Nikolay Shkilev has grown to become one of the biggest names in the blockchain field in recent years. He has received multiple awards for his notable contributions as a consultant and is also the owner and founder of many successful companies. Coin Republic had an exclusive interview with Nikolay Shkilev to talk about his future projects, his recent nomination for the prestigious Blockchain Life Awards 2021 and his ambitious entry into the e-commerce industry with his blockchain company “Zelwin”.
THE COIN REPUBLIC: NIKOLAY, YOUR REPUTATION precedes you. You are often considered one of the most influential figures in the world of blockchain and have received multiple awards for your numerous contributions to the industry. Tell us about your journey to these impressive heights. WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATION?
Nikolay: Before I came to blockchain, I had 20 years of experience owning different types of businesses and that was what was missing in the blockchain environment. There were a lot of programmers, enthusiasts, but the projects didn’t understand how to properly build their business, there were no real and successful entrepreneurs, there was no experience of how to properly build your own business, and that was clear to me at the very beginning. That’s why I started helping a lot of projects, they made good money, I made good money, and there a reputation emerged in the blockchain environment. Also, I made contacts and relationships with all the great people in the field very quickly, and that’s more expensive than any money. Projects want to work with me because they understand that I can open doors to any place for them as quickly as possible without an intermediary and always tell them honestly what works and what doesn’t.
THE COIN REPUBLIC: THEY HAVE FREQUENTLY TRUSTED TO DECLARE THAT BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES WILL BECOME A BIG REVOLUTION AS THE INTERNET WAS ONE DAY Give us a picture of what a BLOCKCHAIN HUMAN SOCIETY might look like in the near future.
Nikolay: I said it because I see this problem in the world. First, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, traditional business has collapsed in many countries and people have started looking for alternative sources of income. Second, the U.S. government printed more money in 2020 than it did in 200 years, and by early 2021, unsecured $ 1.9 trillion was printed again, despite the huge foreign debt. A decent chunk of that money, as in the past, went to ordinary people into digital assets. Third, large traditional investors began to actively invest some of their investments in Bitcoin and recognized it as digital gold.
This gave the entire industry a strong impetus. In many countries, access to financial instruments is limited, with high inflation, high interest rates on loans, sanctions, government barriers, etc. For a large number of people, digital assets are a real way out of a difficult situation. Many people liked the idea of complete decentralization, that is, with no dependence on regulators, no intermediaries, no censorship and no complete control. Of course, Elon Musk and TheWallStreetBets have also significantly moved the market and found millions of followers.
But I also understand that the states of many countries will be against this technology, will try to get it completely under control and want to control people even more strictly. But the more they ban this technology, the more people will switch to this technology. The future is definitely going in the direction of blockchain.
THE COIN REPUBLIC: LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR COMPANY, THE PRIVATE BUSINESS CLUB YOU FOUNDED IN 2003. How does it feel to have created such a massive entity? Take us on the journey that began in 2003.
Nikolay: It all started in 2003 when I made my first million dollars in international logistics and bought a Bentley. It was an idiotic thing because cars in Russia cost twice as much as in Europe or the United States because of tariffs.
In those years, there were few Bentley owners in St. Petersburg, where I lived, and they were well-known, important people in the city and in various industries.
I got to know them all and suggested we create an interest club for the elite. To my surprise, everyone supported the idea. That’s how things started to develop. The Private Business Club started out as a local project, but we found that the recommendation system didn’t go far over time. Despite our extensive connections, we are still limited by our circle of acquaintances. Our resident investors constantly need new ideas and projects. Conversely, projects need access to more entrepreneurs. We invite entrepreneurs from every country. We also have residents from a wide variety of business areas – these include construction, tourism, real estate, IT technology, blockchain, FMCG, e-commerce, etc.
I therefore invite all of your reader-entrepreneurs to cooperate and welcome you to our Private Business Club.
THE COIN REPUBLIC: You mentioned your admiration for JEFF BEZOS and JACK MA in your past interviews, who are the respective founders of Amazon and Alabama, two of the largest e-commerce giants in the world. You recently created your own ZELWIN e-commerce platform powered by BLOCKCHAIN and even runs your own CRYPTO brand, ZLW. HOW BIG WILL ZELWIN BE AFTER YOU? DOES IT REPLACE AMAZON AND ALIBABA WITH TIME?
Nikolay: We have clear goals to reach a capitalization of $ 1 billion in the next 1 to 2 years and then just grow rapidly.
It’s stupid to struggle with Amazon and Alibaba now, but this market is growing so fast that the volume of trade in the world is already nearly $ 6 trillion. If we take just a small part of this market, we will make billions.
THE COIN REPUBLIC: ZELWIN HAS BEEN DUBBED AS “THE PEOPLE’S MARKETPLACE” AND ITS USP SEEMS TO BE ITS ATTRACTIVE REWARD PROGRAMS. SELLERS NOT ONLY RECEIVE GOOD COMMISSIONS FROM THEIR SALES, BUT BUYERS ARE REWARDED FOR THEIR PURCHASES IN THE FORM OF ZLW BRANDS. What prompted you to create such a system that rewards its buyers and how does ZELWIN manage to support it?
Nikolay: Yes. You’re right. Throughout my business, I create a WIN-WIN strategy for all parties including Zelwin.com. We have created various earning opportunities for dealers and sellers. People invite sellers from all over the world to our website and receive a fair commission from all their sales. It’s also very profitable for sellers. Free registration, no subscription fees, commission only from real sales. People invite buyers to our website (using a referral program in their personal account) and receive 20% of the cashback from them. It is profitable for buyers to use a referral link from these people as it will double their cashback.
In other words, we are developing a marketplace for the people. Absolutely everyone can take part. Some will be able to earn a lot and some will not. But we give this chance to everyone without exception. It will benefit the people, us, and the sellers – all parties; and that will allow us to create a massive community!
THE COIN REPUBLIC: Our next question concerns BLOCKCHAIN LIFE AWARDS 2021. You are one of the nominees in the “Top Person of the BLOCKCHAIN Industry in Russia and the CIS”. How do you stand by it? What do you think could be the biggest contributing factor in getting you the award?
Nikolay: Of course, I am pleased that in an area like Russia and the CIS countries (there are around 20 countries) and where hundreds of millions of people live, I am seen as one of the main characters in the blockchain space.
A major open vote has been going on for several weeks to receive this award and at the time of your response, I had the support of most people. Without the support of ordinary people, even I am powerless, and I was doubly delighted to see how literally on all social networks people not only gave votes for me, but also actively supported me and asked others to vote. Thank you to all of my fans, friends and projects who have decided to support me.
THE COIN REPUBLIC: Lastly, tell us about your future plans. Aside from expanding your current business, do you have plans to enter a new business sphere?
Nikolay: Together with the Private Business Club, we have started and are starting dozens of projects in the blockchain area. Many projects and our investors have already made millions of dollars.
That is why I invite both projects and investors to our Private Business Club. Let’s make money together, the market allows you to do so now! We help at all stages and I have a great team of some of the best specialists in the field. At the same time, we are now starting the Xpertual Blockchain Academy, in which we tell everything about the blockchain and trends from A to Z and to which I have invited many famous speakers.
If you have any questions / partnerships, you can find me on LinkedIn. Just write “Partnership” in the subject line and I will reply as soon as possible.
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