Julius B. Kuznetsov is a Founder and Managing Director of FINSTICK Innovations LLC (http://www.finstick.net), a startup aimed for advanced developments in the emerging fintech and blockchain industry. Incorporated in 2017, FINSTICK Innovations is backed by highly motivated professionals in cryptography, mobile payments, smart-cards, telecommunications and value-added services. With our average 20+ years of field experience and several invention patents, our team is bearing the best Russian practices of software design and development, optimization of algorithms, conceptualization and integration of complex IT systems.

Prior to founding FINSTICK, Juli was a co-founder and Commercial Director of Trafficland LLC (http://eng.trafficland.ru), the notable Russian software house and system integrator for mobile communications and digital networks, member of Russian GSM Association and Open Mobile Alliance. Its solutions and services are designed for GSM/UMTS and CDMA mobile networks, content and service providers. Trafficland develops platforms for OTA management of subscribers’ smart cards (SIM, USIM and RUIM), OTA management of mobile terminals and interactive wireless media multicasting to mobile terminals (SMS to streaming video range). During the period of 2004 – 2017 Juli have made and patented the invention «Mobile Multicasting System for mobile infrastructure» and won CNEWS Awards ‘2007 (nomination “Financial Management”, together with Alfa-Bank https://alfabank.com/).

Before co-founding Trafficland LLC, Juli was a Regional managing director for Russia, CIS countries and Mongolia at GEMPLUS International S.A., now Gemalto (https://www.gemalto.com/companyinfo Euronext NL0000400653 GTO)- the global leader in digital security. Being part of GEMPLUS International team during 8 years, Juli has gained major technical expertise and field experience in smart cards, computer and Internet security, access control, banking and payment solutions, state-of-the-art IT solutions based on smart-cards for loyalty and healthcare. Juli has initiated and co-authored the first integrated mobile banking and mobile payment system in Russia (2002, together with Mobile TeleSystems (http://www.mtsgsm.com/), Center of Financial Technologies (http://eng.cft.ru/Pages/index.aspx) and «Golden Crown» payment system (https://koronapay.com/transfers/en/Pages/About.aspx)

Prior to GEMPLUS International, Juli spent 2 years with Russian Telecommunications Development Management Corporation (RTDMC), the daughter of the US West International and had number of other assignments.

Juli holds a higher military engineering bacground in electronics and satellite telecommunications (graduated in 1990) and has passed the following:

Executive Training (Gemplus International S.A.)

The full set of GEMPLUS technical trainings – banking & payment chip cards, EMV and payment systems & architecture, contactless technology for payment and access control, payphone cards, SIM cards and mobile network infrastructure, cryptography basics, card personalization and production process (Gemplus International S.A.)

Professional Selling Skills III (Achieve Global)

Training for international staff (Deutsche Telekom)


Julius will be writing a regular column for The Cryptocurrency Magazine starting from next week.

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