Dr Sammy Arogundade is a business leader, Founder, and CEO of Royalty Traders and CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Estate Management and Valuation, an MBA, and a DBA, he has emerged as a trailblazing figure in finance and investment. In his 16-year financial market journey, he has traded currency pairs (FX), invested in promising startups, and made a bold investment in Unitsky String Technologies in 2014, attracting reasonable worth of investment through conferences and workshops, and today rated 4th top investor of the multi-national company.
Dr Arogundade’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to education led to the creation of Royalty Traders, an Edu-Fintech platform empowering individuals through financial education, mentorship, pre-IPO investment opportunities, and multimedia content. He also founded CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain, which combines smart contracts, consensus mechanisms, and token economies to enable various use cases and applications.
As the Founder and CEO of both platforms, Dr Arogundade has dedicated himself to democratizing access to financial education and reshaping the world of finance and investment through decentralized technologies. His inspiring journey from Lagos to the pinnacle of financial innovation inspires all who aspire to rise above their circumstances and make a meaningful difference in the world. Learn more through our interview with him below.
The Career Path
We started by asking, “Which career path led you to where you are today?”
Dr. Sammy replied, “My journey to where I am today can be attributed to a combination of factors that have significantly shaped my career path. The key elements that led to my current position as the Founder and CEO of Royalty Traders and CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain include:
- Early interest in business and finance: Growing up in Lagos’ slums, I developed a keen interest in business and finance from a young age. Through menial local market jobs, I acquired skills in financial management and gained a knack for identifying lucrative opportunities.
- Pursuit of higher education: Driven by an unwavering dedication to education, I pursued advanced degrees, earning a Doctorate in Business Administration and Management, an MBA, and prestigious certifications such as CMC and FIMC. This solid educational foundation gave me a deep understanding of business and finance, enabling me to navigate the complex financial world.
- Extensive financial market experience: My 16-year financial market journey, which began with trading currency pairs (FX) in 2007, stock market trading in 2010, and exploring blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market in 2015, equipped me with valuable expertise and insights into various aspects of the financial markets.
- Investment in startups: I embarked on a mission to invest in promising startups, offering support and guidance to passionate entrepreneurs. My bold investment in Unitsky String Technologies in 2014 demonstrated my ability to recognize and invest in groundbreaking visions even when others doubted their feasibility.
- Addressing a personal financial challenge: Faced with asset liquidity, my spirit led me to create Royalty Traders, a platform designed to address investors’ liquidity concerns while empowering individuals through financial education.
- Innovation and technological expertise: My innovative mindset and deep understanding of cutting-edge technologies led to the founding of CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain, a technology that combines smart contracts, consensus mechanisms, and token economies to enable various use cases and applications.
Each milestone has contributed to my career path, culminating in my current position as a visionary leader and innovator in the financial and investment sectors. In addition, my passion for education, mentorship, and empowering others has also significantly impacted countless individuals and businesses worldwide.”
The Major Idea
We further asked, “What inspired you to develop the idea for your company?”
With that, Dr. Sammy replies, “I was inspired to develop the idea of my company, Royalty Traders, due to a financial challenge I faced during my investment journey. As an experienced investor with a diverse portfolio, I encountered the issue of needing more liquidity in my assets. This meant that I had difficulty liquidating or converting part of my assets into cash when needed.
Recognizing that this challenge was not unique to me but rather a common problem faced by many investors, I saw an opportunity to create a platform that would address this issue while empowering individuals through financial education. Royalty Traders was born from this inspiration to provide investors with more liquidity options, democratizing access to financial education, and offering mentorship and support to help people take control of their financial future.
In addition to addressing liquidity concerns, Royalty Traders provides users with pre-IPO investment opportunities, Elite Club premium access membership, e-books, audiobooks, multimedia content, and token rewards to encourage user engagement and learning. My experiences and desire to solve a critical financial challenge drove the creation of Royalty Traders, which has since become a trailblazer in the Edu-Fintech industry.”
Business Evolution & Priorities
Different businesses have different priorities that change over time. To understand the same about Dr. Sammy’s business, we asked, “How have your priorities in terms of business evolved since you first started?”
“Since I first started my journey in business and finance, my priorities have evolved significantly. The key areas in which my preferences have transformed are:
- From personal investment to empowering others: Initially, I focused on my investments in various financial markets, such as currency pairs, stocks, and cryptocurrencies. However, as my experience and success grew, I shifted my priorities towards empowering others through financial education and mentorship, leading to the creation of Royalty Traders.
- Emphasis on financial education: As my career progressed, I recognized the importance of financial education and its role in helping individuals achieve financial independence. This led me to prioritize financial education, mentorship, and resources as core components of Royalty Traders.
