With so much activity going on at Digitex, it’s time we introduced you to one of the key members of our team making it all happen. Meet Alexey Veledinskii (AV), our new Product Owner. He’s been doing a terrific job — and you’ve probably noticed! Since AV stepped into this role, we’ve been consistently launching new high-quality products.
AV works closely with Adam to keep the roadmap on track, and ensure organized and efficient communication with our development team. You can think of AV as the perfect counterpart to Adam’s creative leadership, ensuring that everything gets done as planned. Now, without further ado, take it away, AV.
Q. What are your main tasks and responsibilities at Digitex?
A. As a product owner, I am responsible for many things, starting from organizing workflow to delivering good quality products and services for our customers, for the Digitex exchange business model. In a few words: I want to build a good and strong crypto exchange, relevant for the contemporary crypto market.
From a high-level point of view, our company is building an ecosystem of products. So I’m working closely with other teams within the company, such as the Blockster team, in order to bridge our products and technology together, which will result in bringing many new users to Digitex.
Q. Why do you think you’re so suited to the role and to Digitex in general?
A. The main point, because I’m always trying to think about Digitex from many different points of view: as a customer (I know how each feature works, I was promoted from Level 2 Support team lead and I know all cases and problems which our customers meet), as a business owner (how our exchange makes money, how our business model or tokenomics works), as a developer (what they want, where their needs are), and as a competitor (why customers will decide to trade on Digitex instead of other exchanges).
The second one (the second doesn’t mean “less important”) is our team here, in Digitex. I try to hear people, to understand their ideas and vision. I know that, say, our design director is much more experienced in UX/UI than me, and if I have an idea, but he tells me that it will not work as I expect, I will ask how he thinks it should be done.
Q. What are your main ambitions in your role? What do you hope to achieve over the next year, five years, beyond?
A. Talking about the upcoming 12-18 months, I want to build an exchange that will generate income for both the Digitex company and our customers. I want to bring a smooth trading experience for crypto traders, newbies and pros, and be sure that our exchange is needed, appreciated, and offers the best opportunities to interact with crypto markets.
Q. What’s the most challenging part of your role?
A. Planning. In our quickly changing world, especially the crypto industry, it’s very hard to bring a plan of development and follow it. On one hand, without a plan you can’t expect any results; on the other, the market can change and you need to change plans. So, planning and flexibility are most challenging for me. And it’s very important to find a balance between following the plan and changing the plan.
Q. What do you like the most?
A. In Digitex, the opportunities and the team. Adam Todd, our company owner and founder, is very open to people and allows us to grow inside the team. My case is very representative: I started in an outsource company as a first line support agent. Within three months I was approved as team lead of Level 2 Support. Now, within a year and a half after starting in an outsource company, I moved to Kiev and was promoted to the present role.
The Digitex team, I can talk about our team for hours! I never met such qualified, experienced and product-oriented people as I met in Digitex. I feel real support in many cases from my colleagues. Hard times are very representative: and our team faced hard times as a monolith.
In the private sphere, I mostly like my wife and family. I like to learn things and solve problems: that’s why my IT career started from support. Before Digitex, I was a tech support engineer in a mining farm where I was promoted to the project manager role for the first time in life.
Q. What attracted you to crypto in the first place?
A. Decentralization. I know that many people come to crypto with the wish to make easy money on speculation, volatility. But this is not the main thing in crypto. Read the Bitcoin whitepaper: you will never find the “currency” word, because, in fact, cryptos, and the blockchain tech side of cryptos especially, are not about currencies. It’s about the trust problem and decentralization of ownership of anything, any asset. That’s why I can say with 100% confidence that blockchain is the future.
Q. What do you do with your free time?
A. In the present days, I do almost nothing as I don’t have enough free time for sleep and other things, so I always choose to sleep. But don’t think that I’m complaining about the overload. I know that the company needs me, our team needs me, and our customers need me.
One day, when I have time for private interests, I will read tons of books about humanity, history, materialistic economics, and society. I’ll visit the Carpathian mountains and Altai, Nepal, and take a trip across the USA from the East coast to the West. And I’ll build a house by my own hands where me and my wife will raise children and grow tomatoes.
Q. What advice would you give anyone thinking about getting into crypto but scared by the volatility or any other factors?
A. Be patient and careful with your own money. Read documentation, ask questions: only you can be responsible for your own money. Yes, if you lost something due to tech problems on some platform side, the platform must investigate and share results with you; if that was a company fault, they must refund losses.
Always remember: crypto trading is just another tool for your wealth growth, but it doesn’t mean that crypto markets will always go up and up. There are many unpredictable factors that affect prices at the moment, but in the medium and long term, it will amount to nothing. Four years ago, BTC fell dramatically from ~$17K to ~$8K, and now in June, 2021, the BTC price is ~$33K.
Q. Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks very much AV for sharing your experiences with us. We’re so grateful to have you on board and looking forward to rolling out the next awesome products throughout this year and beyond. Despite the choppy markets and FUD lately, Digitex keeps on building and it’s thanks to talented people like AV and the rest of the team.