Nooor talks with Robert Schwertner
Robby Schwertner, also known as CryptoRobby is active in the blockchain domain: he serves as a business development manager focusing on blockchain-based use cases in mobility, real estates, and energy supporting large European and Asian companies.
Robby is a frequent speaker at international blockchain-related conferences, was the expert speaker at the British Parliament, held a TEDxTalk and was a speaker at the OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum. He holds a master’s degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Vienna. Previously Robby managed R&D funds for Smart City and Urban Technology projects and has many years of industry experience including nanotech and sustainable energy services, alternating frequently between Europe and Asia.
Nooor talks, 5 Questions, and Robert Schwertner. Here we go!
1. In which industry blockchain will have the best application and what companies/ projects are already trying to make a change?
Whereas the internet´s strength was to bring information to our computers, to our smartphones, it has a major weakness: it is not possible to transfer value over the internet. Always a bank or a notary or a governmental institution has to confirm transactions. With blockchain, one can solve this problem of the internet. Blockchain will firstly make payment transfers faster, cheaper and safer. But we will see a lot of different applications of blockchain e.g. in the real estate sector, for energy, for mobility. The governments will also use blockchain widely And blockchain will make digital versions of national currencies possible.
2. What fascinates you the most in the blockchain industry?
I am so excited about blockchain technology because I see it as a new life form. We do not have the slightest idea for the moment what will be possible, but the potential of this technology is enormous. Just to give you 2 examples. Bank accounts will in the quite near future not be at banks, there won’t be a necessity. We will have our “bank” accounts on our smartphones, on our laptops. Second example: cars will also have a wallet included, they will pay for services themselves, for parking, road tolling, even insurance, and tax. And this is necessary because we will have a lot more autonomous cars without drivers. Autonomous cars MUST pay for their services themselves!
3. The trends in cryptocurrencies have deemed them unfavorable in most governments. Since blockchain is the underlying technology, do you think various states, starting with Armenia would be open to adopting the technology?
Cryptocurrencies are seen as critical by many governments and central banks. Why? Because it could lead to a loss of power. Take Bitcoin: nobody manages this cryptocurrency, no government, no bank in charge. This thought frightens many people. However, Bitcoin is working quite well, it is not a means of payment but definitely a store of value. But in the near future, we will also see alternative cryptocurrencies which will also not be linked to a government or a company but will be independent and decentralized and just serve the people. Isn’t it a wonderful thought that we have a new organism, a new life form which is a currency, not controlled by anyone.
4. Tell us more about CryptoRobby. When did it have its first appearance and become your second name?
My father, grandfather and great grandfather all are named Robert, so I was always called Robby. I started with CryptoRobby in 2016, I used it as a username in chat groups, and later it became popular on LinkedIn. My focus is to support blockchain use cases with added value to the society, to people. I call this initiative #ReturnonSociety and it became widely used in social media.
5. As you were in Armenia in 2001, what differences have you noticed in the country? And of course, as you were a part of CP19, what can be the feedback about Armenia and its potential to become one of the leaders in the blockchain space?
I was in Armenia for humanitarian relief projects and construction project for houses after the Earthquake in Gyumri and also projects in Yerevan and Vanadzor. Armenia has changed a lot: Cities are modern, the internet is fast (almost faster than in Austria and Germany!), people speak more English than it used to be the case back 20 years ago when I needed to speak Russian all the time. I see modern cars in the street. What makes me very happy, is seeing the new government which obviously tries hard to open up the country, to fight corruption and to ensure that the income gap becomes closer. One thing has not changed: the food is as good as 20 years ago!
I see that it is necessary to have coders for blockchain applications. In Austria there are 80–100 coders which can realize projects on the most popular Blockchain Ethereum, there is a lack of excellent programmers. And Armenian brains are as good as the ones in the rest of the world, the internet is fast here in Yerevan and computers are available. And one big advantage: the income level is lower in Armenia, which is VERY interesting for many international companies. This means Armenians, which have a vast network of people in the Diaspora — I have many Armenian friends here in Austria — should use this network to establish business with these countries.