Welcome to our comprehensive interview series – Humans of Blockchain™ where we get the best in the business to answer a diverse set of questions.
This series will clear the air of doubt in the blockchain space today by focusing on bringing more transparency to the readers.
Not wasting much time, let’s hear it out from Alyze herself.
1. We would love to know more about you Alyze. Your journey and how you got into the blockchain/ fintech space.
I was one of the ‘weirdos’ logging into IRC 20 years ago but studied science and nursing in college. I was introduced early and quickly jumped at the opportunity to become a small-time crypto investor. It didn’t take long for me to read Bitcoin’s White Paper. I fell in love with the technology. Soon after an accident, I was forced out of my career as a hospice nurse. I had been preaching this new technology, so why not cash out my retirement and invest? I went “all in.” I learned to trade, started a few crypto groups, then became a miner; after writing (and screwing up) countless GPU blueprints. Cryptocurrency completely fascinated me. My career was in holistic medicine, consoling the dying and their families, 24/7. Trading and trying to build GPU’s made me feel alive and free. I could finally be myself and express my opinions for the first time…
That amazing feeling left me wanting to learn more. I started contacting industry leaders to become knowledgeable about this new technology. I spent a year on bed rest obsessively studying, day and night. Currently spending my time as a blockchain strategist, content provider/editor, and shy speaker in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. I enjoy ‘digital nomading’ with my startup but you can often find me hiding in my Kansas hometown, usually baking something.
2. Looking at your experience, what are your thoughts on the current investor outlook for the Blockchain Industry?
It’s not just blockchain-related markets that have suffered, we’ve experienced an overall economic dump. With that said; a crash is a sign of maturity.
Historically speaking, most successful technologies have encountered major losses before mass adoption. Look back at the railroad system, for instance. There was an economic bubble in the 19th century. Many individuals spent their life savings, sold their livelihood, and “did without” in order to invest in a new fancy form of transportation.
Sound familiar? It is. It happened again with telecommunication services, personal transportation vehicles, computers, and the invention of the internet. You’re reading this interview on the web. Many people didn’t know what would happen after ‘The Dot Com Bubble’, but here we are.
I see lack of education in the community due to blockchain being a neoterically more complicated technology, but that’s nearing an end…
Those using ‘blockchain’ as a ‘buzzword’ didn’t help either, by no means is this technology a ‘cure all’. Still, I feel blockchain implementation will grow exponentially in 2019 and continue to do so in years to come.
‘The International Data Corporation’ expects annual blockchain spending to reach almost $12 billion by 2022, it was $1.5 billion in 2018! That’s HUGE! I’ll link you the source. (Source: https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44898819 )
With Security Token Offerings (STO’s), StableCoins, government crackdowns, and an overall demand for transparency from the crypto community, we’ve managed to rid the space of many Ponzi scams and put a lot of dishonest people in jail. Blockchain JUST reached “double digits” this year. Only being 10 years YOUNG, we, [industry educators] must spend a great deal of time teaching implication to gain more users. There’s been a lack of desire to understand the complicated technology; that is until corporations saw the value blockchain brings to their organization.
This year we are seeing some of the biggest companies in the world using the “B-word”; also known as, ‘Blockchain’.
3. Can you tell us more about the Union of Crypto Advisors (UOCA)?
I’d love to. I’ve had the privilege of being acquainted with Grant Gulovsen, for some time. When he and others started ‘The Alliance of Blockchain Professionals’, I was excited to be asked to join an organization of like-minded professionals who are willing to cooperate and/or collaborate to bring positive changes within the industry. The membership currently includes; attorneys, advisors, CEOs, developers, influencers, and investors. allblockpro.com is where you can find more information and apply for membership.
4. What are your thoughts on the current information/ education flow in the Industry? Are people getting the correct information?
No, people are not getting the correct education. We MUST change this.
I connected with multiple Thought Leaders for my education several years ago. Sadly, those leading industry growth, have also been forced to evolve just as much as the tech. Thanks to endless applications unseen years ago, leaders are left stretched. One would assume there would be incredible information widely available, but manipulation of data has long been exploited for the achievement of financial institutions. Therefore, we’ve seen negative cryptocurrency headlines in mainstream news from the beginning.
I reminisce of that former boss that fired me, “Sam, you can’t save the world, you’re not a superhero. You’re most helpful behind a computer.” Hmmmm….
Nelson Mandela famously quoted, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Personally seeing far too many injustices in healthcare, financial institutions, and the judicial system, I joined the World Ethical Data Forum. The Forum’s approach seeks to establish a discursive process that identifies false information guided by theorists, journalists, politicians and the creators, and users of data technologies. Note current political headlines, you’ll see the term ‘fake news’ thrown around often. The depth of this problem exceeds our understanding. According to Mandela, you can be a superhero with the correct education, and I intend to be one that assists you to have it available.
5. We also see that you are a Nutritionist and Educator at Infamous GenetiX. Do you see any use-cases for the Blockchain technology in healthcare and the food industry?
I do! So many. It was back in mid-2018 Walmart/Sam’s responded with an E Coli outbreak, by promising transparency. They [Walmart] intends to have all leafy green produce suppliers run on a blockchain platform being developed in part by IBM, expected release is fall of this year. As a nurse, nutritionist, and someone on a special diet, this means a lot to me.
I’ve been approached recently by a project in the meat-food industry, I don’t consume meat products, but when the owner reached out to me, he made the argument stating blockchain will assist in eliminating a lot of unnecessary animal wastes and cut down on pollution. He claimed they’re solving multiple issues with integrity and technology.
Reducing our ecological footprints is detrimental to our future generations; meat eaters, vegans, and environmental activists can all agree.
Colorado is looking into using blockchain tech for their water supply company… Despite what food one consumes, we all need water- That’s a HUGE step forward on blockchain in the food industry.
That’s three off the top of my head for food and blockchain use cases, as far as Healthcare and blockchain; When I started this journey I dreamt of the day I’d scan a patient and hold their complete health history and have access to unbiased medical journals at my fingertips… Now, I’m not seeing patients and I’m one of those individuals working towards ensuring this becomes a reality. I have close friends in the blockchain healthcare industry making big changes; from privacy, records, charting, billing, tracking, education and more; blockchain has a wide range of case uses in healthcare already being implemented.
6. What do you see the year 2019 holding for Blockchain projects? Any ending remarks for the industry, Alyze?
Every nerd chatting on IRC thought our video game “money” it would be useful in real life…. 10 years later we saw Bitcoin emerge. 20 years later, here we are; banks, governments, major corporations, and other ‘whales’ driving the economy desperately want this technology for profiting, transparency, privacy, and other reasons… I see 2019 being the ‘IT’ year for blockchain and related technologies.
Thank you so much for the interview! As for ending remarks; It’s an exciting time to be in the industry, there are huge opportunities. If you’re considering professional involvement in this space: Ideas, technology, ‘real-world’ uses, and regulations; are all constantly evolving, it’s fast paced and a lot of fun. Blockchain is fantastic because there’s ‘room’ for EVERYONE, it doesn’t stop at financial technology. As many of you have heard or witnessed, ‘it’s a rabbit hole’. Therefore, BE CAUTIOUS about what you read. Facts and unbiased information will take you a lot further than someone’s personal opinion on the market. (@cryptotwitter often scares me. Haha.)
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