About Dr. Julian Hosp
After his successful career as a professional kitesurfer (ranking among top 10 in the world) and later as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Julian Hosp became a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author and keynote-speaker.
He co-founded the Singapore based FinTech company TenX, the only company worldwide that makes multiple digital currencies instantly spendable anytime anywhere by offering a debit card payment system to its users.
Julian was named one of the top Blockchain and Cryptocurrency experts in the world. He is a frequently invited speaker at global Tech/FinTech events as well as a regular commentator in the media on current blockchain trends, the future of cryptocurrency and best ICO practices.
WHO IS JULIAN – AND WHY LISTEN TO HIM?
10 years Pro-Kitesurfer, 7 years Medicine, serial entrepreneur
“Why should you actually listen to me?” I get it—what gives me the right to talk about the topic of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, ICOs, and related tech. There are so many people out there spreading info about it, so why should you believe me? Fair question. So, let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I got into the cryptocurrency space some while back.
After having studied medicine in Austria for six years, I graduated and started training as a trauma surgeon as part of my residency. I had been one of the Top 10 professional kite surfers in the world for almost 10 years leading up to that… suddenly “being locked” into a hospital for almost 100 hours a week was not the life I had envisioned, after having travelled all around the world as an athlete. So, in 2012, I decided not to continue my work as a medical doctor and chose to combine my knowledge of a professional athlete and medical doctor to offer personal development and mindset trainings to others. I moved to Hong Kong to gain some experience in business, finance, and marketing, which all were areas I had very little experience up to that point. I have always preferred actual experience over traditional school education and therefore that move made a lot of sense to me. Trying to set foot in a city between the Western and Eastern worlds were some tough years, but it taught me a lot about rejection, public speaking, money and most of all entrepreneurship.
In 2014, I felt that I had enough. So, I decided to quit living in Hong Kong and I started to travel again, still working in personal development/entrepreneurship. Purely coincidentally, I met Toby, a fellow Austrian, and Paul from Thailand, in Bangkok on a stopover. We hit it off straight away, especially on one specific topic: cryptocurrencies. I had heard about Bitcoin in 2011 from a patient of mine, but hadn’t paid much attention to it ever since. Recalling that Bitcoin back in 2011 was valued around 1 USD, it was a shock to hear that it had now gone up to roughly 1,000 USD. My first thought was: “Wow, had I invested 1,000 USD in 2011, I would have made a million dollars in just three years.” I had written it off as a scam in 2011, but after our talk I became really interested in it. After our meeting, I started to research everything I could about blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and bitcoin. It was not easy to understand, but still easier than some of the medical material I had to study in the years prior. The hardest part was to figure out where to start. Whenever people ask me whether I ever regret not working as a doctor, after having studied all those years, I answer no. It wasn’t time wasted, but rather the foundation for understanding all the tech-stuff in the crypto-world.
Toby, Paul, and I stayed in touch. Over the following months, we kept discussing various interesting ideas, but most of all, how to bring these virtual currencies to the masses. In May 2015, DBS, one of the biggest banks in Singapore, hosted a blockchain hackathon in Singapore. This was basically a weekend-long event, were several teams tried to convince an investment panel of their project’s merits. I decided to join Toby and Paul for the weekend and we prepared a pitch to win the 15,000 USD in price money. You can watch a video from back then and how we got prepared by looking for the YouTube video: “Julian Hosp hackathon Singapore.”
We did well and ended up winning. On June 11th, 2015, OnePay / OneBit was founded in Singapore, a company where we initially wanted to make Bitcoin spendable by allowing it to be connected to a debit card, that could then be used online and offline all over the world. Toby and Paul decided to stay in Singapore, while I still had some contracts with coaching clients and was only part time there. On the side, I started to make a few videos on blockchain and Bitcoin, but I was not yet fully convinced about the success of these new concepts. Especially after Bitcoin had this massive downtrend in 2014 and 2015 after the hack of an exchange called MtGox. If you search for “Julian Hosp Bitcoin and blockchain—this is why you should care,” you will find one of my first videos ever and will notice some uncertainties in my explanations.
