Hey Matthew here,
Currently living in the Seattle, WA, USA originally from West Michigan, although looking to move back to the Denver/Boulder area of Colorado soon (lived in Boulder mid-May '16 - End of July '17).
Graduated high school in '12 and then went to college nearby, decided on Economics, then left after Winter '13 (plus my grades were poor). Wanting to save money I enrolled in community college nearby for '14-'15 then left and never went back. So I dropped out.
Although during college I made lifelong friendships and while in CC (Fall '14) co-founded a joint chapter of YAL and SFL at the original university with one of my best friends (basically libertarian student non-profits) that I am proud to say is still thriving today. Through that I made a lot of connections, and met some people with similar interest in cryptocurrencies and open blockchains.
Ever since I learned of Bitcoin back in the of 2013 I have been obsessed about it. I have fluctuated in my research diligence and attention though. My interest has never waned with public interest or price fluctuation. Once it clicks and you know this is the inevitable way of the future (and chance to escape existential threats), you don’t just forget that. This clicks for me. This is where my passion and my mission lie. Now to get paid for it so that it can be my profession and vocation as well. (The goal is to have open blockchains at the center of that IKIGAI venn diagram.)
I considered taking more traditional economic, political, or policy based paths at one point, but I value my sanity and I understand that I don’t have patience for that kind of ineffectiveness and tribalism, willingness to compromise my principles, or lust for power. It would be a very surreal experience, for me, to enter legacy systems knowing that they are dying anyway. Knowing that my potential could go so much further taking this route and to not do it would seriously bother me for the rest of my life.
I would rather build new things that solve the problems we face now than try to save old, decaying systems that might just fall apart anyway (plus I can secure myself and my loved ones more effectively with this route). I would say that, as it relates to this, I’m some mixture of analytical, practical realist and hardcore true believer. I’m a dreamer, a seriously divergent thinker (tangents for days), and a talker. I know I have much more doer yet to unlock.
(ADD + unwavering curiosity + 2019 media tech + exciting new blockchain everything = constant need for mindfulness, focus, eyes on the prize)
Last year I took a full-stack web development bootcamp that covered HTML, CSS, up to intermediate JS, jQuery, node.js, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, React (no native though), and a bit of Python and algorithms focus at the end. I’m not where I’d hoped I would be at this point. Right now I’m working on saving, paying off some debt, building my skill set, and building connections. I have a number of things that I see coming up that I want to learn, I just have to focus on a few at a time and find the right people.
Some other things I would like to learn: more general computer science (+ more consensus alg), React Native, Vue.js (+ related tech), GraphQL, Vyper, D3.js/data vis, Docker, Kubernetes, Hyperledger, various stablecoin APIs + DigixDAO, Civic, Origin Protocol, and BAT/Brave Payments
General areas to dive deeper into: payments infrastructure, supply chain + logisitics processes, technical writing, some financial engineering, legal theory+history/law, more econ, some dev ops
…oh and Spanish, and to play the guitar.
I value individual privacy and functional data rights (at the end of the day ink on paper doesn’t stop anything), liberty, good conversation, property rights, motivational videos on YouTube, my friends and family, censorship resistance, efficiency, cypherpunks, cryptoanarchists, & Bitcoin OGs, transparency in supply chain + real free trade, finding the one missing character that breaks everything after searching for hours, Spotify Premium, nature, free APIs, Catan and other strategy games, natural sugar free sweeteners, coconut oil, critical thinking, a sense of humor in 2019, satire, and dank memes.
I’ve been a big fan of Ivan’s channel since early 2017 and have followed somewhat consistently. Keep it up, truly great work Ivan! (And I’ll keep smashing da likes.) I really, really mean that.
Looking to seriously break into the blockchain space, software industry, and take the next level up (Mario super-mushroom) in life! And change the World one step at a time, but for real.