In its short history DeFi – decentralised finance – has created billions of dollars of wealth, writes Maxim Bederov, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and blockchain technology expert. This niche portion of cryptocurrency seeks to take traditional financial products like lending and payments, and plug them into a crypto-denominated system. It used smart contracts to auto-execute…
With more than two decades of financial services experience, I have been active in blockchain and digital assets since their infancy. While at MLP Financial Consulting SE, a German-based management consultancy, I founded one of the first mutual funds with digital assets. I enjoy working with digitalization and future-oriented technologies in connection with the financial sector and am actively committed to promoting the legalization and regulation of digital assets.
From student to leader to top managing director
My family took refuge in Germany, where none of us spoke a word of the language. I learned quickly that my options were to step down or rise up, and I chose the latter. My desire for financial independence and appetite for developing new concepts led me to the financial services industry, where I became one of MLP Finanzberatung SE’s youngest branch managers. I was honoured to be recognized as the top managing director in Germany eight times.
Personal and professional passions
My other passions in life are my family – my wife and three children – as well as mountaineering and martial arts. My family keeps me grounded while my hobbies challenge me to climb higher and persevere further. I was also privileged to meet with the Dalai Lama when he was visiting Berlin, who reminded me of the importance of leaving the world a better place.
I believe that innovative technology should be accessible and easy to use for everyone, which is why I now dedicate my time to setting new standards in the fintech industry.