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6 Questions for Cristina Dolan of InsideChains – Cointelegraph Magazine

We ask the buidlers within the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their ideas on the trade… and throw in just a few random zingers to maintain them on their toes!


This week, our 6 Questions go to Cristina Dolan, co-founder and chief working officer of InsureX Technologies, an alternate insurance coverage market based mostly on blockchain, and CEO of InsideChains, which builds massive consortia and marketplaces with financial token layers to facilitate the worldwide alternate of knowledge and transactions.

(*6*)Cristina is an engineer, entrepreneur and writer who has efficiently embraced superior applied sciences to construct and develop disruptive companies all through her profession (*6*)in media, telecommunications, e-commerce and, extra just lately, fintech. As an early adopter of crypto and blockchain applied sciences, she co-founded and suggested blockchain-enabled corporations in local weather tech, insurtech, healthtech and crypto buying and selling. As a veteran of evolving networked applied sciences, she is at present centered on cybersecurity, which has turn into essentially the most rapid monetary materials ESG and sustainability threat organizations face at present, and co-authored a just lately revealed e-book: (*6*)Transparency in ESG and the Circular Economy, Capturing Opportunities Through Data(*6*) (out there at ESGdataBook.com).


1 What has been the hardest problem you’ve confronted in our trade to this point?

(*6*)In the early days of crypto and blockchain, I’d converse on panels the place folks would say issues like, “Crypto and blockchain are only used by bad actors.” Unfortunately there are nonetheless “leaders” that speak in regards to the prison actions which are enabled by crypto and blockchain that “need to be stopped.” It is superb that they haven’t discovered from the novel transformation of media and e-commerce by means of the evolution of linked applied sciences.

(*6*)It is unlucky that some “leaders” simply don’t perceive that the evolution of new applied sciences additionally aligns with the altering wants of communities. Technology adoption is one of a very powerful pillars of company sustainability! (Look at Blockbuster or Kodak!) When corporations fail, it impacts the communities, companions and even the native tax base that pays for providers like schooling. We stay in a world that’s evolving quicker and quicker, and regulators need increasingly more knowledge and transparency — you may’t keep in enterprise with out adopting new applied sciences.

(*6*)The magnificence of the hyper-innovation that has advanced from the curiosity in crypto and blockchain is unparalleled by some other disruptive know-how. It has influenced innovation from cybersecurity, which makes use of cryptography, to provide chain, which wants transparency greater than ever earlier than!

(*6*)Lack of understanding might be the hardest problem. It is tough to maintain up with the accelerating evolution of know-how within the context of social wants, like improved sustainability knowledge monitoring or improved managed entry to healthcare knowledge.

(*6*)Today, there’s a requirement to be a self-learner simply to maintain up, and it takes up rather a lot of time. Even for these of us who’re curious and like to be taught and concentrate on fixing issues with know-how, the avalanche of evolving applied sciences can really feel overwhelming. 


2 — Does it matter if we ever work out who Satoshi actually is or was?

(*6*)I hope that (*6*)Satoshi Nakamoto(*6*) stays a thriller perpetually! While there was rather a lot of detailed hypothesis round who was engaged on the foundational constructing blocks and who was influential within the public-key cryptography and decentralized architectures, you will need to hold the know-how separate from the habits or private actions or a person. Our “networked” tradition is full of “celebrity” figures who’ve massive social media followings and endorse merchandise. This sort of movie star can be a distraction to the influence and evolution.

(*6*)Bitcoin is the grandfather of an unbelievable age of hyper-innovation which is tough to know with all of the complicated interrelated layers, like economics, know-how, politics, or just easy methods to transact with Bitcoin. Adding a celeb layer to Bitcoin would simply add extra polarization and misunderstanding than what already exists, creating an pointless distraction or excuses to disregard the transformation that’s coming rapidly. Celebrity figures like (*6*)Elon Musk have moved(*6*) the crypto markets.

