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Swaminathan Jayaraman is a product designer with a focus on digital experiences and startups. He loves to travel and backpack since taking truck rides at the age of 10. He brings the same enthusiasm, edge, and interests to design and product management. Apart from travel and design, he is scouting for local junior tennis talent in India.
Tell us about yourself!
I’m from the city of the Chennai. It’s in the southern part of India and it is famous for its beaches and steamed rice cakes called idli. I studied interaction design in Mumbai. I then moved to Bournemouth University to pursue a master’s degree in motion digital effects. After I got my master’s, I moved to Pune to work as a UX designer at a startup called ConceptDrop. In 2015 I had an opportunity to work with Jason at Hem.com as a UX designer for furniture customization and visualization. We eventually started working on the Pepo application and dabbled around tokenization concepts. That is what led my journey to blockchain. My personal interests include personal finance and travel photography.
What excites you about blockchain?
Like many, I started reading about blockchain as I was speculative about bitcoin a couple years back. Initially, the money and hype were impossible to overlook, but then real-world use cases like tokenization and smart contracts took over. Decentralized finance and banking the unbanked are the areas that really excite me. The interesting part is that the billions of people who do not have access to bank accounts or credit services are mobile-native and can access crypto wallets, which is key.
An exciting and important experience for me was when I collateralized ETH to mint a hundred U.S. dollars in stable coins. It was equal to getting a hundred dollar loan from a ...
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