Democratizing financial services.
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Hey everyone, I’m Nodar. I was born in 1990 in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2002.
I started getting interested in accounting so I joined an 'Academy of Finance' program available in my school. This gave me an opportunity to do an internship at one of the Big 4 accounting firms - Ernst & Young - while still in high-school.
In 2012, I graduated Fordham University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting & Finance. Throughout college I worked in the corporate tax department of another big accounting firm - BDO - and spent a semester studying international economics in the City University of London, UK.
Shortly after graduating, I decided to join a small budgeting and forecasting software company as a financial modeling analyst and essentially ended up taking charge of sales & marketing. I spent a lot of time working with both businesses and CPA firms.
fell down the crypto rabbit hole in summer 2017. I believe Ethereum is doing to finance what the internet did to the media: democratizing the creation of new financial instruments. I knew I wanted to contribute to this movement.
In August, I started writing DeFi Tutorials to highlight best opportunities & risks involved. I realized many end-users want to see live tests of someone actually using these DeFi tools before putting in their own money behind it - a sort of a 'test-drive'.
After getting some feedback, I hacked up DeFiStrategies.com which is a DeFi trading simulator - with no code using Glideapps. I stayed lean by using all available tools to get MVP out to early users asap and iterate from feedback - i think this is what our space is missing a lot of. Teams need to find market fits asap.
DeFi Strategies simulator let end-users pick out which positions they want to open up and some started thinking they would be able to execute strategies right from this app. Around the same time, I found out about Kyber's DeFi Hackathon and since i needed help with smart contracts I reached out for help on their discord.
Dipesh responded and given our accounting backgrounds, we immediately clicked. About a year ago Dipesh decided to make a big switch from Certified Public Accountant to Solidity developer. Today he is mentoring the same class he started in ConsenSys Academy last year. We started working on DeFiZap.
DeFiZap deploys capital across multiple DeFi protocols in a single transaction. What does this mean? You open positions on several platforms with different opportunities. For example: you could long ETH with 2x leverage on Fulcrum and supply liquidity on Compound with a single click.
Doing this in one transaction saves time + gas. It’s important to note: when you place trades or supply liquidity using these DeFi platforms, you receive liquidity/position tracking tokens. DeFiZap doesn’t spread your money into 'top 10 on coinmarketcap' - Zaps infuse capital into DeFi paltforms, furthering user adoption.
I want to keep building DeFiZap, publishing DeFiTutorials (which im in the process of open-sourcing through Gitbook - message me if you want to contribute) and pushing no-code movement through additional tutorials. This will enable a lot more people who don't necessarily have strong coding skills, to be able to easily create MVPs to test their ideas. This will ultimately help builders find product market fits faster + without wasting a lot of resources.
Message me on Twitter if you want to join our Discord.
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