6 Questions for Cristina Dolan of InsideChains – Cointelegraph Magazine


We
ask
the
buidlers
in
the
blockchain
and
cryptocurrency
sector
for
their
thoughts
on
the
industry…
and
throw
in
a
few
random
zingers
to
keep
them
on
their
toes!



This
week,


our
6
Questions
go
to
Cristina
Dolan,
co-founder
and
chief
operating
officer
of
InsureX
Technologies,
an
alternative
insurance
marketplace
based
on
blockchain,
and
CEO
of
InsideChains,
which
builds
large
consortia
and
marketplaces
with
economic
token
layers
to
facilitate
the
global
exchange
of
data
and
transactions.


Cristina
is
an
engineer,
entrepreneur
and
author
who
has
successfully
embraced
advanced
technologies
to
build
and
grow
disruptive
businesses
throughout
her
career


in
media,
telecommunications,
e-commerce
and,
more
recently,
fintech.
As
an
early
adopter
of
crypto
and
blockchain
technologies,
she
co-founded
and
advised
blockchain-enabled
companies
in
climate
tech,
insurtech,
healthtech
and
crypto
trading.
As
a
veteran
of
evolving
networked
technologies,
she
is
currently
focused
on
cybersecurity,
which
has
become
the
most
immediate
financial
material
ESG
and
sustainability
risk
organizations
face
today,
and
co-authored
a
recently
published
book:



Transparency
in
ESG
and
the
Circular
Economy,
Capturing
Opportunities
Through
Data


(available
at
ESGdataBook.com).



1




What
has
been
the
toughest
challenge
you’ve
faced
in
our
industry
so
far?


In
the
early
days
of
crypto
and
blockchain,
I
would
speak
on
panels
where
people
would
say
things
like,
“Crypto
and
blockchain
are
only
used
by
bad
actors.”
Unfortunately
there
are
still
“leaders”
that
talk
about
the
criminal
activities
that
are
enabled
by
crypto
and
blockchain
that
“need
to
be
stopped.”
It
is
amazing
that
they
haven’t
learned
from
the
radical
transformation
of
media
and
e-commerce
through
the
evolution
of
connected
technologies.


It
is
unfortunate
that
some
“leaders”
just
don’t
understand
that
the
evolution
of
new
technologies
also
aligns
with
the
changing
needs
of
communities.
Technology
adoption
is
one
of
the
most
important
pillars
of
corporate
sustainability!
(Look
at
Blockbuster
or
Kodak!)
When
companies
fail,
it
impacts
the
communities,
partners
and
even
the
local
tax
base
that
pays
for
services
like
education.
We
live
in
a
world
that
is
evolving
faster
and
faster,
and
regulators
want
more
and
more
data
and
transparency

you
can’t
stay
in
business
without
adopting
new
technologies.


The
beauty
of
the
hyper-innovation
that
has
evolved
from
the
interest
in
crypto
and
blockchain
is
unparalleled
by
any
other
disruptive
technology.
It
has
influenced
innovation
from
cybersecurity,
which
utilizes
cryptography,
to
supply
chain,
which
needs
transparency
more
than
ever
before!


Lack
of
understanding
is
probably
the
toughest
challenge.
It
is
hard
to
keep
up
with
the
accelerating
evolution
of
technology
in
the
context
of
social
needs,
like
improved
sustainability
data
tracking
or
improved
controlled
access
to
healthcare
data.


Today,
there
is
a
requirement
to
be
a
self-learner
just
to
keep
up,
and
it
takes
up
a
lot
of
time.
Even
for
those
of
us
who
are
curious
and
love
to
learn
and
focus
on
solving
problems
with
technology,
the
avalanche
of
evolving
technologies
can
feel
overwhelming. 


 


2


Does
it
matter
if
we
ever
figure
out
who
Satoshi
really
is
or
was?


