Dear Haters, Thanks for Making Us Stronger
Ever since I first came up with the idea of a zero-fee trading platform, I made a promise to myself that I’ll do whatever it takes to make Digitex a success. Back in April, when we announced our development delay, there was only one word to sum up how I felt...
I was furious.
Yes, furious that our development team had failed to deliver what I had asked and they had promised. But ultimately, I knew the responsibility was mine. At that time, one of the darkest in the history of Digitex, I had no choice but to go back to that promise I’d made to myself. There was just no way that my dream of building a commission-free trading Utopia was ending like that, and because of my mistakes.
Somehow, quitting was never a consideration. I vowed once again to do whatever it takes to build a great product and launch it successfully. Even if that meant leaving my home and my family to move halfway across the world.
In my mind, there was never any doubt that we would eventually launch the product I envisioned.
The responsibility I feel towards everyone who has put their trust in me continues to drive me forward. I refuse to let them or myself down by just giving up.
The thing is, not everybody knows this to be true about me.
Haters Are the Best Form of Flattery
Of course, I know how driven I am. Those closest to me know it too. But out in the world, many people don’t know what to make of me. For me, one of the most surprising things about this wild journey since the ICO is the level of suspicion and distrust that a small but very vocal group of people feel towards me.
I guess it's a part of life in the crypto world because there have been so many scams that it’s easy for people to assume the worst. People often ask me how I deal with the negativity. My answer is always the same: it’s been one of my favorite things about this whole adventure.
Yes, it’s true. I’ve actually learned to relish reading about what a complete villain I am! If you listen to the haters, I couldn’t be more devious and wicked. According to their narrative, I’m a freakin’ criminal mastermind that could put any 007 baddie to shame.
Why do I take this perverse pleasure in negativity? Because, if it were actually true, then my ability to orchestrate this elaborate scam over the last 18 months is nothing short of brilliant. It would be fiendishly ingenious. To somehow survive the worst ever crypto winter, while pumping and dumping the DGTX token, and with impeccable timing. To have gone to the extent of risking the entire thing by announcing a delay that could have been fatal to my dastardly plans.
If this whole affair is one big elaborate scam, then I must be due some credit for my flawless execution.
But yes, according to these folks, then damn, I’m that good!
Driving Digitex Towards a Singular Goal
Seriously though, the cynicism and distrust have been a vital part of my learning process. Keeping me entertained is a side benefit - the point is that the naysayers remind me how important it is to deliver what I promised.
Failure is not an option because if it happens, people might actually believe these stories. Every time I see anything negative about myself or Digitex, it just solidifies my determination to succeed.
That determination manifests itself in many different ways and has formed the basis of many valuable lessons since the ICO. For example, I’m much more involved in the nitty-gritty of the development process than I ever was before. After the ICO I thought I could just hire the most skilled developers I could find, point them in the right direction, and I would end up with a great product.
But it doesn’t work that way.
If you don’t manage all the moving parts on a minute-to-minute basis, you’ll end up with a dud, and it won’t be anyone else’s fault but your own. A truly great product is difficult to build. These kinds of challenges are only undertaken when the guy with the vision is relentless in his attention to every minor detail and isn’t looking to make new friends.
Since April, when we engaged SmartDec as our developer partners, every aspect of the development process is being done differently. From tripling the number of developers to taking a development-led approach to communicating progress to putting more emphasis on testing - there’s nothing left to chance.
This approach has given me a third chance at success. I know that’s unheard of in a tech startup. Most people don’t even get one chance. I’m blessed to be in this position and I don’t ever take it for granted.
Stronger Than Ever Before
With nine weeks left to go before the launch of our testnet on 30th November, our current development team and operating processes are unlike anything we had before. The mistakes of the past have made us stronger than ever. It’s beyond doubt that we will launch a disruptive exchange that will transform how thousands (maybe even millions) of people trade.
For the first time, there will be a mainstream futures exchange that isn’t run for the benefit of its stakeholders against the interests of its traders. Everyone will have the same chance of winning without any mechanical edge working against them. Digitex is going to blow up and I’m so excited about what is to come.
Of course, I’m ever grateful to our loyal supporters who want to see Digitex become the huge success that it can and will be. But at the same time, I’m taking this opportunity to extend my thanks to all the killjoys out there who continue to talk sh*t about me. Keep it up guys, because I ain’t going nowhere. Not when I have every opportunity to prove you all wrong :)