Patrick is an innovative entrepreneur and a lawyer passionate about cryptocurrencies and the business world. He is the CEO of Novum Global Technologies, a cryptocurrency quantitative trading firm. He understands the business concerns of founders and business people helping them to utilise the legal framework to structure their companies to take advantage of emerging technologies such as the blockchain in order to reach greater heights. His passion for travel, marketing and brand building has led him across careers and continents. He read law at the National University of Singapore and graduated with Honors in the Upper Division and joined one of Singapore’s top law firms, Allen & Gledhill where he was called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 2005. He created Purer Skin, a skincare and inner beauty company which melds the traditional wisdom of ancient Asian ingredients such as Bird's Nest with modern technology. In 2010, his partner and himself successfully raised $589,000 from the National Research Foundation of Singapore under the Prime Minister’s Office. He has played a key role in the growth of Purer Skin from 11 retail points in Singapore to over 755 retail points in Singapore and 2 overseas in less than a year. He taught himself graphic design, coding, website design and video editing to create the Purer Skin brand and finished his training at a leading Digital Media Company.
While all the attention has been on how the world of finance would be disrupted by cryptocurrencies, the 800-pound gorilla in the room has been moving unnoticed. With companies such as Amazon dominating everything from the way we shop, to the way we are entertained and the very fabric of the internet (via Amazon Web Services), it would make sense that the tech juggernaut would sweep in on the last remaining bastion of our lives — finance. And in this regard, Amazon is not alone. Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have been expanding into payments and other financial services as the tech companies become even more dominant than ever in all aspects of our modern lives.
October is a month most investors would have preferred to forget. As the weather noticeably cools, T-shirts are being swapped out for sweaters and all things pumpkin spice are appearing everywhere (Seriously? Chicken wings?), investors are reeling from grim returns. The falling leaves coincided with the falling markets, which hit passive investors more than most. With central banks removing the oxygen of easy money, the roaring fire of the stock market is starting to turn volatile once again.
Ten years after the weekend that brought the global financial system to its knees, the most important lessons lie not in what has changed (very little that is not cosmetic), but in what hasn’t changed. The main causes of the last financial crisis, self-delusion and irrational exuberance, will likely be the cause of the next one as well. The same economic conditions and policies which drove Satoshi Nakamoto to write the Bitcoin whitepaper and mine the first Bitcoin genesis block still prevail.
Let me make it clear in no uncertain terms that cryptocurrency investments remain highly speculative. They do not have a track record beyond the tip of one’s nose and their use cases as well as the decentralized applications that are being built upon them continue to remain uncertain. That having been said, they also represent the greatest potential and possibility for technological revolution this side of the invention of the internet and no, Al Gore did not invent the internet. But just like the internet, cryptocurrencies have also gone through their boom and bust cycle and in this piece, I will examine why when it comes to investing for the future, investors, if they can even be called that, become gamblers in a seemingly never ending race to the peaks of euphoria and the seemingly bottomless fall to the depths of despair.