Faris and Gordon have been friends for over 20 years. Faris had a career in International Relations and Gordon in Information Security. It was Bitcoin that brought their careers together and aligned various skills and passions perfectly. Therefore, CoinCompass Pty Ltd was co-founded in 2017.
They are co-hosts of the Bitcoin Basics Podcast and have been helping people safely buy and securely store Bitcoin through workshops and individual consultations. Faris and Gordon provide OpSec (privacy) and InfoSec (cyber security) services for Bitcoin custody. Recently, they have started receiving more and more requests from clients to assist them with data security and online privacy. Hence, My Privacy was born.
As a former lecturer of International Relations, Faris enjoys explaining complex issues simply. He holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in International Development from Deakin University, Melbourne. He is trilingual, a former lecturer in International Relations and Political Economics and interned for President Jimmy Carter’s Centre for Peace and Development.
Faris was an avid investor from the age of 24, when he bought his first of several properties. His weekends were often devoted to going to investment seminars and workshops on investing in real estate, gold and individual equities. After a more than 10 year career in International Relations and Development Faris started day-trading (US and Australian equities, currencies, and cryptocurrencies) on a full time basis. In his macro-economics research he came across Bitcoin and could see the macro-economic disruption it would create. Faris’ daily research into global financial markets, macro–economics and geopolitics enables him to keep up to date with how governments and private enterprise are now adopting blockchain technology and recognizing Bitcoin as an industry whose time has come.
Faris has authored ‘Bitcoin Begins, beginner’s guide to money, currency and Bitcoin’
Gordon has been passionate about IT security since he was 16 years old when he started work experience with IBM. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems), Master of Networks and Security (Business Systems), Master of Education (International Teaching) and other industry qualifications. He has worked as a system engineer and infrastructure specialist for Dell EMC and National Australia Bank.
Gordon first learned about Bitcoin in late 2011, he’s been a miner, consultant, educator, volunteer, trader and investor as well as recently coding trading bots and developing (learning) Bitcoin Lightning Network applications. As a former IT Director of two international schools in south-east Asia, he developed and taught what is possibly Asia’s first Bitcoin development course to computer science students in 2014/15.