The payment tech industry is growing and one of the main player in my opinion is Wirex. My name is Jenny Zheng, Cofounder of Blockcast.cc. We are based in Singapore and have presence in South Korea, China and the USA. This afternoon, I have the chance to speak to the man himself, CEO of Wirex, Pavel Matveev. We have brought Anndy Lian into the house as well for this interview. He is an inter-governmental blockchain advisor, book author for “Blockchain Revolution 2030”, investor and recently took on the role as Asia CEO of DECENT Group, previously he founded the world first blockchain supply chain solutions for fast consumer goods. He will be the one posting the questions to Pavel and facilitate this discussion.
Jenny: Dear Pavel, good to meet you. Can you give an introduction of yourself?
Pavel: Hi Jenny, thank you for the interview. Hi Anndy, thanks for being here as well despite your busy schedule.
My name is Pavel Matveev. I am the co-founder and CEO of Wirex. As well as ensuring that the company is constantly pushing the boundaries of payment tech, I believe that my role includes facilitating and evangelising the mainstream adoption of distributed ledger technology across a number of industries.
Jenny: Our readers would like to know more about you, your past and current experiences or even your hobbies too. Can you share that as well?
Pavel: Sure. Before Wirex, I helped top-tier investment banks like Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse build trading platforms and algo-trading strategies. During this time, I recognised that the cost and inconvenience of off-boarding digital currencies was an impediment to their use by both consumers and businesses, despite the latent potential in a tokenised economy. Dmitry Lazarichev and I founded Wirex to solve some of these problems and allow people to use their cryptocurrencies in everyday situations.
In my free time, I like to swim, ski and play video games. Not all at the same time!
Anndy: Impressive background. Tell us more about Wirex. We would like to know more on the progress and the future roadmap. For your information, Blockcast.cc did the PR work for OKEX during your IEO stages for the South Korea market. I was in South Korea during that period of time and we know so much about your company. How was the last 12 months for WireX?
Pavel: It’s an exciting time at Wirex and we’ve recently hit some major milestones. Over the last 12 months, we have partnered with Stellar — preparing 26 fiat-backed stable coins to revolutionise international remittance.
The Wirex Token (WXT) — our own native utility token, built on the Stellar network was also released. We then launched our next-gen, multi-currency Wirex Visa travel card in APAC.
We went on with our development work and have completely overhauled and re-designed the Wirex platform and card in early 2019, including the introduction of interbank and OTC rates for fiat and crypto exchanges respectively.
Lastly, we have received JVCEA Type II membership in Japan.
Anndy: You must have great plans ahead after obtaining the Type II membership, maybe Type I? What geographical expansion plans do you have right now?
Pavel: In terms of geographical expansion, we will begin operating in Japan, Canada and the U.S this year. We’re currently working towards acquiring our Type I Licence from Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) — this will establish the platform as a legal Crypto Asset Exchange Service Provider (only 19 companies have achieved this to date) and allow us to offer our full range of services to Japanese customers.
We’re also continuing to develop our business product, including merchant offers that will allow companies to circumvent traditional payment channels run by Visa or Mastercard and Stablecoin-powered remittance.
Anndy: One reason why I stepped up to be part of a government advisor for blockchain is that I do see that there are a lot of scams in the market and it is not getting any better, depending on how you see it. Of course in my line of work, I do see many companies trying their best to navigate this unregulated space to get the best-commercialised value for their business. How do you see the blockchain and cryptocurrency market in general?
Pavel: Blockchains first use was for the movement of money, e.g. — cryptocurrency or digital currencies. I believe digital currencies are the biggest thing to happen to the financial sector since the Bretton Woods agreement. Not only do they allow for a system of money that sits outside the authority and oversight of central banks and governments but they also enable businesses and consumers to circumvent conventional financial infrastructure.
Legacy banking rails are slow and expensive; cryptocurrencies allow for near-instant transactions at a fraction of the cost, with none of the fees associated with Mastercard and Visa payment infrastructures. Even cryptos market volatility can be mitigated through the use of asset-pegged stable coins such as Dai.
I certainly wouldn’t agree that it is ‘not getting any better.’ The introduction of the 5th Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) means measures are being taken to prevent digital assets being utilised for ransomware purpose. Generally, procedures in line with the regulatory requirements of the traditional financial service sector are being implemented across the industry — an important step in a previously unregulated space.
Anndy: How do you see the term decentralisation in the blockchain space? Do you think it is feasible? Or is there a need to “re-decentralise” it, giving a new meaning.
Pavel: It is feasible. In 2019, we’ve seen a lot of existing and new DeFi (decentralised finance) projects get traction and create real value for real users. Notable examples include MakerDAO launching its multi-collateral DAI upgrade. We expect this trend to continue and are keen on supporting and cooperating with the best projects in the space.
Anndy: What is the future of blockchain? How do you visualise it? Where are the breakthroughs?
Pavel: The future of blockchain is bright, as highlighted above. I believe it has positively changed the world and there are more industries it will have an impact on.
Whether blockchain will become mainstream is a question of when, not if. Cryptocurrencies and stable coins are already revolutionising payments, lending and other areas of finance. Blockchain overall holds huge potential in other areas, too — decentralised data storage, smart contracts and so on.
The overall quality of projects in the space is consistently improving. Real-life use cases beyond investment and trading are increasing and creating real value — this trend will continue.
Jenny: We have reached the end of the interview Pavel. Can you share an inspiring quote for our readers?
Pavel: A quote I admire from another giant in the tech space is:
“Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation.”
– Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
Jenny: Yes innovation is the key to the technology industry. Thank for your time Pavel and thanks Anndy for being here with us today.
For more information about Wirex, please go to www.wirexapp.com. You will discover a new way to pay, giving you total control of your crypto and traditional currency, wherever you are in the world.
