in the newest innovations out there and be even further ahead of the market. Additionally you can provide funds to startups that may not be able to register such a patent due to the costs. Therefore this would definitely decentralize the way we leverage innovation. On the other hand data tokenization is interesting, since data has become the most valuable “good” of our time with the emergence of Web 2.0 and we are just at the beginning. Tokenizing data will give us the chance to actually be in control of what happens with our data — a feature we are currently lacking almost everywhere.
Stephan: How has your life experience shaped you?
Nicolas: I would not trade my experience for anything to be honest, just to give you an impression of its value to me. Growing up in a protected environment you can quickly forget what is going on left and right. But it is in fact this “bird view” perspective you need to attain in order to make the right, rational decisions. This is what I learned from traveling the world, seeing diverse cultures and learning about the everyday struggles in emerging economies. This made me realize that you have to look at life from different perspectives to see the bigger picture and this is also what helped me fully grasp the potential of blockchain. To me, it is all about consistent progress in life. Mistakes happen, but it is important that you learn from them rather than being intimidated.
Stephan: What are and have been the biggest influences in your life?
Nicolas: Tough question… Not because I don’t have any, but more because I have so many… Of course, like most people, I want to mention my parents at this point, which have done an amazing job of raising me to become the person I am today. Growing up with a dog and having to raise her also really helped me take on responsibility from an early age. Another great influence are books. I have started being a book nerd as a young kid and that has not changed a single bit. Through them I have had some great learning experiences in terms of understanding the world better. Next, I want to mention Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — an unusual choice maybe for a german, but since I was little I have admired his courage and determination to pursue his dream of equality. Other than that, as of recently — or not so recently anymore — I would like to mention Vitalik Buterin, whose speeches, interviews and many articles have really helped me understand the vision of a true blockchain enthusiasts, which I would now call myself as well.
Stephan: What fascinates you about the product of Amazing Blocks?
Nicolas: There are many tokenization platforms out there and they are all doing a great job! However, we have something most of them cannot provide, at least not to the same degree and that is legal compliance. We can really support our clients throughout the entire life cycle with our holistic solution: Establishing a legal entity for tokenization, building a token-ecosystem by leveraging ours, issuance, management, go to market, investing and transfers. We have a product that is ahead of the curve in the tokenization space. Just recently, german legislators passed a law allowing a digital share register based on blockchain, we already have this in our software integrated. By leveraging a framework like the TVTG we really have a huge benefit as we can utilize the most advanced legal framework out there when it comes to the emerging token economy.
Stephan: What is it you are most looking forward to when you think about 2021 with Amazing Blocks?
Nicolas: The answer here can be kept pretty simple: Our clients going to market. They will offer real world use cases for blockchain on the one hand and morph illiquid assets into 24/7 tradable ones on the other. And that to me is a once in a lifetime experience — to be part of this “gold-rush-atmosphere” in blockchain. Apart from that I am looking forward to expanding our ecosystem together with our great team and finding more great partners.
Stephan: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the Amazing Blocks community as you begin your new role?
Nicolas: Stay positive, stay tuned, stay healthy and please never hesitate to reach out to me whenever you have any questions!
Stephan: Thank you for this amazing interview!
Nicolas: Thank you for the amazing questions and I am very happy to have you on my team!
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Amazing Blocks offers a tokenization solution that enables its clients to tokenize various assets according to the Liechtenstein Token Act (software-as-a-service). The software covers both the issuance of tokens and investing in tokens. It suits the needs for tokenizing all kinds of assets (e.g., machines, cash flow generating contracts, trademarks, real estate, cars). Imagine that some asset should be tokenized. For this asset various tokens would make sense: Equity tokens, debt tokens, participation rights as tokens, ownership tokens, or any mixture of these tokens. The software of Amazing Blocks helps issuers to handle multiple assets and to issue multiple tokens for these assets. This is possible by integrating blockchain technology with the law (i.e., the Liechtenstein Token Act). At the core, there is the “digital legal entity in Liechtenstein” based on “tokenized shares” which allows a very efficient foundation, a very efficient operation of the company and, thus, an efficient and flexible possibility to tokenize assets. This should now make a wide variety of tokenization projects possible, because the costs for tokenization are significantly reduced.
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