I vividly remember a distinct shift that occurred in the late 1990s in our common perception of the internet. Ambitious startups like Google, Yahoo, and Amazon began to break through the mainstream barrier, and traditionalists that once labeled computers a passing fad for the intrinsically tech-savvy started to recognize their tremendous potential — and to regret their initial skepticism.

Moments like these happen only a handful of times in a generation, and we’re seeing one happen again with the rise of blockchain technology. I was one of the lucky few to discover the potential and promise of blockchain early on.

As I climbed the corporate ladder in traditional financial services, conversations of blockchain and Bitcoin usually held around the water cooler began migrating to the C-Suite. It was at this point, when the nascent tech and its applications had such formidable room for growth, that I decided to specialize.

In the Technology Investment Banking Group at Jefferies, I founded and led our blockchain coverage group, and the demand from our clients to learn what blockchain represented was immense. We learned quickly that the prospect of decentralization can have monumental implications on big business and that its diverse use cases would fundamentally change the way we interact.

However, the more I fell down the blockchain rabbit hole, the more I realized that not only did I want to advocate for the technology within traditional business, but I wanted to help build the movement from the inside. And, just as many did with the internet in the late 1990s, I made a nontraditional career pivot — from blue chip to blockchain. Read more from venturebeat.com…

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