- Fostering innovation and technology: In the early stages of my career, I focused on traditional financial markets. However, over time, I developed a keen interest in cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain and decentralized finance. This interest culminated in the founding of CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain, which showcases my commitment to embracing and promoting innovative solutions in the financial industry.
- Addressing liquidity challenges: Initially, my concern was identifying and investing in promising startups. As my investment portfolio grew, I encountered the challenge of asset liquidity. This led to a shift in priorities, focusing on developing solutions like Royalty Traders to address liquidity concerns for investors while maintaining a keen eye for emerging opportunities.
- Commitment to social impact: My priorities have evolved to encompass a greater focus on social impact, particularly in terms of democratizing access to financial education, resources, and opportunities. Through Royalty Traders and CratD2C, I seek to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities worldwide.
These shifts in my priorities reflect my growth as an entrepreneur, investor, and visionary leader. My journey demonstrates the importance of adapting to changing circumstances, embracing new technologies, and continuously seeking ways to impact the world through business and innovation positively.” he said.
Every business goes through different types of challenges and similar goes for the blockchain industry. To know more, we asked him, “What are some of the most challenging situations you’ve encountered while working in the blockchain industry, and how have you and your team overcome them?”
He continued, “While working in the blockchain industry, my team and I encountered several challenging situations. Some of the most notable challenges included:
- Funding: As with many innovative ventures in the early stages, securing funding for blockchain projects can be a significant challenge. Investors may hesitate to invest in emerging technologies due to perceived risks, lack of understanding, or concerns about regulatory uncertainty.
Solution: My team and I are tackling this challenge by building a strong track record of success, presenting a clear value proposition, and demonstrating the potential of our projects. We have also sought diverse funding sources, such as angel investors, venture capital, and crowdfunding, to secure the necessary capital to develop and scale our projects.
- Regulatory uncertainty: Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are still relatively new, and many countries are grappling with how to regulate them. My team and I have had to navigate this uncertain regulatory landscape, adapting to new regulations and ensuring compliance while maintaining the innovative spirit of our projects.
Solution: To overcome this challenge, my team and I have kept abreast of regulatory developments and established open lines of communication with relevant authorities. We have also sought legal counsel to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations in different jurisdictions.
- Technical complexity: The blockchain industry is characterized by rapid advancements and complex technologies. Developing and implementing innovative solutions like the CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain requires a deep understanding of the underlying technology and the ability to stay ahead of the curve.
Solution: My team and I have overcome this challenge by investing in continuous learning, research, and development. We have also collaborated with industry experts and top-tier developers to ensure our projects leverage the latest advancements in blockchain technology.
- Scalability Issues: One of the major challenges facing blockchain technology is the issue of scalability. As more users and applications join the network, it can become congested, leading to slower transaction times and higher costs.
Solution: To address scalability concerns, my team and I have explored and implemented innovative consensus mechanisms, layer two solutions, and other cutting-edge technologies that enhance the performance and scalability of our projects.
- Security concerns: While inherently secure, Blockchain technology is not immune to cyber threats. Ensuring the security and integrity of their projects has been a critical challenge for my team and me.
Solution: To mitigate security risks, we have prioritized best practices in software development, conducted thorough audits, and employed robust security measures to safeguard our platforms and user assets.
By addressing these challenges head-on, my team and I have demonstrated resilience, adaptability, and a commitment to innovation. Our efforts have contributed to the success of our projects and positioned us as leaders in the blockchain industry.”
Standing Out From The Crowd
Our next question was, “What makes your company stand out from all the other businesses in your industry?”
“Royalty Traders stands out from other businesses in the Edu-Fintech industry due to several unique factors:
- Comprehensive Financial Education: Royalty Traders offers an extensive array of educational resources, including e-books, audiobooks, multimedia content, and mentorship programs. This focus on education enables users to build a solid foundation in financial literacy and develop the skills necessary to make informed investment decisions.
- Pre-IPO Investment Opportunities: Unlike many other platforms, Royalty Traders provides access to pre-IPO investment opportunities, allowing users to invest in promising startups before they go public. This feature enables investors to capitalize on high-growth ventures early.
- Elite Club Premium Access Membership: Royalty Traders offers an exclusive Elite Club membership, providing users with premium access to a range of benefits, such as expert advice, advanced educational materials, and priority access to investment opportunities.
- Token Rewards: To encourage user engagement and foster a sense of community, Royalty Traders has implemented a token rewards system. Users can earn tokens for various activities on the platform, which can then be redeemed for access to additional resources, services, or investment opportunities.
- Addressing Liquidity Concerns: Royalty Traders was founded to address the liquidity challenges many investors face with their assets. By offering innovative solutions to liquidity issues, the platform sets itself apart from other businesses in the industry.
