Kin Advocate Voices – Ben4Trader

Written by: Kin Foundation

A non-profit organization dedicated to growing the reach and impact of the Kin Ecosystem.

April 5, 2022

Kin Advocates Voices is a collection of stories told by Kin OG’s and influential advocates. We highlight their discovery of Kin, why they became supporters, and their journey into the community. 

Tell us about your background leading-up to what you currently do in your job or responsibilities?

I’ve always been interested in different forms of finance since I was very young. I developed a passion over-time for the stock market and now the crypto industry. One of the things I’m currently doing is being a day trader in the stock market. I have the opportunity to have some free-time as well so I can work on other side projects that I really like. My latest project has been creating a new website called 4kin.org to help promote the Kin Ecosystem.

How did you first become interested in cryptocurrency? How did you discover KIN?

I’ve always been interested in cryptocurrency since the beginning with Bitcoin and Ethereum.  Back in 2017, I started to screen all the projects that could become successful in the future. I had the idea to search for projects with the highest total supply and that’s when I first discovered Kin. 

I remember back then that this was the only crypto (or one of the very few) that had such a high total supply (10 trillion). From there, I started to read everything I could about Kin and Ted Livingston (Kin’s founder). I was just amazed at the vision and what he was trying to achieve.

What inspired you to become a KIN advocate and when did that happen?

Well, I never really thought about it to be honest. I’m not the kind of guy that likes getting into the spotlight. Since I joined the Kin community, I asked myself how I could help the project. There was a thread on Reddit about Kin’s marketing that opened my eyes. 

For a project to succeed in a decentralized ecosystem, it will need to come from other people/entities than just the Kin Foundation. I wanted to help Kin succeed; so that’s when I decided to start 4kin (previously known as KIN.reviews).  

Back then, it was hard to find just one place to get all the information about Kin such as all apps within the ecosystem – wallets – exchanges – staking opportunities etc. The community response was truly amazing and everyone seemed to like the project. Then, I kept working on it (with a lot of help from a friend) and the website just got better and better. Now people recognize me as the founder of 4kin and I guess that’s when I became a Kin advocate!

Can you describe the activities you undertake, as a Kin community advocate? (What is a typical day or week like pertaining to Kin related activities?)

Between work and home duties, I always read about Kin related news on a daily basis. I really try to be 100% up-to-date with Kin so that 4kin.org has all the correct information. Many people don’t realize how hard it is to keep up-to-date with all the information about Kin as the ecosystem grows larger.  4kin aims to provide updated info about all Kin apps, Kin supported wallets, Kin exchanges/ways to buy Kin, how to stake Kin etc.  

This can’t be done by a single person.  Community members keep helping me when they find a new app/wallet/exchange so I can update 4kin accordingly.  TheKinChannel and Kin Discord help me getting the information as well, and I can’t thank them enough. 4kin also has a social platform where users can communicate and share anything they want. We haven’t pushed this aspect of 4kin much so far, but eventually we hope that people start using this platform more and more.

How would you explain Kin to somebody who’s unfamiliar with cryptocurrency?

Well, Kin is unique. I think the easiest way to explain it would be to say that it’s aiming at becoming a digital currency for daily use. It helps developers to monetize their apps while users benefit at the same time. Instead of having many different in-app currencies, you could interact only with Kin and get rewarded for doing so. 

As a user, you could get rewarded for watching ads or playing your favourite game (just to name a couple examples). Instead of losing your in-game currency all the time when you stop using an app, you could now use your earned Kin within other apps in the ecosystem.  

What are some good ways that community members can help the Kin Ecosystem?

There are so many ways to help the ecosystem. Here are the categories I have in mind: Developing, Marketing, Using.

Developing: Creating new apps using Kin.  We need more apps to join and that’s the key.

Marketing: You can talk about Kin to everyone you know – friends/family, using social media, writing content, helping newcomers, suggesting ideas.

Using: Even just by using the existing apps within the ecosystem, suggesting new ideas to developers, finding bugs and reporting them to developers. 


About Kin

in is a decentralized cryptocurrency purposely designed to integrate easily across mobile and web apps, with a built-in incentive model that rewards developers for increased usage. Apps built with Kin get paid for creating compelling cryptocurrency-based user experiences, where greater engagement results in shared economic benefits for users and developers. Today, the Kin Ecosystem boasts 60 million wallets, and has distributed over $70M in rewards across 60+ apps since its inception in 2017. Kin is an SPL token on the Solana blockchain, enabling consumer-scale apps to transact swiftly, with minimal-to-no fees. Learn more at Kin.org.

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