Before I get started with my digital manifesto, I wanted to tell you a little bit about what lead me here today. I’m fortunate to have been raised by parents who were immigrants, their struggle helped build a drive in me. That drive allowed me to focus on my ambitions and from a young age I’ve enjoyed building business. My first “real” business was selling baseball cards & sports memorabilia was at the age of 10 – which I registered with the government. By age eleven, I started investing in the stock market with my first purchase of Coca-Cola stock @ $2.32/share, and then I continued to add monthly purchases to my position.
Then at sixteen, back in 1993 I started my first digital business – one of the first web design companies in Toronto, Canada. From this point on I have had 100% commitment to building digital businesses – my first digital startups included marketing, sales & software development (cyber-security solutions for the Canadian government’s nuclear power plant). I’ve had the great opportunity and fortune to build e-commerce and online media division/campaigns for many companies, brands & industries.
I’ve watched my belief in the value of social media and online videos be vindicated over the last three years, it has become a game changer for all businesses today.
For the last 10+ years I’ve been working in the banking & fintech industry (most recently with Zenbanx – which recently sold to Sofi). I’ve seen first hand how banks have won & lost as digital has changed their business models. It is now clear that people’s perception of money, “real” & digital has changed. Whether we agree with it or not is irrelevant. Being on the frontline has given me a unique perspective – which is why I’m so excited about what the future holds for blockchain & crypto-currency (Bitcoin) in general.
Having been only 16 when I started online, I didn’t fully grasp the power and potential the internet had to change everyday life and business as we know it. In retrospect, I can clearly see the similarities between the early dotcom days and evolution of blockchain & crypto-currency (Bitcoin) technology.
Blockchain, Bitcoin & cryptocurrency will dramatically change all aspects of our lives in the same way that smartphones & digital media have done over the last 20 years. The changes will be as dramatic, if not more so, in all aspects of traditional business & digital business. Today businesses are being changed by artificial intelligence & machine learning – I think the next big wave of business change is blockchain & crypto-currency (Bitcoin) just on the horizon.
Join me as I journey thru this pioneering time, it will be a bumpy ride but definitely one you won’t want to miss. I will document my journey using social media, this website and my YouTube channel. I’d be happy to help answer any questions you might have about blockchain & crypto-currency (Bitcoin) – just comment or connect with me via social media.
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