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Amulya Chirala is OST’s financial product manager. In the past, she worked with high-net-worth individual portfolios and custodial data feeds. She is a trained quantitative analyst — a “quant” in the field’s colorful jargon — and she is excited about the way blockchain is making complex financial products accessible to a broader market.
Tell us about yourself!
I’m originally from Hyderabad, India. I grew up in different cities around the country. I studied mechanical engineering at Osmania University and moved to the U.S. to further my education. I attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for my master’s in quantitative and computational finance, which really is just a mix of lots of math within the context of finance. Before OST, I worked in fintech and asset management at a startup in the San Francisco Bay Area for about four years. I moved to Berlin about a year ago and started my role at OST.
What piqued your interest in blockchain technology?
I heard about blockchain a while ago, as it was buzzword in the Bay Area. I found blockchain to be very interesting when I heard about large custodial banks beginning to using it. It was an aha! moment for me because these custodians hold millions of dollars for others. They struggle with trade processing, and using blockchain for this is a real-world use case that is hugely fascinating. I also worked with the custodial data feeds. The prospect of having a custodial data feed that wouldn’t get a correction three days later was a very attractive thing about blockchain.
What does your role as financial product manager at OST entail?
Most of my work here is to help end-users and partners interact with blockchain tokens in the same way that they would interact with fiat currency. We’re working on a wallet that our partners ...
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