1inch Network co-founder to crypto newbies: ‘Don’t trust anyone, verify’ | PBW 2023
Sergej Kunz, the co-founder of decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol 1inch Network, sat down with Cointelegraph reporter Joseph Hall at the Paris Blockchain Week 2023. The duo discussed various topics, including the limitations of investing for normal people, what mass adoption looks like and big companies jumping into the Web3 space.
Starting off the interview, Kunz spoke about what people on the street may be interested in in terms of the Web3 space. According to the 1inch Network executive, normal people are often very interested in where to put their money where they will not lose it and how to earn with their funds. However, Kunz explained that there are many limitations for your average investor. He said:
“Right now, you are very limited as a person, a normal person out there. You are very limited in products where you can invest. […] Just for example, for my daughter, I was asking the local bank in Germany to provide some products, but they couldn’t even offer bonds.”
Kunz also expressed some frustration about the potential earning percentages for bonds. “You know, like right now you get like four percentage to five percentages for United States bonds and they couldn’t even offer this,” he added.
Apart from the limitations for investors, Hall and Kunz also discussed how people currently perceive the crypto space and what mass adoption looks like from Kunz’s perspective. According to the 1inch co-founder, while people may think of crypto as a place to buy and sell digital assets, there are a lot more things within the space as well.
“We have a decentralized computer around the globe where you can deploy applications that can be used by everyone and right now in a permissionless manner,” he explained.
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When asked about their team’s thoughts on what mass adoption looks like, Kunz explained that people’s understanding and education will be the key to achieving this. He explained:
“As soon as we have people who understand the non-custodial way, this easy approach to interact with a lot of different services and also this easy way to pay for a coffee by scanning your QR code and paying with an Ethereum transaction. Then, we achieved mass adoption from our point of view.”
Sharing his final thoughts on the interview, Kunz gave some advice for those who may be new to the DeFi space. “Everyone who is new in this space, don’t trust anyone. If someone tries to sell you anything, don’t trust, verify,” he said. According to Kunz, it would be best to read and get knowledgeable first before investing anything in DeFi or crypto.
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