Meet the Team: Zev Mintz
1. What made you decide to pursue a career in Bitcoin?
Working in the traditional finance space has made me hyper aware of the unprecedented & unsustainable monetary policies being implemented around the world. I believe the world is slowly realizing that there needs to be an alternative store of value, which can not be manipulated or weaponized to fit the agenda of a powerful few. Bitcoin fills this void and as people continue accepting technology into their lives, Bitcoin will continue to grow and prosper.
2. What’s your role at River Financial?
At the highest level, my job is to take the positive aspects from the traditional finance space and improve on these ideas to help elevate River to the next level.
3. What did you do before joining River?
I worked at UBS Financial Services Inc. in the Wealth Management division. I co-managed large investment portfolios for HNW individuals, nonprofits and small businesses. In addition, we did comprehensive financial planning that included family, retirement and legacy planning.
4. What projects or advancements do you think are most exciting in the Bitcoin space right now?
From a technology perspective, I believe the Lightning Network is very exciting and will allow Bitcoin to scale. This is an absolute necessity as the network continues to expand. From an infrastructure perspective, the emergence of reputable Bitcoin financial institutions which allows everyday individuals to easily buy, sell and hold Bitcoin. Bitcoin needs to be easily accessible for people that are not technologically savvy or comfortable enough to buy and hold their own savings.
5. Where do you see Bitcoin in 10 years?
As an investment, I see Bitcoin being used as a non-correlated asset class in all investment portfolios. If we see interest rates continue on the downward trend and central banks continue to pump new money into the markets, we may see Bitcoin become a reserve world currency as fiat becomes less stable. As a currency, the Lightning Network will help facilitate low cost transactions for everyday items (especially amongst Millennials and younger generations). We will also see institutions understand the advantages of Bitcoin from a cost and efficiency perspective in regards to moving large amounts of money quickly with very low transaction costs.
6. Describe Bitcoin in 5 words or less.
A revolutionary borderless digital currency.
7. What are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?
Reading about current and past economic issues and analysis, hiking with my dog and watching my favorite sports like the New England Patriots and the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.