Tongtong: Hello, I am Bi Tongtong,
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of PANews.
Today we are honored to have
Da Hongfei, Founder of NEO,
and Li Jun, Founder of Ontology, with us on the show.
Would you like to say hello to our audience?
Da Hongfei: Hi, I am Da Hongfei.
Li Jun: Hello everyone, I am Li Jun.
Tongtong: I’d like to begin by congratulating you.
I know that your two companies
have recently announced a partnership
on building an open cross-chain platform.
Could you tell our audience
what’s the cross-chain platform like
and what roles do the two companies play?
Da Hongfei: Let me correct one thing first,
we are not two companies,
but two open-source projects.
And technically it’s not a platform,
it’s a protocol and a set of specifications.
And the two open-source projects
can achieve interoperability
by following this set of specifications.
Errr…So the point of this partnership is
to develop an interoperability protocol.
We are actually testing the water right now
before we release the protocol.
The protocol will be completely open and neutral
and any existing blockchain can
join this interconnected network based on this protocol.
Li Jun: Both projects have been researching
the cross-chain system.
The reason is that it is very difficult to realize
all businesses or collaboration on a single blockchain.
That’s where the cross-chain solution comes in.
The two projects have had some cooperation in the past
and this time the partnership goes deeper in technology.
As the initiator of the interoperability protocol,
we hope the ecosystem
will continue to grow and connect more systems.
Tongtong: What are the technical advantages
of this cross-chain protocol
compared to other high-profile projects,
such as Cosmos and Polkadot?
Da Hongfei: Do you want to answer this first?
Li Jun: Ok, there are several different aspects.
First of all, a big part will be cross-chain asset transfer.
Second, the protocol can also realize
some business collaboration.
Because in the future, besides asset transfer,
which is one of the basic functionalities,
business collaboration is also a big part
and will require different protocols
and collaboration process,
so we are doing innovative improvements and design.
Another difference is the implementation.
For example, a purely Hub solution is
systematic and a network system.
But our solution will like many separate chains
similar to Hub in the form of BFT
so that it can strike a balance
between efficiency and decentralization.
Moreover, it is trustworthy
and supports cross-chain interaction.
In the future, it can also support multiple business types.
This is the main difference.
More details will be covered
in the upcoming technical white paper.
Tongtong: Da, what do you think?
Da Hongfei: I think there are two main differences.
The first difference is
that what other cross-chain solutions do is
to give you a piece of land
where you can build new houses
and their technology can connect these houses,
whereas what we do is,
you already have a house,
or you have already built cities,
we build the roads that
connect the houses or cities that are already there.
So personally I think
our model will have a bigger impact
since we can connect existing public blockchains.
This is one of the differences.
The second difference is
what Li Jun has just mentioned,
the cross-chain protocol we are developing can do much
more than just supporting cross-chain asset transfer.
The protocol can also ensure
the consistency of cross-chain transactions,
which means what happens on Chain A
will be synchronized on Chain B, Chain C, or Chain D.
In addition,
this means smart contract on one blockchain can
call the smart contracts on other chains
and can be executed in an orderly way.
That is a big technical difference.
Tongtong: Just as you said,
after the testing, the open platform
will be accessible to more public chains
who can then use the SDKs you provide.
I think we are the first ones to try this.
What we want to see is that
more public chains will join us
to make the cross-chain protocol better
and more complete after our trial.
Tongtong: So you wish to see more public chain joining in,
it looks like a cross-chain alliance as I see it.
Da Hongfei: Yes, we are just developing a prototype and
we hope other public chains can join us to improve it.
Li Jun: This is an open protocol
and everyone can join in.
Perhaps in the future,
non-blockchain systems can also join in.
That is why we define it as an interoperability protocol,
not a cross-chain protocol
so that we can see collaboration on a larger scale.
Tongtong: I see.
New blockchain concepts are springing up every year,
for example, since the beginning of this year,
we have seen DeFi, Staking, and now cross-chain.
Which one do you think is a better track?
