It’s Pretty Clear That Blockchain is Here to Stay, Joshua Lavin
Cointelegraph continues publishing interviews with prominent guests of BlockShow Asia 2017, that took place in Singapore in November 2017.
This time we talked to Joshua Lavin, who is currently working with block.one to assist in the development of the EOS.IO Blockchain software. He has been involved in product development since 2010, managing distributed teams to deliver digital solutions in a variety of industries and markets.
Before getting involved in software, Josh worked as a professional political operative in the US, and also as a consultant for several NGOs in fundraising and event planning. Originally from Boston, he has lived and worked in Hong Kong for eight years.
Cointelegraph: What is your first impression of BlockShow Asia this year? How do you feel this morning?
Joshua Lavin: So far so good! Obviously it’s still early, but it’s really clear that there is a lot of excitement in the room. In the last year, it’s been really terrific to go to conference and just see more and more people and more different types of people starting to get into the crypto space and into the Blockchain world. Having a huge conference like this is really a great way to interact with that and to meet a lot of new fun people.
CT: What inspired you to enter the crypto community?
JL: I think a lot of people – I was introduced to it by a friend. I didn’t really have an ah-ah moment. A lot of people talk about having that flash of Bitcoin, but that didn’t really happen for me it was more of a gradual process. What really got me excited about the space and what got me interested was the application of Blockchain in terms of product development. The types of products and the ways we can deliver value to users that Blockchain enables are I think are just different and transformative compared to what we have seen in the past. So for me, that’s what really got me into it and what keeps me really excited to be in the space.
CT: If to address the crypto community what would you tell today, in the period of rises and falls?
JL: Obviously it’s been a wild ride! I would say two things. First of all, it’s more a testament to how much mainstream acceptance there is starting to be. Three, four years ago there was really no guarantee this was going to be a successful space, but now I think that it’s pretty clear that Blockchain is here to stay.
If you are a developer, develop!
But I guess what I would say is two things. One — everyone looks like a genius in a full market. So things are going up all investments look good. The other piece is just like in 1994 with the Internet. We knew there was a ton of value there and a ton of things were going to come out of it but nobody could have predicted, and even the ones who did predict it probably would not have thought they were right, nobody could have predicted which direction it was going to go. I would say stay open, stay interested and involved, always be reading and talking. If you are a developer, develop! Add value to the Blockchain universe. If you are not getting involved in other ways, there is room for absolutely everybody to help grow this space.