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Web 3 Founders: The Origins - Part II

Five Founders Share Their Journeys into the Crypto Space

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Cryptocurrency has emerged as a game-changer in the world of finance and technology. Over the past few years, the market has exploded, with countless new startups and platforms entering the space. But what motivates entrepreneurs to venture into the world of crypto? What drives them to take risks and innovate in an industry that is still so new and volatile? In this second edition, five founders share their stories about how they found their way into the crypto space and what keeps them motivated.

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This special episode covers conversations between our host, Humpty, and five founders on different occasions, discussing their backgrounds and how they became interested in the cryptocurrency industry. They all come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from teaching to software development. Each individual brought a unique perspective and skill set, highlighting the importance of diversity in the industry, but they also shared a common interest in the potential of blockchain technology to solve problems in various fields.

They also discussed their previous experiences in entrepreneurship and technology, which gave them the skills and knowledge to contribute to the cryptocurrency industry. Each conversation highlights the importance of having a diverse range of perspectives and experiences in the cryptocurrency industry. Each individual brings their unique skills and knowledge to the table, which helps drive innovation and solve complex problems. Listen as they share their personal experiences and how they became interested in the cryptocurrency industry.

Vikram, the co-founder and CEO of DAOLens, admits that his journey started with many mistakes. He first discovered Bitcoin in 2015 and spent the next five years making the wrong investment decisions. But he didn't give up, and today he's building for the same companies he dismissed years ago. 

Khori, on the other hand, went down the "degen" route, “Like many of us, I started to degen. So I went down that route and, you know, made decisions I wouldn't recommend, but I learned a lot about the importance of safety and security when interacting with these protocols.” 

Khori, who studied economics in college and later became a teacher, shares how his experience teaching fifth grade set the tone for the next journey in his career. After working for a California-based education startup, he found himself drawn to the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize education.

Alex Poon, who started his third startup, Charmverse, shares how he's always had an entrepreneurial spirit since he was a little kid. He started his first business at age ten, selling gear sets to other kids. But it wasn't until 2020, when he and his co-founder Matt started thinking about what to do next, that they started to realize the parallels between the crypto community and how they were thinking about organization. 

“So, I'm still a big believer that what can really help scale that kind of organization is having smart contracts and tokens and tying these pieces together, and then being able to develop and build these types of organizations in a global way and aligning incentives the right way.”

Chase Chapman, who was working in marketing then, stumbled into crypto in 2018 and saw how it was potentially solving problems around data ownership and provenance. Her background and love for economics helped her identify patterns in the crypto space that excited her. She also hosts “On the Other Side," a podcast that explores the human side of Web3. 

Henry Lee, who started building in crypto in 2016, focused on enterprise blockchain, helping governments and enterprises implement private blockchains. His passion for blockchain and distributed ledger technology led him to explore the potential of blockchain to create new business models and solve real-world problems.

Each founder's journey into the crypto space is unique, but what they all have in common is a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and a willingness to take risks. As the crypto industry continues to evolve, these stories serve as a reminder that there are still opportunities for innovation and growth.

In conclusion, the crypto industry is still in its early stages, and it will be exciting to see what the future holds. The entrepreneurs who are willing to take risks, learn from their mistakes, and innovate in this space will be the ones who shape the future of finance and technology.

As we wrap up this edition of Crypto Sapiens, we hope that the stories of these early Web3 pioneers inspire you to explore the world of decentralized technology and join the movement to build a more decentralized and transparent world. Thank you for tuning in, and we'll see you next time.

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