- Social Impact: My commitment to social impact and democratizing access to financial education and opportunities makes Royalty Traders stand out. The platform is designed to empower individuals and communities worldwide, regardless of their socio-economic background.
- Integration with Cutting-Edge Technology: As the Founder and CEO of CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain, I bring my expertise in blockchain technology to the platform. This integration of cutting-edge technology not only enhances the platform’s capabilities but also positions Royalty Traders at the forefront of financial innovation.
These unique features and my commitment to empowering individuals through financial education and mentorship make Royalty Traders stand out from other businesses in the industry. As a result, the platform has quickly gained recognition for its innovative approach to addressing the challenges investors face. As a result, it continues to make a significant impact in the Edu-Fintech space.” said Dr. Sammy.Primary Services
We were curious about understanding the services of Dr. Sammy’s company. So, we asked, “Tell us something about your services. What are you working on now?”
“My primary services focus on two major ventures: CrateD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain and Royalty Traders. Through these projects, we offer various services and solutions to address different aspects of the financial industry.
Royalty Traders is an Edu-Fintech platform that provides a variety of services, including:
- Financial Education and Mentorship: The platform offers comprehensive financial education resources and mentorship programs to help users develop the necessary skills for informed investment decision-making.
- Pre-IPO Investment Opportunities: Royalty Traders provides access to pre-IPO investment opportunities, enabling users to invest in promising startups at an early stage.
- Elite Club Premium Access Membership: The platform offers an exclusive Elite Club membership, granting users premium access to expert advice, advanced educational materials, and priority access to investment opportunities.
- E-Books, Audiobooks, and Multimedia Content: Royalty Traders offers a wide range of educational resources, including e-books, audiobooks, and multimedia content, to foster financial literacy among users.
- Token Rewards: The platform features a token rewards system that incentivizes user engagement and participation in the Royalty Traders community.
- CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain: CratD2C is an innovative blockchain technology that combines smart contracts, consensus mechanisms, and token economies to enable various use cases and applications. My team and I are working on further developing and refining this technology to support a range of decentralized applications (dApps) and create new opportunities in the blockchain space.
As for my current projects, I am focusing on expanding the offerings and reach of Royalty Traders, enhancing the features and performance of CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain, and exploring new opportunities in the blockchain and financial industries. My ongoing efforts aim to empower individuals and communities worldwide, foster financial literacy, and drive innovation in the rapidly evolving financial and technological landscape.” he replied.
Teamwork & Building Trust
Teamwork is a crucial aspect for every business. To understand Dr. Sammy’s views on it, we asked him, “How do you build employee trust and boost productivity without causing burnout?”
“I employ a variety of strategies to build trust with my employees and boost productivity without causing burnout:
- Open communication: Encouraging open communication and promoting a culture of transparency within the company helps build trust. I demonstrate that I value opinions and create an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts by being open to feedback and actively listening to employees’ concerns.
- Supportive leadership: Providing employees with guidance, support, and resources enables them to excel. I build trust and show that I care about their personal and professional development by offering mentorship and learning opportunities and acknowledging their achievements.
- Work-life balance: To prevent burnout, promoting a healthy work-life balance is essential. I encourage employees to take breaks, set boundaries, and prioritize self-care. By respecting their time and understanding the importance of downtime, I can foster a culture where employees feel valued and less likely to experience burnout.
- Clear expectations and goals: Setting clear expectations and goals for employees helps them understand their roles and responsibilities, which can boost productivity. By regularly reviewing these goals and adjusting them as needed, I ensure that employees have a clear direction and can work towards achievable targets.
- Empowerment and autonomy: Trusting employees with increased responsibility and giving them the autonomy to make decisions can boost productivity and job satisfaction. By empowering my team and demonstrating faith in their abilities, I foster a sense of trust and loyalty among employees.
- Recognition and rewards: Acknowledging and rewarding employees for their hard work and accomplishments can increase motivation and productivity. By implementing recognition programs and offering monetary and non-monetary rewards, I show appreciation for my employees’ contributions and encourage continued excellence.
- Team building and collaboration: Encouraging teamwork and collaboration can strengthen employee bonds and build trust. I facilitate team-building activities, provide opportunities for cross-functional collaboration, and create an inclusive company culture where everyone feels valued and supported.
Implementing these strategies helps me to build trust with my employees, increase productivity, and prevent burnout, leading to a positive and thriving work environment.” said Dr. Sammy Arogundade.
Future Of Blockchain
“What do you see as the future of blockchain and its impact on the finance industry, and how is your company positioning itself to take advantage of these trends?”
