We ask builders in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors for their thoughts on the industry … and we throw in a few random zingers to keep them busy!
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. Academic studies took her to Boston, where she attended law school and passed the bar exam. Jen started her career at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management and later moved to JP Morgan Private Bank. She is currently the Vice President of Fidelity Private Wealth Management. She is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jen is also a founding and advisory member of 100women @ Davos, a community of impact-oriented executives and change makers. She met this group of women during her visits to Davos during the World Economic Forum, where she focused on philanthropic initiatives. She also contributes as a thought leader through the Forbes Business Development Council.
1 – Does it matter if we ever find out who Satoshi really is or was?
It doesn’t matter until it does. In other words, it can become essential when / when we find out who Satoshi is / was.
In the meantime, for the Bitcoin (BTC) rollout, it is interesting not to know who Satoshi is / was, as it provided a neutral starting point for users to help shape the Bitcoin narrative and use case – as a decentralized collective.
I can imagine Satoshi, somewhere in the world, watching this anthropological experiment unfold.
2 – What does decentralization mean to you and why is it important?
For me, decentralization means distributing power. There are many reasons for that Decentralization is importantbut the only general point I want to make here is that it invites everyone to participate in whatever is being decentralized. This activates more people and potential than is possible with centralization.
3 – Which people do you find most inspiring, interesting and funniest in this area?
I find the mental functioning of Balaji Srinivasan, Michael Saylor and Robert Breedlove most inspiring, interesting and funniest in the field. I appreciate the theoretical and philosophical discussions about crypto, and these guys just crush it.
Balaji’s predictive skills are unearthly. Saylor’s application of thermodynamics to Bitcoin is pure brilliance. And Breedloves What is money Philosophical discussions are crucial for our time.
I also thank the great interviewers for asking meaningful questions.
4 – Think of your favorite poem or lyrics. What is it and why does it appeal to you?
Talk about rabbit holes! There is rarely a time during the day when I don’t listen to music, be it classical (I’m listening to Chopin as I type this), rock, hip-hop or electro – and everything in between. So many favorite song lyrics immediately come to mind, but here’s the first:
“Go With The Flow” by Queens of the Stone Age: “I want something good to be there to die, to live beautifully.”
As for poetry, one of my favorite quotes is from Thoreau: “The price of a thing is the amount of what I will call life that must be exchanged for it now or in the long run.” But I also appreciate the more popular, more concise version of it : “The price of everything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
The nice thing about poems and texts is that they are left to the interpretation and fit perfectly into the interpreter’s journey.
5 – Which book influenced you the most? Why?
Kahlil Gibrans the Prophet influenced me the most because he masterfully touches and teaches all facets of life. In addition, every word within the book is powerful and powerful. I’ve read this book several times and each time I’ve discovered something new.
I value people who can create, construct and communicate value in a well thought-out, precise and artistic way. The classics, by and large, do this – no lint or fillers. And this is important because of the Thoreau quote quoted above.
6 – If you didn’t need sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Not needing sleep would be an absolute superpower. I’m one of those people who need a solid eight hours of sleep every night, while I’ve always wished I only needed five or six hours a night. Those extra hours have mega compounding potential. I would do more of anything that contributes to evolution: work, read, write, listen to podcasts, meet up with friends, play sports, travel – all of that.
Without needing sleep, international travel would also make it much more manageable. And for someone who loves to explore the world this would be a game changer.