Meet our new hire — Martin Ryden, Project Manager
#6 — This post is part of an introductory series for the most recent hires to the Blank team. Its purpose is to provide our community an understanding of what’s happening behind the scenes.
We would like to welcome Martin Ryden as our new Project Manager at Blank Wallet! Martin has a wide range of knowledge in marketing, operations management, and business development. He has helped shape the future of several projects dealing with both big and small companies.
Martin has been with us only for a short while now and we have already come to realize the potential value he can bring to Blank. We are excited to have Martin join us at Blank Wallet and we hope to leverage his ability in product & business development to Blank as we prepare for our public launch.
Keep on reading to learn more about Martin and his role at Blank.
What’s your job position?
I work as a project manager here at Blank. Right now, most of my work involves helping internal structures and communications with partners or third-party contractors. Basically, everything that is closely related to operations.
How long have you worked as a project manager?
I have an extensive background in Product & Business development, and I have also run my own business/agency for around five years. During this time, I’ve been managing several projects and marketing campaigns for both big and small companies,
Which projects have you worked on before?
I started my business ventures by creating websites for small businesses but quickly moved over to digital marketing where I ran an agency, and that exposed me to many different industries and types of projects, to name a few:
- I have helped an eCommerce business with all its marketing and online presence. We managed to grow that into a seven-figure business that now has a worldwide presence, fueled mainly by digital marketing growth that I’ve overseen.
- I was in charge of marketing campaigns for Swedish states/cities. I had involvement in promoting events, tourism activities, and increasing their brand awareness. This was an excellent experience for learning about government workflows, contributing to more extensive campaigns and long-term thinking projects.
- I’ve also managed all digital marketing presence and website for a prosthetics company which included breaking into new markets & countries, generating leads for B2B and B2C, and running advanced marketing campaigns.
Many of my previous projects have involved taking offline businesses online and managing this process from start to finish.
When did you first get involved in crypto?
I first got involved during the bull run in 2017. At that time, I mostly looked at crypto from an investment perspective and just held my positions while working on other projects. It wasn’t until 2020, when more DeFi projects showed up I got really excited about crypto and got more involved in the space.
DeFi got me excited since it brings good use cases to crypto and creates a whole new, fairer financial system that can disrupt so much of what we’re currently doing. I then got more involved thru interacting on social media and Telegram/Discord groups via a pseudonym, which led me to some good connections. Later on, I started spending most of my day researching and thinking about crypto, which led me to move away from running my agency and going all-in on crypto. Blank was one of the most promising projects I knew of, and I’m excited to join the team and contribute to the project.
What do you like the most about crypto?
I’m getting excited about how crypto is separating state and money and the consequences that will bring: Less corruption, worldwide access to financial instruments, connecting the world’s finances, secure and transparent contracts, more contributions to open-source, more technical innovation, easier ways to monetize your skills, and much more…
What made you interested in Blank?
I also like to work with a project that is such a crucial piece in the whole ecosystem, i.e. a crypto wallet. Work becomes more interesting when you work on big problems that can help the entire crypto industry move forward more securely and privately.
This project also has a long-term vision which I align with, and the team is solid, which creates a great learning experience and an exciting workplace.
Why do you think privacy matters on blockchains?
It’s essential. Financial privacy is a must if we want to get mainstream adoption of crypto. The public blockchain comes with many great benefits, but in the end, I think that most people would like to have some privacy in terms of their crypto holdings.
I worked with advertising and tracking, which gave me insights into how much data that companies collect. I started using a lot of this data from the big tech companies to provide better results for my clients and saw firsthand how this could affect our decisions and behaviors. I really hope that we will move towards a more privacy-centric world, both on- and off-chain.
The main points of privacy that we lack today is:
- Sending crypto to a friend without disclosing your whole portfolio.
- Sending crypto between wallets you own without showing any connecting points.
- Being able to stay private even after your wallet has been doxed.
I think that Blank will be able to solve all of these problems, which will be a significant step forward towards getting your financial privacy back.
Do you have any predictions on where crypto will be 5 years from now?
It’s hard to predict the crypto industry since it is moving so fast. I definitely think we will continue to see strong growth and adoption. Right now, I would also say that we are in the early stages of multi-chain/layer adoption. This is a trend that I think will continue to grow. A handful of blockchains will have most users, but there will probably be a lot of other chains that specialize in specific use cases and do it better than the big ones.
We might see more focus on UI/UX. To be honest, there’s so much that is needed on this front. We are still so early since right now, it’s primarily focused on developing new dApps for early adopters, but once we reach the mainstream, it will push projects into focusing more on UI/UX to acquire new users. I believe that mobile apps will become of greater importance also. It will make it easier to navigate DeFi and easy access to basic financial instruments like “savings accounts” and loans.
We will most likely also see more crypto adoption from governments and big institutions. Some CBDC’s will probably be out during this time, and I think digital assets, in general, will be more acceptable.
Do you have any parting thoughts?
Invest in projects with a long-term vision. Diversify your risk. Work on a crypto project that you believe in. Educate people in your surroundings about DeFi.
About Blank Wallet
Blank is the most private, non-custodial Ethereum browser extension wallet.
Blank allows the user to easily interact with privacy smart contracts on Ethereum to hide the amounts and the origins of cryptocurrency held in a decentralized, non-custodial, and frictionless manner.
Blank solves the problem of privacy in crypto transactions. Each time you want to make a withdrawal, Blank will create a new wallet address for you with the amount of crypto you requested. This address originates from the smart contract, where everyone’s funds are pooled. All of this is achieved using cryptographic proofs to ensure that the user cannot be linked with the original depositing address.
With crypto transactions increasing, on-chain transaction privacy is being highly discussed to keep you safe from exposing yourself. Blank has developed a system that adds the ultimate protective layer to your crypto transactions while facilitating every function that other wallets offer.
Anyone can easily install Blank and start reaping the privacy benefits in no time at all. Besides the smart contract functionality, Blank wallet offers a higher level of privacy due to Tor integration. Upcoming functionality includes DeFi web3 integrations as well as support for Metamask Snaps Plugins to allow for seamless connectivity and usage.
Reclaim privacy on your Ethereum transfers. Go Blank.