Three years ago, in a gushing front page double-spread profile in Hong Kong’s Capital Magazine, Daniel Mark Harrison was quoted saying to the interviewer: “The dumb man can only lose money, no matter how much you give him. The average man can make himself rich. The exceptional man however can make everyone rich.” I read this quote back to the formidable digital asset innovator who has created another synthetic platform on which the Blockchain runs, something he calls a Synthchain. Is this, I ask him, what a Synthchain does? Makes everyone rich?
He nods emphatically. There is a sudden quality of seriousness about Mr. Harrison now. It’s as if someone has spoken of something Holy; the frowned brow, the intense stare with those blue-green eyes, the considered pressing of thumb and forefinger against his temples.
“That is exactly what it is going to do. How did you get that so quickly? Did you pick that up from the innovation then?” he asks me. There is something here I have witnessed earlier in our conversations. He seems more eager to hear about my own interpretation of the Synthchain than he does seem keen to talk about that of his own one. I remind him that this is his interview. Perhaps he could tell us how he intends to make new millionaires over night. How many new millionaires will he make? Will any be billionaires?
“There will be fucking trillionaires out of what I manage to achieve,” Mr. Harrison snaps back. “I mean it, trillionaires. Look. I created a $120 million market overnight just by virtue of putting the [decentralised asset management] idea out there. Overnight. Then some psycho came and tore down my market. OK, what-the-fuck. Practice run. So what. You know what? Great! Because I needed the practice – I was out of shape, or at least not in Olympic shape back then, not for what I needed to achieve.”
Much like every innovator really, Daniel Harrison is a strange creature. Sometimes he is jovial, calm, relaxed, almost carefree. Happy-go-lucky. Mostly he is humble in his mannerisms; he opens the door for me each time I come to visit him in his office; he asks me whether I want a range of drinks, or even one afternoon, a beer; he is softly-spoken when in genial conversation. And then at other times it’s as if he had come out of an episode of gladiator. So when I ask him if he is in Olympic shape now, it’s no surprise to see the swordsman out front again, fighting hard.
“Better than Olympic shape. I am the world number-fucking-one at this. There is no one else who even remotely gets it. I say things like synthetic utility; you know just the other day I see a project focused on synthetic Blockchain applications? Yeah? Guess where the guy is from? You got it! My community. I say synthetic masternode, dead utility. People know what these things mean now. The idea – it’s out there. It’s taking aim at the traditional status quo bullshit way of pump-and-dump pseudo-economic kill-till-you-fill front-running. What the synthetic layer of the Blockchain will do for the world …” He draws breath audibly. “I wish you could see it now. But you will see it someday.”
To be fair, from what he explains of the Synthchain, it certainly does seem to be one of the more remarkable Blockchain projects I’ve witnessed, and I tell him that, too. Essentially, it converts the utility in the blockchain – that being a digital currency’s supply – into a greater form of value than the value that is traded on cryptocurrency exchanges. It does this by mixing and matching various equations and use-case scenarios with the smart blockchain, a form of superior software innovation to a standard Bitcoin. Why is it, I ask Mr. Harrison, that innovators can often visualise the future whereas others cannot.
“Because we don’t give a shit. Innovators are animals that are only interested in truth. And so we get to know the truth so well we begin to be able to bend it to our own will. And that is innovation. But there’s a fine line, right? You bend that too far alternately and you end up committing fraud. Which, to be fair, most innovation is at some tiny level to begin with, until the innovation serves to change the endemic fabric of society. And that is what Synthchain will do that Blockchain never quite did; it will change things. Blockchain pretty much just gave up and went down the fraud route.”
Thitinun, his decentralised asset management brand’s affiliate marketing white-hot growth provider, seems to be catching on in a number of ways, I point out. Is this is the first aspect of the Synthchain that will overspill into the corridor of Blockchain innovation?
“I like that – the corridor of Blockchain innovation. But I would say it’s more like it’ll occupy center space in the living room and hallway of financial services innovation. They used to innovate in financial services, everyone who works there, I mean. Now they keep asking their boss before they go take a pee. That’s bullshit. When you innovate you have to ride on through, come hell or high water. And that is what I have been doing, almost single-handedly here for the past year. And surprise, surprise, everyone who tried to stop me is stuck in the mud doing their own same-same. But I have been lucky,” he acknowledges. “In particular the small core team I have has been kind to me. We have the best fucking engineer in the world, too. Damn – that guy is good,” he says, referring to Thomas Loth, Zurbank’s big-name star from the tech side.
“I believe that it’s long overdue, too. Watch. Just wait to see what happens in the next few months. It’s gonna go fucking wild.”
This is Part 2 in a 3-Part serialisation of John Clare’s exclusive interviews with the one they say is pegged to be cryptocurrency’s Steve Jobs. Read Part 1.