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 graduated university in 2019 where I played college football, and after a year of working in Boston, (rat-racing’ it) I knew that wasn’t the path for me.
For the last two years, I’ve opened my own business, and learned a lot from the experience. I have also been lucky enough to join the extended Kin family via Kreechures NFTs, where I get to help grow my two passions within Web 3: Kin and NFTs.
How did you first become interested in cryptocurrency? How did you discover KIN?
I started looking into cryptocurrency seriously in 2020. Now, I had learned the basics in 2017, but I was a broke college kid back then lol.
So I bought my first crypto in mid 2020, it was the FUN token, an ERC-20 coin.
However, it was clear to me that mass (or minor) adoption, and the use-cases I envisioned for cryptocurrency were going to be challenging on Ethereum – so I was on the prowl for a coin that had real world use cases and a respectable TPS (transaction-per-second).
Kin was the obvious choice; when I had first bought in, the migration process was in full blast, but I knew Solana was the right move as soon as I heard Anatoly’s and Raj’s vision.
What inspired you to become a KIN advocate and when did that happen?
I used to be one of the people on Reddit and in the comments section “upset” that the Kin Foundation wasn’t doing “enough” marketing — then I read up on William’s comments on Reddit which make it crystal clear:
The Kin Foundation isn’t here to promote and hype up our currency, like 99% of other project’s teams. The Foundation is here to ensure that Kin is healthy and to serve as a treasury for the ecosystem.
I encourage everyone that holds Kin to go back and read William’s comments on Reddit on this subject. After that, anyone with a stake in Kin will be compelled to spread the word and educate others about Kin.
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?)
As someone without technical skills, I like to think supporting the apps that integrate Kin is the best use of time, as an advocate.
Shill tweets are cool and I’ve definitely done a lot of that. But assisting Kin-apps and being active within those sub-communities is by far the best way to be a Kin Advocate. Find a Kin-app that you love and promote Kin through that avenue. For one, we would love to have more of the general “Kin Army” in the Kreechures foxhole. But NFTs aren’t for everyone, so find the Kin Ecosystem app that speaks to you!
How would you explain Kin to somebody who’s unfamiliar with cryptocurrency?
If someone wants to genuinely learn about Kin, I send them this:
“Kin is built for mass usage, which is why it migrated to Solana.
Apps within the Kin Ecosystem reward users for the value they bring to the platform, rather than extract and exploit their data like most users are used to these days. Web3 aligns users and developers with shared economic value.
Kin supports an ecosystem-wide digital economy where app developers and mainstream consumers carry out millions of micro-transactions. It is one of the easiest and fastest pathways for developers to build innovative, cryptocurrency-based user experiences that result in greater engagement and shared economic benefits.
App developers, of any kind, located in any market, can seamlessly integrate the Kin SDK into their native platform and therefore become active participants in the Kin Ecosystem. Through the Kin Rewards Engine, developers are not only able to create unique user experiences, but also earn rewards for when users spend KIN within their applications, ultimately addressing a major dilemma facing the Web3 world: developer monetization.
What are some good ways that community members can help the Kin Ecosystem?
Engagement on social media platforms is critical to growing awareness and helping Kin cut through the noise. Whether it’s retweets, comments, or original posts showcasing Kin’s use cases, it is all a must-have for our Kin family to get noticed by the larger crypto-community.
At the end of the day, we all know Kin will break through eventually, but how long that takes is more so on the larger community than on any one member of the Kin Foundation, or a given Kin-app developer.
Kin 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.