This is the email I sent to the supposed creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. This has been edited from the original email.
Dear Mr. Satoshi Nakamoto,
It has been about five years since I first heard about Bitcoin. I wasn’t interested in cryptocurrency until I discovered the underlying technology, blockchain, late last year. It is apparent to me that blockchain will change everything about our society, and hopefully for the better.
That one week in September 2008 had me fixated on the stock channels. I know when the newscasters attempt to inflate the urgency of a news story. However, I’ve never seen the business reporters at MSNBC so frightened.
That week in September changed a lot of peoples’ lives, including mine. (I’ll talk about that in Part Two).
I wrote a few additional paragraphs in the email, then sent it off.
I received an “undeliverable” email error a short time after.
I am still learning about the cryptocurrency variations as well as the foundation of its technology, Blockchain. I own Bitcoin as well as Ethereum, Dai Stablecoin, and Amber Tokens. It’s a minuscule amount, but I hope to steadily increase my crypto portfolio.
It took some research, but I found a terrific site for those who have never bought or sold cryptocurrency. I found Coinbase to be very user friendly with great tutorials. But here’s the best part:
You can earn crypto as you learn it.
Last month, I completed my first Coinbase tutorial on the Dai stablecoin. Within 30 minutes, I completed all four videos and learned what a stablecoin is, how Dai can be used, and how to generate Dai. For my efforts, I was awarded 20 Dai stablecoins.
There are other user-friendly tutorials at Coinbase. You can learn about and earn cryptocurrencies such as DAI, EOS, Stellar Lumens, and others.
Remember, this is not to be taken as financial advice. Seek the counsel of professionals. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Visit a doctor if this euphoria lasts more than 2 hours.
If found this useful, please support my work and learn about cryptocurrencies. Visit the Coinbase site, buy or sell more than $100 at the site, and I earn crypto. Use the code https://www.coinbase.com/join/baker_wvk – thank you!
Many years ago, I began researching about capital fundraising, Angel investing, and bootstrapping. I had several stereotypes in my head. Mainly, I thought Angel Investors were, Angelic …
And from what I read briefly about Venture Capitalists, this was my image:
And I confused a Bootstrapper with
Like I said, this was many years ago.
Now I know better. And last night, at the MassChallenge Texas meeting, I learned about what avenues to pursue after graduating from an accelerator bootcamp, including bootstrapping, venture capital, and other options.
It was a great discussion, and the panelists were very open and honest about what it took for each of them to succeed in their specific industry.
Once things wrapped up, I spoke briefly with the Venture Capital panelist. I did my best 30 second elevator pitch. She was nice and seemed interested in my idea.
When I left, I recalled my first encounter with a Venture Capitalist some time ago.
Here’s a photo and GIF representation of what happened:
This experience is what I would call a “Fast Fail”.
No, I didn’t meet a similar fate of Paul Allen’s character from American Psycho. That horrible first encounter with a VC was actually a blessing in disguise. I decided that I wouldn’t be so unprepared the next time I attended a networking event. I did flub many times in other meetings, but eventually, I got to the point where I could relax and enjoy my surroundings.
Hope you enjoyed my awkward, wistful memories. Let me know what you think!
My idea for a SXSW Presentation was entered into the final round! From now until August 23, anyone can visit the SXSW site and vote for a presentation you think would benefit the attendees of the next event, taking place March 2020 (hopefully mine).
My presentation, “Curative Fintech: A Crypto Medical Savings System” is the story of my journey into medical debt. I was able to move past debt by creating a unique method that reduces healthcare expenses. My revised system now includes a blockchain and cryptocurrency component.
To find my presentation, click here to visit the Panel Picker page, and in the Search field, enter “Curative”. You will see “Curative Fintech”. Click that link for the description and my Slideshare presentation. You don’t need a SXSW account in order to view it, but you will need one to vote.
I would love to represent the special needs community and those affected by medical debt. Help me achieve that goal by your vote!
If you want more details on my idea, or if you would like to receive the presentation via email, feel free to reply to CurativeFinance@gmail.com.
Here’s what is happening so far with Curative Fintech, nicknamed CF. I’m not giving away too much info here. If you’re interested in knowing the details of CF, please contact me at CurativeFinance@gmail.com.
Wrote an outline of how fringe benefit accounts can be incorporated into the blockchain
Brainstormed about how to create a cryptocurrency for a specific population
Networked with and studied blockchain/crypto firms to see how my idea would work