Anndy Lian: Why do you need to hire a Chief Bitcoin Officer?

Anndy Lian: Why do you need to hire a Chief Bitcoin Officer?

Dataquest India, India’s largest IT publication has published my piece on “Why do you need to hire a Chief Bitcoin Officer? in their June 2021 edition. In this article, I have talked about the importance of having a CBO and how it will help moving forward. 

 

Why do you need to hire a Chief Bitcoin Officer?

Bitcoin has drawn many naysayers since it hits us years ago. Some called it an online scam, while others call it fake money. This coin was created in January 2009 by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto.

The whitepaper illustrates a network that allows lower transaction fees compared to the traditional methods and unlike central bank-backed currencies, bitcoin is operated in a decentralized environment. The value of one bitcoin was $0 when it was first introduced in 2009 and when bitcoin first started trading from around $0.0008 to $0.08 per coin in July 2010. Today, it is more than $57,000.

Bitcoin has gone past the getting-to-know stage and right now I dare to say that more people know about bitcoin. It is often described as a cryptocurrency, a virtual currency, digital currency or a store of value. Depending on where you are located, you will see shops accepting cryptocurrency. With online payment service giant, PayPal allowing its customers to buy and sell bitcoin, this will truly open up to more usage.

PayPal is not the only publicly-traded company that is into the king of cryptocurrencies. Many other publicly traded firms have adopted bitcoin as a form of reserve asset and hold direct control over their bitcoin funds.

Top 6 Public Companies with the Biggest Bitcoin Portfolios

1) MicroStrategy Inc 91.579
2) Tesla, Inc 43,200
3) Square Inc 8,027
4) Marathon Digital Holdings 5,263
5) Coinbase Global, Inc 4,487
6) Galaxy Digital Holdings 4,000

Total: $9.05 trillion (BTC: $57,810)

Top 3 Private Companies with the Biggest Bitcoin Portfolios

1) MTGOX K.K 141,686
2) Block.one 140,000
The Tezos Foundation 24,808

Total: $17.72 trillion (BTC: $57,810)

Top 3 ETF like Funds with the Biggest Bitcoin Portfolios

1) Greyscale Bitcoin Trust 654,885
2) CoinShares/ XBT Provider 69,730
3) Ruffer Investment Company 45,000

Market cap $44.49 trillion (BTC: $57,810)

(Data contained from Bitcoin Treasuries.)

The list above excludes the recent banks such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs who are offering bitcoin to their wealth management clients. These companies together manage about trillions of dollars too. I have also excluded governments or government-linked entities that are holding bitcoin. For example, it is reported that Ukrainian officials are holding over $2.6 billion in bitcoin.

As you can see, the bigger corporations are putting bitcoins to their balance sheets. They need subject matter experts to advise them on how they should manage their bitcoin holdings. This is the reason why I have emphasized that companies should start to look at hiring their very own Chief Bitcoin Officer (CBO).

This role should be on the same level as the Chief Financial Officer but the CBO will look at the cryptocurrency side of things. It is also good that this key appointment holder has relevant experience dealing with the government on crypto regulations and understand finance or fund management. Handling bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not an easy task. You will need dedicated resources and expertise.

Regulatory risks
There are still isn’t a blanket approach for bitcoin for all governments. Though governments understand bitcoin, they do not embrace it all. Bitcoin is still seen as the rival to fiat currency. Creating Central Bank Digital Currencies or CBDC is one way to track the flow of money and possibly the flow of bitcoin.

For example, for U.S. taxpayers, it is known that anyone with more than $10,000 digital currency aboard needs to fill out the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). This rule could have changed and the everchanging rules may be a legal concern for many. When governments start to regulate, ban or restrict bitcoin, CBO will be the first to know and act accordingly.

Security risks
CBO needs to look at security risks. Hackers often target bitcoin wallets and exchanges. As we all know, bitcoin transactions are permanent and irreversible, there are no third party to retrieve your loss coins. Putting your bitcoin with the centralized exchanges are the closest to how you keep your money in a bank but bear in mind that there are cases where exchanges got hacked and millions of dollars were wiped out overnight.

Cryptocurrency exchanges are constantly improving their security measures but this does not mean that it is 100% safe putting your coins in one single basket. There are other instances where the founder of the exchange got arrested by the police and withdrawals were stopped for weeks. So, if your company has a big holding of bitcoin, it is important to place them in the right wallets catered to the investment strategies and with the right set of security features.

