Interview with CTO DAO ENVELOP
Tell me briefly about yourself, your work/business experience: the main thing is how & when did U get into the crypto industry?
Maxim Sizykh (M.S.): I have been working in FinTech for 20 years now. During this time, I was engaged in support, development, setting goals, planning, and organizing implementations — in general, I learned something about software development in the industry)).
Around 2014, I heard the first time about Bitcoin and blockchain. I think an important role was played by the fact that I worked in a commercial bank, and knew firsthand about electronic money and little about cryptography. Thus, the news of a decentralized value transfer system simply could not pass me by. And I started to study crypto. I figured out the Bitcoin White paper quickly.
But then I came across publications in the blog of Vitalik Buterin. Well, to say that I understood little is to say nothing. It became a kind of challenge for me. Then I came up with a task for myself — I began to translate Vitalik’s blog and publish it in LiveJournal (Maxim Sizykh — LiveJournal). And the more I understood, the more I felt the irrepressible urge to code. It is worth noting that by 2015, I myself had practically not coded anything, I was organizing the implementation of information systems.
This is how my immersion in Solidity began. In 2016, the first commercial orders appeared, and in 2017 I quit my job and completely took up blockchain software development. Then I involved my friend and colleague in this business Alexander Agadzhanov — he was very good at finding errors in my smart contracts. That’s how we are still working in this field)).
Separately about the history of iBer…
M.S.: Around the same time (2016–2017), the guys and I (Dima Burimenko, Vasily Koreshkov, etc.) led another 3–4 software development projects. At some point, we decided that we needed to be called something. And with the light hand of Sergei Myadzelets, the name was born — Iber. Nobody knows what it means)). Iber is not only crypto. There are projects in different areas: logistics, real estate aggregator, etc. By the way, the backbone of the development team was formed just then, and we still fruitfully cooperate with some of them. We actively cooperate with various interesting projects, including https://iberrest.com/, https://nftstars.app/en/, https://go.sharpshark.io/, https://exolover.io/, etc.
Why did you decide to work with NIFTSY / ENVELOP: what are the main motivators?
M.S.: First, it’s all about people)). Again, in 2016 I got to more closely know Menaskop — an amazing person, anarchist, and crypto enthusiast. We did several projects with it (https://synpat.eth.link/ ). And so, sometime in 2020, he invited me to discuss one idea that might turn out to be an interesting project. Well — as it seems to me — it turned out. The entire core team is very interesting people, fans, and professionals in their field.
Secondly, I am fascinated by the mechanics of working with assets in ENVELOP. It does not even have a name yet — it is so diverse. So far, the closest in meaning is wrapping. Let’s see what will happen next.
What are your main tasks in the project: + It would be good to tell about the development team…
Today, the ENVELOP core is a protocol that allows you to give an objective value to NFT. I am doing the implantation of this FinTech mechanics in Solidity. This is the main thing and my favorite). In addition, together with Sveta, we come up with a UI/UX for a web application that demonstrates all the capabilities of the protocol. Sveta is a super-competent layout designer. And our front-end Denis enlivens this layout — a very competent full stack developer. Well, for now, I still have to DevOps a little.
What do you think about the future of the NFT market? P2p finance markets in general? What are the prospects for the next 3–5 years?
The NTF market will transform. Now the simplest case on hyip is the digital trade in works of art. This is certainly not going anywhere. But NFTs can also become a convenient “bridge” from the physical world into digital reality. The fact is that in any system of worldviews, a Thing is one of the main philosophical categories that represent an object of the material world. Due to its relative independence and resilience, NFT can be a convenient way to handle things in digital reality.
In my opinion, P2P finance is new fresh air for the new economy. p2p is a chance to save entrepreneurs from the costs associated with traditional financial systems. But this is most likely a big topic for a separate conversation.
Why did ENVELOP focus specifically on the NFT segment?
Because NFT is a new approach, a new standard for digital ownership in the digital world. In the physical world, people have already thought about how to handle property, with the rights to it. But in the digital world — everything is just beginning. I believe that ENVELOP’s digital asset management mechanics can be useful for people who want to do interesting projects in the new digital world.
FinTech for freedom and trust.