6 Questions for BlockApps CEO Kieren James-Lubin

You may have heard of Joseph Lubin, the Ethereum co-founder presently serving as the CEO of Consensys. But don’t confuse him for Kieren James-Lubin — the entrepreneur’s highly successful son who co-founded his own company, BlockApps, in 2015.

James-Lubin now serves as the chief executive of BlockApps from its offices in Miami Beach — where he moved from New York City after a stint at the University of California-Berkeley, where he had been working on a PhD in theoretical physics. We took a few minutes to speak with him about his thoughts on the future of the cryptocurrency industry. Here’s what he had to tell us.

1. If you were investing in startup companies right now, what kind of blockchain-based business opportunity would catch your eye?

I think obviously it’s a cyclical industry, and we’re on an upswing. With each cycle, you see more practical, consumer-facing value. Right now, I think there’s been an over-emphasis on the infrastructure layer.

We want people to do things that they probably would have otherwise done without blockchain technology, but for it to be better, smoother, faster, cheaper, more liquid, and/or offer something that’s brand new but is easy. So blockchain has offered a lot that’s brand new but not been easy, and there’s been a bit of an insider-y culture in terms of making it accessible to regular people. It doesn’t seem like it’s been the interest. In some ways, it’s been the anti-interest.

So that’s what I would look for. Also, if you’re looking for a fast flip, I think AI and blockchain is obviously happening at the moment. There’s some real projects. There’s also a lot of noise. But I think, given especially that tokens are often pretty sentiment-driven, it depends on the tokens or equity.

2. What do you think will be the biggest trend in blockchain for the next 12 months?

The markets are are going to be pretty supportive of the AI stuff for a while, even long ahead of the rubber meeting the road on people being…

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