Earlier this year, I spoke on a couple of panels with Katherine from Quoine(Liquid). In the process, I got to learn more about her journey in tech & working with multiple leading startups. Previously, she was the Head of Marketing at GrabTaxi and GrabCar Indonesia (now known as Grab, Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing app). Katherine was responsible for building and leading the marketing team, and helped ride volume grow more than 3x in the first quarter.
Before Grab, Katherine served in the CEO Office of AirAsia (Asia’s largest low-cost airline) for 4 years, managing special projects in the AirAsia group across commercial operations, corporate strategy, policy development, and process improvement. She started her career as an investment banking analyst in ECM Libra Investment Bank.
Liquid (Quoine) is a leading global fintech company that provides trading, exchange, and next-generation financial services powered by blockchain technology. With offices in Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam, Quoine combines a strong network of local partners with extensive team experience in banking and financial products to deliver best in class financial services for its customers. More information is available at www.quoine.com
Q: What motivated you to get into blockchain & Crypto?
I’ve always been in the intersection of tech and finance, and came across blockchain technology in my studies at MIT Fintech and did a capstone project on it with my teammates. Later on, I was referred to Quoine for my current role through a friend 1.5 years ago, which is where I still am today.
Q: What were you doing before Crypto/Blockchain? Were there any Challenges you faced which crypto transformed for you?
I was working in several tech startups, which are the largest in their respective industries — AirAsia, Grab and Luxola (acquired by Sephora LVMH). The high barriers to entry to access premium financial services, such as customized portfolio management, or new asset classes only available through large financial institutions, helped galvanize my interest in blockchain technology within financial services to help enable financial inclusion.
Q: What is the main problem you or your organization is excited to solve in this fast-evolving space? Why is this important?
We are looking to help enable financial inclusion for all. We believe access to financial services should be democratized and distributed, and not held by a select few.
Q: What do you think are the biggest challenges in the industry or in your jurisdiction of operation?
Navigating regulatory developments in multiple jurisdictions globally whilst still remaining compliant in our operations.
Q: Beyond your own project, which other blockchain projects are you excited about? Why?
We are excited about projects that enable new blockchain infrastructures to be built, such as Ziliqa.
Q: Any Books or individuals that have completely changed your perspective on Blockchain?
Our own Liquid whitepaper changed my perspective on how blockchain technology can create a truly borderless and liquid global capital market in the new crypto economy.
Q: What should anyone new to the space look out for?
Look out for more discussions around regulatory frameworks on security tokens.
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