Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer, Tokeny Solutions
Daniel is the Co-Founder and CCO of Tokeny. In this role he can lever the experience of his corporate background, which centered around the global growth of transactional based enterprises in capital markets at Clearstream Banking, and in telecommunications at Syniverse, owned by The Carlyle Group. He is a genuine entrepreneur who has mentored and funded several start-ups before creating his own investment boutique. Today, Daniel is working with investment banks, funds, assets managers and distributors to educate these actors on the digital era of finance and accelerate their adoption of distributed ledger technology.
What is it about FinTech that excites you?
I started my career in the back office of large financial institutions doing very basic administrative tasks. FinTechs are about to impact the whole financial eco-system by delivering technology that dramatically improves many of these processes I used to deal with on a daily basis. I never thought looking back that I could contribute to an industry that will lead innovation and transform the finance sector. FinTech gives me that opportunity. It is a great feeling to be part of something bigger than you.
What do you envisage being the biggest development in FinTech in the next 5 years?
Many people are always looking at the ‘big thing’ while I believe what is really big is happening under the radar. Email for instances changed the way we communicate without any hype! Blockchain is going to have a major impact because it is a catalyst for digitisation. Fundamentally, it will change how the financial ecosystem operates, but subliminally.
What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
I have 4 kids, so I enjoy having quality time with them and my wife.
What is the biggest change that you have witnessed in the sector over the past 12 months?
Blockchain has been around for almost two decades but nobody cared at the beginning. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and ICOs created a frenzy and put the technology under the spotlight. Now that the hype is gone, people are starting to focus on the technology and the value it can create.
Who would be your top 3 dinner party guests and why?
- Barack Obama – I have quite a pragmatic view of the world, and I believe he shares a similar line of thinking. I would love to hear more about his take on the world.
- Salvador Dali – Art is a source of inspiration, and I would be keen to understand where Dali got his inspiration from. Plus, he would certainly rock the conversation with Obama!
- My wife – To make this great dinner an even greater one.