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Archi Watkins - Merlin Starter: Driving Growth & Fuelling Innovation In The Bitcoin Ecosystem


Co-Founder of Merlin Starter

“We provide vital early-stage funding support for promising startups, connecting them with targeted traffic sources. This initiative not only fosters the growth of innovative projects but also opens up unprecedented opportunities for investors.”

On today’s livestream we’re joined in the studio by a man who, alongside a small but talented team, is leading a ground-breaking platform dedicated to propelling the growth of the Bitcoin Layer 2 ecosystem.

Phil ‘Archi’ Watkins is a visionary business leader, blockchain consultant, and dynamic public speaker. He is also the co-founder of Merlin Starter, an innovative IDO launchpad and Layer 2 accelerator dedicated to propelling the growth of decentralised projects within the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Archi’s journey into the world of blockchain and decentralised finance began after a successful career as a business improvement specialist for a global mining corporation. His expertise in supply chain optimisation, infrastructure, and data management has proven invaluable in the Web3 space. 

Archi has held leadership positions in a number of global organisations but now finds himself well and truly at the beating heart of an ever expanding crypto industry. As a firm believer in the potential of Bitcoin and decentralised finance, Archi explains that self-sovereignty offers a true gateway to financial freedom and choice. 

And that is where Merlin Starter comes in, a revolutionary platform designed to accelerate the growth of native assets and the Bitcoin Layer 2 ecosystem on the Merlin Chain

Positioned as a launchpad, Merlin Starter serves as a gateway for high-quality projects, enabling them to perform their Initial DEX Offerings (IDOs) and allowing the community to invest at the ground floor level.

“Our goal is to accelerate asset circulation and ensure a seamless flow of assets on the Merlin Chain, paving the way for new advancements in the crypto space.”

Merlin Starter’s vision is to create a sophisticated and inclusive gateway for projects to unveil their native assets on the Merlin Chain. By supporting a wide array of protocols and offering comprehensive support, Merlin Starter enables projects to seamlessly integrate and showcase their assets within the dynamic Merlin ecosystem.

By unlocking the boundless potential within native assets, Archi believes Merlin Starter will act as a dynamic catalyst for innovation and growth and foster an environment where creativity and vitality thrive.

More than just a launchpad, Merlin Starter is a visionary platform dedicated to transforming the Bitcoin Layer 2 ecosystem by providing essential tools, resources, and support for projects to succeed and flourish.

“We’re here to make a positive impact and collaborate with everyone. Our mission is to scale, bring additional utility, and provide a platform for quality products to join the ecosystem. It’s an exciting journey ahead.”

In a broader scope, Archi’s ultimate goal is to shed light on the current state of the financial system and highlight the limited options available. He strongly believes that ‘free markets’ will empower individuals to transfer their wealth without prejudice.

He is a big believer in embracing failure and cultivating sustainable personal habits, which he sees as crucial for meaningful and enduring business outcomes and emphasises the importance of staying ahead by adopting and integrating new technologies.

I’m really looking forward to taking a deep dive into Merlin Starter and understanding how Archi envisions the future of decentralised finance and the innovative steps his team are taking to transform the Bitcoin ecosystem. 

There’s so much change happening in the world right now, which of course can be daunting. The speed of innovation is remarkable, but with that comes a wealth of opportunity, as long as you pay attention and put the work in. As Lao Tzu once said, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” 


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