If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?
Balance: Being aware of the many opposing forces that come with entrepreneurship, media, and life will generally keep you more prepared and less blindsided by upcoming challenges. You can’t anticipate every curveball coming your way, so it's in your best interest to be intimately aware of the ones you can. A good amount of challenges can be avoided by keeping a healthy balance between things such as exertion and relaxation, Introspection and extroversion, accomplishment and giving back, learning and teaching, etc.
Processes: You should never have to do the same thing more than once, or you’ll start to accrue some organizational debt and sap yourself of valuable focus. If you want to scale anything, you should have a plan to replace yourself in every role. I was the first writer at CoinCentral (we now have over 25), the first editor (we now have a small team), and currently the Editor-in-Chief. None of this would be possible without having regularly updated processes.
Self-improvement: As you go through roles and different phases, you must always be ready to learn and grow. In the words of a friend at a cryptocurrency startup, “if you’re not always on the edge of not knowing what the fuck is going on, you’re not growing.” Get out of those comfort zones and embrace the challenges with the goal of learning more about yourself and how you can apply these lessons to the next step of your career.
What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?
I’m very excited about CoinCentral and the overall development of the cryptocurrency space, especially within the context of where tech and society are today.
Crypto and blockchain experienced an explosion in attention in 2017, which led to higher levels of innovation and competition. Radical ideas like tokenization of real-world assets, decentralized digital money, an entirely new way to raise startup capital via ICO, and even art on the blockchain attracted the focused attention of millions.
Then in 2018, all the fanfare, insane market caps and valuations, toxic influencers, and scams started to get purged with the dramatically falling prices.
I think 2019 will be the year where the cryptocurrency industry will start to mature, and peripheral niche companies such as media sites will play an integral role in ensuring the ecosystem is nurtured with high-quality and accurate information. CoinCentral has been through the highs and lows without compromising our journalistic integrity. We’ve been able to establish a trustworthy connection with our readers and continue to learn and grow with the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
I’m also excited about the marketing agency JUICE in NYC. Troy Osinoff and Mike Lisovetsky have done a great job at scaling a such a high caliber team has been a joy, and I’ve gotten to work on some pretty awesome projects with them there. I’m hyped to see how their journey continues.