Author: Wang Yanhua
Lots of things have been going on for Emma Cui, the CEO of Longhash Singapore and a core team member of EOS.Cybex.
Longhash just opened a blockchain incubator in Singapore two weeks ago following the two other incubators in Tokyo and Hong Kong, and EOS.Cybex recently qualified as a candidate for one of the 21 block producers of EOS.
To provide some background context for those unfamiliar with EOS, EOS is a blockchain built for speed and scale, aiming to become a decentralized operating system which can support industrial-scale decentralized applications. Within the system that EOS will operate on, the 21 block producers replace the concept of miners as the custodians of the network, running the underlying network layer to process all transactions.
With a new incubator to run and a block producer election to prepare for, Block Asia caught up with Cui to find out what she has been up to.
“I’m excited. We’re in very exciting times, because being a block producer means you get to be part of the nodes that are making the network. You’re going to be maintaining the day-to-day running of the network. You can impact the ecosystem, and there’s a great responsibility,” said Cui.
Having been a banker for 10 years, Cui is a seasoned member of the fintech industry. But she left her previous tenure at McKinsey for the blockchain industry as she sees the promise in it.
She said, “From my work in finance, I see a lot of financial services such as lending being replaced by smart contracts. I can’t wait to see real world applications of blockchain technology. It will change everybody’s lives.”
She also explained why she chose EOS, “EOS shows a lot of promise.
“The community of EOS is growing super quickly. EOS has a good combination of efficiency and governance.”
BLOCK PRODUCER TO BE?
Block Asia was eager to find out how EOS.Cybex is doing the elections.
Cui said, “We want to help build a vibrant ecosystem, in addition to maintaining the smooth running of the network. If EOS.Cybex ends up being a supernode, the plan is to adopt a holistic perspective.
“We are building sound technical solutions around security for EOS, such as a cold wallet and a verification platform for smart contracts. We are also building up a global network of incubators and hosting regular meet-ups and educational seminars.
“We’re partnering up with companies that want to contribute to the underlying technology. If you’re in here to make a quick buck, you’re not the kind of project we want to welcome.”
Having completed her undergraduate studies in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Cui is also excited about Longhash’s new incubator in Singapore.
She said, “I feel strongly about education. We want to have regular courses to teach people about blockchain. Hopefully with this we can help to spread the knowledge of blockchain.”
She has ambitions to set up even more incubators worldwide (9 by the end of the year), “This is so that we can leverage on the strengths of each location and provide a comprehensive supportive network for projects we incubate.”
“Blockchain is very global, after all,” said Cui.