Market risks
Bitcoin’s price can fluctuate a few thousand dollars each day in today’s context. It is volatile. The unexpected changes in the market sentiments can lead to sharp and sudden price movements. It is also subjected to the high volume of buying and selling on exchanges and movements by bitcoin whales. Bitcoin has also fallen more than 80% in 2014 in a single day.

CBO needs to be ready for such fluctuations. He or she has to look at the latest market news, who are the latest institutional investors, at what price they came in at, when is the next halving, is there a new fork etc. Take hard forking for instance. When it occurs, the market may experience sizable price volatility around this event and we may see suspended trading or ununiformed prices or price differences in various exchanges.

If you are into bitcoin and your company bought a sizable amount of bitcoin, these are some of the things you need to take note of. The job of a CBO is not easy and it is a specialized role.

When I posted this on Twitter, I have people coming to me asking if this is applicable for SMEs? My reply to them is that if your SME is forward-looking, you should also start to look at this as well. You may not be hiring a Chief Bitcoin Officer, because of it price. So maybe a Chief Litecoin Officer or a Chief Crypto Officer.

So hire your Chief Bitcoin Officer today.

 

Author: Anndy Lian

You can download the magazine at this link. 

Or at https://www.dqindia.com/why-do-you-need-to-hire-a-chief-bitcoin-officer/

 

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”. Currently, he is appointed as Chairman, Asia for BigONE Exchange and Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolia Productivity Organisation. Anndy is part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region and was previously the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

You can read more about Anndy’s work at www.anndy.com

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“Understanding Blockchain after the Hype”: We must do the right thing with blockchain- Anndy Lian

“Understanding Blockchain after the Hype”: We must do the right thing with blockchain- Anndy Lian

“Understanding Blockchain after Hype” is an event organised by Wealth Secrets in partnership with www.blockcast.cc, www.blockreview.net and TWOgether. The organisations came together to share insights and clarify myths and tales behind blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. They will also address trends in the industry.

The panel of experts consist of Jenny Zheng – Co-founder Blockcast.cc; Anndy Lian – Intergovernmental Blockchain Advisor; Davy Goh – Founder Passion Venture Capital and
Dr. ir Johannes (JD) Drooghaag – CEO Spearhead Management. Hosted by Nana Kay and The,Myst from Wealth Secrets Podcast.

The panel has answered the following questions:

1. In your own terms, what is the blockchain?

2. What are the main benefits of using blockchain technology?

3. What are the key challenges in the way of adopting blockchain technology?

4. A) Could you briefly take us through the three main types of blockchain technology (permission-less, public systems; private, permissioned systems; and hybrid systems)?

4. B) What are the use cases for each of these systems?

5. Do you believe that blockchain can only achieve its true potential if cryptocurrency goes mainstream? Or, is it possible for the blockchain to thrive independently of cryptocurrency?

6. With Tesla, Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and a host of other institutional players accepting cryptocurrencies, is the digital currency movement well on its way to going mainstream, or is there a long way still to go?

7. A) What are the global jurisdictions that are taking a lead in the adoption of blockchain technology? Thoughts on countries rejecting Bitcoin and other crypto//blockchain projects?

7. B) What could be Bitcoin’s Achilles heel? Will it be sustainable considering its energy demands?

8. The recent Blockchain Africa conference held by Bitcoin Events delivered an optimistic outlook for the cryptocurrency and blockchain space in the continent as the world settles into a new normal dictated by COVID-19. Do you think the continent will be able to reap the benefits of leapfrogging in the area of blockchain, similar to what it did in mobile payments with M-Pesa?

9. Is Blockchain living up the hype? Final Thoughts?

 

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”. Currently, he is appointed as Chairman, Asia for BigONE Exchange and Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolia Productivity Organisation. Anndy is part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region and was previously the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

You can read more about Anndy’s work at www.anndy.com

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Anndy Lian, Advisory Board Member at Hyundai DAC Spoke at Global DeFi Summit “Do the right thing for DeFi for it to grow.”

Anndy Lian, Advisory Board Member at Hyundai DAC Spoke at Global DeFi Summit “Do the right thing for DeFi for it to grow.”

Anndy Lian, an early adopter of blockchain and cryptocurrency spoke at the Global DeFi Summit on 6 January 2021.

“Decentralized Finance (DeFi) will see a stronger interest from institutional investors this year. The macroeconomic trends of low-interest rate globally will also mean DeFi is more relevant to the companies. Traditional finance world keeps breaking, money and people will be redirected to Defi.” Anndy Lian shared.

What is the fastest-growing DeFi area or trend in 2021?

