From Skies to Blocks: How an Aerospace Student Became a Web3 Entrepreneur

Ahmet Usta went from studying airplanes to founding thriving Web3 startups focused on gaming and NFTs.

A popular adage says that the road to success is not a straight line. Sometimes, it leads to various detours along the way, such as learning aircraft development, being a writer, keeping an eye on Bitcoin (BTC), and exploring the blockchain space.

In a Cointelegraph interview, Ahmet Usta shared his journey from being fascinated by technology as a child to becoming the founder of several successful Web3 projects focusing on blockchain gaming and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Usta studied aerospace engineering at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey mainly because of his passion for technology. After that, he pursued a career in information technology and worked for various companies. Ten years later, Usta found herself in a strange situation. He said the following:

“By some strange coincidence, I found myself as a technology writer and editor. I have written about technology for Bloomberg Businessweek Turkey and a variety of other publications.”

Next came Bitcoin, capturing Usta’s attention as he “kept a close eye on it.” Being drawn to the technology behind cryptocurrency, Usta co-authored Turkey’s first book on blockchain and later sought out jobs as a blockchain specialist, giving speeches, seminars, and training company staff on the subject.

In 2021, the entrepreneur worked on a blockchain game project that integrated NFT. After finding success, he turned the project over to his partner to focus on a longer-term business called ELYT, which recently raised new funds to connect brands and influencers with Web3 technology.

When asked why he thinks it’s important for brands to use Web3 technologies like NFT, Usta said NFT is more than just an application. It is a new way of thinking. He explained the following:

    “Innovation starts to sprout as soon as you can start thinking in this new way. The rest is simply an engineering and business problem. The key is to be able to create real business models from a new perspective.”

The executive also said that the possibilities in terms of NFT use cases are limited only by people’s imaginations. “The monkey images and game assets are nothing more than a small snowball rolling on the iceberg visible above the water,” that’s what he said.

Usta believes that there are many opportunities opened up by Web3. According to him, Bitcoin, Ethereum, NFT and decentralized finance (DeFi) have a role to play in the world. He explained that:

“Bitcoin enabled record keeping without the need for a centralized structure. For the first time in human history, this enabled a decentralized trust protocol. With smart contracts, Ethereum has transformed business workflows.”

The Web3 entrepreneur also mentioned that NFTs limit ownership of digital assets that could otherwise be replicated indefinitely and believes the space will discover other applications. Meanwhile, Usta also highlighted his confidence that DeFi will play a vital role in the future of finance.


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