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Konstantin Anissimov is Executive Director of the international cryptocurrency exchange, CEX.IO. As someone with a wealth of different business experiences before entering the crypto space, Anissimov brings a broad array of expertise to the worlds of crypto and blockchain. We recently sat down with Anissimov to ask him about the state of the crypto market.
Invezz: What attracted you to go into the cryptocurrency space?
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Anissimov: My involvement in the cryptocurrency space began in 2017-2018. Before moving into this field, I was involved with R&D, operations management, and corporate sales. The level of responsibility that came with my previous jobs led me to pursue an Executive MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School. I wanted to have solid knowledge and skills related to business management and administration.
While undergoing the Executive MBA course, I gained my first experience with blockchain technology. It involved working with a startup on a physical gold provenance platform, which was built on an Ethereum blockchain. I helped the startup launch their first MVP. In the process of doing that, I saw for myself the potential for innovation that blockchain technology possessed.
Since then, it was my goal to move into the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Gradually, I became more involved with this field, and in 2020 an opportunity arose to join the CEX.IO team.
Invezz: CEX.IO offers a range of financial services, from loans to integrated crypto payment gateways; is cryptocurrency becoming mainstream for personal finances?
Anissimov: Cryptocurrencies are undeniably becoming much more mainstream. Even so, I do not believe that in the foreseeable future they will become a replacement for cash to be used in everyday finance. In order for that to happen, the majority of the world’s countries would have to unanimously decide to adopt blockchain technology and repurpose their payment systems to work accordingly. And, in my opinion, we still have a long way to go before that happens.
On the other hand, while cryptocurrencies may not dominate the payments industry, they will definitely have a solid presence in the financial markets. The increasing number of both retail and institutional investors in crypto shows that much. So, to my mind, crypto will likely become an alternative financial instrument, similar to high-risk equities or forex.
As for us at CEX.IO – our company stands for the development of the crypto market and can be rightfully called a pioneer in the crypto industry. We started by offering a Bitcoin cloud mining service back in 2012. Since then we’ve introduced a wide range…