Mru comes from a well-recognised family of business entrepreneurs and is an international innovative serial entrepreneur, disruptor and business visionary. He is also known as a bestselling author and public speaker. Mru is a wise and brave risk-taker who has risen from the ashes many times in his career that spans more than 3 decades. His ideas are creative, innovative, often provocative and very nonconventional.
He has lived and worked on 4 continents and is a true global citizen speaking 6 languages. He has over 35 years of experience in Technology, Finance, Property, Investments and Startup Development, of which 20 years with Blue Chip organisations like IBM, Sun Microsystems (Oracle) and Siemens, to name a few.
His early natural DNA based entrepreneurship started at his birthplace in Kenya at the age of 12, selling toys made by himself at his father’s steel factory and repairing strings on tennis, squash and badminton rackets, as he played various sports at the county level. At the age of 15, his parents left Africa to relocate to UK, for the purposes of children’s education. He settled very quickly into the new environment in difficult times, where his sports brilliance and education excellence helped to progress fast.
His constant search for the high life made him work at several jobs during any vacation and weekends, always selling gadgets, electronic goods, Hifi and even working night shift at a factory to support his passion for travel, music and the high life during his colourful teenage life. Following his Degree in Computer Studies, his first property investment within 6 months was a 2 bed apartment and a mini supermarket, which he managed and ran part time. His entrepreneur passion grew from here, whilst doing 2 jobs in parallel.
His IT professional career and responsibilities varied from the early days of technical specialist and project management of major multimillion dollar clients in Finance, Banking and Public Sector to Retail, Travel and Hospitality, through to sales and business sector management within major Blue Chip corporations. Later, he managed new business and “impossible deals” to spearhead world’s first outsourcing and PFI deals in the UK public sector market. His wins and business accounts management was over £3B. He later left the corporate world to setup his own Property Investment Fund in Eastern Europe in 2004, as the first major independent fund in Romania, with property and lands of over 100Ha and buildout plan of over €200M.
Mru’s professional journey continued in the revolutionary blockchain field, post the property and financial crisis of 2008. The journey to his vision of "be your own bank and wealth manager" started as a proud leader and visionary for Open Source movement with Sun Microsystems in the 1990s. Since then, Mru has consulted, worked with or worked for world renowned Fortune 500 companies. His track record as an investor is impeccable as well. He has personally invested in, developed and portfolio managed projects in Europe, UK, USA, India and EU emerging markets. He is also involved in numerous investments that include blockchain and cryptocurrencies, various listed ISAs and Pension funds. He has been involved in several startups at board and advisory level in technology companies starting in the late 1990s and continued with digital banking, DeFi, crypto exchanges, asset tokenization, wealth creation, AI/ML based trading bots, all-in-one smart Java cards and digital marketing.
Mru has spoken to over 1 million audience at hundreds of events around the world, ranging from public sector global events to open source, dot-com, java, real estate and investments on topics as asset backed tokens, future of banking, governance and regulations into the crypto and Blockchain market, future of stablecoins, asset-backed tokens, ICO, STO, IEOs, fund raising. He has also spoken at several charities and personal development topics as part of his “give back to the community” ethos.
Some of the recent events he spoke at include: TEDx, Blockchain Economic Forum Singapore and San Francisco, CC Forum London, World Blockchain STO Summit Dubai, Trescon World Blockchain Summit Dubai, AIBC Summit Malta, Defi summit, Digitalweek online, DAO consensus, and several others online events during the recent Covid-19 lockdown. He has organised, hosted and moderated Romania Blockchain Summit in Bucharest and various events organised by British Blockchain Association at Institute of Directors in London, where he is also a founder. Mru took part in a Futures Exchange event in Beijing, where he had a speech and a discussion alongside Daryl Guppy about trading systems tools and analysis. His experience, exposure and several fireside chats with global leaders on and off stage in the blockchain and digital currency space are recognised among global leaders.
He is a self-made serial entrepreneur who has had a fair share of wins and losses. Having self-made and lost millions during 3 crises, he has a unique story and lessons in all aspects of life, having risen from the Ashes like a Phoenix, wiser and braver. It is that experience, as well as frustration, that drove him to start a blockchain based ecosystem, to disrupt the banking and wealth management market by removing most of the middlemen that have in the past taken advantage of the weak and desperate investors with extremely high charges. Since 2016, Mru has been actively building his vision of “be your own wealth and bank manager” through a wealth management platform that incorporates multi-currency trading, digital banking, exchange, card services, AI/ML based trading system, as well as providing solutions for “financial inclusion and beyond” in the decentralised market.