HBO Max to release 10 Warner Bros. movies straight to streaming in 2022
In the wake of choosing to release its full record of 2021 Warner Bros. films on HBO Max under a hybrid streaming and theatrical model, it seems WarnerMedia is ready to keep utilizing its Warner Bros. resources for lure subscribers to the service in 2022.
During AT&T’s second-quarter earnings call this week, the organization’s executives were gotten some information about how the pandemic release model would shape a more lasting delivery methodology going ahead, especially as it identifies with theaters. Citing to the theatrical success of Godzilla versus Kong as much as $463 million in income, WarnerMedia boss Jason Kilar reacted that while “the motion picture format absolutely matters,” the organization likewise feels “very good about the response that consumers have given it in the home.”
Kilar proceeded to say that Warner Bros. will deliver 10 movies that will make a big appearance on HBO Max that very day they’re released. While it’s not satisfactory which titles these 10 will incorporate, the choice demonstrates that pandemic has essentially affected the way that WarnerMedia will handle its film releases moving forward. Kilar explicitly expressed that the organization doesn’t plan to get back to a film release system of the past.
“I certainly don’t anticipate us going back to the way the world was in 2015 or ’16 or ’17, where windows were quite lengthy between theatrical and home exhibition, whether it was an a la carte transaction or something else,” Kilar said. As recently reported recently when Warner Bros. reached a multi-year concurrence with Cineworld for 2021 and 2022 film show, Kilar affirmed that dramatic windows for “a portion of our slate” would be 45 days.
WarnerMedia faced significant backlash when it declared recently that its 2021 record of movies would make a big appearance under its equivalent day streaming and theatrical release model. Theaters were not particularly satisfied, however the procedure was additionally reprimanded by makers themselves, including chiefs Christopher Nolan and Dune chief Denis Villeneuve. During the profit call, Kilar said the business would proceed to “evolve.”
“I think that what you’re going to see is this industry continue to evolve and to continue to innovate in ways that not only works for consumers and fans, but also works for our business partners,” Kilar said.
Former President Donald Trump wins the 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll at CPAC
Former President Donald Trump handily won the 2024 GOP official nomination poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering this end of the week in Texas.
Trump, who’s over and again played with making another presidential run 2024 to attempt to get back to the White House, caught 70% of voting forms cast in the anonymous straw poll, as indicated by results declared by CPAC on Sunday afternoon.
That is a lift from the 55% help he won in the hypothetical 2024 Republican essential matchup straw survey at CPAC Orlando in late February.
“I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your incredible support,” Trump said as he gave the Dallas event’s keynote address minutes later.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrived in a far off second, at 21%. Nobody else among the 19 potential 2024 Republican White House competitors bested 1%.
DeSantis, an initial term lead representative and Trump partner who took off in prominence among traditionalists cross country for his protection from lockdowns and COVID limitations in the midst of the Covid pandemic, effortlessly beat a second 2024 polling form question – without Trump on the theoretical voting form.
DeSantis snatched 68% help on that inquiry, with previous Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 5%. Donald Trump Jr. also, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were both at 4%, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem at 3%. Nobody else beat 2%.
The straw poll results, alongside the previous president’s headliner speech on Sunday, were the most anticipated moments at the three-day get-together of conservative activists and pioneers from the nation over.
Trump’s strong performance does not shock anyone. CPAC, long the biggest and most persuasive get-together of moderates, has become a Trump-fest since his 2016 presidential election victory.
88% of 1,525 CPAC participants projecting polling forms said they unequivocally supported the work Trump did in the White House, with another 10% fairly endorsing.
CPAC attendees anonymously replied – by means of an online application – the 20-question review planned by coordinators. Among the subjects on the secret ballot, which coordinators say will give them a feeling of the pulse of the conservative movement, are critical race theory, cancel culture and border security. In any case, the 2024 straw survey questions, no ifs, ands or buts, produced the most interest.
At the straw poll at CPAC in Orlando, DeSantis, who completed in runner up with 21% support, was the solitary other Republican to arrive at double digits.
DeSantis bested the second straw poll question in Orlando, which did exclude Trump, getting done with 43% help in the speculative designation confrontation, with Noem second at 11%.
Omar Choudhury Tells Us How He Helps Thousands Of His Clients Build Credible Instagram Pages
Omar Choudhury is a well-known social media strategist, digital marketer, and high-ticket closer. In the last two years alone, one of his main companies “Grow With Us Agency” has transformed the lives of over 2500+ clients worldwide. By doing so, the multi-million-dollar company has become a household name for many entrepreneurs and influencers who are looking to grow a strong following on the platform.
Based out of Miami, the company is run by Omar, Dre, Arthur, and their amazing team of over 100+ hard-working individuals based all over the world. The company is focused on its client’s growth, both online and financially. The main USP of the business is how well they scale Instagram brands and help their clients to monetize their newfound credibility.
The company has teamed up with some of the largest social media stars around the world, including Supreme Patty, Lele Pons, and Fivio Foreign to give back to the community. They have given away cash, PS5s, and even a car. Talk about helping people out during Covid! These giveaways allow their clients to get an opportunity to grow their following by tens of thousands of real fans all coming to their page to check them out.
Some of the largest entrepreneurs in the world use the company’s services. But Grow With Us Agency didn’t become a household name in the Instagram world by just offering follower growth. Rather the company focuses on a full range of services to ensure their client’s entire brand is fully established. Allowing their clients to also benefit from high-level engagement, access to being published on some of the biggest articles in the world, high ticket sales coaching, and a private community, the company has ensured that their clients are on a fast track to success by working with them.
If you are looking for help in building a credible online brand, then message Omar on Instagram for further advice.
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