Q&A with Nico Swan, Senior Full Stack Engineer

We sat down with Nico Swan, Senior Full Stack Engineer in our South Africa office, to discuss his role at BCB Group and the most pressing challenges facing the crypto industry.

Q: Describe your job role at BCB Group

Nico: I tread the mystical realms of ones and zeros. As a Senior Full Stack Software Engineer at BCB Group, my role is integral to our mission of transforming complex challenges into innovative solutions. I am part of a dynamic team of technical experts who are committed to delivering high-quality software that meets the specific needs of our clients in the crypto sector.

My responsibilities encompass both front-end and back-end development. On the front-end, I design intuitive user interfaces that provide a seamless user experience. On the back-end, I ensure our software integrates effectively, guaranteeing optimal performance and security.
Utilising cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices, I collaborate with a diverse and amazing team of engineers and stakeholders. Our collective efforts are focused on creating software solutions that provide the digital assets industry with essential and excellent infrastructure.

Q: What does a typical work day look like for you?

Nico: As a Senior Full Stack Software Engineer, my work day is a journey through the dynamic landscape of fintech. It begins with the dawn breaking over the projects I’m working on. I review the feedback from our stakeholders, using their insights to prioritise my tasks and set the course for the day.

The heart of the morning is spent in the company of my team. We gather for our daily stand-up meeting, a forum where we share our progress, discuss the challenges we face, and plan our path forward. This camaraderie and collaboration is a vital part of our process.

As the day progresses, I delve into the world of coding. Sometimes, this is a solitary endeavour, with me, my thoughts, and the code. At other times, it’s a collaborative effort, with colleagues joining me in pair programming sessions. Together, we write the language of innovation.

The afternoon often finds me engaged in code reviews and design discussions. These are the crucibles where our ideas are tested and refined. We brainstorm, debate, and problem-solve, always striving to ensure the quality and performance of our code.

Throughout the day, I work with my trusty integrated development environment, along with various tools and platforms. These are the instruments that help us orchestrate our symphony of code. They allow us to test, debug, and deploy our work, ensuring that we deliver the best possible product to our clients.

Communication is a constant thread that runs through my day. I regularly interact with our stakeholders, seeking to understand their requirements, expectations, and feedback. Their voices guide our work, helping us to align our efforts with their needs.

As the day draws to a close, I document my work and update our project management tools. This record of our journey serves as a map for our future endeavours. Finally, I prepare for the next day, ready to embark on a new adventure in the world of fintech.

So, that’s a glimpse into a day in my life. It’s a journey of discovery, innovation, and collaboration. And it’s a journey I look forward to every day.

Q: Why did you choose to go into this industry?

Nico: I chose to go into this industry because I’m passionate about the potential of fintech and crypto to transform the world of finance and beyond. I believe that these technologies can offer more opportunities, accessibility, and transparency to people and businesses, and empower them to achieve their goals. I’m also fascinated by the challenges and innovations that this industry presents, and I enjoy learning new things and applying my skills to solve real-world problems.

Q: What are the major themes that you’re seeing come out of the crypto industry at the moment from your perspective?

Nico: Some significant themes that are shaping the crypto industry at the moment:

Regulation and Compliance

As the crypto space matures, regulatory frameworks are becoming crucial. Governments worldwide are grappling with how to regulate cryptocurrencies effectively. Key aspects include taxation policies, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) measures,  and determining a appropriate crypto asset segregation and safeguarding arrangements 

Mainstream Adoption and Integration

We’re witnessing a remarkable surge in the adoption of cryptocurrencies by mainstream institutions. Banks, corporations, and even governments are increasingly recognising the value of digital assets. This adoption extends beyond Bitcoin and includes other tokens like Ethereum, USDC, and more.

Decentralised Finance (DeFi) Revolution

DeFi is a game-changer. It offers financial services without intermediaries, leveraging smart contracts on blockchain platforms. DeFi encompasses lending, borrowing, yield farming, decentralised exchanges (DEXs), and more.

Innovations in Protocols and Platforms

The cryptocurrency sector is a hotbed of pioneering developments. It is steadfastly committed to enhancing aspects such as scalability, security, and interoperability. Innovators in the field are delving into groundbreaking consensus mechanisms, layer-2 solutions, and cross-chain communication protocols. This relentless pursuit of innovation is catalysing transformative changes in conventional financial institutions, with governments even venturing into the issuance of their stablecoins. The crypto industry, thus, stands at the forefront of the fintech revolution.

Education and Awareness

Educating the public about crypto is vital. Trustworthy information is essential to dispel myths, address misconceptions, and promote responsible participation. Initiatives like workshops, online courses, and community-driven content play a crucial role in spreading awareness.

The crypto landscape is dynamic, and these themes will continue to evolve.

Q: What do you think the biggest challenges facing the industry are right now and how do you think BCB Group is addressing those challenges?

Nico: The fintech industry, particularly in the realm of cryptocurrencies, faces several challenges today:

Regulatory Barriers

The regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies is still evolving and varies greatly by country. This uncertainty can pose challenges for both consumers and service providers.

