Advisor Interview Series III - Charles (Bo) Ives.

Written by

Robert Schmidt,
10-JAN-2019.

Abacas:

Hello Charles Ives. First of all, allow me to extend a warm welcome from the entire Abacas family! We are delighted to welcome you to our advisor team, so let‘s dive right into the interview shall we? As with all advisor introduction interviews, the first question is:

How did you actually come to the Blockchain theme?

Charles:
I became involved in the space from the custody side in late 2015 in order to provide a custody solution for various clients that desired to hold digital assets inside multiple types of accounts.

Abacas:
Looks like you’ve been in the blockchain space for quite some time then. You probably have a lot of experience both inside and outside of this space, but we always start with just a few questions, so let me ask:

Could you provide us with a great anecdote from your life?
 
Charles:
I grew up in Texas and loved sports. I was never the most talented person on the field and have discovered I‘m neither the most talented nor most intelligent person in the business. However, I learned early on that if you want to succeed in life, you must be willing to work. One of my favourite quotes comes from Ken Hitchcock of the Dallas Stars during their 1999 Stanley Cup run: “Hard work beats talent if the talent is not willing to work hard!“ This has summed up my view and work habits and has aligned with my choices and actions throughout my life. I may not be the most talented or smartest, but you will not outwork me!

Abacas:
Thank you for that story from your life, we can all learn from it or even see ourselves in it. Let’s get back to the subject of blockchain and crypto. Could you tell us about how your relationship with the AbacasXchange came about?

Charles:
I was introduced to Mark and Abacas as the team sought a custody solution for the platform.

Abacas:
How did you become an advisor on the Abacas team?

Charles:
The question was posed to me through the various discussions I‘ve had with the team over the last year.

Abacas:
Another burning question that I want to ask everyone is:

In what direction do you see the development and progression of the entire blockchain technology, and how fast do you think that will happen?

Charles:
That is a tough question. The overall industry is apparently still in its infancy. I believe we will see a significant adoption of the blockchain over the next five years as companies and industries discover use cases for it that will significantly improve the efficiencies by which they operate.

Abacas:
Sounds like a very possible scenario, thank you. I would like to say goodbye to you with one last question, and of course a big thank you for your precious time:

What do you personally wish for as a result of expected technological developments over the next 10-15 years?

Charles:
I hope that, over the next 10-15 years, the technology develops to provide more security, efficiencies and transparency for people. There is so much room in a variety of industries, not just finance, and the underlying blockchain technology has a lot to offer. The next decade or so should be extremely fun and interesting with the continued advancement of this technology and the implementation of those advances!

Abacas:
Thank you, Charles, for the interesting interview.

We welcome you into our community.

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