You gave up your senior position at UBS in 2015 and changed from a major bank to the fledgling blockchain scene. What prompted you to take this step?
After over 20 years in the financial sector, I wanted to try something new and devote the second half of my career to being an entrepreneur. During a trip to Silicon Valley, I came across the topic of blockchain and was immediately fascinated by it. After in-depth study, I decided in 2015 to give in my notice at UBS and launch my first company, nexussquared, together with my co-founder.
With the incubator, nexussquared, and other initiatives, you are aiming to establish Zurich as a hub for blockchain technology. Have you already accomplished your mission?
Which Zurich FinTech startups are you particularly impressed with?
I continue to be fascinated by Lykke. The founder, Richard Olsen, is a true visionary and his objectives for Lykke and blockchain as a whole are an inspiration to me. Besides Lykke, we have other very exciting projects in the field of FinTech at Trust Square. However, some of these are still operating in “stealth mode”– so it is too early to talk about them just yet.
Is there an exchange in terms of FinTech between research, politics, startups, and the major banks in the City on the Limmat?
Which Fin-Tech expert would you like to invite to Zurich to exchange experiences, and why?
I always enjoy discussions with my friend, Michael Casey, author of the book, “The Age of Cryptocurrency”. This book was the reason why I finally plucked up courage to give in my notice at UBS. But there are other fascinating people who are very open towards the topic of blockchain and the opportunities arising for FinTech and the financial system – such as Don Tapscott and William Mougayar, two very interesting visionaries.