We’re asking builders in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry what they think of the industry … and we’re running some random zingers to keep them on their toes!
This week, our 6 Questions go to Jennifer Wines, vice-president of Fidelity Private Wealth Management.
Jen grew up between Mexico, Canada and the United States. The academics brought her to Boston, where she attended law school and passed the bar exam. Jen started her career at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management and then moved to JP Morgan Private Bank. She is currently Vice President of Fidelity Private Wealth Management. She holds a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® designation from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Additionally, Jen is a founding and advisory member of 100women @ Davos, a community of impact-driven leaders and change agents. She met this group of women during her visits to Davos during the World Economic Forum, where she focuses on philanthropic initiatives. In addition, she contributes thought leadership through the Forbes Business Development Council.
1 – Is it important to know who Satoshi really is or who was?
It doesn’t matter, until it does. In other words, it can become important if / when we find out who Satoshi is / was.
In the meantime, not knowing who Satoshi is / was is interesting for Bitcoin (BTC) adoption as it provided a neutral starting point for users to co-create Bitcoin’s narrative and use case – as than decentralized collective.
I imagine Satoshi must be watching this anthropological experience unfold somewhere in the world.
2 – What does decentralization mean to you and why is it important?
Decentralization, for me, means the distribution of power. There are many reasons why decentralization is important, but the only general point I would like to mention here is that it invites everyone to participate in anything decentralized. This ends up activating more people and potential than is possible with centralization.
3 – Who do you find the most inspiring, interesting and fun in this space?
I find the mental functioning of Balaji Srinivasan, Michael saylor and Robert Breedlove the most inspiring, interesting and fun of this space. I enjoy the theoretical and philosophical discussions about crypto, and these guys just crush it.
Balaji’s predictive abilities are from another world. Saylor’s application of thermodynamics to Bitcoin is sheer genius. And Breedlove’s What is money? philosophical discussions are of crucial importance for our time.
I also thank the excellent interviewers, who ask meaningful questions.
4 – Think about your favorite poem or song lyrics. What is it and why does it speak to you?
Talk about rabbit holes! There is rarely a time in the day when I don’t listen to music, whether it’s classical (I listen to Chopin while typing that), rock, hip-hop or electro – and everything in between. . So a lot of favorite song lyrics immediately spring to mind, but here’s the first one:
“Go With The Flow” from Queens of the Stone Age: “I want something good to die for, to make it beautiful to live for. “
As for the poems, one of my favorite quotes is from Thoreau: “The cost of a thing is the sum of what I will call the life that must be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long term. While I also appreciate the widely publicized and more concise variation of it: “The price of anything is the amount of life you trade for it.” “
The beauty of the poems and the lyrics is that they are left to the interpretation and adapt perfectly to the course of the performer.
5 – What is the book that impressed you the most? Why?
that of Kahlil Gibran The Prophet Most influenced me because he masterfully touches and teaches all facets of life. Plus, every word in the book is powerful and powerful. I have read this book many times and have achieved something new each time.
I greatly appreciate minds who can create, build and communicate value in a thoughtful, rigorous, and astute manner. Classics, generally speaking, do – zero lint or filling. And this is important because of the quote from Thoreau referenced above.
6 – If you didn’t need to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Not needing to sleep would be an absolute super power. I’m one of those people who needs a good eight hours of sleep every night, when I’ve always wished I only needed five or six hours a night. This overtime has enormous compositional potential. I would do more of anything that helps evolution: work, read, write, listen to podcasts, meet with friends, exercise, travel – everything.
Not needing to sleep would also make international travel much more manageable. And as someone who enjoys exploring the world, that would be a game changer.