|Former Companies||Euroz Securities Ltd|
from M.I.T., B.Comm, B.A.
|Profit for 2017||$AUD10.4 million|
Leigh is the CEO of ASX-Listed corporate advisor DigitalX and vice-chairman of Australia's blockchain industry body, the Australian Digital Commerce Association.
He has extensive experience in trading having been a designated trading representative (DTR), and one of the largest Bitcoin traders in Australia.
As CEO of DigitalX, Leigh has advised on many of the world’s most successful token sales including Power Ledger, Bankera, SingularityNet and Shivom.
Leigh holds a Fintech Certification from MIT and a Bachelor of Commerce and Communications from UWA.
I have spent the past decade building relationships in financial and technology markets throughout my career in Fintech and Investment Advisory companies. I have been fortunate enough to be able to apply my experience in trading into the new market of cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology. I continue to contribute to education and growth of the Fintech industry as a member Vice-Chairman of Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA) and Chair of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Industry Working Group.
The better question is when do I get to go to bed. Working with clients from the Fintech industry means the market is very volatile and things are changing at such a rapid pace. This means the DigitalX team needs to be incredibly reactive to these changes to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
Stepping into the role of CEO of DigitalX after the previous co-founders decided to move on was one of the biggest challenges of my career. Two years on, DigitalX has seen an extremely positive recovery and continues to demonstrate strong market growth - a success that can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of our team. We reported a $AUD10.4 million profit for the six months prior to 31 December 2017, revenue driven namely by Blockchain and ICO consulting and advisory fees, along with gains in digital assets held by DigitalX.
When cryptocurrency first began emerging it was a completely foreign concept with unknown potential. Having worked previously with finance and technology companies, I was probably better equipped than most investors to make an educated investment decision. However, given the volatility of the crypto marketplace, losses do inevitably occur. I have learned to always do your due diligence before making a large financial investment. Whether it be reading recent reports, checking previous stock performances or looking at competitor successes, you should always make an informed investment.
DigitalX has a proven track record as one of the leading liquidity providers in the Bitcoin marketplace despite slowing trade desk activity in 2016. With the appreciation of Bitcoin allowing us to continue to provide this service, and the legitimisation of the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency industry since the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017 (Cth) or “Bitcoin bill” passed, the public’s attitude towards crypto is changing for the positive. Cryptocurrency is free from traditional bank transaction and processing issues and allows for a global measurement of currency. There are so many opportunities for the adaptation of cryptocurrency and its associated technologies into wider industries outside of currency, some of which we are already seeing applied by our clients.
As seen in our recent profit announcements, DigitalX is continuing to cement itself as an expert in the Blockchain and digital currency ecosystems and continues to be a part of ongoing conversations surrounding the role of ICOs as a compliant capital raising alternative for new and existing technologies. Whilst success is no guarantee as an early stage technology company, DigitalX continues to capitalise on our superior technical talent, industry experience and cryptocurrency network to provide specialist consulting and advisory services to new Blockchain companies.