(*6*)Organizations that don’t embrace know-how is not going to be sustainable. We have seen many examples of this over the previous few a long time. Moving from a figurative illustration to an precise human who can be depicted as having potential political or financial pursuits will solely turn into an excuse for some leaders to disregard the requirement to remodel to satisfy the wants of a altering society.


3 — When you inform folks you’re within the blockchain trade, how do they react?

(*6*)Years in the past I’d publish social media posts about blockchain and crypto, and other people would say “block-what?” At the time, I used to be working within the fintech area, the place some friends within the institutional monetary buying and selling area would make jokes about it (*6*)—(*6*) “…there she goes again talking about crypto or blockchain…” Of course, many of them transitioned into the area later as their trade started to shrink.

(*6*)Today, there’s a completely totally different response. Many individuals are desirous to be taught extra in regards to the applied sciences and the potential trajectory of transformation. I do get rather a lot of calls from individuals who have “lost their keys” and wish to know if there’s a method to discover them — of course, if it was that simple to unravel for misplaced keys, folks would have unlocked some of Satoshi’s Bitcoin by now!

(*6*)Focusing on cybersecurity, I do get rather a lot of questions on custody and safety. There are so many individuals throughout all industries who at the moment are doing extremely fascinating issues within the area. It is enjoyable to pay attention and study potential options to important social points using the know-how. People at the moment are enthusiastic about the use of these applied sciences inside essential or subtle enterprise processes, and collaborating on potential options is now much more enjoyable!


4 — Which two superpowers would you most wish to have, and the way would you mix them for good… or evil?

(*6*)Speed-related superpowers can be essentially the most priceless in a world that’s evolving at hyper pace. While some folks may describe me as being energetic, I’d like to have the power to do extra and expertise extra every day!

(*6*)First can be associated to journey pace that will allow motion from one location to a different location with out visitors jams or airport check-in protocols, which have gotten extra difficult with the pandemic. So a lot time is wasted in touring. As we start to plan extra face-to-face conferences that require placing journey time into the calendar to reach in time, it’s clear that being able to journey at mild pace would save time. While the carbon footprint for journey might be decreased since there wouldn’t be a requirement for conventional autos, I’m certain that touring on the pace of mild would create some vital warmth. 

(*6*)The second can be associated to the pace of ingesting info and understanding it. The quicker you may be taught and join the dots, the quicker you may apply the intuitive understanding in direction of constructing priceless options for the rising quantity of issues our world faces at present. This would allow me to do what I like to do, however even quicker.

(*6*)While residing perpetually creates points, together with the elevated demand for the restricted sources on earth, the thought of with the ability to do and expertise much more throughout our quick lives is an effective various.


5 — Name the stuff you personal that you simply’ll by no means half with.

(*6*)This is a superb query, as a result of my reply at present might be a bit of totally different from issues I’d have listed years in the past. For instance, a passport, which has been my gateway for studying, connecting and rising might be essentially the most priceless device I possess. While it may be changed if misplaced, it’s nonetheless one of my most essential possessions as a result of of the chances it gives to interact with folks all around the world. 

(*6*)One of the teachings from the pandemic was in serving to me perceive how a lot I missed participating with shut mates all around the world. Unfortunately, throughout the pandemic, the passport didn’t supply the chance to journey, particularly if it represented residency in a rustic with excessive covid instances. During the pandemic, the passport wasn’t as priceless because it had been all through my life. It was even inconceivable to interact with shut mates who lived inside a mile of my house. While the evolution of conferencing instruments has made it simpler to video convention, the character of the conversations tends to be extra transactional and environment friendly, which eliminates the chance to be taught or collaborate to the identical diploma. Travel is a superb present. Unfortunately, we’d like greater than only a passport to make it potential throughout the pandemic.

(*6*)I’ve all the time cherished stunning watches (*6*)— (*6*)the old school jeweled masterpiece sort (*6*)— (*6*)and have a treasured assortment that jogs my memory of essential milestones all through my life. It is such a deal with to put on a phenomenal timepiece, but I rely extra on my Fitbit nowadays to trace my early morning runs regardless of the place I’m on the planet. While I even have an Apple Watch Series 7, I nonetheless choose my Fitbit with its longer lasting battery and its environment friendly metrics.

