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 an engineering, product management and partnerships background. I also have a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Management Engineering from the University of Waterloo. I have always been interested in pursuing opportunities that offer me a broad breadth of experiences which might be new to me, and try to avoid over specializing in any one field. As they say, variety is the spice of life and I find that to be true for myself.
The Kin Show podcast is where I interview guests and talk about Kin fundamentals, integration of Kin into developer apps, share stories about the early days and gain insights from community thought leaders. I had created the podcast with a few goals in mind. Firstly, to build a free resource where those new to the Kin community could utilize to learn more about Kin in a passive manner, and secondly to raise awareness of application developers who’ve integrated Kin and to showcase their Kin use cases within their applications. You can listen to The Kin Show here. Outside of the podcast, I spend a majority of my time as the Co-founder and CEO of Kinny Technologies Inc.
How did you first become interested in cryptocurrency? How did you discover KIN?
I spent a majority of my childhood in several countries across Asia and the Middle East where I was exposed to different cultures, government types, differences in their definitions of freedoms, how they value similar things differently and of course multiple currencies. I first learned about Bitcoin in 2014 and Ethereum in 2015 but hadn’t yet put the pieces together for what crypto actually meant. Later on in 2016 – 2018 as I discovered the greater cryptocurrency ecosystem (including Kin), my background helped me to frame crypto as a technology that is pro-freedom, censorship resistant and possessing the characteristics for the best kind of money. You can read about my thoughts on Bitcoin here.
While I view Bitcoin as the best form of money, I view the cryptocurrency category to be of greater importance. It has led to how we redefine value and is starting to reshape how the internet works. I think Kin has the right incentives built into it to capture a sizable share of the crypto market and thus a sizable share of the internet and the money market. As the world continues to realize the failures of fiat currencies, citizens will look to protect their freedoms and wealth using highly liquid forms of money → cryptocurrencies, and I think that Kin is a strong competitor in this race.
What inspired you to become a KIN advocate and when did that happen?
Since joining the Kin community in early 2018, I had noticed that there was a gap in educational content that could serve to raise awareness of Kin – where ideas, concepts and technology could be discussed one on one with community members and developers. As many might remember, the announcement of the settlement with the SEC in Q4 2020 was rather historic for Kin and cemented the project’s ability to move forward boldly. I took this as my signal to start putting my ideas on paper and executing on them. In early 2021, the first few episodes were recorded live in The Kin Channel’s telegram and soon after the show was spun out into a podcast called The Kin Show.
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 advocate for Kin in numerous ways, many of which may be difficult to expand upon here, but I think that The Kin Show is the most prominent and obvious way that I advocate for Kin.
Running The Kin Show podcast involves doing a few things well. They include sourcing guests and inviting them – sometimes this is harder than expected and some persuasion is required. Once they’ve confirmed their interest we identify a suitable time to meet and record the podcast. My guest and I then plan the topics and content in advance of the recording so that all we have to do at the time of the recording is to simply show up and talk. I try to make the whole process as simple as possible for my guests and ensure that there is plenty of time to prepare. Once the recording is complete, I edit our audio tracks separately to ensure the best experience for the listener. I then record the summary of the podcast and add in pre-recorded audio clips like the intro and legal disclaimer. On average the editing process is by far what consumes most of my time on the podcast.
Once fully edited, I upload it to my podcast distribution software and watch it get listed by all the major podcast distributors like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and others. I then utilize the podcast’s Twitter page to raise awareness of new episodes. I find that the tools used are also important since they make my guests and my life easier when it comes to recording, editing, and distributing the podcast.
How would you explain Kin to somebody who’s unfamiliar with cryptocurrency?
For someone who is entirely new to crypto, I’d say that Kin is like V-bucks in Fortnite or the points in Candy Crush. You can earn and spend Kin in apps. The major advantage of Kin over v-bucks or points is that Kin can be transferred to any other app that supports it and can even be sold for cash.
What advice would you offer newcomers to cryptocurrency/Kin?
For those who are entirely new to crypto, I’d simply say that having a long term mindset will be better for your mental health and more rewarding. In other words, HODLing is a better strategy than trying to trade these markets.
For anyone new to Kin, listen to The Kin Show podcast 🙂
What are some good ways that community members can help the Kin Ecosystem?
My advice to everyone who has been a part of the community for a while or is brand new and motivated, is to build anything you can that is aimed at growing the ecosystem. We need more apps, more infrastructure, more tools and more content creators.
If you’re a non-technical person, tell your technical friends about Kin and convince them to build an app together with you, or maybe buy an app and integrate Kin into it. We need more developers competing for Kin from the KRE (Kin Rewards Engine). Speculating can be fun and easy, but building towards a common goal together with everyone is far more enjoyable. Afterall, that’s what the word Kin means.
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.