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In October Blockchain startup DECENT opened the Blockchain Research and Development Hub in Armenia.
Itel.am talked to the founder and CEO of DECENT Matej Michalko, who visited Yerevan last month.
- The new Blockchain Research and Development Hub opened in Yerevan recently. What’s the mission of the hub?
- The mission is to create products and solutions that enable convenient, direct, and secure exchange of digital content globally. We are going to use the intellectual potential, the resources and experience that Armenia has for development of Blockchain technologies. We want to bring Blockchain Technology to mass markets and public domains through everlasting innovation and vertical Integration into Industries and systems. The center was established during my previous visit here in October.
We want to build a team which will take Blockchain Technologies mainstream. As a result of crowdfunding with 4300 participating sponsors we received USD 4.2 mln, out of which we are investing a substantial in Armenia in order to establish this center.
- I have been invited by the Center’s current CEO and co-founder Gagik Yeghiazarian. We visited a few tech companies in Armenia, including VMware and Wovenmedia. Here I saw that Armenia is a place with a huge potential in IT development, where it is possible to make any product, Blockchain technologies included.
Right now we are hiring developers, software engineers, and software architects in Armenia. The application for our job listings is available here. As soon as we have the team we will start. We are looking for about 10-15 team members for Armenian office. But this number can scale very fast. It usually takes time to find the right people.
I would like to point out that we have strong presence in China, but our organization is also based in Geneva, Switzerland. We have another headquarters in Slovakia. So currently we are directly present in 4 countries: Switzerland, Slovakia, China and Armenia.
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