We asked builders in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space what they thought about the industry…and added some random zingers to keep them on their toes!
This week, we put 6 questions to Annabelle Huang, Managing Partner of Amber Group, the world’s leading digital asset platform.
Before joining Amber Group, I was Asia Director of AirSwap, a decentralized exchange platform that enables peer-to-peer transactions on the Ethereum blockchain. Before transitioning to digital assets, I worked at Deutsche Bank and Nomura in New York as a FX structurist, advising private equity funds, US companies and hedge funds on structuring solutions and risk management. My background in traditional financial markets, combined with my institutional and macro market experience, gives me a unique advantage in developing the product strategies and solutions offered through Amber Group.
1 — What problems do you think blockchain has a chance to solve but haven’t tried yet?
The gender divide is a key societal challenge that blockchain technology could potentially address. I believe in the potential of blockchain technology to unlock investment opportunities for women, and I am honored to be in this industry helping women and other marginalized communities raise awareness of the utility of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in their financial journeys.
The industry is also growing so fast, and the possibilities for innovation are endless – what else can we do to empower women economically? How else can we break the glass ceiling for women building careers at the intersection of finance and tech? I firmly believe that these are the issues that we as an industry must address together.
2 — What will happen to Bitcoin and Ethereum in the next 10 years?
Bitcoin and Ethereum are not going anywhere. If anything, cryptocurrencies will grow in popularity as they go mainstream. As with any given financial market, prices and values will continue to fluctuate, but as the communities supporting them grow and regulation becomes clear, Bitcoin and Ethereum may drive innovation and become mainstays in the industry and beyond.
3 — Do you agree with Bitcoin as a means of payment, a store of value, both…or neither?
Both! I believe Bitcoin works like any other currency and has its own store of value. Today, we are seeing widespread adoption, millions of online transactions, and growing interest in cryptocurrency exchanges and digital asset platforms. This is a testament to the utility of Bitcoin – it is not only used for transactions, but also doubles as a means of payment for goods, services, art, etc.
4 — Which two superpowers would you most like to have and how would you combine them, good or evil?
I would choose teleportation or mindreading. At my job, it’s always busy, so the former will help me get to places fast!
5 — Besides now, when and in which country would you like to live?
I’ve been lucky enough to live in several beautiful places in my life. I grew up in China and had the opportunity to study abroad in Pittsburgh and Paris. I have also been fortunate enough to work in beautiful cosmopolitan cities like New York, Hong Kong and now Singapore. In another life, I’d have tea in a quaint London cafe.
6 — Think of a favorite poem or song lyrics, what is it and why does it speak to you?
my favorite quotes from little Prince: “All adults were once children…but only a few remember.” This quote is my go-to reminder to always be curious and approach each day with fresh eyes and a first-day mindset.
The aspirations of the young, ambitious blockchain community:
On behalf of Amber Group, we hope that the young, ambitious blockchain community will continue to be a catalyst for innovation and deliver new blockchain applications that transform the industry while maintaining the decentralized spirit of DeFi. We’re excited to see innovation powering our global economy without losing sight of opportunity and community spirit to create a better world for everyone.