I
hope
that



Satoshi
Nakamoto


remains
a
mystery
forever!
While
there
has
been
a
lot
of
detailed
speculation
around
who
was
working
on
the
foundational
building
blocks
and
who
was
influential
in
the
public-key
cryptography
and
decentralized
architectures,
it
is
important
to
keep
the
technology
separate
from
the
behavior
or
personal
activities
or
an
individual.
Our
“networked”
culture
is
full
of
“celebrity”
figures
who
have
large
social
media
followings
and
endorse
products.
This
kind
of
celebrity
would
be
a
distraction
to
the
impact
and
evolution.


Bitcoin
is
the
grandfather
of
an
incredible
age
of
hyper-innovation
which
is
hard
to
understand
with
all
the
complex
interrelated
layers,
like
economics,
technology,
politics,
or
simply
how
to
transact
with
Bitcoin.
Adding
a
celebrity
layer
to
Bitcoin
would
just
add
more
polarization
and
misunderstanding
than
what
already
exists,
creating
an
unnecessary
distraction
or
excuses
to
ignore
the
transformation
that
is
coming
quickly.
Celebrity
figures
like



Elon
Musk
have
moved


the
crypto
markets.


Organizations
that
don’t
embrace
technology
will
not
be
sustainable.
We
have
seen
many
examples
of
this
over
the
past
few
decades.
Moving
from
a
figurative
representation
to
an
actual
human
who
will
be
depicted
as
having
possible
political
or
economic
interests
will
only
become
an
excuse
for
some
leaders
to
ignore
the
requirement
to
transform
to
meet
the
needs
of
a
changing
society.


 


3


When
you
tell
people
you’re
in
the
blockchain
industry,
how
do
they
react?


Years
ago
I
would
publish
social
media
posts
about
blockchain
and
crypto,
and
people
would
say
“block-what?”
At
the
time,
I
was
working
in
the
fintech
space,
where
some
peers
in
the
institutional
financial
trading
space
would
make
jokes
about
it




“…there
she
goes
again
talking
about
crypto
or
blockchain…”
Of
course,
many
of
them
transitioned
into
the
space
later
as
their
industry
began
to
shrink.


Today,
there
is
a
totally
different
reaction.
Many
people
are
eager
to
learn
more
about
the
technologies
and
the
potential
trajectory
of
transformation.
I
do
get
a
lot
of
calls
from
people
who
have
“lost
their
keys”
and
want
to
know
if
there
is
a
way
to
find
them

of
course,
if
it
was
that
easy
to
solve
for
lost
keys,
people
would
have
unlocked
some
of
Satoshi’s
Bitcoin
by
now!


Focusing
on
cybersecurity,
I
do
get
a
lot
of
questions
about
custody
and
security.
There
are
so
many
people
across
all
industries
who
are
now
doing
incredibly
interesting
things
in
the
space.
It
is
fun
to
listen
and
learn
about
possible
solutions
to
critical
social
issues
utilizing
the
technology.
People
are
now
thinking
about
the
use
of
these
technologies
within
important
or
sophisticated
business
processes,
and
collaborating
on
possible
solutions
is
now
a
lot
more
fun!


4


Which
two
superpowers
would
you
most
want
to
have,
and
how
would
you
combine
them
for
good…
or
evil?


Speed-related
superpowers
would
be
the
most
valuable
in
a
world
that
is
evolving
at
hyper
speed.
While
some
people
might
describe
me
as
being
energetic,
I
would
love
to
have
the
ability
to
do
more
and
experience
more
each
day!


First
would
be
related
to
travel
speed
that
would
enable
movement
from
one
location
to
another
location
without
traffic
jams
or
airport
check-in
protocols,
which
have
gotten
more
complicated
with
the
pandemic.
So
much
time
is
wasted
in
traveling.
As
we
begin
to
plan
more
face-to-face
meetings
that
require
putting
travel
time
into
the
calendar
to
arrive
in
time,
it
is
clear
that
having
the
ability
to
travel
at
light
speed
would
save
time.
While
the
carbon
footprint
for
travel
could
be
decreased
since
there
would
not
be
a
requirement
for
traditional
vehicles,
I
am
sure
that
traveling
at
the
speed
of
light
would
create
some
significant
heat. 


