After watching and reading several of your interviews, from the very beginning I want to assure you that you will not hear from me any questions about CoinList.
It’s funny to watch you explain every time that you haven’t worked there for about two years, but the interviewers still try to persistently ask their questions.
After watching your interview for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised!
Your voice is like an announcer on the radio or a presenter on television.
You seem like a very determined and confident person who knows exactly what he wants.
What do you think is the secret of successful people? Does a set of certain personality traits affect success? And what does it mean for you to be a successful person?
Andy: Successful people display diligence, drive, and the ability to work hard for long, sustained periods of time. They’re also humble, self-aware people: they know what they don’t know, and they’re not afraid to take the necessary steps to equip themselves with the knowledge or connections to succeed.
Could you tell us a little about the environment in which your personality was formed? What books and movies are dear to your heart? Have there been fateful meetings with interesting people in your life that have changed your life?
Andy: I grew up with an amazing family and friends in Massachusetts, all of whom contributed to the core values I developed. I also was fortunate to meet many great people at Stanford. While there, I took a class taught by Balaji Srinivasan, and that class turned into the Stanford Bitcoin Group — and that certainly set me on a new course.
You were seriously engaged in science at Stanford, the cradle of many global startups. Tell us, please, how much did that work affect the decision to create Eco? Do you feel some kind of spiritual connection or aura of this unique University now?
Andy: Studying under Balaji and starting the Stanford Bitcoin Group got me into crypto in the first place. If it weren’t for those experiences, it would’ve taken me many more years to find myself in the space.
I think you had a huge experience of teamwork with various interesting and amazing people. Could you tell us the names of those with whom you would like to work together, but have not yet been given such an opportunity?
Andy: I don’t know their names yet—the people I most want to work with are those that share Eco’s vision and can bring world-class talent and insights to help us realize it. PS—we’re hiring!
Everyone is talking about hard times for the crypto, instability and vague prospects. It’s known that a black stripe is always followed by a white one, but how do you manage to maintain positive thinking?
Andy: The key to weathering the hard times—especially in crypto—is to stay focused on what you believe in the long term. I firmly believe that bear markets are the best for building.
When you talk about Eco, your face lights up. It can be seen how you are involved in the process and are not indifferent. I am sure that you are making grandiose plans and spending a lot of effort and energy on their implementation. Tell us how do you see Eco in the near future and how do you imagine it a few years later?
Andy: In the near term, our goals are to
1) introduce Eco Points as the world’s first open rewards currency to new communities and stakeholders and
2) to take the Eco app beyond parity with traditional banks to a place where it exceeds all competition in its core features and offers new capabilities they don’t.
In the long run, we want to make Eco Points as useful and valuable as possible.
I know that you consider the Eco community to be a very important component, on which part of the success of the whole project depends. Now many people are very concerned about the question: “What will happen to the community after the announcements and the release of the project to the market?” In Discord, we literally became one big family. Everyone would like to hear your opinion, how do you see the future of the Eco Community?
Andy: Fundamentally, we know things are constantly changing and evolving—that’s just part of life. We all always have to figure out what we want to keep, what we want to change, and how to best move forward.
Our Discord community has been waiting—and it’s arrived! All your hard work is paying off with the launch of the Eco token, and now we’re excited to continue unpacking, in greater detail, what the Eco currency actually is.
The Eco community is one of the most important parts of what we’re building, both in terms of the app and Eco Points. One of the beautiful things about what we’re building—and one of the most important concepts of progressive decentralization—is that the Eco community will ultimately dictate its own future.
We at Eco intend to support the community indefinitely. And, we’ll do so under the ethos that our “earliest community members win with us,” ensuring that those of you that have joined in realizing Eco’s mission first are commensurately honored and rewarded for your vision.
By tradition, at the end of the interview, I ask our guests to say something important and valuable. What thought would you like to leave to our readers?
Andy: I cannot overstate the power of dedicating yourself to trying to help solve a global, societal problem. For me, it’s the problem of money: how it’s governed and used as well as who it works for (and who it doesn’t). For you, it may be something else. The biggest challenges provide the most motivation through the darkest of times, which are inevitable.
This is in line with the idea of making and taking moonshots—dedicating yourself to solving a problem that is “necessary in the grand scheme of things.” We need more people doing that, in all different areas and domains.
Thank you for the interview!
I wish you many brilliant ideas that will change the world!