OnePay / OneBit received its first outside investment in 2016 and also PayPal started to incubate (support) the company for further growth. It was then that I also decided to join the company full-time. We rebranded to TenX—a name inspired by not wanting to grow “one-bit” at a time anymore, but rather by “ten x”—meaning ten times as much. Toby became the technical CEO. Paul became Head of Product. I became the President of the company; however, I see myself as a CVO— Chief Visionary Officer. It was also then that I gained the conviction that these new concepts were here to stay, and I knew that the education of the general public on these topics was essential. So I started a YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/tenxwallet), a Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/cryptofit), and a German Podcast (http://kryptoshow.libsyn.com); all of them have become some of the largest in the world.
“It became my personal mission to help people understand what blockchain and cryptocurrencies are and how they work, so that at least 1 billion people around the world get to know about this topic through me in one way or another by 2025.”
I know this sounds like a crazy mission and vision, but this is what I grew truly passionate about. It’s how the brand and hashtag “#CRYPTOFIT” was born—to make people fit in cryptocurrency skills. Today, I have guest-authored hundreds of magazine articles on popular blockchain and other fintech opportunities. I have met with regulators, central banks and top finance people all around the world, and Influencive named me as one of the top crypto-experts to follow in 2017 (https://www.influencive.com/top-blockchain-cryptocurrency-experts-follow-2017/). In 2016, I also co-authored the whitepaper for COMIT (www.comit.network), a decentralized network that will connect all blockchains just like the internet is connecting intranets.
TenX kept growing exponentially and so we decided to go for a so-called token sale in June 2017, in which the company received contributions equivalent to approximately 80 million US dollars to support our vision of making any cryptocurrency spendable through a debit card. As of writing this book in 2017, TenX is valued at over half a billion dollars. It will be exciting to see what’s happening next, not only in TenX but the entire blockchain ecosystem.
What to expect
So, this is what you will get out of this book, that you will not find anywhere else:
- Some “educators” of the crypto ecosystem are actually NOT INSIDE the system. They just report on it from the outside. There is a huge difference between sources with hands-on knowledge of cryptocurrencies and those just rehashing what they’ve read. That is why it is very important for me to not only write a book about this topic, but to actually build a successful company that gives me a whole new perspective.
- Some people claim to be blockchain experts to push a hidden agenda onto their followers. I am committed to educating people in the most transparent way. This lack of knowledge allows many scams to take advantage of people. I approach all this from a different angle. Yes, of course, I would like people to use the products and services of my company, but the main goal is to bring this exciting ecosystem closer to a billion people all around the world.
- Many self-declared “thought leaders” are stuck on a certain topic, not looking outside the box. They get fixated on a specific cryptocurrency or project. This book is about the broader idea of a decentralized system. What this actually means, you will find out soon. I don’t see myself as a “fanatic” trying to convince you to buy an individual coin or token. I want you to get the hang of the ecosphere as a whole, and show you how centralization and decentralization can and will coexist together.
- Early adopters often have a highly technical background. Many times, this leads to explanations being confusing and difficult to understand for beginners. I have more of a scientific background, which allows me to explain complex concepts in simple terms, while still covering the essentials. In my opinion, that is the secret to success: keeping it super simple.
So, with all that said, I am glad that you actually got this book into your hands. Once finished, you will be truly #CRYPTOFIT. If you want to read up on some other details about my life, check out my personal website: www.julianhosp.com. If you want to read a book about my life prior to cryptocurrencies, go on Amazon and search for “25 Stories I would tell my Younger Self.” This book became a bestseller in 2015 as it is an easy read with fun stories and valuable lessons. To see what we are doing at TenX, follow this link: www.tenx.tech.