The
second
would
be
related
to
the
speed
of
ingesting
information
and
understanding
it.
The
faster
you
can
learn
and
connect
the
dots,
the
faster
you
can
apply
the
intuitive
understanding
towards
building
valuable
solutions
for
the
growing
number
of
problems
our
world
faces
today.
This
would
enable
me
to
do
what
I
love
to
do,
but
even
faster.


While
living
forever
creates
issues,
including
the
increased
demand
for
the
limited
resources
on
earth,
the
idea
of
being
able
to
do
and
experience
even
more
during
our
short
lives
is
a
good
alternative.


5


Name
the
things
you
own
that
you’ll
never
part
with.


This
is
a
great
question,
because
my
answer
today
is
probably
a
little
different
from
things
I
would
have
listed
years
ago.
For
example,
a
passport,
which
has
been
my
gateway
for
learning,
connecting
and
growing
is
probably
the
most
valuable
tool
I
possess.
While
it
can
be
replaced
if
lost,
it
is
still
one
of
my
most
important
possessions
because
of
the
possibilities
it
offers
to
engage
with
people
all
over
the
world. 


One
of
the
lessons
from
the
pandemic
was
in
helping
me
understand
how
much
I
missed
engaging
with
close
friends
all
over
the
world.
Unfortunately,
during
the
pandemic,
the
passport
didn’t
offer
the
opportunity
to
travel,
especially
if
it
represented
residency
in
a
country
with
high
covid
cases.
During
the
pandemic,
the
passport
wasn’t
as
valuable
as
it
had
been
throughout
my
life.
It
was
even
impossible
to
engage
with
close
friends
who
lived
within
a
mile
of
my
home.
While
the
evolution
of
conferencing
tools
has
made
it
easier
to
video
conference,
the
nature
of
the
conversations
tends
to
be
more
transactional
and
efficient,
which
eliminates
the
opportunity
to
learn
or
collaborate
to
the
same
degree.
Travel
is
a
wonderful
gift.
Unfortunately,
we
need
more
than
just
a
passport
to
make
it
possible
during
the
pandemic.


I
have
always
loved
beautiful
watches




the
old-fashioned
jeweled
masterpiece
kind




and
have
a
treasured
collection
that
reminds
me
of
important
milestones
throughout
my
life.
It
is
such
a
treat
to
wear
a
beautiful
timepiece,
yet
I
rely
more
on
my
Fitbit
these
days
to
track
my
early
morning
runs
regardless
of
where
I
am
in
the
world.
While
I
also
have
an
Apple
Watch
Series
7,
I
still
prefer
my
Fitbit
with
its
longer
lasting
battery
and
its
efficient
metrics.


It
is
sad
to
admit
that
my
mobile
phone
has
become
so
important
to
my
day-to-day
activities,
communications
and
work.
While
I
don’t
use
it
for
banking
and
avoid
SMS
verifications
because
it
can
be
a
security
risk,
I
recognize
its
value
in
remaining
engaged
and
active
both
professionally
and
socially.
It
is
becoming
a
bigger
part
of
identity,
and
the
required
COVID-19
vaccine
verifications
are
so
much
easier
on
a
mobile
device.
While
having
the
latest
mobile
phone
isn’t
as
important,
what
is
important
is
the
connectivity
and
engagement.
I
love
the
ability
to
grab
a
spontaneous
picture
and
send
it
to
a
friend
or
the
ability
to
connect
with
people
on
demand.
As
an
avid
photographer
with
a
large
collection
of
amazing
cameras
from
the
old
Rolleiflex,
Kodak
Brownie
and
an
old
tiny
spy
camera,
to
the
latest
Canon
professional
DSLR
cameras
and
lenses,
nothing
beats
the
spontaneous
nature
of
using
a
mobile
device
to
capture
an
emotional
moment
and
share
it
instantly
with
friends.
There
is
still
a
time
and
place
for
these
beautiful
traditional
cameras,
but
the
smartphone
has
a
unique
use
case. 