Many people believe the cross-chain solution
and DeFi have great potential.
Da Hongfei: In fact, we have talked about
these concepts years ago
and the cross-chain concept
has been around for 2-3 years.
I remember,
during NEO’s first DevCon in January 2018,
we have already talked about cross-chain,
decentralized exchange (DEX), and Stable Coin
This requires a process.
You need a cross-chain system
to trade multiple types of assets,
which need Stable Coin
to enable trading pairs between these tokens,
and then you need DEX to support the order book.
We’ve talked about this before.
Li Jun: In general,
I think the blockchain industry is still in its infancy.
We have come up with some new concepts as well.
But it is impossible to gain an established advantage
once you propose a new concept.
What matters more is
your ability to make the concept a reality,
including your engineering capability, team operation, and ecosystem growth,
which all require long-term development.
In addition, the market will also be closely watching you,
that’s why the influential and reputable projects
in the market today
are those whose capabilities in these aspects
have been recognized.
Hot concepts,
such as cross-chain and DeFi,
those who can succeed are the ones
who can make these hot concepts happen.
We have, to a certain extent,
proved our execution capability in the past 1 to 2 years
and for NEO, perhaps even longer.
So the market and our partners know that
we are capable of moving this forward,
which I think can attract more partners to join us.
Tongtong: This reminds me of
something you said before.
“Technical challenge may not be the most difficult part,
instead, the real challenge
lies in project operation and execution.”
Mr. Da, you just mentioned decentralized exchange,
I remember you said in early 2018 that
centralized exchanges will see its influence waning,
and the future belongs to decentralized exchanges.
Do you still hold the same opinion now?
Da Hongfei: Yes. I still think this way.
Now we call it DEX,
it’s, in fact, more like a non-custodian exchange.
If you read AntShares’s (NEO) white paper,
you will see there is a mechanism called
“superconducting transactions”,
where transaction settlement
is completed on the blockchain,
but the process of matching orders occurs off-chain
by an institution who can support
the order book impartially.
This model is actually what’s behind Loopring, IDEX.
We have thought of this model long ago,
but unfortunately,
we did not have enough time and energy to do it.
We are happy to see many community members
are doing these things.
For example, Switcheo on NEO
is a similar transaction mechanism.
Tongtong: But there are still high barriers
to entry for DEX.
Is there still a long way to go
before DEX becomes massively adopted
or even exceeds centralized exchange?
Yes, I think there is still a long way to go.
What’s good about a non-custodian exchange is that
there is no counterparty risk
so you don’t need to worry about
if the exchange shuts down
or the assets on the exchange is stolen
If in the future everyone can use the same set
of cross-chain protocol and specifications,
and if there is a complete cross-chain protocol,
then the liquidities of all chains can be put together
and the market will no longer be fragmented.
Tongtong: Ok. Here’s a question for Jun Li.
In our last interview,
you revealed Ontology was partnering with PAXOS
to launch PAX Stable Coin on Ontology,
could you share with us the latest progress?
Li Jun: PAX has already been launched on Ontology
and we have open-sourced the protocols.
PAX has been integrated into many exchanges
and wealth management applications.
Some of the dApps on Ontology
are using PAX as a stable coin measurement.
The application of stable coin
is based on your ecosystem.
As our ecosystem grows, whether it’s PAX on Ontology,
or other stable coins on NEO,
will find their applications.
Once again, the application of stable coin
is determined by your ecosystem.
With the cross-chain protocol,
we believe the ecosystem will continue to grow.
Tongtong: Speaking of the stable coin,
everyone has been talking about Facebook’s Libra.
With the announcement of Libra,
many traditional financial institutions and regulators
quickly find out what blockchain and stable coin are.
I’m sure both of you are following Libra closely,
what do you think of it?
Do its advantages outweigh the disadvantages
or the other way around?
It is more like a collateral mechanism.
Moreover, the collaterals are basically in fiat currency,
or its variants, such as bond,
so it may not be able to directly replace
the fiat currency on a large scale,
at least a strong sovereign government will not allow it.
