Thank you so much for joining us! What is your “backstory”?
AM: We met in 2012 whilst we were both studying for our masters at Imperial College London. I was fascinated by Physics and interned at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory before starting my thesis, whilst Alan had an affinity with economics and took a year out to work at the Deloitte Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, going on to study Artificial Intelligence for his masters.
AV: As we worked more closely together we realised we could use our joint expertise across maths, economics and technology in business by harnessing the Ethereum blockchain. Whilst looking at ways to make digitally enforceable agreements using blockchain, and with guidance from Professor William Knottenbelt, the Director of the Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering Centre at Imperial College, we began to explore more ways to utilise this technology and Aventus was eventually born.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
AV: As two young people on this journey, we quickly realised that people treat you differently because of your age. Investors and partners may not take you seriously because you don’t have the experience and are new to industry. But once you prove yourself and show them what you’re trying to achieve you’ll quickly see people start to respect you and those invites come flying in!
AM: From a music Industry perspective, what’s been interesting is seeing how slow-moving an industry of this size can be. At conferences they’re still discussing “What are we going to do about this brand new technology: music streaming?”. From our perspective as young millennials, streaming has been a thing for 10 yea...