Interview with John Licciardello

John Licciardello is the managing director of the Ecosystem Development Fund, and has been part of the IOTA community for quite some time. Let’s get to know Mr. Licciardello:

Tell us a bit about your background

I was born in Princeton, NJ and grew up in various towns around that same area. I come from a family of educators – my father was a physics professor at Princeton, my mother
was an elementary school teacher and my older sister is now currently finishing a PhD in early childhood education – so obviously there was always a great emphasis on education
growing up. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the Univ. of Delaware and shortly after obtaining my degree I moved to Mexico City to be part of an early stage financial
technology startup. After a little over four years in Mexico, I returned to school, first to study Economics at Rutgers Univ., then International Finance at Columbia Univ. in New
York.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

Yes, I enjoy playing the piano from time to time and I enjoy being outside playing fetch with my dog Oscar (who is named after my favorite pianist, Oscar Peterson). I also like playing
competitive pick-up games like basketball and street hockey when I can and I also read a lot and listen to podcasts (my favorite podcasts are mostly dorky ones like The Weeds and
Revisionist History).

When and how did you arrive to the DLT world?

I had first heard about Bitcoin in 2011 because people were saying it could be the future of remittances. The fintech startup I was involved with developed a solution for unbanked and
underbanked remittance beneficiaries to allow them to use any ATM without having to jump through all the hoops the financial services industry

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