Maybe it is possible in small countries,
if it is what the people want.
In addition, it could run on payment channels
like third-party payment, such as Alipay or WeChat Pay.
If this becomes a reality,
Libra could offer a faster payment channel
for third-party settlement
that can serve various business scenarios globally.
On the other hand,
since at the moment, its collaterals are fiat currencies
or sovereign bonds of developed countries,
Libra could hit the sovereign currency systems
in the countries where the currencies are less strong.
But if Libra wants to replace the fiat currencies
in everyday or business scenarios
in countries like China and the US
then the obstacle will be not technical, but political
So I think Facebook will not try
or be allowed to do that in the short term.
I think the way facebook will do is to
provide a third-party payment channel and
a store of value to hedge against inflation
in some small countries.
But it has to be launched first.
Tongtong: So do you think it’s a good thing or bad thing for the industry?
Since it takes the form of consortium chain,
it is definitely a good thing for the industry.
Even if Facebook launches a centralized token,
it is still a big thing.
But Facebook decided to build a consortium chain,
which is a good thing.
Facebook is doing this in a more open way
and many mainstream industries or regulators
are beginning to realize the advantages of
a decentralized governance model.
Of course, it might have some issues as well.
But overall, this is a positive for the industry
as it helps put blockchain under the spotlight.
Tong: Mr. Da, what’re your thoughts on that?
Since the Libra white paper is published,
many blockchain projects
have been eager to join the bloc.
In your opinion, can blockchain startups
play a role in the Libra project?
Da Hongfei: I think it is very difficult.
If you look at the 20+ founding members,
you can see that most of these organizations
are American multinational companies.
So I think they have a strong preference.
So far, I haven’t seen any Chinese companies
or organizations joining the Libra Association,
nor do I know if Libra will accept.
In addition,
I think Libra is using the information infrastructure,
Em… what’s the best way to put it
moving financial services
onto information infrastructure
to avoid entering the financial infrastructure
in different countries.
Each country has its own legal system
so it is very difficult to break into their financial infrastructure
and financial regulatory system,
So Libra takes a different approach.
It builds a native and small financial system
on top of the blockchain
and use the information infrastructure
to enter different countries and jurisdictions.
I think this is a very clever approach
and perhaps the right approach.
In the future,
financial infrastructure should be built on the Internet
and a lot of rules and conditions
can be set down by codes.
instead of being under a nontransparent
and traditional model.
Tongtong: Understood.
We’ve just talked about cross-chain solution.
It is about asset transfer on the blockchain
and also about business synchronization.
But I remember Mr. Li Jun has said that
Comparing to the cross-chain,
how to connect on-chain and off-chain
is more important
Just as NEO’s vision of a smart economy
and Ontology’s slogan “Ready for all Businesses”
I think what you mean by this is
the real adoption of blockchain technology.
I believe you both are experienced in the blockchain industry.
You may have confronted the challenges of
blockchain adoption
and must have been asked a lot about this.
Do you think blockchain adoption
has been speeding up over the past two years?
What do you think are the new challenges for adoption?
Da Hongfei: I must admit
I haven’t been focusing much on blockchain adoption
in the past two years
I think we’ll still be building the infrastructure
in the next 1-2 years.
Let me draw an analogy.
Everyone is looking for a killer app.
But I think when the time comes,
we will see 10 or even 50 killer apps springing up at the same time.
What we are doing is building a new city
and the infrastructure in it.
The road linking the old city and the new one
is narrow
and full of roadblocks and obstacles.
But once the infrastructure in the new city has been built
and the obstacles have been overcome
dozens of killer apps will emerge.
I think there is still a long way to go.
Li Jun: I think we’ve talked a lot
about adoption in the past two years
and we are clear about the general direction.
However, its progress will not be linear or gradual.
It will be more… explosive.
The chances are
we may not make huge progress over a period of time,
but when a major breakthrough is achieved,
as Da said, the growth will be exponential.
For example, even if running a single use case
could be a possible breakthrough.
