Solarnity started in 2017 when the founder, Allen Wazny, took a deep dive into emerging technologies while working in Doha, Qatar, as a CFO for Qatar Solar Technologies, an industrial plant geared for the production of raw polysilicon used in the manufacturing of semi-conductors and solar panels.
What initially began as a blockchain project (focused on supply chain) soon shifted to investor relations advisory work for startups having both a technical focus (Curaizon, Uncloak, Digipharm, AI Vali, MobbyPark) and non-technical focus (BankberryFresh, TimberWise Group, Shisso Tea, Gentlemen Rogue).
In parallel, a podcast was started called “Will You Review My CV?” to complement the informal career advice being provided to job seekers on LinkedIn. A total of 24 podcast episodes were released from May 2019 to December 2019. A total of 300+ separate career advice submissions were made between August 2018 and December 2019 which then led to Allen publishing a series of articles under the title “Career Development Kit” (or CDK) on both the LinkedIn and Medium websites.
After relocating to Calgary in the summer of 2019, Allen started the "Calgary Business Podcast" in September 2019 to understand the issues Calgary entrepreneurs, educators, civic officials and other influencers feel are important in today’s market. To date, a total of 263 podcasts have been recorded and released (as of 4 March 2021).
In September 2020, Allen began mentoring an MBA student from the Haskayne School of Business and after several mentoring sessions, Allen initiated a series of Q&A podcast sessions that brings together a trio of students from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an industry expert from the Calgary and surrounding business community. To date (as of 4 March 2021), a total of four (4) sessions have been completed with MBA and Master of Management students and an industry expert focused on talent management, venture capital investing and startup advisory.
Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain
Fast forward to late 2020 and early 2021, Bitcoin has surged past $55,000 per coin (compared to a high of approximately $20,000 in late 2017), the overall capital market for crypto currencies has surpassed $1.5 trillion (in 2018, the high was approximately $800 billion) and the number of alt-coins trading on various platforms has reached 10,000 (up from approximately 4,000 in late 2017). In fact, in January 2018, Allen convinced his partner, Dustin Pierce, to divert a significant amount of time and energy during 2018 to build out two blockchain projects: Solarnity (supply chain) and Pitchbook (fixed-income lending).
In line with the "crypto winter" that began in late 2018 and continued throughout 2019, these two projects were suspended but certainly not forgotten:
Solarnity corporate presentation
Pitchbook corporate presentation