Our new Disruption by Blockchain series aims to highlight companies that are leveraging the incredible potential of blockchain technology to disrupt and revolutionize their industry. Through one on one interviews, we'll speak directly with industry leaders to cut beyond the hype and get directly to the heart of practical use cases and examples of how it will change the world, one industry at a time.
The following is an interview we recently had with Alex Man, Managing Director and Co-founder of Aivia.
1. What's the history of Aivia? How and where did you begin?
AM: Aivia is the idea that was born in our CTO Anatol’s head last spring. He was looking for an opportunity to invest money safely and inexpensively in the investment funds, but he did not find suitable solutions on the market. For retail investors with small amounts of investments, the offers on the market are very limited. You can put money on a deposit in a bank or try to become a trader yourself and buy some tokens/shares, or invest in some kind of business, but without experience 99% of such actions will more possibly lead to loss of funds rather than to earnings, and fund managers do not want to take small amounts in management, as it is financially not interesting to them. Therefore, the idea of Aivia is to make the investment market accessible to everyone.
2. Who are the founders and key team members?
Blockchain enthusiast and ICO evangelist, creative business analyst with deep expertise in business development, sales and marketing. Master of Business Administration and Management.
Anatol is an entrepreneur an software developer with more than 12 years of experience.
He is a visionary, enthusiast and a driving force for the Nousplatform. Anatol managed more than 20 IT projects.
Andrew resides in the United States. He is an expert in business development and marketing. He has decades of sales and marketing experience. His dedication, tenacy, organization skills, vision and drive for access are a great asset for the team.
Viktor is an entrepreneur with 18 years of business management experience and an expert in international trade relations between Russia and China.
Since 2017, he has been actively investing in crypto assets.
3. What problem are you solving? Who are you solving it for?
AM: We solve two main problems. First, we give to retail investors a possibility to invest into any sector of the economy, which sooner or later will be tokenized on the blockchain. Secondly, we give the real sector of the economy an opportunity to attract investments quickly and efficiently by issuing and selling its own assets in the form of tokens and getting access to the whole cryptomarket with more than $500 billions capitalization. Apart from that, on our platform we provide investment funds a possibility of getting various asset management services, including fund administration, audit, legal and escrow services.
4. What is your solution to this problem?
AM: The platform itself is a SaaS solution with a very simple interface, where funds in a couple of clicks of the mouse can release their own assets on the blockchain, and the investor in a couple of clicks can buy these assets using crypto or fiat. Best and most profitable funds will be put in the best rankings. We assure the fund performance by making the audit, in case of the cryptofunds- by integrating the cold wallets of the fund into our smart contracts. So investors can easily track the activities of each fund and make a decision to buy or sell its assets. You do not need to wait for the annual reports of the funds, you do not have to worry that the fund will try to fake or improve the statistics, since the whole process is fixed on the blockchain.
5. Why is your industry ripe for disruption?
AM: The stock market itself is huge, according to BCG report for 2016 it is $69.1 trillion. The market of crypto assets for 2017 grew from $10 billion to $500 billion, if the growth will continue in the same pace, then most of the assets will go to the crypto market. In my opinion, this process can not be stopped anymore. The governments will sooner or later have to recognize this fact and make adequate regulation, although there are already absolutely working legal schemes for tokenizing and the assets on the blockchain are not legally different from the paper ones, it's easier to manage them, so the future is in any case behind tokenization.
6. What's the future of your industry?
Prediction #1: As I already said, there will be several stages of its development. I think in the nearest future we will finally see that folksy blockchain, which the industry needs. The essence of such blockchain is high speed of transactions per second, the minimum payment for a transaction and even the cancellation of the payment, and the architecture that excludes the principle of the turing machine.
Prediction #2: As soon as it happens we will be ready to create a new economy and tokenize any assets without any restrictions. I suggest that in three years the capitalization of the crypto market will be $5 trillion.
Prediction #3: Those countries that will support the blockchain will have more dynamic development of the economy. And our place in all this- is being the first or one of the first platforms-pioneers who started this process and boosted their capitalization, at least by hundreds of times.