(*6*)It is gloomy to confess that my cell phone has turn into so essential to my day-to-day actions, communications and work. While I don’t use it for banking and keep away from SMS verifications as a result of it may be a safety threat, I acknowledge its worth in remaining engaged and energetic each professionally and socially. It is turning into a much bigger half of id, and the required COVID-19 vaccine verifications are a lot simpler on a cellular system. While having the most recent cell phone isn’t as essential, what’s essential is the connectivity and engagement. I like the power to seize a spontaneous image and ship it to a pal or the power to attach with folks on demand. As an avid photographer with a big assortment of superb cameras from the previous Rolleiflex, Kodak Brownie and an previous tiny spy digital camera, to the most recent Canon skilled DSLR cameras and lenses, nothing beats the spontaneous nature of utilizing a cellular system to seize an emotional second and share it immediately with mates. There continues to be a time and place for these stunning conventional cameras, however the smartphone has a singular use case. 

(*6*)I treasure the extra conventional art work my sons have made at school through the years, which I’ve framed and positioned on my partitions, as a result of the artwork represents their pursuits and actions through the years. Time feels prefer it passes quicker and quicker, and being able to have a look at their artwork and footage, which I’ve all through my house, brings again the enjoyment and fantastic reminiscences. 


6 — What’s the longer term of social media?

(*6*)Social media has advanced over the past 20 years as networked units, smartphones and specialised purposes have matured whereas the people who use them are additionally evolving and getting old. For instance, Waze lets that folks it’s possible you’ll know are touring close by. You may argue that the shared economic system is a spinoff of social networks that enabled rising mobility and shared options inside communities. 

(*6*)The nature of info that’s shared on social media has modified because the demographics of sure networks have modified dramatically. Freedom of speech isn’t all the time welcome, and the power to dam opinions have polarized communities. There are a plethora of totally different communications instruments which allow personal communications. It is tough to maintain up with all of the totally different choices and networks that mates choose for direct communications. 

(*6*)There is a transfer in direction of smaller personal teams on networks with encryption and safety. Mobile units have turn into a important element of how folks talk and determine themselves; for instance, some COVID-19 vaccine verifications are depending on smartphone entry.  

(*6*)While social media platforms the place influencers inform massive numbers of followers are nonetheless common, they might want to evolve because the neighborhood matures. A unique technique can be required to draw youthful digital native generations who’ve a unique relationship with their digital id and the digital worlds they play and have interaction in. How they convey and have interaction could also be an extension of the video video games they take part in. It isn’t a shock to see the recognition in NFTs whenever you take a look at the recognition of digital objects in video video games through the years which have generated billions of {dollars} for common gaming platforms. The recognition of digital worlds the place id is tied to digital illustration of a person’s pursuits and values will proceed to rise.

(*6*)While there’ll proceed to be a range of specialised social networks that cater to skilled or different communities with widespread pursuits, the youthful digital native generations are going to be extra comfy interacting and speaking by means of the use of their self-created digital identities in digital environments. Technologies are evolving rapidly to assist immersive environments to facilitate fascinating new interactions and experiences. The prospects for the longer term are limitless and never essentially a direct extension of at present’s main social platforms. Who is aware of, possibly the longer term can be about sharing digital experiences in the identical approach folks share TikTok video clips? This would require simple methods to create the experiences, and but we already see younger youngsters creating interactive environments in Roblox.


A want for the blockchain neighborhood: 

(*6*)Wishing the formidable blockchain neighborhood continues in its pleasure for downside fixing and innovation. While not all issues will profit from the know-how, the power utilized to downside fixing by means of the evolution of the know-how is contagious and provoking! Hoping the ideation and creativity grows extra to deal with some of the world’s largest issues!



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