Olga Feldmeier speaks about being called the "Bitcoin Queen" of Switzerland, making the jump from banking to cryptocurrencies, setting up cold storage in Switzerland, spearheading crypto regulation in Switzerland, what attracts her to Bitcoin, the beginnings of Crypto Valley in Zug, the difficulty of explaining cryptocurrencies to financial regulators, why the traditional financial sector should embrace cryptocurrencies, ICO regulation, tokenizing off-chain assets, creating a token market with her new company Smart Valor, skills and challenges for startup entrepreneurs, dealing with criticism, and why it's important to "just do it".
Olga is the CEO of Smart Valor, a Swiss-based blockchain company building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has worked for leading financial institutions such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group, and she has been Commercial Managing Partner at Xapo, one of the largest Bitcoin custodians. Olga is the producer of a series of blockchain conferences in Switzerland, she's a mentor at Kickstart Accelerator, and she often delivers talks about blockchain regulation, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry.
Olga Feldmeier: http://www.linkedin.com/in/olga-feldmeier, http://www.twitter.com/olgafeldmeier
Smart Valor: http://smartvalor.com, http://www.twitter.com/smartvalorinc
Also mentioned in the episode: Nathaniel Popper's book "Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money", http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23546676-digital-gold
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