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Q&A Interview with Blockchain Company Fineqia International Inc. Discussing New Blockchain Investment Advisory Group

POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC, Feb. 14, 2018 /CNW/ -
Investorideas.com, a leader in Blockchain content with its Bitcoin and Blockchain portals Bitcoinandblockchainstocks.com , Cryptocurrencyinvestorideas.com and Blockchaininvestorideas.com release an
exclusive Q&A interview with Rudra Dalmia discussing the recent Fineqia International (CSE: FNQ), (OTC: FNQQF) (Frankfurt: FNQA) formation of a new blockchain
investment advisory group.

Fineqia International Inc. (CNW Group/Fineqia International Inc.)

Rudra Dalmia is an angel investor, technology mentor and philanthropist and is heading up the blockchain advisory board for
Fineqia International Inc. He is also a consultant to Swordfish Investments-a Private Equity and Technology Investment Fund
in London and the former MD of Saxo Financial Services (Saxobank India), one of the world’s
largest online trading platforms for currency and securities.

Q&A Interview

Q: Investorideas.com

Rudra, can you give us an overview of your background in the fintech sector and how that led you to the new blockchain
advisory role with Fineqia?

A: Rudra Dalmia

As an asset manager in the private and public equities market in London, New York and India, I have been a traditional investor and investment
banker for over 18 years. I spent 4 years as the MD of Saxo Financial Services (SaxoBank’s India operation) building up their white label business with some of India’s largest banks and brokers. Saxo Bank is the pioneer in financial technology and currency
trading for over 20 years in Europe and Asia. Building their
white label business in India from scratch gave me incredible insight on currency markets,
liquidity and the power of technology in maximizing margins. The closest thing to blockchain and crypto currency was obviously
the currency markets.  

As an early investor and advisor to Fineqia International Inc. since 2015, I was involved in their decision to pivot
towards blockchain technology and have used my experience in evaluating several deals and recommended them to the Board of
Directors. Most of the deals done for Fineqia are in cutting edge technology companies with some of the worlds most reputed
blockchain and crypto investors.

Q: Investorideas.com

In the press release you say, “Blockchain technologies represent a paradigm shift in the functioning of financial
services. The long term value of this new technology is still being mapped out and we want to actively participate in the
architecture of this new landscape.” Can you expand on that and how you define the paradigm shift?

A: Rudra Dalmia

So much has been written about blockchain that it is hard to not be repetitive, however the simplest answer for your
readers is that a well implemented blockchain enables automated (event based) immutable settlements that increase efficiency and
minimize fraud and minimize disputes because the rules are unmalleable and defined at the outset.  

During the infancy of this technology and adoption of cryptocurrency as a settlement medium, the industry will face several
hurdles with regulation, fraud detection, transaction management, security etc. The investors and operators who work on
fundamental principles of problem solving and strong security architecture will survive and grow. The long term paradigm
shift will happen when fiat currencies become fully fungible in real time with crypto and alt-coins and every
enterprise is able to value itself and trade itself in a global marketplace using multiple options for transacting and settle
gains and losses with the coin holder seamlessly.

In pure economics terms, blockchain technology will enable the right pricing of assets or factors of production with the
utility they contain; the utility will be trackable and monetizable. This will be the paradigm shift.

Q: Investorideas.com 

What are some of the top things you look for in a blockchain company when reviewing it as a possible investment

A: Rudra Dalmia

Our investment strategy is evolutionary and will follow the curve of the industry, as the industry matures and the
lines between early stage to growth stage starts clearing, we will adapt to define it even more clearly. At this point we are
looking at quality entrepreneurs whose businesses are technology enabled adequately, to confirm to long term blockchain strategy
where the value proposition is easy to tokenise. We are investing at various stages of a company’s life cycle – from
incubation to early stage to growth stage.

Incubation –  In the incubation stage we look at functional knowledge of the specific business of the entrepreneur and
test his logic of moving his business on to the blockchain. If the founder has strong industry knowledge of his/her sector
and has a good roadmap to blockchain, then we guide the entrepreneurs and provide them with appropriate resources and networks to
build out the blockchain stack. If we like the deal, we take a significant position in the company and then guide the
promoter on their growth path using our network/resources and our advisory board.

Early Stage –  We look at the technological milestones achieved by the founding team and their fundamental knowledge of
their sector. We only engage with businesses that have a strong online presence, where the teams have a profitable track
record in the traditional way of transacting and where the path to expansion is clear. Typical expansion plans are tested in
the ability of the team to have a successful ICO, however that is not necessarily the only criteria.

Growth Stage – We have invested in, and are evaluating a few growth stage companies. This is the stage where the business
has been clearly defined over the last 12-18 months and is ready to launch its beta blockchain strategy and is already issuing
tokens or alt-coins. Some of the most exciting companies we have seen are in this stage.

The continual calibration of this strategy allows us to cross-pollinate various skill sets and transmit fundamental knowledge
across our various portfolio companies and subsequently coach them not to repeat mistakes committed by others.

Q: Investorideas.com

Where do you see the biggest opportunities for blockchain over the next year, and 5 years and with your background in
India and Europe, how do you see it being accepted and/or
integrated there versus North America?

A: Rudra Dalmia

I feel the next year is going to be very exciting where clear leaders will emerge, those who will be able to issue
alt-coins and also successfully ensure the ‘utility’ being promised is delivered to the coin holders. I liken this stage to the
early internet world where Netscape, Yahoo and AOL emerged as dominant leaders. It is very difficult to predict the next 5 years
but as the power of computing increases, we will see an analogous growth to the financial services world where speed of
connectivity enabled right pricing of assets with programme trading – for example some of the emerging blockchain exchanges will
become the new Nasdaqs and computing power coupled with fibre/wireless high speed connectivity will create a 24/7 world market
for exchange of value.  

No country can afford to ignore blockchain technology, no matter what their inhibitions about crypto currency
are. Monetary authorities the world over will realize that cryptocurrency is the gateway to blockchain technology and is the
only enabler of value exchange within the tokenised world. I feel blockchain will be India’s Y2K moment all over again, when India
established itself as the provider of technology knowledge and skilled personnel and continually moved up the value chain. Now, 2
of the world’s 3 biggest technology companies are led by CEOs who are not only Indian but were educated in the Indian education
system and moved to the west for post-doctoral education; Satya Nadella (Microsoft) and Sundar

Europe will do fantastically well in this phase because of the strong power and mathematical
grounding of the educational institutes of the erstwhile Eastern Bloc countries. Countries like Estonia, Lithuania, Poland etc will emerge
with strong companies that will be a part of the paradigm shift globally.

Q: Investorideas.com

Cryptocurrency versus blockchain; do you think we will see both survive over the next 5 years or do you think
blockchain will be the one with longevity?

A: Rudra Dalmia

Cryptocurrencies are the gateway to the blockchain transaction world. They are the fuel to power transactions and
transfer value, just like US Dollars power the global oil trade, except there won’t be a single dominant currency. Exciting times

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