In the dynamic world of DeFi, innovation and leadership are absolutely essential for achieving success. As we explore the limitless possibilities and future of blockchain technology, we turn to the expert insights and ambitious aspirations of our technology leaders who are leading the way forward in these rapidly changing sectors. We invite you to meet our new CTO and learn about his expertise and ambitious goals.

Can you share a bit about your background in technology and what drew you to the world of blockchain and DeFi?

I began my career in mechanical engineering, where I spent 12 years developing thermal and acoustic software and industrial components. However, I also had a passion for game development and crypto analysis and began working on various projects with small teams of enthusiasts. This allowed me to explore new and exciting tech stacks, which were different from the Microsoft bubble of the industrial world.

Eventually, I got an opportunity to work with Glitter Finance as a full-stack software developer, which reignited my passion for technology. Working with a small team meant that I had to wear many hats, but it also gave me the chance to dive deep into the blockchain and DeFi space. The more I worked on it, the more I understood the technology, and the more I was fascinated by it.

What intrigued me about blockchain and DeFi was the possibilities it offered. Initially, it was like a shiny new toy, something cool to work with, but I wasn’t sure what it could do. However, as the space matured, I realized that the possibilities were endless. Web3 combines the latest breakthroughs in cryptography, fintech, and software with enthusiastic and dedicated communities across the world. As web2 stagnates, web3 is the future, and I am excited to be a part of it.

How would you describe your leadership style, and how do you see it influencing the culture at our company as we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of blockchain? 

Leading by example is the most effective way to work with any team. It is important to be willing to stop what you are doing to hop on a call and help troubleshoot a bug, or code a feature yourself if everyone else is busy. 

Flexibility is also critical, especially with small teams. Developers need to be flexible in navigating coding, testing, deploying, maintaining, debugging and growing new products. Leadership needs to be flexible in allocating and utilizing everyone’s strengths in the moment. Plans need to adapt as the market and products grow and change.

Lastly, communication is key. Every word is a chance to lead to a misunderstanding that can result in errors, lost time or an inferior product. This is true with everyone, but it starts with leadership. Instilling strong communication channels is important not only within internal teams, but also within external communities. It is always important to send the correct message.

In the end, any effective leader communicates well, is flexible to adapt, and is not afraid to get their hands dirty.

As the new CTO, what are your top strategic priorities for our technology team, and how do you plan to align them with the broader goals of our project in the DeFi and GameFi sectors? 

The first step we should take is to ensure that our current products are in line with the standards we wish to maintain. This involves ensuring that the wallet, bridge, and Fun Token are all founded on solid grounds, and we address any major shortcomings they may have.

Secondly, we need to evaluate our current roadmap to ensure that we are investing our time and resources on the right technology and projects that will yield the best return on investment for all stakeholders, particularly our communities.

Lastly, we need to ensure that our team’s skills align with the roadmap and products we are working on building. Initially, we need to bring in two new generalist developers who can work on several different tech stacks to help grow and develop our DeFi and GameFi offerings and communities.

In your view, what are the most exciting opportunities for innovation within our project? Conversely, what challenges do you anticipate, and how do you plan to address them?

I believe that the most exciting opportunity lies in my ability to assist in the rebuilding of FunToken as the hub for GameFi. The current market is highly fragmented and I see the potential for us to serve as a bridge, bringing together different projects and communities. 

Although working with a limited team can be challenging, focusing on critical features and releasing a functional product early can be a great start. We can then iterate on it by incorporating community feedback and making improvements over time. 

Establishing and growing connections with our project partners will also be a challenge, but we have a talented team of individuals who can build strong relationships between teams. 

Lastly, unforeseen challenges can always arise, but being flexible and adaptable will be key to addressing these issues as they come up. 

Which emerging trends in blockchain and DeFi do you believe will have the most significant impact on our project, and how do you plan to leverage these trends to our advantage?

GameFi is currently a popular trend, and our project is well-aligned with it. By rebuilding FunToken as the hub of GameFi, we can position ourselves at the forefront of this trend. 

In the blockchain space, privacy and authentication are both crucial aspects. While they may seem like opposite sides of the same coin, individuals will likely need to utilize both anonymous transactions and authenticated identities. While this may not be directly related to GameFi, we can collaborate with our GameFi partners to help streamline access to privacy and authentication blockchains.

Moreover, NFTs and real-world assets are still in high demand. NFTs can be integrated into games, while real-world commodities can also be tokenized. Although we may not need to work with real-time representations of silver or iron contracts, we can assist in tokenizing GameFi merchandise. Nintendo has already done this successfully with Amiibos, and we can work with our GameFi partners to bring something similar onto the blockchain.

Outside of work, what are your passions or hobbies that contribute to your perspective as a leader and innovator in the tech space? 

I spend a lot of time working with a small team in game development. Building a game is one of the most challenging software projects, especially with a small team. There are various disciplines involved in making a cohesive and immersive experience such as modeling, rendering, sound, coding logic, user interface and experience, gameplay design, and playtesting. All of these require countless hours of experience to be done correctly. By doing most of this work myself, I have gained a better understanding of how different moving parts in the technology sector can come together to create a cohesive and exciting product. Working with a team of hobbyists also helps to coordinate enthusiasts from different time zones with varying levels of expertise to make something coherent.

As the world of DeFi and GameFi continues to evolve, the role of technology leaders like our new CTO becomes increasingly crucial. It is essential to prioritize flexibility, effective communication, and a commitment to innovation to navigate these rapidly changing sectors successfully. With a talented and dedicated team, a clear roadmap, and a focus on community engagement, we are well-positioned to take advantage of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead and drive the growth of our project.

About FUNToken

With over 350,000 token holders and staking users worldwide, FUN Token is one of the leading GameFi tokens globally. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, FUN was crafted to provide a fast, transparent, decentralized, and trustless solution for iGaming ecosystems. By leveraging the power of DeFi, FUN Token creates gaming ecosystems that users can depend on and operators can seamlessly integrate.

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