But the prerequisite is the infrastructure, including
technology, protocol, and the cross-chain ecosystem
we are doing right now.
Another part of the infrastructure is
the legal system in different countries.
I read the news about
asset securitization in Germany this morning,
which shows that the legal system and regulation
are slowly open or being formulated.
When you can securitize assets,
perhaps other things will follow.
Once the time is ripe,
the growth will be exponential.
So I think the infrastructure and the legal system are
currently under construction,
but we are moving closer slowly.
I think we are slowly making progress and we will still
be building the infrastructure and the legal system
in the next two years.
Tongtong: Technically,
which part do you think
needs to be improved in the infrastructure?
Da Hongfei: Jun, you can talk about this first.
Li Jun: As I just mentioned, the first part is
the interoperability.
Second, security and stability are necessary
to keep your assets safe.
It’s not only required on the technical and protocol layer
but also in the decentralized and distributed
operation and maintenance.
You need to prove your system is
stable and secure enough.
This is from the technical side.
In addition, since your system
must support different legal systems,
for example, identity, data, and KYC process,
the system must be flexible enough
so that it can support decentralized applications
or even anonymous applications,
and also compliance applications, etc.
Once you have the flexibility,
you can then fit your system
into the regulation and policies.
So these are the two parts we need to work on.
Tongtong: Mr. Da, what do you think?
Da Hongfei: Technically, I think the layer is not enough
most applications are still on Layer 1,
on the blockchain.
But I don’t think all applications
need to be that decentralized.
If you and I want to make a transaction,
and there is no disagreement,
then there is no need
for all the nodes on the blockchain
to verify the transaction.
It’s unnecessary.
Their involvement is only needed
when there is a dispute after the transaction.
It is similar to today’s state channel Layer 2 solution,
which can also achieve scalability.
There will be better performance and lower latency.
In the meantime, since it is a different channel,
to a certain extent,
it can also solve the issue of privacy protection.
I think we need more layers,
and become more modularized
because one single chain cannot solve all problems
and different consensus mechanisms
and different governance models
are suitable for different businesses.
The cross-chain protocol can connect the public chains
and the Layer 2 solution
or other solutions enable encapsulation
and run some dApps on them.
These dApps will not run on a single chain.
They will interact with many chains and networks,
which is similar to
the models of today’s Internet applications.
They are not exchanging information
with a single server.
Tongtong: Right. , what you said coincides with
what we discussed with AWS last weekend.
They also think that perhaps in the future
many dApps will not run on the main chain,
instead, they can run on the cloud,
on the shards, and on Layer 2.
I think building the infrastructure will take a long time.
Da Hongfei: Yes, I think this is a good thing
as it gives us more time to focus on what we love to do.
Tongtong: Both of you
have seen the ups and downs
of the blockchain industry.
At the beginning of this year,
you said the industry was overvalued.
Do you still think so?
Da Hongfei: I think it depends on how you see it.
If you assess the projects based on
based on how much value they have created,
then all the projects are overvalued.
But if you look at their potential,
I would say the market hasn’t seen their full potentials.
So it really depends on how you see it.
If you have to draw a line between
our current value and the future value
and ask me where we are on this line right now,
I wouldn’t be able to tell you,
but we are definitely not at a high point.
Tongtong: Jun, do you check your own project circulation
and the market value from time to time?
Li Jun: Not much, may sometimes.
As we do not do trading,
so relatively not that often.
Tongtong: yeah, it’s about holding the values.
Li Jun: It’s a process.
But in terms of the estimated value,
as previously said,
if you use the traditional profit evaluation approach,
the blockchain projects will have a high evaluation,
or from a different perspective,
for projects that have a certain cycle, they
have reached a certain level of recognition and influence.
Influence itself is a value.
As in the future,
when you continue to launch new businesses
and new technologies,
the influence can help you expand the business.
For companies with the same market value,
it is possible that its influence is
only amongst a small group of clients,
let alone the global influence.
From this perspective,
the influence, popularity,
and community consensus of the project
is a type of value.
