Name: Alexander L. Mologoko

Major at Baruch College: MBA in Finance
Graduation Year: 2007
School within Baruch College: Zicklin School Of Business
Company and Title: Blockchain Innovation Associates, Inc. – President and Co-founder

1. Tell us about your company and what you do in your role as a President and Co-founder.

BINA Inc. is a blockchain startup providing software design, development and integration services to businesses launching ICO/STO/IEO, cryptocurrency trading and payment solutions, various other public and private blockchain projects. As a President and Co-founder I’m responsible for strategic planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating the organization. I am also involved in product management, technical architecture, sales and customer relations because in a startup one must wear many hats.

2. What drives you in your current profession?

My company is at the cutting edge of the future of finance – Web 3.0 or Internet of Value based on Distributed Ledger Technologies. Having witnessed universal transition to electronic execution, clearing and settlement throughout my 20 years career on Wall Street, I’m also a firm believer in blockchain and crypto-assets as the next breakthrough in the evolution of global capital markets. On top of that, the crypto space is a frontier for coolest new technologies and a place where you can meet smartest and most passionate people around.

3. What were some unique challenges you faced throughout your professional career and how did you overcome them?

One unique challenge throughout my professional career was being an immigrant and speaking with an accent. However, with Baruch College being one of the schools with greatest racial and ethnic diversity in the country, that’s not a unique challenge for Baruch alumni. The solution was simple – just study twice as hard and work twice as hard and you will get recognized eventually. After all, the top trader I worked with at J.P.Morgan was a fellow Baruch alum and immigrant from the former USSR whose accent didn’t stop him from making billions of dollars in profit for the bank single-handedly.

4. How was your experience at Baruch like? How did Baruch impact your life and career?

I loved every minute of my MBA program and really enjoyed the facilities, especially Subotnick Financial Services Center and Fitness Center. The knowledge that I received from the professors at the Zicklin School of Business, who many of them were former Wall Street practitioners themselves, are up to date and turned out to be invaluable in my investment banking career.

5. What is one of your favorite memories you have from your time at Baruch?

My favorite classes were Data Mining in Financial Markets by Prof. David Aronson and Financial Technology by Prof. Bernard Donefer – those really helped my formation as a top electronic trading expert and market data scientist.

6. We heard that you won first place at the 2019 Subotnick Center Student-Alumni Trading Competition. Congratulations! How do you feel about this amazing achievement?

To be honest, that win came as a complete surprise. I came to the competition keeping expectations low and planning to test out the new trading algorithms, which I developed for automated market making in cryptocurrencies. Apparently, those worked out pretty well in the trading competition as well, with my team coming up top in every trading session. I also enjoyed hanging out with extremely talented and driven kids from the Baruch Trading Club.

7. Do you have any advice for current Baruch students and alumni who are interested in pursuing a career in Finance?

I would still recommend going the classic investment banking analyst route – get a summer internship at a top bank, prove yourself, get accepted into the analyst program, survive, become an associate. I believe that 3 years in the analyst program is an invaluable formative life experience.

8. How can people contact you?

Email: [email protected]