BCB Group has a strong focus on ensuring robust compliance with industry regulatory requirements from the start and is well positioned as one of the first multi-jurisdictional regulated cryptocurrency service firms.

This helps to navigate the complex and evolving regulatory landscape of cryptocurrencies.

Trust and Transparency

Despite the potential benefits of fintech and cryptocurrencies, many consumers still prefer traditional financial institutions due to issues of trust, transparency, and familiarity.

BCB Group’s regulatory compliance, institutional focus, and transparent operations help build trust with their clients. Their clients can trade FX and cryptocurrencies quickly and at scale, with market-leading value, further enhancing transparency and trust.

Cybersecurity Issues

Cryptocurrencies and fintech platforms are attractive targets for cybercriminals. Ensuring the security of transactions and protecting user data is a significant challenge.

Being a regulated entity, our commitment to regulatory compliance necessitates the enforcement of rigorous security measures to safeguard user data and transactions. Our technology department places a substantial emphasis on maintaining our security integrity.

Lack of Standardization

The lack of standardisation across different cryptocurrencies and fintech platforms can lead to compatibility issues and hinder widespread adoption.

BCB Group offers a unified architecture capable of handling instant domestic and international fiat transactions through our  BLINC network. This network allows free, real-time transactions across multiple currencies, providing a standardised platform for their clients.

These challenges need to be addressed for the successful integration and widespread adoption of fintech and cryptocurrencies. BCB Group addresses the challenges in the crypto industry by focusing on regulatory compliance, offering a standardised platform for transactions, and building trust through transparency and value.

Q: What is your favourite thing about working at BCB Group?

Nico: The aspect I value most about my role at BCB Group is the empowering leadership that fosters a culture of safety and expression. Our collective attitude is one of determination and commitment, which is truly remarkable and inspiring. It’s an absolute privilege to collaborate daily with such a talented team. Furthermore, I am deeply aligned with the company’s mission to connect and bank the global crypto industry and vision, to empower the global financial revolution through sustainable and innovative banking. This, in essence, is what makes my experience at BCB Group so rewarding.

Q: If you had to describe BCB Group in one word, what would it be?

Nico: Trustworthy

This single word encapsulates the very essence of BCB Group. It reflects the core values and unwavering principles that define the company. Let’s delve into why “trustworthy” is the perfect descriptor:

Security and Reliability

BCB Group consistently provides secure and reliable services to its clients and users. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies and best practices, the company ensures that trust is never compromised.

Regulatory Compliance

BCB Group adheres rigorously to industry regulations and legal frameworks across various jurisdictions. Their commitment to high standards and robust policies reinforces their reputation for trustworthiness.

Relationship Building

BCB Group excels at cultivating enduring partnerships. By fostering strong and long-lasting relationships with partners and stakeholders, they create a network built on trust, transparency, and mutual respect.

Employee Growth and Culture

BCB Group invests in its people. They support employee development, nurture a positive work culture, and provide the best resources and opportunities. This commitment to growth further solidifies their trustworthy image.

In summary, when it comes to BCB Group, trust is not just a word—it’s a fundamental cornerstone that underpins our every endeavour.

Q: What do you think makes BCB Group unique?

Nico: At BCB Group, our uniqueness stems from the vibrant culture we’ve cultivated and the passion of our leadership team. We’re not just a company; we’re a community united by a shared vision. We’re at the forefront of bridging the gap between the crypto and traditional financial worlds. We aspire to connect and provide banking services to the global crypto industry, leading the way in charting the course for these two worlds to progress in unison.

Q: What are your interests outside of BCB Group?

Nico: Outside of the company, I lead a vibrant life filled with diverse interests and hobbies. Let me share a glimpse into my world beyond the office walls:


Imagine soaring through the crisp air, suspended by a colourful canopy, with the earth stretching out below like a magnificent canvas. Paragliding isn’t just a sport; it’s an exhilarating dance with the wind. The freedom and awe it brings are unmatched.


Nature beckons, and I heed the call. Whether it’s a misty morning trail or a sun-kissed ridge, hiking allows me to explore hidden gems, breathe in the scents, and witness breathtaking vistas. Each step is a meditation, and every summit conquered feels like a personal victory.


My workshop is my sanctuary. There, I transform raw timber into functional art. Crafting a sturdy bookshelf or a delicate wooden sculpture connects me to generations of artisans who shaped our world with their hands. The smell of sawdust and the satisfaction of a well-finished joint—it’s pure magic.

Our Canine Companions

Our furry friends—those wagging tails and soulful eyes—are more than pets; they’re family. Their antics bring laughter, their loyalty warms our hearts, and their presence turns a house into a home. Whether it’s a game of fetch or a cosy cuddle, they remind us to cherish simple joys.

So, when I step away from BCB Group, these passions fuel my soul. They remind me that life is a mosaic of experiences waiting to be lived.

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Written by
Sam Shrager

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