Freddy Zwanzger of Anyblock Analytics tells us about searchable real-time data and full archive index.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Freddy Zwanzger: Thanks, and I am happy to say we are doing just fine! As I have two little kids, obviously, we had to adjust our family schedules – and in year 2 of the pandemic, it is getting on our nerves that there is little to do in terms of fun activities. But this is nothing compared to the hardships that others had to endure in their lives, both privately and professionally.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Anyblock Analytics.
Freddy Zwanzger: I am the Co-Founder & Chief Data Officer at Anyblock Analytics GmbH and responsible for Product Development, Marketing & Data Science insights.
Prior to founding this latest venture, I worked for more than 20 years as a business unit manager in various digital agencies for SMEs and corporates and helped to scale them.
I also enjoyed teaching and consulting as a PMP- and Scrum-certified director of project management.
Since 2015, I am excited about the potential of blockchains for various aspects of life and around the globe, also deeply believing that data insights will be a crucial element to adoption.
How does Anyblock Analytics innovate?
Freddy Zwanzger: The Anyblock Index data platform enables cross-chain and real-time blockchain analytics, alerting, and application monitoring on any public Ethereum blockchain as well as private enterprise networks.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Freddy Zwanzger: Our business was hardly affected at all, luckily. In the beginnings of the pandemic, we started a side venture, “SeroStatus” for digital test result transmission via decentralized identities and verifiable credentials. Due to the lack of market access, that did not take off.
And since our traction in our core business of blockchain Software-as-a-Service increased significantly in the summer of 2020, we are now focused exclusively on making our customers happy in this field across many different blockchains.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Freddy Zwanzger: We really thought that digital testing and vaccine credentials would solve an imminent problem during the pandemic. But with the lack of market access, we had to realize that even superior technology is not enough and that the whole decentralized identity field is still years away from mainstream adoption, unfortunately.
What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Freddy Zwanzger: Since the pandemic does not really affect our business, we continue to rely on our existing stack of great tools. These include the JIRA ticketing system, Confluence wiki, Slack for team communications, Pipedrive as CRM, to name just a few.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Freddy Zwanzger: The blockchain space continues to develop at breakneck speeds. They say one month in the blockchain space is as much as one year in other tech industries – and believe that is true!
So it is important to remain open to new ideas, develop solutions in an agile way and establish good relationships with clients, partners, and other stakeholders along the way.
Your final thoughts?
Freddy Zwanzger: If you want to work with blockchain, there is already an ecosystem of reliable service providers out there. For example, you don’t need to run your own node – you can just use our blockchain RPC infrastructure 😉