So it’s hard to define this purely as a bubble.
Da Hongfei: To add on that,
I think from relative evaluation,
Chinese projects are lower,
comparing to overseas projects,
In reality, it’s even lower.
Tongtong: So you think our tech is very hard-core,
but the value is underestimated.
Da Hongfei: Yes, there are many reasons for it.
Tongtong: I see what you meant.
During the ups and downs in the market
and when you were starting your business,
do you have a moment where you feel really low?
How did you overcome it?
Da Hongfei: Em… Let me think.
A low moment?
I cannot really think of a moment I felt really low.
Tongtong: let’s put it another way,
when you confronted a big challenge?
Da Hongfei: It’s been good,
our development is quite linear,
we don’t have too many radical ups and downs.
For instance, you rent a whole floor office
and then discover that the industry is not good
and you fire half of your employees.
No, we haven’t gone through that.
When we first founded Onchain with Li Jun,
we only had slightly over 10 employees,
whilst now we have over 100 employees in the office.
It has been a relatively linear growth.
We haven’t fired anyone.
Yeah, we have experienced a linear growth.
Do you have any low moment?
Li Jun: Not really.
I think when I joined this industry,
it was the lowest moment for the industry.
At that time, we didn’t have a cryptocurrency market.
Bitcoin exists but not many speculations around.
As for blockchain company,
it was hard to find funding.
The team was small.
We thought it was the lowest point,
the development after that,
there was a bit of luck involved.
I would say from any perspective
the status is better than before.
In this way, you will have a more stable mindset.
When you think about the things you wanted to do
when you first joined the industry
and you are still doing it now.
I think it’s a normal process.
Yeah, to be objective,
both of you are the lucky guys in this industry
and also with the dividend of this industry,
the company is also growing continuously.
I don’t know if you two have anyone you admire,
could be entrepreneurs or leaders in other industries?
Da Hongfei: I didn’t have anyone special in mind
but have been actively looking for one.
Tongtong: Looking for one? Why?
Da Hongfei: There is indeed a power of belief,
which will generate motivation.
I think Elon Musk is great,
if I have to choose one as my idol,
I would choose him.
I was going to buy a painting of him
and put it next to my desk in the office,
so when I get lazy,
and he will be looking at me.
Tongtong: You could also buy a Tesla.
Jun, what about you?
Li Jun: Elon Musk is also one of my idols.
Since Da has mentioned it, I will talk about Elon Musk.
I appreciate Elon Musk not because
how many ideas he comes up with,
but because I think he is someone
who can put theory into practice.
He can sleep in a factory
and focus on the manufacture of a vehicle.
He can learn a lot of things by himself.
He can also propose a concept.
This type of talent is rare.
I think the comprehensive ability of him
even exceeds Steve Jobs in some way.
Not very easy to achieve.
Also, he is willing to not just invent 140 characters,
but do some very fundamental innovations.
Tongtong: Last time in an interview with Li Jun,
you mentioned that the competition in this industry
is not just about technology,
but also about market and company image.
These are also very important.
So, I would like to ask what’s your opinion on TRON?
Da Hongfei: TRON?
You’ve seen lots of news about TRON recently,
and don’t know which one is reliable.
From my opinion,
I think TRON is very good at marketing
and relatively weaker in technology,
but they are working on that.
I don’t have a very strong… Em…How should I put it
It is, of course, different from my value system
and uses a different approach for doing things
but I try not to judge.
Tongtong: I see, what about Jun?
Li Jun: I have met Justin Sun many times,
but I don’t know him very well.
A lot of genes of TRON do not exist in us.
I’m not saying we can’t do what TRON does,
it’s just we have different positioning.
There isn’t really good or bad.
But as Da said,
their marketing operations efficiency,
especially their execution capability
is something we can learn.
Different people treat marketing operations differently.
There may be controversial discussions,
but I think first, you need to look at the good points.
Second, you need to stay neutral to understand better.
Da Hongfei: Of course, our opinions as aforementioned
are based on public information,
but for what’s under the table,
which we are not aware, and I think
we should leave it for the authorities to check.
