Anton Trantin is the COO of DIAMCO, a blockchain-based company working to tokenize diamonds. The 32-year-old has a Master’s degree in MSIT SE Carnegie Mellon program. He has brought to the market more than 10 projects of Federal scale in such companies like Beeline, Rosatom, Moscow Airport Domodedovo, Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, SKB Kontur.
He describes himself as a technological entrepreneur with the successful creation traction of international product Yorso, IT company Innosoft and attraction of external investments in both companies.
He is an accredited instructor on blockchain technology in RANEPA, the author of many lectures and online courses on blockchain technology for project managers, frequent winner of blockchain hackathon including the largest hackathon in Russia with Vitalik Buterin as a jury member in August 2017 in Kazan, and the awardee of the thematic blockchain hackathon on diamonds in Antwerp in May 2018.
Simon Cocking spoke to Anton about his role as DIAMCO COO and evangelist.
Give us a 1-minute pitch for what you are doing now?
Two months ago I have joined the DIAMCO company.
DIAMCO is a blockchain ecosystem for tokenizing diamonds. We bring liquidity to the diamond industry through standardization and commoditization introducing stable coin AL’COIN baked by real diamond of DIAMCO standard with the following specifications: Weight 1-1.05 ct, colorless (D,E,F), Cut/Polish/Symmetry – Excellent, Clarity IF/VVS1/VVS2, Fluorescence – none, GIA certified, sealed, only natural.
DIAMCO provides all the infrastructure including package, convenient logistics and secure independent storage of diamonds.
Using blockchain and smart contracts with multi signatures we provide full transparency and audit for the AL’COIN emission to have only 1 token for each diamond in a safe custody. We also introduce the DIAM token – fuel for the DIAMCO ecosystem which helps with customer protection through special reserve fund, used as a means of payment and for cashback and discounts program.
DIAMCO is developing in partnership with Maximilian LONDON – https://maximilianjewelry.com professionals with more than 20 successful years in the diamond industry having major representatives in the Dubai market.
How was the last year, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?
During the past year I was primarily focused on two things: my project Yorso, an online b2b wholesale marketplace for fish and seafood, and the blockchain industry. From my point of view both directions went well.
For the blockchain part I developed my own educational program and even introduced an online course for project managers and business owners. More and more friends asked if I can explain to them what blockchain is and how it works. I had real hands-on experience and won a bunch of blockchain hackathons so knew all the details from the practical side.
In September 2017 we introduced a pilot for electronic document exchange system over blockchain for Yorso’s cross-border supply chain trading. Finally, Yorso even involved its first investors for the European and Russian markets.
A little later I was often invited as a speaker for blockchain conferences and as a judge for ICO competitions but refused to join any project because didn’t see much value in them.
Nevertheless, not everything was so successful. We faced a lot of issues using blockchain as a technology in production mostly because of the low level of regulation and legal status. Yorso also itself wasn’t expanding fast because the fish and seafood industry is rather old-fashioned and online tools are rejected by most of the companies.
Finally, the DIAMCO project with its idea has stolen my heart and now I’m on board as a COO. I really like their approach to being transparent and strictly following the legal procedures especially with the token placement strategy.
What are your plans for the future?
I see two major goals.
The number one is to help DIAMCO with my knowledge and networking to succeed in the nearest future: I’m deeply involved in this project operationally, we have very strong partners and extremely talented team.
The number two is to help Yorso strategically: attract new partners across the world and bring new investors on board.
I believe both goals are achievable and the current traction makes me feel confident about this.
What will you be talking about at the Blockchain Investment Technology Conference?
I’ll try to pay attention on the diamond industry from the investor’s point of view and tell how DIAMCO can help this industry with liquidity. The crypto industry will also benefit because a true stable coin is going to be issued. Since DIAMCO is developed diamonds become truly forever.
What inspired you to attend it?
First of all, the place. Dubai is our target market so it is important for us to start establishing relations in this region.
Then, the event looks like it must be really represented both by technologically disruptive companies, investors and industry experts who might help us to build the right partnership.
Finally, the organizer of the event. They are connected with DMCC which by our plan must be our key strategic partner in Dubai market providing set of services for the offline diamond infrastructure.
Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?
I am subscribed for a set of blockchain channels in Telegram and often visit industrial conferences. This mostly helps me to have all the needed information to be up to date with the latest news and trends
How can people find out more about what you are working on?
I have a personal Medium blog where from time to time I post some articles about what I do – https://medium.com/@atrantin
One can also find me active through facebook – https://www.facebook.com/anton.trantin
The project is just launched so there is not so much information regarding DIAMCO but in the nearest future we will give our community more data on what we do and what is our progress.
Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?
Anyone from the finance, diamond or blockchain industry – don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our official telegram channel https://t.me/diamcoin or by reaching me out via email – [email protected]. We are very open to strong partnerships and cooperation from the rest of the world on our way of building the successful project and disrupt the diamond and crypto industry!