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DSTOQ CEO Craig Mc Gregor: I‘d like to ignite a widespread movement of empathy, Empathy is the key to solving a lot of the issues plaguing the world

I would choose to ignite a widespread movement of empathy. I believe empathy is the key to solving a lot of the issues plaguing the world. If only people could understand one another’s struggles will we move closer to bringing goodness to the world.


I would choose to ignite a widespread movement of empathy. I believe empathy is the key to solving a lot of the issues plaguing the world. If only people could understand one another’s struggles will we move closer to bringing goodness to the world.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Craig Mc Gregor, co-founder and CEO of DSTOQ. DSTOQ is a licensed, decentralized platform allowing users to invest in real-world assets like stocks, bonds, and commodities using crypto.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you share with us the story of how you decided to pursue this career path? What lessons can others learn from your story?

Thank you for the opportunity. I first became involved in the cryptocurrency space in 2013 in South Africa, where I am from. This was also around the same time I’d already been working in traditional finance as an analyst at Bloomberg covering banking, insurance and real estate. Due to the fact that I was exposed firsthand to the financial inequalities posed by the financial systems in place particularly for individuals in emerging markets, I wanted to find a way to use this budding technology, blockchain, and fuse it with my expertise in finance, for good — to help empower individuals financially who previously may have never had a chance to participate in the global investment marketplace. I also saw an opportunity to apply the benefits of traditional financial markets, namely their relative stability, to solve the issue of volatility, which is prevalent in crypto markets.

The main recommendations I can give, which I feel is extremely important for people looking to get into the blockchain industry, is to start by finding a real and meaningful problem in the world that blockchain technology might be able to solve. Solving a real problem should be your driving force, and if you’re passionate about solving the problem it will give you both direction, and purpose.

Can you tell me about the most interesting projects you are working on now?

We’re super excited about the DSTOQ project — I’ve been working on the project for a few years and this year the team has worked so hard to bring the project out of stealth mode. We’re almost ready to launch our decentralized trading platform, which will allow users to invest in real-world assets using crypto. Let me explain a bit how all of this works — users will be able to use the DSTOQ platform to buy our proprietary token — the DSQ token — with cryptocurrencies such as BTC and ETH. They can then buy security tokens (which are real-world assets in the form of tokens) on our platform. We plan to tokenize stocks, bonds and commodities such as gold on the platform.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Actually yes, I’m grateful to my co-founder Christian Nagel. We built this company from the ground up based on nothing but a shared vision. For me it was amazing to have someone that I learned to trust whom I always felt had my back. We supported each other as the business grew, and it made the entire process much easier and much more fun.

What are the 5 things that most excite you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

● Blockchain will liberate emerging markets in ways previous technologies never could.

● The technology will have significantly lower fees associated with it than traditional financial services.

● Crypto will allow individuals to transact on a peer-to-peer basis. This eliminates the need to rely on large, faceless corporations.

● Blockchain and crypto do not require trust — the technology relies on consensus algorithms, eliminating the need for trust.

● Consumers will be significantly empowered by both blockchain and crypto.

What are the 5 things that worry you about blockchain and crypto? Why?

● Hacks and a lack of security on centralized exchanges or other less secure platforms could make potential investors wary of the crypto market as a whole.

● Slow regulation implementation by the SEC will slow down the establishing of safe investment platforms.

● There will continue to be a lot of noise in the industry and consumers may be unable to distinguish the reputable platforms from the more risky ones.

● Certain mainstream media could continue to publish the narrative that crypto is hazardous.

● Governments will wage a “war on crypto,” and may try to implement hyper regulation as result.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Can you share a story?

We could have chosen to focus on any population segment in the world, but we decided on the emerging markets of the world. The reason for this is that we feel that individuals in emerging markets would be the ones to benefit most from the technological innovation offered by blockchain and crypto.

What 3 things would you advise to someone who wanted to emulate your career? Can you share an example for each idea?

My three greatest pieces of advice would be:

1) Find something you’re passionate about — because once you do, you’ll never feel like you’re “working” again.

2) Don’t try to copy anyone else’s style — what works for someone else is unlikely to work for you.

3) Don’t give up — things will likely get tough, but it’s all about how you respond to difficulties that determines whether or not you will succeed.

What is your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that had relevance to your own life?

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” — Elon Musk

As a fellow South African, I always admired Musk’s vision and ability to dream and then execute on huge ideas. It’s inspiring to see how far he’s been able to elevate himself and how much impact that can have on the world.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I would choose to ignite a widespread movement of empathy. I believe empathy is the key to solving a lot of the issues plaguing the world. If only people could understand one another’s struggles will we move closer to bringing goodness to the world.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You can follow us on:

Twitter (https://twitter.com/dstoq_exchange)

Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/user/Dstoq)

Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/Adcz0E9JkXNvnVnasPDOTg)

LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/dstoq/)

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dstoqexchange/)

Medium (https://medium.com/dstoq)

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

Thank you for having me!

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