UBC Bitcoin Club Founder Willson Cross: ‘Charting Your Own Path Should Be the Main Point of Education’

Interview with Willson Cross, UBC Bitcoin Club Founder

Earlier this week, Cointelegraph reported on the founding of a Bitcoin Club at the University of British Columbia. UBC is based in Vancouver and is the largest university in British Columbia.

"Bitcoin doesn’t have necessarily the potential to be just a virtual currency,” says the 21-year-old founder and President Willson Cross, “we also believe it has the potential to be the future of finance."

The organization now has 15 members and growing. The newly formed club will first focus on getting the student group UBC Alma Mater Society as well as businesses in the Student Union Building to embrace the digital currency.

Cross believes that the emerging blockchain technology fits perfectly with the university as it combines many academic fields, including computer science, economics, finance, law, and marketing.

Cointelegraph had the opportunity to speak with the club president on the newly formed club, Bitcoin on campus and the club’s expected integration into the College Cryptocurrency Network (CCN), which is in process of building a formidable nation-wide cryptocurrency educational network.

Cointelegraph:  How did you become involved with cryptocurrencies and why did you decide to start the UBC Bitcoin Club?

Willson Cross: I became involved with cryptocurrencies at an early investor stage. I was fascinated by the volatility of the market and the early label that Bitcoin took on: “The Future of Money.”

My interest really peaked when merchant adoption became more prevalent and companies started giving their consumers more autonomy by offering Bitcoin as a payment option. Since then, I have taken interest in Bitcoin as a brand and how companies use it to market themselves to specific buyer behaviors in the space. 

CT: Vancouver seems like a logical choice when it comes to fostering Bitcoin growth. What type of response have you seen so far? 

WC: The response from the Vancouver-Bitcoin community has been exceptional. People here are always looking to collaborate and innovate with others. Definitely a true m