Today we are excited to feature Neil, let’s get to know him.
For our readers who may not know you, can you talk a little bit about how you got involved in blockchain technology?
I first came across blockchain technology in 2015, when I was Director of Innovation for a Major Energy Company. I quickly became passionate about the potential the technology has to transform the way we live our lives and the way we do business and I dived straight in. From dealing with cross-border criminal matters for the Commonwealth, to helping launch an open-source blockchain protocol for the energy sector, I have delivered projects globally in payments, messaging, identity, clean energy and fintech. With Idoneus, I have the opportunity to work with a great team of people, dedicated to transforming the world of high-value asset trading.
What is your favorite quote?
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision is merely passing time. But vision with action can change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Do you think the covid pandemic has further pushed blockchain and cryptocurrency forward and, if so, in what way?
On 14 May 2020 at the height of the COVID pandemic, McKinsey stated that “… we have vaulted five years forward in consumer and business digital adoption in a matter of around eight weeks”. I believe this to be true and that the world is rapidly shifting to contactless and digital business and Idoneus has an ideal solution to meet these new demands. In such a world, the need for fast, efficient, transfer of value that respects self-sovereign identity and privacy is mandatory. Blockchain and cryptocurrency will play a huge role and I am excited to be involved.
What is the best business advice you have ever received?
Always do what you say you are going to do.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I can’t cite one particular accomplishment but rather a mentality I have about life and success; it is the ability to pick myself up after falling and move forward with determination and passion. I think I inherited that from my father, Tom, a former Royal Marine who died when I was 21. In thinking of him, I’m reminded of my second favourite quote (again from Nelson Mandela): “The greatest glory in living is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”.
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