Welcome to episode 80 of the FTX podcast with special guest Yat Siu, founder and CEO of Animoca Brands, with host Tristan Yver.

Yat Siu is a Hong Kong based entrepreneur and angel investor who was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. He has an absolutely incredible story and reassuring perspectives. Come and enjoy the show!

Thank you for sharing your time Yat!

Time Stamps:

0:00 – 7:51 : Introduction of Yat and he shares his musical upbringing with the piano, flute & cello; his introduction into the technological space, plus the transition into the birth of Animoca Brands.

Yat explains why he thinks the gaming sector will be what pushes this industry forward, Animoca’s connection with NFTs and their role developing the open metaverse.

7:51 – 11:27 : Yat explains how he got a job at Atari at the age of 13, continued his learning in the states and began a virtual startup company.

As an apart – Tristan explains the uncanny parallels between a recent show he watched and Yat’s life.

11:27 – 17:07 : Tristan inquires about Yat’s exceptional pattern of being early on a lot trends – including being an early internet citizen.

Yat explains how he started an ISP (internet service provider) company in Hong Kong in 1993 with the domain name HongKongOnline, an indicator of how early he was and how he morphed that into an email hosting service with over 300,000 users – all with the limited available tech in the 90’s.

17:07 – 22:19 : Yat tells when he first became aware of blockchain, his personal interest in NFTs and relation to Crypto Kitties. Amidst these promising avenues Yat demonstrates how Animoco being deplatformed by Apple’s App Store without due process ultimately gave the assurance that blockchain was the way to secure his work.

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22:19 – 29:40 : Yat shares his thought process on what to build on the blockchain upon discovering the perks of the ecosystem and the factors involved in this decision.

29:40 – 32:13 : Tristan highlights Yat’s point of ‘Digital Colonialism’, the exploitative farming nature of it and the Web3 solution.

32:13 – 37:36 : Yat explains how the evolution of DeFi is a catalyst for blockchain gaming and it’s revolutionary relationship with NFTs as this new ecosystem is exploding amidst contributing factors that are bringing things more online.

37:36 – 42:37 : Yat shares his perspective on what the metaverse is and shows the similarities with life itself.

42:37 – 49:04 : Yat shares what the end goal and thesis of Animoca Brands is and the reality of being a public company.

49:04 – 51:19 : Yat speaks on his mission to build out a proper platform for the future of the Web3 ecosystem.

51:19 – 54:54 : Yat gives advice to those entering the space and perspective on opportunity for Web3.

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