We do not have the capability to make any judgement.
Tongtong: Another question, if I may ask,
earlier this year, I noticed there were personnel changes
on the senior management level in NEO.
When I interviewed MR. Leon Li, from Huobi Group
a while ago, he has mentioned that
what he is still learning now is staff management.
Have you confronted any challenges on this?
Da Hongfei: Yes.
Speaking of how to manage an organization,
actually, we have been learning.
Reflecting on why senior management level staff left,
I think, when an organization is growing
at a relatively fast speed,
we need to appoint someone to lead the organization.
We may have promoted a mid-level manager
to a senior executive,
at the same time, we did not
provide enough authorization and training or coaching.
Then it will cause problems,
first, whether he or she has adequate authority?
Second, the work he used to be responsible for
and the work he is doing now,
or the decision-making process is very different.
Whether there is enough capacity to take the job?
Also, during this process,
if the internal communication within the team
is not sufficient,
then it will lead to unclear decision-making mechanisms
misunderstandings, and low efficiency etc.
When the situation becomes worse,
necessary solutions need to be taken.
In the end, people will think that
instead of working within the operations of NGD or NEO,
they would prefer to make community contributions
outside the organization.
It’s not about an individual’s capabilities,
but about whether his skills, capacities
match the position.
I’ve been reflecting on this,
I think the biggest responsibilities lie
in the top management level,
rather than those who choose to leave.
Tongtong:Tong: Jun, what do you think?
Li Jun: Management, of course,
is a subject you should learn for life.
For Ontology or Onchain,
there has been some adjustment of personnel
during the development of the project and the company.
With regards to our talent strategy,
we are not trying to be a huge team,
but a team full of elites,
like Navy SEALs.
Our talent strategy this year is that
each individual we are hiring for each position
will be above the average level of that position,
this will create challenges for talents at each position.
But the benefit of it is that,
the chemistry amongst them will be far greater.
We can already feel the chemistry,
and this is a direction we are pursuing.
At this point, there will be some personnel adjustment.
This is a challenge for the organization and managers.
We are also in the process of learning, improving, and integrating.
Tongtong: I understand.
In my opinion, both NEO and Ontology are
very international projects,
are there any barriers or problems
you have encountered in cross-culture communications?
Da Hongfei: Definitely.
Culture differences, language barriers, different values.
You just need to find a solution.
There isn’t much that you cannot overcome.
Tongtong: Which countries are your full-time overseas employees based in?
Da Hongfei: As for NEO,
we opened an office in Seattle, US, called NGD Seattle.
It is mainly responsible for developer experience,
tools and documents for developers to use.
The local team is mainly composed of
former Microsoft managers
and experienced developers.
Other than that, we don’t have full-time employees.
Li Jun: Ontology has 2 full-time employees
located in the US and Europe.
They are experienced in this industry.
Apart from that, it is more community-based.
In terms of international communication,
our BD and Marketing team is quite good at it.
Most of the teams
have an overseas educational background
or come from overseas.
However, for tech experts, especially in China
there is still a lot to improve in terms of language
and communication approach.
Comparing to overseas tech specialist,
the skills and vision of Chinese tech experts
are not necessarily inferior to them.
It’s about learning how to better express
and explain their expertise.
How to build a technology faith-based community
is what we all need to improve.
Da Hongfei: Sorry, I forgot to mention,
NGD has a representative in South Korea.
Tongtong: Currently, the Korean market is highly valued.
Da Hongfei: I haven’t been to Korea for several months.
I think Li Jun was in Korea recently and participated in a TV show.
Li Jun: yeah, I was there for the TV show.
The Korean market is quite popular at the moment
as the policy is not that tight
and investors in Korea are more interested in
investing in new products.
That might be the reasons why people think
it’s a popular market
and many events were also held there.
Tongtong: Da, you are not traveling a lot now, are you?
Da Hongfei: Still quite often,
I travel around 5 to 10 days per month.
