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Alex Mashinsky - The Next World War Will Be A Currency War: China vs America on Central Bank Coins


Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Celsius

Today’s guest is making his second appearance on London Real, and it’s a pleasure to share this time with him once again.

Alex Mashinsky is an entrepreneur, inventor, business strategist, international speaker and the CEO of Celsius network, who have been instrumental in causing a tsunami of adoption and innovation across the world of decentralised finance.

The last time he came on the show at the start of October, we discussed the lack of transparency in banking, why Blockchain is an innovation regulators should and will embrace, the need to bridge the gap between traditional and decentralised finance and why adoption in crypto is crucial.

Today I’m excited to pick up where we left off on a number of those topics and expand the conversation to look at the reality of Web 3.0, the latest developments in regulation and why we’re facing a Currency War that will change the very fabric of our society.

Alex is in many regards a disruptor of established industries, possessing a mercurial entrepreneurial touch mixed with a hefty dose of technological imagination, he has managed to liberate and democratise systems and structures in a way that has transformed the lives of millions of people around the world.

He may be best known as one of the inventors of VOIP or Voice over Internet Protocol, a groundbreaking technology that allowed users to make phone calls using an internet connection and is used by over 3.5 billion people worldwide. It blew the industry-wide open and changed the very fabric of day to day life for billions of people across the planet.

This ability to spot gaps in markets where others only see closed shops is what has seen Alex achieve more than $1 billion in funding and over $3 billion in exits. He is the founder of several other companies including GroundLink, Transit Wireless, Elematics and Arbinet and has authored over 50 patents that cover aspects of Netflix streaming, Twitter, Groupon and Skype to name just a few.

Since 2017, he has brought his trailblazing approach to the blockchain and crypto industries, founding the Celsius Network, a community-based borrowing and lending platform built on the blockchain with the aim to disrupt the financial industry while creating economic freedom through digital currency for every person on the planet.

For years, traditional financial institutions have conditioned us to accept steep fees and no yield earnings on holdings as the status quo. The Celsius Network offers consumers what banks never could – a community-oriented platform that provides income and financial independence by offering low-cost lending and high-interest yield on crypto.

It has worked incredibly well; in 2020, their Cel token outperformed the big players rising 3,500% during the year. Currently, Celsius has over 1.5 million community users and in the last twelve months has grown its total asset holdings from $1 billion to $28 billion.

It’s a remarkable achievement and lays bare the determination Alex has to bring economic freedom to every person on the planet. And, if his track record is anything to go by, he alongside a wealth of innovators, movers and shakers will no doubt change the way finance is managed the world over in the years that follow.

DeFi and Blockchain will completely revolutionise the way we as consumers understand and interact with our money. It is a chance to create Financial Freedom and be a part of something, to engineer a better and more inclusive future for billions of people around the world.

I’m looking for partners, collaborators, and colleagues who want to join forces with us and create real value and generational wealth. It is an opportunity you don’t want to miss and exactly the reason why I created the DeFi Academy in the first place. Now is the time to get educated, find mentorship, and trade with a community you can trust.

Our next LIVE course, THE DeFi Accelerator – The Keys to Unlock a $9 Trillion Marketplace, is closing soon. Do Not Miss Out.

Remember this is just the beginning, as Alex himself puts it,

“Cryptography is driving a creative disruption in the global economy that promises to dwarf the software revolution of the past ten years.”

Download clips

A number of clips from this exclusive interview are now available to download, share and repost. Spread the word: grab these clips today!

  1. Crypto is for the community, not the money
  2. Raising capital for Celsius
  3. Risk factors and Key managing
  4. Are we in a currency war?
  5. We put the community first at Celsius
  6. The fees that you never see
  7. Is there room for hundreds of blockchains?
  8. NFTs will bring people into crypto
  9. Facebook should be concerned about going Meta
  10. Take control of your money
  11. Can the Digital Yuan challenge the Dollar?
  12. Why is Celsius mining?
  13. Celsius is all about giving back


00:00 | Trailer.
02:39 | Brian’s introduction.
03:41 | Importance of the Celsius community.
06:14 | Why Celsius had a big equity raise in 2021 and the importance of the institutions investing.
10:40 | KYC and AML and the money will follow. Also, a solution as to what to do with your cold wallet.
17:06 | Mastering your security keys, the issue of finding the right custody and insurance.
19:25 | Why he had to suspend his CFO.
20:27 | Currency world war, its relation to people’s own currency and what Celsius is doing about it.
25:09 | Web 2.0 vs 3.0 and DeFi not TradFi – Celsius does not want to bring the worst of Wall Street to crypto.
32:09 | Trading fees, Alex Mashinsky’s views on exchanges Robinhood and the stadium.
40:53 | Alex Mashinsky’s views on the Layer One wars from his technology background and the impact on blockchain users and Celsius.
47:13 | His thoughts on NFTs.
49:26 | Metaverse relationship with Celsius, and why Alex Mashinsky recommends a name change.
53:49 | His view on Facebook’s diem and importance of personal freedom of finance.
57:18 | How Alex Mashinsky’s experience of communism, socialism and capitalism informs his belief in crypto.
59:46 | If you get to a fork, take it – the status of the digital dollar.
1:08:40 | Why mining is very important to Alex Mashinsky.
1:10:52 | His biggest challenge now. Celsius is expanding – if you have the skills Alex wants to hear from you.
1:12:26 | His own biggest challenge.
1:14:14 | When will access to Celsius be available in some US States and in the UK?
1:15:34 | How he gets his energy.
1:17:40 | Brian’s summing up.


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