This story is a part of Hacker Noon’s Meet the Writer series of interviews. The series is intended for tech professionals contributing the most insightful Hacker Noon stories to share more about their writing habits, ideas, and professional background (and maybe a hobby or two).
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So let’s start! Tell us a bit about yourself. For example, name, profession, and personal interests.
My name is Anndy. I’m a business strategist and experienced serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in Asia. I’ve worked in various industries for local, international, and publicly traded companies. I am currently Chairman of BigONE Exchange and Chief Digital Advisor at the Mongolian Productivity Organisation.
I’ve also written a best-selling book titled “Blockchain Revolution 2030”. With my co-authors, we share insights on how blockchain technology plays an important foundation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
I recently joined the EG Association, a social impact-driven organization that aims to use cryptocurrency to do good. To date, we have deployed more than $3 million supporting social impact initiatives on the ground.
Interesting! What was your latest Hackernoon Top story about?
My recent article focused on the rise of so-called reflective tokens, which are starting to be used more and more by crypto startups, such as SafeMoon. The tokenomics model differs significantly from that of other DeFi tokens. In simple terms it works by automatically charging a tax, which is usually 10% on each transaction.
The reflection mechanism is a relatively new concept in cryptocurrency circles, and it still requires a lot of fine-tuning before it can be widely adopted by other projects. However, in principle, it reduces panic selling to a bare minimum, which could be significant for the DeFi industry.
Do you usually write on similar topics? If not, what do you usually write about?
I think it’s important to write about the diversity of subjects in the blockchain and crypto industry, as it’s a sector that growing so quickly and with a lot of opportunities. I’m fascinated about ‘connecting the dots’ between business and technology, a great example being the use of DeFi and NFTs in developing an open metaverse.
Great! What is your usual writing routine like (if you have one?)
Before starting to write I believe it’s important to have a routine for reading each day. I try to find time to catch up with the main news headlines, as well as the main crypto news sites like Cointelegraph. Then when I come to writing I find that reading helps make my articles both accessible and valuable. I also get my inspiration from the governments that I am advising, their problems and questions become part of my writing content too.
Being a writer in tech can be a challenge. It’s not often our main role, but an addition to another one. What is the biggest challenge you have when it comes to writing?
The challenge is often one of translation, explaining technical details around say a new form of tokenomics to an interested but non-technical audience such as crypto investors.
What is the next thing you hope to achieve in your career?
I want to share the right kind of crypto knowledge with people. Right now many of the people I see in various communities are not being real. Some of them want their government to be decentralized, others want to be rich overnight by doing nothing, then some others are just here to create FUDs. If proper information is being shared and the users are aware of what is really happening, such ‘behaviours’ would be minimised.
Maybe this is not a career goal, it is more like an industry-wide goal that I set for myself.
Wow, that’s admirable. Now, something more casual: What is your guilty pleasure of choice?
Since getting grounded and not being able to travel, I have been very involved in donations and charitable works. In fact, those who know me, know that I am donating more than I spend. My guilty pleasure, for now, is walking into Hermes, buying a few pairs of shoes instead of donating. Then again, Zoom meetings did not need me to travel much, maybe a comfortable Uniqlo t-shirt would do just fine.
Do you have a non-tech-related hobby? If yes, what is it?
I enjoy travelling, meeting new people from all walks of life, and sharing ideas.
What can the Hacker Noon community expect to read from you next?
I’m always on the lookout for new topics in crypto and blockchain that illuminate and inspire my readers! I might be talking more about metaverse and gameFI. Let’s see.
#Thanks for taking the time to join our “Meet the writer” series. It was a pleasure. Do you have any closing words?
“The time is always right to do the right things.” I hope to gather more like-minded people to do that together for the crypto industry. Let’s work together to make crypto better!
Lastly, it’s great to join the Hacker Noon community and to share my writing on crypto and blockchain.
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- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.
Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. 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.
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”.