Bryan Feinberg has over 15 years of experience in venture investing. As a specialist in raising capital, Feinberg has set his sights on blockchain and ways to improve it. Feinberg’s company, Etheralabs, currently works with a number of companies including Vault Bank and Loci. Etheralabs’ goal is to help its clients get the most out of blockchain, and to maximize each client’s profits in doing so.
The Alfred University graduate founded Etheralabs in 2017. When he opened the company’s doors, he had already accumulated years of experience in blockchain technologies. With his knowledge of venture investing, Feinberg is helping companies develop in ways they never thought possible.
Recently, Feinberg sat down with Totalprestige Magazine to explain Etheralabs in-depth. He also let us know a little be more about his busy career and personal life.
Bryan, can you please tell us about Etheralabs and the services you provide?
Etheralabs was set up from the perspective of an ecosystem to help both early stage companies as well as large enterprises accelerate their blockchain initiatives. We offer a full range of advisory, development and outreach services while we work towards helping drive innovation and focus on companies that we believe represent the best of what this industry has to offer.
What’s your latest in-house project all about?
We are building a pretty cool and engaging community driven search engine called Plato that addresses a key issue with the way intelligence in the space is accessed and shared, and the way people in the industry connect with each other. The application is multi-faceted in terms of the data sets we are building
Can you tell us about your experience in venture investing?
As I look back at the past 20 years of active venture investing, I’ve tried to stay consistent in my approach of identifying early stage technologies and sectors ripe for disruption. Throw blockchain in the mix and you have a perfect storm of both complexity and opportunity. We love to support great teams looking to make a substantial difference with the tech they are building.
What is the most challenging part of your work?
Calibrating teams and getting everyone on the same page. Chemistry is a team sport and bringing the right people together to tackle challenges is tricky, but when it works, greatness can be achieved.
What has been your most rewarding professional experience?
Helping others achieve excellence while enabling potential to be realized. It’s often the simplest gestures that make the difference, especially as it relates to helping inspire the next generation of thought leadership and innovation.
How do you find inspiration?
I love the creative process of writing code. Outside of that, music has always been my muse.
What would be your expert advice to fintech startups within the blockchain industry?
Stay objective in progress and deploy rapid prototyping to your ideas. Assumptions need to be supported by data and there is no better way to demonstrate that than via a living and breathing application. Don’t compromise your position and never lose sight of what inspired you to do what you are doing in the first place.
What do you have your sights set on next?
We are currently building a framework for a mining collective that brings some of the brightest minds together for decentralizing and routing resources to help the blockchain become more powerful, efficient and transparent.
Were you ever influenced by other entrepreneurs?
I’m a student of the human psyche and when I see excellence achieved, I can’t help but be influenced by the high standards great leaders instilled in their companies. Integrity is key to sustainability and I think is apparent in those I most admire.
What is a day in your life like?
I often start my day at 4 a.m. and crank through the day. I don’t like to stick to any particular routine except to be accessible to both our team and clients.
What makes you smile?
A great sunset does the trick.
What scares you?
What has been your greatest achievement?
I’m humbled by the question. I’m not really into accolades, but it’s great to know your work is appreciated by your peers.
What is your secret talent?
Which historical figure do you most admire?
David Ben Gurion
Do you have any hobbies?
Music, Sailing, Skiing and random acts of kindness.
What are you never without?
My secret decoder ring.
Can you share two of your favorite quotes with us?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs
How do you define success?
How content you are in what you are doing.
What advice would you give to anyone starting a new business?
Prepare to take calculated risks and be flexible in your ability to pivot if things don’t materialize the way you vision.
Is there anything else would you like to add?
Stay true to your objectives and never give up.
For more information on Bryan Feinberg and Etheralabs, please visit www.EtheraLabs.io.
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