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 have experience in design, media, sales and marketing. I was unhappy in my job when I discovered crypto and knew I wanted to start a new career path in that space. I know it sounds cheesy, but discovering Kin changed my life as I now work in crypto full-time, thanks to the people I’ve met along the way.
I love working on innovative projects with like-minded people, and I didn’t quite find that until I discovered crypto and the Kin Community.
How did you first become interested in cryptocurrency? How did you discover KIN?
I’ve always been interested in new, innovative technology and spend a lot of time researching online, so I found crypto quite naturally this way.
I discovered Kin on Twitter when I found a video of Ted Livingston, Fred Wilson and others explaining the project and mission. I felt like it was needed in the world and something I wanted to support. The potential of Kik utilising Kin to bridge crypto and mainstream users sounded amazing.
What inspired you to become a KIN advocate and when did that happen?
I pretty much became an advocate as soon as I discovered it in 2017 and read about the problems it would tackle. The ‘win-win and fairer world’ messaging resonated with me and I wanted to get involved.
I joined the Kin Community Council in 2019 via Kevin Ricoy and have been collaborating with the team and Kin Foundation ever since. They’re all genuine, passionate and amazing people to work with, which gives me confidence that Kin is in good hands.
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?)
I’m active in the community every day and have been since the start, keeping my ear to the ground and collaborating with other members of the community.
As part of the Kin Community Council, I created Cuppa Kin to promote Kin news and exclusive content, and set up our Telegram announcement channel with Sergio, which we co-manage to keep the community updated 7 days a week.
How would you explain Kin to somebody who’s unfamiliar with cryptocurrency?
It’s a token with market value that can be earned, spent and transacted (fast and cheap) across an ecosystem of mobile and web applications.
Not only is Kin an opportunity for end-users to be rewarded for their time in apps, but developers can monetise without forcing ads on users and ruining their experience.
What advice would you offer newcomers to cryptocurrency/Kin?
One thing I’ve learned from my time in crypto is to go with my gut, every time. I focus on fundamentals and utility when looking at projects. I’m not interested in speculation, it’s all noise and distraction. Just have your wits about you when it comes to security and finances and always do your research.
For people just discovering Kin, the official website and the Kin Community Discord channel are great places to start. If you’re unsure about something, just ask. The community is full of helpful people. You can also reach out to a Kin Community Council member or an admin in The Kin Channel at any time. There’s always someone willing to help.
What are some good ways that community members can help the Kin Ecosystem?
Support our devs! Download the apps and get involved. I have friends and family who called me crazy a few years ago, now asking me about crypto. So it’s great that I can now demonstrate Kin’s use cases with awesome apps like PeerBet, MadLipz and others.
My dad actually sent me a MadLipz clip not too long back and he has no idea what crypto is (or that I’m involved in it). So I genuinely believe the apps are catching on, and so will Kin as a result.
I also think explaining the KRE model to developers outside of the ecosystem and directing them to the community is helpful. Devs are looking for better ways to monetize and there’s always someone to talk to if they want to learn more about Kin.
Kin’s road has been rough but I find that understandable considering how complex the goal is and how much of a positive impact it can have on people’s lives.
Despite some setbacks, the project and community is growing stronger every day and I’m looking forward to seeing where we’re at in another 4+ years from now.
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.