We are proud to introduce our youngest advisor, Mirza Uddin. As a prominent thinker in blockchain technology, he has a deep passion for decentralized applications across diverse areas.
He has worked with leading organizations such as Two Sigma, Index Ventures, and BCG. At Two Sigma, a large part of his role involved analyzing and assessing the value of hundreds of outstanding startups incorporating blockchain technology.
This exposure has helped him develop an acute understanding of blockchain technology and what it is capable of. His extensive experience in various fields brings enthusiasm to Edenchain in several ways.
He attended Harvard University and simultaneously enrolled in multiple courses at both Harvard Law School and MIT.
- Please tell us about yourself briefly, how would you describe yourself?
I would say I am a New Yorker who is constantly in search of life’s many possibilities. On a more practical note, I am a venture capitalist who is deeply passionate about the world of technology. I have always held on to the belief that tech can aid in rectifying many of the major issues around the globe today. I would describe myself as someone who is constantly in search of methods that can help create better and more fulfilling lives.
- What was your dream when you were young? Have you achieved your dream?
I would say my single largest dream when I was young was to become an astronaut. I was fascinated with space and the galaxies beyond our own. Of course, my career today is very much different from that of an astronaut but fundamentally I think exploring the unknown world is enabled by tech. While I may never be an astronaut I believe that I have nonetheless embarked on a path that allows me to discover new worlds every single day.
- How do you manage your time? Is there any special method that you use to complete your tasks quickly?
Anyone who has spent even a brief amount of time would tell you that I am constantly juggling a number of different tasks. I believe the single key to efficiently managing one’s time is to be in a state of absolute focus. I have found one method that increases my output is when I turn off all devices around me. However, this is easier said than done given that we are so fundamentally tied to our phones, laptops, etc. One idea is to complete your work in hourly slots. This entails working for the length of an entire hour without any disruption, then taking a ten-minute break to check the news, emails or texts. I have found this to be a highly effective way to be as productive as possible.
- How do you prioritize your work? Are you a perfectionist?
I am also a believer in creating lists. At the start of every single day, I create a list of every single task that I need to complete, and I make a point to prioritize the tasks in terms of degree of urgency. I also create rough estimations regarding the amount of time I will need to complete each individual assignment. This allows me to stay on track throughout the entirety of the day.
I think it is important to be a perfectionist, and for the most part I try to be one. Individuals should put in a sufficient amount of effort to produce work that they can be proud of and that for me implies creating work that is devoid of flaw.
- Have you ever visited Korea? If so, when did you visit Korea and what did you do?
I unfortunately have never had the opportunity to visit Korea. However, I plan to visit this coming summer to explore both its unique culture and the amazing sights around the country. I actually have many friends in Korea and am a big fan of artists such as TOP and Dean, so I am very excited about the trip. It’s definitely been one of the top countries on my travel bucket list.
- When did you first hear about Blockchain? What brought you attention to Blockchain technology?
I first came across the term blockchain in 2012. A few friends of mine were engrossed in bitcoin mining, so I began to research the sector more over the course of time. As new and innovative applications continued to emerge over the years, we will truly begin to see how blockchain can disrupt not just the financial industry but various other sectors as well. I strongly believe that blockchain not only holds immense value in a monetary sense but also holds the capacity to truly transform the technological paradigm in the world today.
- I have heard that you have worked in venture capital firms such as Two Sigma and Index Ventures. What were your roles there?
At both Index and Two Sigma, I focused on evaluating early stage tech deals. While working at Index, the majority of my time was spent analyzing consumer and SaaS startups, which ranged from marketplaces to social media. At Two Sigma, I primarily conducted investment analyses on startups in the AI, Blockchain, Machine Learning, and SaaS sectors. During this time, I met entrepreneurs on almost a daily basis and led due diligence efforts on various blockchain-oriented companies.
- When did you first become interested in EdenChain? What are your thoughts about us? Is there any special reason you accepted the advisor position?
I first learned of EdenChain towards the beginning of this year while researching various infrastructure protocols. I became immediately interested after reading through the whitepaper and realizing the value of creating a programmable economy platform that enables robust scalability and secure interoperability. A number of other protocols suffer from a lack of scalability, high transaction costs as well as low transaction speeds. However, EdenChain is planning to address every single one of these problem areas with one integrated platform for enterprises.
It is also rare to see a team in this space that has decades of development experience in a wide array of different fields. I think James is one of the most intelligent and qualified individuals in the industry today and after speaking to him I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of this company. James and I both agreed that me joining the advisory board would lead to significant synergistic gains that could bring EdenChain to new heights. So far, I have felt not only impactful but also a true sense of belonging. I hope to continue working with everyone on the EdenChain team long term in order to amplify the influence of this technology across the world.
- There was a huge cryptocurrency boom in Korea. What are your thoughts on this situation (current and future)?
The crypto boom in Korea was quite extraordinary. Not only were millions of transactions being made on exchanges, but many individuals were actually paying premiums in order to acquire their desired cryptos. I think large spikes in crypto prices are largely beneficial for the blockchain space because it further drives interest in the sector as a whole. One of the single largest issues a few years ago was the low rate of blockchain adoption. However, I think major countries such as Korea have the potential to truly lead to massive adoption going forward as interest continues to increase over the course of time.
- What in your opinion helps create distinctive startups in blockchain industry?
I believe the inherent driver of change in the blockchain industry is tied to individuals who are passionate about creating real innovation in order to benefit society. Distinctive startups are not created in a vacuum, so in my opinion, teams need to learn from the mistakes of prior companies and create startups that aid in correcting those issues. Many new startups today are attempting to merely mimic successful companies from the past and as a result these new platforms do not lead to innovation. However, a select few teams will integrate their knowledge of the space and combine it with new ideas that they believe will solve some of the inherent issues in the older technology, and this is what will lead to the creation of truly unique startups.
- What is the driving force in your life? What is the fuel that keeps you going?
The single largest driving force in my life has been the desire to enact positive change in the world. I believe this allows me to continue moving forward while also keeping me grounded in my beliefs. This can also be applied to all areas of my life, whether that be my professional or personal life. I constantly want to improve myself and take on new challenges because it enables me to grow as a person while also simultaneously heightening my skillset. Perhaps most importantly this drive brings me closer to my goal of attempting to create lasting changes that can impact the lives of others in a positive manner.
- Who has had a big impact on you (or your life)?
I would say that my grandfather has had the largest impact on my life. He came from very dire circumstances and poverty forced him to drop out of school when he was only in the first grade. Oftentimes, he had nothing to eat for several days. However, he did not allow these obstacles to stand in his path and continued to maintain a strong work ethic. He eventually built a number of successful businesses and lifted his family out of poverty. I do not think I would be where I am today if he did not inspire me in the manner that he did. To this day, he continues to serve as my one true role model.
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