I
treasure
the
more
traditional
artwork
my
sons
have
made
in
school
over
the
years,
which
I
have
framed
and
placed
on
my
walls,
because
the
art
represents
their
interests
and
activities
over
the
years.
Time
feels
like
it
passes
faster
and
faster,
and
having
the
ability
to
look
at
their
art
and
pictures,
which
I
have
throughout
my
home,
brings
back
the
joy
and
wonderful
memories.
 


6


What’s
the
future
of
social
media?


Social
media
has
evolved
over
the
last
two
decades
as
networked
devices,
smartphones
and
specialized
applications
have
matured
while
the
people
that
use
them
are
also
evolving
and
aging.
For
example,
Waze
lets
you
know
that
people
you
may
know
are
traveling
nearby.
You
could
argue
that
the
shared
economy
is
a
derivative
of
social
networks
that
enabled
growing
mobility
and
shared
solutions
within
communities. 


The
nature
of
information
that
is
shared
on
social
media
has
changed
as
the
demographics
of
certain
networks
have
changed
dramatically.
Freedom
of
speech
isn’t
always
welcome,
and
the
ability
to
block
opinions
have
polarized
communities.
There
are
a
plethora
of
different
communications
tools
which
enable
private
communications.
It
is
hard
to
keep
up
with
all
the
different
options
and
networks
that
friends
prefer
for
direct
communications. 


There
is
a
move
towards
smaller
private
groups
on
networks
with
encryption
and
security.
Mobile
devices
have
become
a
critical
component
of
how
people
communicate
and
identify
themselves;
for
example,
some
COVID-19
vaccine
verifications
are
dependent
on
smartphone
access.  


While
social
media
platforms
where
influencers
inform
large
numbers
of
followers
are
still
popular,
they
will
need
to
evolve
as
the
community
matures.
A
different
strategy
will
be
required
to
attract
younger
digital
native
generations
who
have
a
different
relationship
with
their
digital
identity
and
the
digital
worlds
they
play
and
engage
in.
How
they
communicate
and
engage
may
be
an
extension
of
the
video
games
they
participate
in.
It
isn’t
a
surprise
to
see
the
popularity
in
NFTs
when
you
look
at
the
popularity
of
digital
objects
in
video
games
over
the
years
that
have
generated
billions
of
dollars
for
popular
gaming
platforms.
The
popularity
of
digital
worlds
where
identity
is
tied
to
digital
representation
of
an
individual’s
interests
and
values
will
continue
to
rise.


While
there
will
continue
to
be
a
variety
of
specialized
social
networks
that
cater
to
professional
or
other
communities
with
common
interests,
the
younger
digital
native
generations
are
going
to
be
more
comfortable
interacting
and
communicating
through
the
use
of
their
self-created
digital
identities
in
virtual
environments.
Technologies
are
evolving
quickly
to
support
immersive
environments
to
facilitate
interesting
new
interactions
and
experiences.
The
possibilities
for
the
future
are
endless
and
not
necessarily
a
direct
extension
of
today’s
leading
social
platforms.
Who
knows,
maybe
the
future
will
be
about
sharing
virtual
experiences
in
the
same
way
people
share
TikTok
video
clips?
This
will
require
easy
ways
to
create
the
experiences,
and
yet
we
already
see
young
kids
creating
interactive
environments
in
Roblox.



A
wish
for
the
blockchain
community: 


Wishing
the
ambitious
blockchain
community
continues
in
its
excitement
for
problem
solving
and
innovation.
While
not
all
problems
will
benefit
from
the
technology,
the
energy
applied
to
problem
solving
through
the
evolution
of
the
technology
is
contagious
and
inspiring!
Hoping
the
ideation
and
creativity
grows
more
to
address
some
of
the
world’s
biggest
problems!

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