In the world of social media for business professionals, LinkedIn is as close to a monopoly as we have seen in the space. With millions of global users, the overall user satisfaction of the platform has been masked by a deepening concern for privacy, data protection, and overall usability.

With the emergence of blockchain technology has come emerging technologies that aim to solve some of these issues. One of these startups, MBYS, is tackling the professional networking space with a new decentralized application that will give users complete privacy and the option to sell their professional data directly to companies. This complete control of data, privacy, and additional benefits around trusted connections makes MBYS a company worth watching.

To learn more, we picked the brain of MBYS’s CEO, Omar Zaki, a Yale graduate with an impressive history in hedge funds and blockchain technology. I got involved in the space in 2013 and began buying BTC, IOTA, ETH, and several other cryptocurrencies, while I was running a biotech hedge fund.

Eventually, I saw many parallels in the biotech IPO space and the products that were emerging in the blockchain arena and decided to make the jump. I started an advisory group called BitTransfer, that worked on several token sales – doing everything from building out technical plans of action, to whitepaper writing, to smart contract audits.

After some experience with that, my colleagues and I decided to go down that path. This all started when several of us were in college – and began the crazy recruiting process for investment banking and consulting. Read more from…

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