First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Dmytro Selin: We’re doing well. Most of the time we’re sitting at home and doing various things, mostly on the internet, sometimes walking in the park or hanging out with neighbors.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded ImageryWard.
Dmytro Selin: My cofounder and I like adventures as general and challenges as a particular example. Sometimes we participate in hackathons. In 2018, I was charmed by all blockchain-related technologies, not only trading and speculating but decentralization, transparency, and automation. And we proposed a blockchain-based solution for copyright management on one hackathon and took 2nd place and a special reward. So we decided to go and create a business out of it.
How does ImageryWard innovate?
Dmytro Selin: We search for all possible ways to democratize copyright-protection and copyright management for digital creators. Blockchain, AI, smart search algorithm, visible and invisible watermarks.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Dmytro Selin: As we’re fully online, so not a big effect, but mostly because we have only searched for our audience.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Dmytro Selin: It’s hard to pick what to invest time and money on among all possibilities, and making the wrong decision makes you suffer a lot. That is my lesson.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Dmytro Selin: I’m either doing sports or just laying down and calming. Kind of light-meditation.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Dmytro Selin: We have some like pixsy or copyright bank. We’re going to find a better combination of all features for users.
Your final thoughts?
Dmytro Selin: I hope everybody will keep safe, healthy, and brave enough to embrace this new reality, and new world unrolling now (not only because of COVID), and not be afraid of experimenting.