INTERVIEWS


Interview with Alan Curtis of Radar Relay

Radar helps you find and transfer any token fluidly.

Michael Karnjanaprakorn

Alan is the CEO of Radar Relay. He has worked as a Program Director at Innosphere, Colorado’s largest and most successful technology incubator. Prior to helping startups grow and get to market he studied economics.

What's your story? Tell me about the first time you learned about the blockchain.

I first heard of Bitcoin in the summer of 2015 at a Smithsonian Value of Money exhibit. I tracked the space, but didn’t get involved until the Ethereum community started to develop. My background in economics helped me understand the impending token economy, networked liquidity, and the need for decentralization.

What is something you believe to be true that most people disagree with you on?

I believe that innovation happens when entrepreneurs work with regulators, shoulder to shoulder, to advance industry. Often, entrepreneurs take a counter-productive and antagonistic stance towards regulators, which creates unnecessary stress on growth. In fact, our team has published a detailed overview of our regulatory strategy.

What does your project do? How did you come up with the idea? 

Radar Relay maintains a 0x order book and provides a simple interface to facilitate signing, finding, and filling 0x orders via browser interface. The idea came from our team’s negative experiences with centralized exchanges (lost funds, hacks, etc). When the 0x protocol was released we immediately went to work creating the non-custodial user experience we feel this community has been looking for. Specifically, we are solving the problem of privacy and security.

Who's on the team?

Currently, we are are a small team, but combined we have over 20 years of combined blockchain industry experience amongst us. We have an engineering team, a finance team, and a community team. I’ve always believed in hiring people smarter than myself and I’ve been fortunate to attract a world class team.

How does token network effects work?

Radar does not have a token, but we are contributing to networked liquidity. Similar to network effects, the phenomenon where a product or service gains additional value as more people use it, decentralized networked liquidity aggregates liquidity pools from projects built on 0x for enhanced utility and value.

What's your vision for the future of the project/company?

Our team is working to improve blockchain accessibility. In practice, this means building out a suite of products contributing to modular trade networks and networked liquidity. For more perspective into our vision: https://relayer.network/.

How can people get involved in the project?

The Radar team is small, currently less than 15 people, but we are growing quickly. As one of the early Ethereum decentralized applications on the market we feel a sense of responsibility to the blockchain ecosystem to set a precedent for user experience, functionality, and compliance. We are looking for individuals who share this level of accountability and have a vision to improve blockchain accessibility. We care less about location and industry area experience and more about purpose and motivation. Must love Doge.

Email Joe, our community manager, at joe@radarrelay.com for information on jobs.

What article or book have you shared the most recently?

For company building, Principles by Ray Dalio. For understanding our space, Cryptoassets by Chris Burniske. For thinking about the future, anything by Neal Stephenson.

What other projects are you excited about in the space? Or, what are your predictions for the next 12 months in the space?

Our team is excited about projects working towards networked liquidity. A recent post highlighted a few specific teams. However, we are most excited about the efforts to scale Ethereum and as soon as we can, we’d like to dedicate resources, both capital and talent, to helping find effective solutions. Additionally, we’ll be following Tezos and other projects with strong governance mechanisms.

More importantly, we are excited for the impending talent influx to blockchain technology. As protocols gain momentum, incentives attract more developers, and the industry becomes a talent magnet.

How do people find you?

To help realize this decentralized future the crypto community can be active participants in the Radar community on Slack, Twitter, Medium, or Reddit. We are always looking for critical feedback on functionality, bug testing, and feature ideas. Most importantly, we are looking for talented engineers with a vision for the decentralized future.