I met Oleg Giberstein and Gabriele Musella at the Paris Blockchain Week Summit at Station F last April. The enthusiasm they had for the company they were building, Coinrule, was palpable. We agreed at that time that we would record an episode together…after a couple of false starts, we finally did it. Some things just take longer than expected, but this was definitely worth the wait.
The three co-Founders (one of them did not participate in the recording, Zdenek Hofler) all have complementary skills and you can tell when you listen to the conversation that they really like and respect each other. When I spoke to them, they were in different cities. Oleg was in London and Gabriele was in Milan. Oleg and Gabriele met each other when they were all at the MassChallenge Accelerator in London. They were kind of circling each other for about six months before they finally went out for a coffee, realized they had common interests and decided to build, along with Zdenek, Coinrule. Even at that early stage, Gabriele had already spec’ed out some of the early designs for Coinrule.
Another interesting part of this story is that prior to discovering cryptocurrency, none of the founders actually had any trading or algorithmic experience, which is similar to most of the new Coinrule users as well. What they realized was that crypto trading felt more gamified than stocks or bonds and they wanted to build the tools that would make it easier for new traders to build rule-based execution strategies. Do not get me wrong, they have hired some people with extensive trading backgrounds, but the idea is still to make trading easy, profitable, fun and less time-consuming than it would be without Coinrule.
It feels like this is just the beginning for Coinrule.