I got an invite to be interviewed for actually a pretty cool thing. The problem is it’s not a interview where we get on the phone and they interview me and then they take notes and publish that. It’s an interview where they send me a list of questions, and I need to answer them, and I’m bad at getting to these things. Normally, [00:00:30] I don’t do these kinds of interviews just because it’s hard to make the time for them, to sit down and write out all my answers, but when there’s upside for it and I can justify my use of time this way, I’ll go ahead and do it from time to time.
One of these things came in. It’s a series of questions. What I’m probably going to do is record the answers and have them transcribed [00:01:00] and have a content person on my team turn it into an article and send that in.
You guys, today, you folks … I guess guys is not … It’s not cool to say “guys” anymore, and I’m not making fun of people who say, “It’s not cool to say ‘guys’ anymore,” but you can’t say “guys” anymore, so I’m saying “folks” from now on. You folks get to hear my answers to these [00:01:30] questions for a few days here as I answer them because I don’t even know that I would record the answers in audio format to get transcribed to send to a content person on my team if I couldn’t publish it on the show, so thanks for listening as I do this.
The question one that I need to answer for this is, what is your background, [00:02:00] and how did you get into crypto?
I don’t know that I’ve told this story before. What’s my background? Nomics is second software company, and before doing this, I co-founded a company called Leadpages, which now that corporate entity is called Drip, and they create a eCommerce CRM, [00:02:30] and we acquired Drip and it ended up being such a big thing, but the company pivoted around for lots of reasons, and I think it’s a smart move. My previous company was Leadpages. I was the CEO of that company, grew that to over 150 people, raised 38 million in venture capital.
In [00:03:00] I think late 2013, arguably the second, but, really, the first year of that company, we hired someone on our devops team who came to us from Best Buy, and now they live in Palo Alto and work at Facebook, and are doing really cool things over there. I think they did cool things for us, as well, but that person got me into Bitcoin, [00:03:30] and he was a miner. I live in Minnesota. Minnesota winters are notoriously cold, so he had his mining equipment in his basement and claimed that, on some days, it produced enough heat to heat his house. It’s kind of a cool dual use of that electricity, but he got me into Bitcoin. He started talking about it quite a bit, and I’m not sure [00:04:00] most people spent much time listening to him speak about it, but I was fascinated. It combined things that I was interested in, which was economics and money and computers and the Internet, so it’s like this combination, this amalgamation of things that I’m intensely interested in, and it just made sense. It just clicked to me.
There are so many [00:04:30] things that or so many businesses or projects or companies that were analog, and then another company came by and created a digital version of it, and then it could, that product or that idea, the function that was executed by that product, could hop on the back of Moore’s law and go exponential, [00:05:00]
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