He replied, “I envision a future in which blockchain technology plays a significant role in the finance industry, transforming various aspects and creating new opportunities. Some potential developments and impacts on the finance industry include:
- Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Blockchain technology can revolutionize traditional financial services by offering decentralized alternatives that remove intermediaries and reduce transaction costs. DeFi platforms can access lending, borrowing, and other financial services without relying on traditional finance.
- Tokenization of Assets: Blockchain technology enables the tokenization of real-world assets, such as stocks, real estate, and commodities. This can increase liquidity, facilitate fractional ownership, and open new investment opportunities for a broader range of investors.
- Enhanced Security and Privacy: Blockchain’s decentralized nature and cryptographic features can enhance security and privacy in financial transactions, reducing the risk of fraud and data breaches.
- Smart Contracts: Smart contracts can automate various financial processes, increasing efficiency and reducing the potential for human error or manipulation.
To position both CratD2C Decentralized Autonomous Smart Chain and Royalty Traders, we will focus on the following strategies:
- Continuous Innovation: We are working on developing innovative blockchain solutions that leverage smart contracts, consensus mechanisms, and token economies. By staying at the forefront of blockchain innovation, we can capitalize on emerging trends and opportunities in the finance industry.
- Embracing emerging technologies: We are constantly exploring and integrating new technologies, such as blockchain, decentralized finance (DeFi), and smart contracts, into our platforms. This ensures that Royalty Traders and CratD2C remain at the forefront of innovation and can capitalize on the evolving trends in the financial industry.
- Expanding financial education and mentorship programs: We are preparing users for the future of finance by offering comprehensive financial education and mentorship services. As the industry continues to evolve, ensuring users are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of emerging financial technologies is essential.
- Building strategic partnerships and collaborations: We recognize the value of partnerships in today’s interconnected financial landscape. By collaborating with other industry leaders, startups, and investors, we can leverage synergies, expand our company’s reach, and tap into new opportunities.
- Fostering a strong company culture and values: A strong company culture that emphasizes trust, collaboration, and innovation can help attract and retain top talent. We are focused on cultivating an environment that encourages creativity and growth, positioning our company to adapt to and lead the future of finance.
- Commitment to regulatory compliance and security: As the financial industry undergoes rapid changes, regulatory requirements and security concerns will continue to evolve. We prioritize adherence to regulations and enhancing security measures to protect user data and funds, ensuring our company remains a trusted and reliable player in the industry.
- Diversifying product and service offerings: We understand the importance of staying ahead of industry trends and adapting to changing customer needs. By continuously refining and expanding our platforms’ products and services, we can ensure that Royalty Traders and CratD2C are well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in the evolving financial landscape.
By focusing on these strategies, We positioned our company to capitalize on the future trends in the financial industry and continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals and businesses worldwide.”
Word Of Advice
Lastly, we asked, “What advice would you give to starting entrepreneurs?”
He said, “I could potentially offer the following advice to starting entrepreneurs, based on my own experiences and success in the finance and blockchain industries:
- Pursue your passion: Focus on a business idea that genuinely interests you and aligns with your passions. This will help you stay motivated and persistent during challenging times.
- Conduct thorough research: Before starting your business, gather as much information as possible about the industry, market, and competition. This will help you make informed decisions and develop a solid business strategy.
- Develop a strong business plan: A well-crafted business plan will be a roadmap for your entrepreneurial journey. It should outline your goals, target audience, unique selling points, and revenue projections.
- Be prepared for challenges: Entrepreneurship is a path of ups and downs. Embrace challenges as learning opportunities and develop a resilient mindset to overcome setbacks.
- Network and collaborate: Building strong relationships with mentors, peers, and other professionals in your industry can provide valuable insights and support. Attend industry events, join online forums, and actively seek opportunities to network and collaborate with others.
- Focus on customer needs: Understand your target audience and prioritize their needs. You can build a loyal customer base and grow your business by delivering value and meeting customer expectations.
- Be adaptable: The business world is constantly evolving. Stay informed about industry trends and be prepared to pivot or adjust your strategy to remain competitive.
- Invest in personal and professional development: Continuously hone your skills and knowledge to stay ahead in your industry. Seek learning opportunities, such as workshops, seminars, and online courses, to expand your expertise.
- Manage your finances wisely: Practice effective cash flow management and make informed financial decisions. It’s essential to keep track of your expenses, revenue, and investments to ensure the long-term sustainability of your business.
- Believe in yourself: Confidence in your abilities and trust in your vision are crucial for success. Stay focused on your goals, and don’t let fear or self-doubt deter you from pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams
By following this advice, starting entrepreneurs can better navigate the challenges of building a successful business and lay the foundation for long-term growth and prosperity.”
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