Guido van Stijn: Merging Metals with the Technology of Tomorrow
Tom welcomes a new guest Guido Van Stijn. He is managing director at Aurus.
Guido explains his background in metals and how they came up with the idea in 2010 to combine precious metals and blockchain technology.
We are entering an inflationary economic landscape which will likely not be transitory. Protecting yourself from inflation has always been a key reason to have gold or silver. Combining the technology of blockchain with metals creates new opportunities for investors. Metals are often more of a buy and store and less of an exchange mechanism.
Many younger investors want versatility when it comes to money and metals. It’s easy now to send funds to others using their platform. Individuals can decide how they want to on-ramp and off-ramp their money. Tokenized metals also allow for fractional purchases of metals.
He explains how their tokenization and staking system works. It’s a good hedge that can reward you. Their solutions are part of an ecosystem for partnering with other metals companies. Tokens are measured in grams of metal and settlements on their platform are nearly instant.
Guido discusses their upcoming plans including opening new offices globally. Their current focus is on educating their partners and creating DeFi solutions. They plan to expand their offerings with additional global liquidity solutions.
Time Stamp References:
0:00 – Introduction
0:30 – His Background
1:30 – Blockchain & Metals
5:10 – Onboarding Users
6:32 – Tokenization
10:55 – Partnerships
14:30 – Staking
16:00 – Settlements
17:30 – Vaulting Fees
18:40 – Liquidity
19:30 – Collaboration
21:10 – Use Cases
23:10 – Vault Cart
24:50 – Peer2Peer
25:30 – Future Plans
27:15 – Wrap Up
Talking Points From This Episode
- Providing solutions for transacting metals on blockchain.
- Bringing versatility and rapid payments with metal ownership.
- Tokenization and the advantages of staking systems.
Guido van Stijn is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the gold and commodities field where he’s led multiple successful businesses. As the Managing Director of Aurus, he is at the forefront of the companies strategy and its implementation.