Defi will continue to grow rapidly in 2021.

A) Staking on Defi will grow faster than in 2020. This is closely linked to Ethereum 2.0. The launch of 2.0 is a critical step towards scaling ETH to a much larger capacity. The shift to POS allows huge amount of wealth to be staked as collateral. I would also think more users will not leave their ETH on exchanges. This then spurred to another observation.

B) I think there will be more Cefi and Defi integration in 2021. We will see integrations in traditional products. Crypto backed derivatives and cross-chain products will hit its peak by Q3 2021. We may also be seeing more crypto proprietary trading in 2021.

What challenges should we expect to arise for DeFi in 2021? Will regulators attempt to restrict or limit it in any way?

The challenges did not change. The reason why Defi grew so fast is due to the flawed financial structure. Governments will step in hard for 2021 but they are still playing a catch-up game. Based on what I know, governments know there are underlying enforcement issues. They are resorting to looking at using on-chain digital id to track and trace and enforce AML but this will again take time.

For example, DeFi lending projects will most likely be regulated in a similar way as financial institutions that offer margin lending. They will also be asked to register as a bank, a non-bank lender or a broker.

In conclusion, Anndy emphasized that we need to work closely together in this ecosystem and do the right thing for DeFi to grow.

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial blockchain entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030” and currently the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology. He plays a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region. Anndy is also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce.

This event is organised by Gulf Xellence and sponsored by YFDAI. Blockcast.cc is the PR company representing Anndy Lian.

 

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Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”. Currently, he is appointed as Chairman, Asia for BigONE Exchange and Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolia Productivity Organisation. Anndy is part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region and was previously the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

You can read more about Anndy’s work at www.anndy.com

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LINFINITY CEO Anndy Lian is Appointed as Member of Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee

LINFINITY CEO Anndy Lian is Appointed as Member of Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee

On November 14, 2018, LINFINITY CEO Anndy Lian attended the “Inauguration Ceremony of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee” organised by the Government of Gyeongsangbuk-do, in South Korea. The committee is comprised of 40 people, including top project sponsors, founders and leaders of blockchain industries, such as Brock Pierce, Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation; Jeffrey Jones, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea; Alexis Sirkia, founder of GSR; Jonathan Kochmer, former Information Architect of Amazon and Director of Business Development of RChain Cooperative; Eyal Oster, CEO of Momentums and Annastasiah Mhaka, Co-Founder of AAIH (the Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.

Mr. Lian has become the newest member of these ranks, and was presented as the new ambassador of the Blockchain Special Committee. Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor, Lee Cheol-Woo, personally presented him with a Letter of Appointment.

The Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee is aimed at cultivating the blockchain industry, building a blockchain research centre, attracting investment in blockchain-related projects, and promoting the development of the blockchain industry in the city of Gyeongsangbuk-do. “To nurture the blockchain industry, we will work with a special committee of national and international experts to develop strategies in a pre-emptive manner,” Mr. Lee Cheol-Woo, Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor, said at the inauguration ceremony. “The establishment of the committee is not the first time Gyeongsangbuk-do has entered the field of blockchain. This summer [2018], the Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government announced plans to issue its own local cryptocurrency – ‘Gyeongbuk Coin’, which will effectively benefit businesses.”

After the ceremony, Anndy Lian delivered a keynote speech on “The Blockchain Industry Development of Gyeongsangbuk-do”. “I am very pleased to be a member of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Committee. This is not only a personal honour, but also a recognition of LINFINTIY and its commercial development process. It is also a great honour to gather with leaders and elites in the blockchain industry to participate in the development of Gyeongbuk’s blockchain industry. LINFINITY will provide complete technical support.” He added, “As we all know, Gyeongsangbuk-do is rich in high-quality, specialist products – seafood, agricultural products and so on. LINFINITY will also use its own blockchain-based anti-counterfeiting and traceability technology to bring them to markets further afield.”

Since blockchain became a recognised industry, South Korea has always been at the forefront of business, supporting and promoting the industry itself as well as its technological development. The various blockchain test zones led by the South Korean government are in an intensive deployment phase; according to a recent report by Cointelegraph, the South Korean government plans to increase the budget for developing blockchain technology to USD$35million in 2019, three times the allocated budget for 2018.

For more information about LINFINITY and their future activities, please visit www.linfinity.io or contact [email protected]

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”. Currently, he is appointed as Chairman, Asia for BigONE Exchange and Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolia Productivity Organisation. Anndy is part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region and was previously the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

You can read more about Anndy’s work at www.anndy.com

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