Welcome to FTX Podcast ep 74 with Tristan Yver featuring Charles d’Haussy, the Managing Director APAC at ConsenSys and author of the recently released book “Block Kong”.

ConsenSys is a leading global blockchain & digital assets company. Prior to joining ConsenSys, Charles was the Head of Fintech with the Hong Kong government (InvestHK).

Time Stamps:

0:00 – 5:41 : A background of Charles and his interactive history with Internet technologies; ranging from peer-to-peer networks, decentralized communications, bitcoin, smart contracts, fintech and then his pivot to entrepreneurship and founding ConsenSys.

5:40 – 6:46 : Charles explains the who, what, when, where and how of ConsenSys.

6:44 – 9:11 : Charles tells the story of how he discovered the crypto space and what compelled him to go forward with it.

9:09 – 12:33 : Charles speak on the contrast of personalities, business ideologies and opportunities from the traditional fintech industry vs the emerging fintech crypto ecosystem and how it was a catalyst for him to launch his long-term efforts into this environment.

12:31 – 16:16 : Tristan inquires about the shift in Hong Kong’s environment for companies coming in and using it as a home base to build over time; Charles gives insight on the fertile soil advantages for entrepreneurs.

16:14 – 18:07 : Charles speaks on the Hong Kong government’s knowledge and regulatory stance vs the current state in the USA.

18:05 – 23:04 : Charles explains the catalyst for going with ConsenSys, his initial role and how it transitioned to now.

23:02 – 26:08 : Given the fast moving pace of crypto and the amount of ConsenSys ‘subsidiaries’ – Charles explains how the infrastructure of the company evolves & strategizes with the quickly changing marketplace/ecosystem.

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26:06 – 29:27 : Charles shares insight on how the ‘Chinese Bitcoin Ban/Crackdown’ regulations are impacting the crypto ecosystem and appetite for these technologies in Hong Kong, and also specifically at Consensys – with their focus on enterprise.

29:25 – 32:33 : Charles explains government outlook on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) and the potential direction of them.

32:31 – 37:45 : Charles explains the impetus behind his new, recently released book “Block Kong” documenting the wide array of blockchain entrepreneurs and character types he’s been helping/working with over the years.

37:43 – 39:59 : Charles shares advice to those looking into the crypto space (but have not made the leap yet), as well as how to focus your talents once entered into the ecosystem.

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