Aus DeFi: Empowering the Blockchain Community Down Under

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Harnessing the Power of Blockchain

As a non-profit community organisation, the Australian DeFi Association (Aus DeFi) holds a key focus on nurturing the knowledge and awareness of blockchain technology. With a broad reach covering an array of web3 topics like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and more, Aus DeFi stands as an influential force in Australia’s emerging tech landscape.

Objectives

Aus DeFi’s ambitious vision centered on fortifying its community presence, fostering regular events, and making waves in Australia’s vibrant tech arena. Committed to a grassroots ethos and a freemium model, they sought to create an inclusive platform for all, attract powerful partnerships, and continue to inspire a knowledge-thirsty community amidst a challenging bear market. Determined to transcend the conventional meetup group image, Aus DeFi aspired to offer more robust support to those armed with web3 tools.

Strategic Action Plan

NotCentralised launched a comprehensive, multi-faceted strategy to bolster Aus DeFi’s standing. With initiatives focused on invigorating Aus DeFi’s social media presence, organising impactful events, and forging alliances with innovation hubs like Stone & Chalk, they also sought meaningful collaborations with blockchain enterprises to foster mutual growth in the web3 sector. NotCentralised offered their full-fledged support to Aus DeFi’s mission, leveraging their expertise in community mobilisation and growth.

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A Hands-On Approach

NotCentralised seamlessly implemented a slew of initiatives, championing Aus DeFi’s outreach via platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Discord, and Meetup. They also laid the groundwork for partnerships with international entities such as Seoul Web3 and Web3 Wednesdays Singapore, continuously expanding the network to other cities and countries. NotCentralised stood as a primary sponsor and driver of various events and community activities, propelling Aus DeFi to the forefront of Australia’s tech scene in a remarkably short time.

 

While meetups sometimes led to fragmented conversations as attendees returned to their separate workspaces, NotCentralised harnessed the power of partnership to address this. In collaboration with the established startup ecosystem Stone & Chalk, they co-founded the Web3 Innovation Centre, thereby creating a hub for continuous blockchain engagement. This, coupled with sponsorships from various blockchain startups, provided the necessary venues, catering, and equipment, crucial to the heartbeat of Aus DeFi.

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Notable Accomplishments

In just over a year, Aus DeFi achieved remarkable milestones. This includes having a meetup presence across 7 cities across Australia.

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As well as cultivating a robust following on social media, hosting a series of successful events, and established the Web3 Innovation Centre in alliance with Stone & Chalk in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. NotCentralised helped Aus DeFi’s expertise get recognised at a Federal Government level with Commonwealth Treasury seeking assistance in engaging developers for crypto industry regulation consultation. This stemmed from the strong showing of NotCentralised director and Aus DeFi co-founder, Arturo Rodriguez at previous government focused roundtables.

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Aus DeFi continues to leave a mark in the web3 and crypto community and extends its influence into the corporate and institutional sectors migrating to this space.

NotCentralised has also helped Aus DeFi obtain special guests at their meetups whether its the CEOs of major blockchain companies like Fireblocks or StarkWare or local heroes like former Services NSW Minister, Victor Dominello.

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Impacting a New Age in Technology

With NotCentralised’s support, Aus DeFi has made phenomenal strides in promoting blockchain technology and web3-focused projects in Australia, catapulting the country into the global blockchain spotlight.

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NotCentralised’s work with Aus DeFi underlines our dedication to advancing blockchain technology and our ability to power similar organisations. Want to learn how NotCentralised can catapult your organisation into the blockchain sphere or discuss potential collaboration? Connect with us through our contact page.

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Mark
Monfort

Mark drives innovation with his deep understanding of AI, blockchain, and data technologies. His experience spans over 15 years of contributions to finance, technology, and operational strategy across Australia, Europe, and North America.

In 2021, he transitioned from Head of Data and Technology at a leading Australian accounting firm to startups. Prior to this, he worked in equity and macroeconomic research in the capital markets space.

Mark brings a passion for data and insights to NotCentralised. His understanding of AI and blockchain technology is central to the development of workplace productivity and financial system modernisation products, including SIKE and Layer-C. Mark’s dynamic and solutions-focused methods enable the navigation of complex technological landscapes and new market potentials.

Mark holds an Executive Master’s and a Bachelor of Commerce. He led the creation of the Australian DeFi Association and serves on the advisory board for the Data Science and AI Association of Australia. His commitment to such communities demonstrates his enthusiasm for emerging technologies and vision of positive change through technology adoption.

Nick
Bishop

Nick spearheads product strategy and institutional business development, leveraging a rich background spanning 23 years in capital markets and financial services across the UK, the US, and APAC.

In 2020, Nick transitioned into startups, bringing extensive experience in asset management and corporate advisory from roles including Director, Head of Australian Fixed Income at Abrdn and Managing Director, Head of Corporate Credit at Gresham Partners. His expertise extends to client management across the government and private sectors.

With a First Class degree in Law and Criminology and Chartered Financial Analyst experience since 2002, Nick is known for his energetic and creative approach, quickly appraising business models and identifying market opportunities.

Beyond his role at NotCentralised, Nick actively contributes to multiple startups and SMEs, holding various Board and advisory positions and applying his institutional expertise to early-stage ventures. Nick is fascinated by emerging technologies with significant societal impact and loves to immerse himself in nature.

Arturo
Rodriguez

Arturo leads product development and software engineering, applying over two decades of experience in technology, capital markets, and data science. With his years of programming expertise, Arturo smoothly transitioned into blockchain, AI, and machine learning.

Arturo has built and sold technology startups across Europe, following quant derivatives roles in global investment banks. His prior experience includes data projects for the NHS in the UK, Strategic Technology Advisor at Land Insight, and Senior Advisor to OpenInsight, where he built predictive models for vessel usage in commodity markets.

A mathematics and statistics graduate from Stockholm University, Arturo’s early grounding in logic problems and data manipulation techniques is evident in his practical applications. His work building equity derivative pricing models for Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland showcased Arturo’s highly specialised skillset.

Arturo relocated from London to Australia in 2020. Beyond NotCentralised, his passion for technology and industry involvement extends to the Australian DeFi Association, which he co-founded, and regular contributions to the Data Science and AI Association.