Tongtong: 5-10 days. So, do you still
have some spare time to develop your own hobbies?
Da Hongfei: I think yes,
in any case, we have 24 hours a day.
Tong: What will you do when you are free?
Da Hongfei: All kinds. Eat.
Tongtong: Eat?
Da Hongfei: For instance, I loved going to hotpot for a while,
very spicy hotpot,
which even made me have loose stools every day.
Tongtong: different types of hotpot?
Da Hongfei: I like very spicy hotpot though.
If I am on a business trip,
I normally give it a go at famous local restaurants.
Other than that, I don’t have any special hobbies.
Tongtong: So other than eat and sleep,
you work all the time?
Da Hongfei: Well, not all the time.
Tongtong: What about Jun?
Li Jun: I read a lot.
But recently I spend more time exercising.
Tongtong: Everyone is saying that
when the market is not good,
you need to do more exercise.
Da Hongfei: The market is good.
Tongtong: Yeah, the market now is good.
I noticed that,
since last year’s 3am blockchain group trend,
Da has kept a very low profile
and even quitted some groups.
Da Hongfei: Yes, too many groups,
and you don’t have time to check all of them.
You get drowned in all types of group messages,
so I quitted some groups.
However, I’ve been invited to many new groups recently,
so it’s hard to quit for all.
Tongtong: Does it mean you want to retire?
Da Hongfei: No, not yet.
Tongtong: I want to add one more question for Li Jun.
You mentioned earlier that
you will read books in your free time,
what books you are currently reading
or any books you would like to recommend?
Li Jun: Recently I have been reading books
about financial structure.
Books that I read recently, em…
I reread two books.
The first one is called Debt,
it’s about the 5000 years of history of debt.
The other one is called Account,
which talks about the changes in the accounts system
and mentions blockchain towards the end of the book.
Very interesting books.
Tongtong: Is it because of your previous work experience
in China Financial Futures Exchange that
you prefer books about finance?
Li Jun: It changes from time to time,
it’s mixed, no specific direction,
it’s just recently I read more financial related books.
Tongtong: Da, do you have any books to recommend?
Da Hongfei: I don’t read many books,
but I do a lot of fragmented reading.
I read relatively fewer books.
However, there a book on my desk at home recently,
a book I reread.
The first time I read it,
it was more of a glance through,
it’s called The Paradox of Choice.
It talks about the theories and mechanisms of voting,
and Arrow’s Impossible Theorem.
The reason for reading this book is
because I am thinking about community governance models on the blockchain.
Different voting mechanisms will lead to different results.
So, I picked it up from my bookshelf and reread it.
Tong: I see. As per our previous conversations,
the progress is quite smooth,
I was wondering how do you overcome a problem?
Some say they find answers in books,
just like you mentioned about community governance.
Da Hongfei: Yes, you can.
For instance, you read some blogs online,
like articles on Medium,
I think most of them are well-written,
including many good contents
related to company management.
so with the limited time,
I would go for contents that are relatively shorter.
Tong: Ok, I think I have asked most questions for today.
The last question is for both of you, I noticed that
there are many traditional industry professionals,
some of them are serial entrepreneurs
who are also eager to try to get into the blockchain industry.
Do you have any suggestions for them
to start a new business in the blockchain industry?
Da Hongfei: I think Ontology has worked with a few.
Li Jun: I think it’s more about combining your previous experience,
instead of putting all the previous experience aside.
Your previous experience is your biggest advantage
comparing to other entrepreneurs in this industry.
Try to integrate your previous experience
into a decentralized service
and on blockchain
may bring you a surprising result.
So do not throw away your previous experience,
integrating or combining them is a better approach.
Tongtong: Da, do you have any suggestions?
Da Hongfei: I would suggest not to be
too idealistic about the application implementation yet,
as the infrastructure is not yet complete.
You may have to be prepared
for a long-term struggle in this direction.
Do not draw the battle line for too long
or have a too optimistic short-term expectation.
Tong: I agree. This is all for today,
thank you Mr Da Hongfei and Mr Li Jun for joining us.