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Published on January 30th, 2018 | by Brandon H

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Mark Polelle

Technology expert Mark Polelle has become one of the leading authorities on Blockchain and cryptocurrency development over the last few years after being one of the first U.S.-based entrepreneurs to identify this as an area of growth. Prior to the 2008 launch of Bitcoin and the role out of Blockchain technology, Polelle had already established himself as a leading Web developer in California intent on helping startups create a secure system of Blockchain technology. mark Polelle believes basing himself in Oakland, California make sit easy for him to remain close to Silicon Valley and his impressive list of clients but also provides him with the ability to enjoy some short periods of relaxation during any rare periods of his spare time.

Where were you born? 

I had a pretty average childhood and adolescence in Atlanta, Georgia with my family and enjoyed all the experiences one would expect growing up in the Deep South. Although I was never the most sporty person, I did enjoy taking part in a range of activities in my local area as a child including the usual sports, football, baseball, and basketball. I still return home to see my family regularly and enjoy some traditional Southern cooking.

What is your favorite TV show? 

Wow! That’s a difficult question to answer these days with so many great shows streaming Online. Obviously, I enjoy “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones” but recently I’ve been bingeing on “Detectorists” for something a little more gentle and relaxing; “Detectorists” is a British TV show about a metal detecting club which may not sound interesting but really is funny and heartwarming. It really is difficult to pick a single show as I was also a fan of “Mad Men” and absolutely love “Silicon Valley” as a twisted satire on my own industry.

What can you look forward to in the future? 

I’m hoping to look forward to even greater levels of success in the future in both my business and personal life. As a business, we are looking forward to Blockchain technology reaching the mainstream in 2018 meaning our development work can be used by even more companies in the coming years who we can intertwine our technology into the software of when they are still in the development stages. I’m also hoping the cryptocurrency markets can be merged into the established financial landscape as I believe this will add even more authenticity to a technology most investors agree will continue to grow in the coming years. The blockchain is going to become the norm for government agencies and the business arena as it is far safer than any other form of database for storing important information with more people identifying its potential as it moves towards the mainstream.

What is one thing you’ve learned since starting your career? 

I’ve learned so much since setting out on this journey it’s really difficult to narrow it down to just one thing. I guess the most important thing I’ve learned is never to stand still or be satisfied with the level of success we have reached as a company as there is always another destination to reach. When I first set out on my career I worked as a basic Web developer making simple Websites for individuals and businesses of all sizes which were making me a good living. I always had the feeling there was more to gain from the Internet than what appeared to be its potential even ten years ago and was always looking to evolve my career. I think it was early in 2009 when I first began to hear of Bitcoin and the new frontier of cryptocurrencies and decided this was the future of the industry I had been looking for. Basically, I threw myself into learning about Bitcoin and Blockchain because I had a feeling this was going to be the most important development of the current digital age. I don’t know if Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto is a single person or a pseudonym for a group of developers but they have changed the world forever with their work.

What’s one piece of advice you can share with others? 

When I was starting out on this journey I would be handed advice from people with experience and those who had never dared to start their own business. I would say every business is its own entity and does not fit into the model business experts hope to pigeonhole most of. Follow your own path and trust your gut is a good way to run your business life as nobody can tell you what they are passionate about and which direction you should be taking but yourself.

 


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