Prior to buying his first cryptocurrency in 2016, Ashton traded FX, commodities, CFD’s and spot markets full time. Building a comprehensive understanding of traditional financial systems and markets years prior, led Ashton to understand the potential of Bitcoin after researching the emerging cryptocurrency market. Ashton went full time into the cryptocurrency industry in 2017 and has invested and advised a broad spectrum of startups and businesses integrating cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
Ashton has helped to scale user adoption into cryptocurrency by reducing barriers created by centralised onboarding markets, with tailored over the counter solutions. Ashton has experience in high growth, high adoption businesses in markets adopting regulation and has taken businesses to retain approval by regulators.
Ashton initially learned about the carbon markets during a sabbatical in 2021 and quickly became immersed in the possibilities of bridging carbon as a commodity to blockchain. Ashton drafted an initial plan for Kyoto, which launched in June 2022, at the time, selling out the largest fair launch on the Binance Smart Chain. Ashton has taken his idea along with his co-founders to grow Kyoto into a powerful startup with over 25 employees.
“Kyoto is a powerful technology stack that showcases the use-case of Web3, improves utility, transparency and scalability of the voluntary carbon market and green banking with the use of regenerative finance”.