Meet the Boss – Exclusive Interview with Verifier Founder Dmitry Nazarov
Unfortunately for those individuals and companies who need to integrate such confirmations into business or legal processes, there is no alternative to proper and accurate verification of truth. Proper identification and verification are critical to industries that include everything from logistics to the remote opening of an account, to the delivery of a product to your house.
Verifier is a service provider now directly addressing this issue. Using a unique website, and mobile interface, they have designed a system that can verify identity and authenticity both online and in person.
How does this work? Kind of like Uber, the service allows identity checks and even the release of local “agents” to verify the required “truth.” Imagine you were a company that required delivery of a valuable product to a certain address and were required to get the specific signature of a certain person you have never met before.
We recently sat down with Dmitry Nazarov, the founder of Verifier to have a chat with him about the project as well as finding out their thoughts and insights.
I am an entrepreneur with a number of solid and conservative businesses in Telecommunication and Electronics industries. In the last year, I also started production of “miners” for cryptocurrency mining. I think it would be fair to say that I built very successful and sustainable enterprises that give me a certain feeling of stability. But the conservatism kills entrepreneurship. My business is 16 years old and widespread over 15 countries and includes very sophisticated logistics. My skills and ambitions required a search for modern and high margin business.
And that’s how I became involved in the Blockchain industry. And then Verifier project appeared. Verifier is a first attempt to combine events from real life and digital reality. We want to build an international system of events confirmation. Did you notice how often should we trust random sources of information about events in business, news that can appear to be fake, counterparts’ promises on quality of the product?
I’d love to have an instrument that would allow me to get some proofs before making a decision about purchasing something from the factory or to perform information check on some stories in the press or make due diligence remotely. But the world is not perfect enough. What can we use now? We either face huge costs that only corporations can afford to confirm and verify objects, documents, assets etc. or need to rely on our intuition and experience.
I would say that KYC is one, but not the only use case of Verifier. There is a big need for verification service in the P2P segment as well and that’s why we decided to go into the Blockchain community and launch ICO instead of staying centralized and control everything ourselves. We offer a tool to the community that will help people to deal with each other in a secure and much more comfortable way. As for corporate use cases, I am sure it could be interesting for retailers, because they need to control merchandisers, for insurance companies, financial organizations, that need to verify pawns, etc.
I was at a Blockchain Conference, listening to some speakers from Ethereum Foundation. They mentioned that there is a huge problem with transferring data from the real world to the smart contracts. I started to think about this problem and at some point, the idea appeared. At first, it was only about reliably providing data to the Blockchain, but when you start imagining where else it could be applicable, you see the ocean of opportunities.
Let’s look at smart contract industry (we can call it industry I suppose), it is a hundred-billion-dollar market right now. Any smart contract begins with an event, either it is a transaction to a certain wallet, or occurrence of an insured event, or anything else. And it works perfectly in virtual reality, where events and consequences are digitalized. Let’s imagine for a moment, what could happen if this technology comes to the real world. What if there would be a strong connection between processes in the real world and smart contracts? It was almost impossible until now. There are no universal and reliable technologies that can securely transfer data from the real world to the virtual. Of course, there are some projects that try to build networks of oracles, but they still based on virtual technologies. So how can we link these worlds without having Skynet at the moment? Is it possible only in the far future? I do not agree with this. I am sure that it was impossible to solve this problem by thinking about it in terms of programmers’ paradigm. I tried to think about the solution of this problem from other perspective and I am sure that our team does literally revolution and a big step to eliminate this disconnect. We want to make a hybrid system of cooperation between humans and machines. Agents that perform verification are people that will be armed with a tool that combines all top technologies: GPS, Timestamp, P2P (uberization), decentralization and Blockchain. This was not possible for example 5 years ago, because technologically we were not ready. But now we are standing at the frontier of the next evolution cycle.
It would definitely be a problem of mistrust between counterparts during the deals that Verifier will solve. Whenever you are entering into a new business relationship, proper Due diligence must be made. You need to make sure that you are dealing with reliable people and that they will deliver what they promise. Mistrust kills businesses and blocks development in all spheres of our life. If we could solve at least part of this problem, it would be a great breakthrough in international business and economics.
Verifier not only offers the solution to verify a person’s identity, but also it verifies any event. To do that we chose the Uber approach as a proven solution and integrated it into our business model. We created a decentralized network of independent agents (DNV) – the Verifiers. Any person may become a verifier after signing up and passing our examination process (tests, checkup , training, internal selection, etc.). With his or her help you can verify:
Our solution can be applied in different industries like banking, notary services, real estate industry, research, e-commerce, dating industry, market research etc. The Verifier team includes 16 people with 116 years of combined experience in business administration and more than 50 successful business projects. Verifier is a global standard of trust.
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