Today at CryptoNewsZ, we are joined by the eminent Mr. Erol User, Chairman and Co-founder of BlockchainArmy, President and CEO of User Corporation. A TOYP (The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards program) awardee in 1988, he is credited for bringing the Turkish and Greek Prime Ministers together for the first time in history in 1988.
CryptoNewsZ: Erol, welcome to CryptoNewsZ; it’s an honor for our team to interview a notable personality of your caliber. Our readers would love to know about your expansive career and what sparked your interest in the blockchain domain?
My background originates in the financial and banking sector and extended in a later stage in many different sectors such as Telecom, Supply chain, Oil & Gas and many more. All these sectors are still executing operations and procedures according to the “old economy,” meaning much less efficient than it could be.
My son Ali Sina User joined our group 4 years ago after his successful education and injected new future ideas into our minds. One of the ideas was Blockchain. We decided to learn better and together with postgraduates at Oxford Saiid Business School, LSE, and MIT, we build a great team from India to the USA.
Believing strongly Blockchain is the “new economy” and offers new and innovative solutions to execute procedures, operations and workflows (data) in such a way that it will create a constant validation of the data. This immutable decentralized validation layer protocol makes sure the data is 100% trustworthy and results in transparency, traceability, and security of the data, which upgrades the efficiency tremendously.
My desire and target are to integrate this new technology into these sectors, make them more efficient and prepare them for the future, that’s my real interest.
CryptoNewsZ: Erol, could you please educate our readers about BlockchainArmy and its vision?
BlockchainArmy is a global blockchain development and consultancy company active in the field of blockchain technology development, headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands with representative offices in 20+ countries. We offer both blockchain technology solutions and consulting services which are applicable in the following markets; Finance, Energy, Supply Chain, Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Storage, insurance, Notary/Legal Services, Digital Identity/Certifications, and Defence.
The vision of BlockchainArmy is to become a global player regarding the development of new and innovative blockchain solutions. Besides this, we will closely work with counterparts, related organizations, and associations in order to set new protocol standards, which are needed for global blockchain integration and system operability.
CryptoNewsZ: Recently, BlockchainArmy joined hands with the United Nations to support Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). Would you please tell us more about this landmark project and what issues does it primarily aim to address?
Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC) incubates, develops, and implements confederated blockchain products and solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). BlockchainArmy fully supports these UNSDGs and also actively integrates these in our own company structures, partnerships, and Code of Ethics.
Together with BSIC we aim to inspire, federate, and create bridges between NGOs, and government agencies, foundations, impact investors, philanthropists, and technologists by focusing on the following sectors: Financial Inclusion, Supply Chain, Identity & Vulnerable Populations, Energy & Environment, Human Rights, Health and Wellness, Humanitarian Sector, and Education.
CryptoNewsZ: BlockchainArmy has also been credited for building the very first Blockchain Center and Academy in Turkey; according to you, will initiatives as these, help in expanding blockchain education in Turkey?
Everything in life starts with the right education and creating awareness about new innovations. Regarding these new developments, it’s not only very important to educate people but also to train them to actually learn and start working with these new innovations. By establishing the first Blockchain Centre and Academy with Aydin University in Turkey, we will not only do this but also create a “bridge” between education and the corporate world in order to connect the next generation to these new technologies.
CryptoNewsZ: How would you describe the core members/volunteers of the BlockchainArmy Team?
All our team members have a background in blockchain technology and blockchain projects. Besides, most of our team members have experience in several sectors such as Marketing, Banking, IT which makes our team a multidisciplinary team with an “open view” approach regarding our blockchain projects and customers. This makes us unique in the market and our customers can really appreciate our way of approaching new projects as we can communicate on all levels within their organizations.
CryptoNewsZ: Would you like to share BlockchainArmy’s future roadmap with CryptoNewsZ?
Our BlockchainArmy roadmap is a three-way pillar approach. The first pillar is to become a top and leading player in the development of new blockchain technologies including the highest customer satisfaction. The second pillar is to support/develop initiatives to set new global blockchain protocol standards in order to speed up global system operability, which the global market needs. The third pillar is to push the educational component in order to take our social responsibility and become a trusted “bridge” between education and the commercial and public sector.
CryptoNewsZ: Apart from your roles at BlockchainArmy and User Corporation, you are known to be a staunch supporter of initiatives in the areas of global environmental issues, children’s rights, learning, and ethical economy. Would you like to tell us more about the philanthropic causes that you support?
When you have a long track record in business and after working for many years in the industry, there comes a time to take your responsibility to share your knowledge and experience with the society, and support them where you can. Every human being needs to make a choice in life of how and when he or she can “give back.” The big challenges the world is facing at this moment are children’s rights, the right to education, and environmental issues. Both form the foundation of future and next generations, and therefore are, in my opinion, the most important areas to focus on, which are by the way also one of the UNSDG’s goals.
BlockchainArmy is starting a new social responsibility program under the name SOS Save Our Space which is for the debris collation in the space. We want to protect our World as there is no plan B!
CryptoNewsZ: Being an inspiration for many, what advice would you give to novice entrepreneurs who have just started their careers in the crypto industry?
Simple but important; Study, Study, and Study. Never stop learning regarding the topics you are working/focusing on. These days all developments go faster and faster, and you need to keep yourself educated on the highest level possible. You need to challenge yourself every day to do so and by doing so; you will be one of the top players/entrepreneurs in the future.
In this way, the circle is round as well and that is why I expressed earlier that education is so important.
It was a pleasure and honor speaking with you, Erol. We at CryptoNewsZ thank you for your valuable time and for sharing your insights into the dynamic world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. We look forward to connecting with you in the future and wish BlockchainArmy the best in all your upcoming ventures.