Decentralization to Secure Crypto Assets: An Interview with Billy Mullins

Decentralization to Secure Crypto Assets: An Interview with Billy Mullins

David Pokima

Last Updated:

Jan 29, 2024 07:10 AM EST
| 2 minutes of reading

MatterFi, a decentralized digital asset wallet solution focused on security and efficiency, aims to raise the bar when it comes to escrow integration, faster transactions and wider adoption of cryptocurrencies.

In a recent press release, the company announced Billy Mullins as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to bring a wealth of experience in traditional finance and blockchain technologies to enhance the company’s solutions.

In an exclusive interview with Cryptonews, Mullins provided an overview of the evolution of decentralized finance (DeFi), especially in terms of protecting user assets in the wake of major industry frauds and hacks seen in recent months.

Mullins aims to go beyond bridging the gap between centralized finance (CeFi) and decentralized finance and incorporating new use cases for the wider community.

DeFi has been praised for bringing financial services to people disadvantaged by traditional finance, with Mullins highlighting goals including protecting the current model from bad actors.

According to him, DeFi must evolve into platforms where trust and control ensure total transparency to avoid incidents like the saga of Mt. Gox and FTX that shook the entire industry.

The FTX implosion in 2022 wiped billions from the market, leading to widespread criticism of digital asset platform management and increased regulatory scrutiny of the market.

Mullins believes that the governance failures of cryptocurrencies are caused by excessive centralization, which can lead to mismanagement that results in collapse. Alternatively, MatterFi seeks to create true decentralization along with user security and privacy.

“Centralized systems tend to mask mismanagement and create an environment ripe for theft and mismanagement. Our approach is firmly rooted in achieving true decentralization without sacrificing security, privacy and compliance.”

In addition to internal company solutions, Mullins projects that, like the slogan “not your keys, not your coins”, the phrase “privacy is priceless” can also gain popularity among all stakeholders in an effort to project activities from bad actors.

Finally, the firm emphasizes market access first and wants practical regulation to coexist with web innovation3 to protect investors and drive adoption.

Billy Mullins joins MatterFi


Mullins joins the firm with more than two decades of experience in investment banking, big data, mobile payments and blockchain technology, according to a press release.

As a former vice president of Goldman Sachs in New York and in top technology positions, the company can use this mix to drive the next wave of key solutions-based web3 adoption.

Billy’s decision to join MatterFi is driven by a desire to dive back into the heart of engineering, actively participate in the development process and leverage his skills in a role directly tied to technological innovation. His combination of technical knowledge and business, banking and financial services experience uniquely positions him to make a meaningful contribution to MatterFi’s mission.”

In line with the company’s goals, Mullins said his appointment will help drive adoption and reshape the way cryptocurrency transactions are processed in a more user-friendly and secure blockchain space.

tea”send to nameThe platform feature has received mentions and is tipped to be a game changer in bringing the desired user convenience to cryptocurrency transactions.

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