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Chill & Shill: AMA with Jack from Nifty Comedians — Recap

GM everyone,

Thanks to those who joined the recent space with the Nifty Comedians.

Congrats to the winner of the giveaway. You can listen to the recording here, or read the following recap of the most important points covered.

We were joined by Jack on Stage during the space.

Can you tell us some more about your background and journey to get to web3?

Jack: My background is in the big four, I worked for KPMG and others as a CPA, and then transitioned to working for a crypto tax firm called token tax. In march 2021, I founded Nfity Comedians. Previously, I founded a token community in 2019 for doing good deeds. So that’s the majority of my experience, and now I’m the community lead at Yap.

Why did you decided working in crypto and starting your own project?

Jack: When I heard about Ethereum and blockchain, it excited me that it empowered users, and others to build their own apps. For me, one of the first things I did was figuring out how to mint a token, without any third-parties, which got me really excited.

What was the reason to go with NEAR?

Jack: Already in May 2021 I was a big fan of NEAR. I loved the low transaction fees, their approach to scalability with sharding, and the community was very supportive so I quickly met Sasha from Human Guild, and Cameron leading the Banyan collective. We received a grant from the Guild and started building on it and still believe it’s very exciting technology.

How did you get the idea for your project?

Jack: Initially I just tweeted it out when I was thinking about turning your jokes into NFTs. So then you can prove it’s yours and actually earn royalties on it. It’d be social proof. It fights the stigma of stealing jokes, and it really was well-received so started creating a marketplace for a lot of emerging comedians.

Why did you wind down the project?

Jack: We wound down the project because we saw the future of NFTs done for comedians a bit differently. Many comedians are on Instagram, and Instagram just shipped a feature for them to mint NFTs there. But also there were a lot of things we could have done better, and then the marketforces with NFTs, we figured that for comedians it’ll be better to do it in different avenues.

Could you talk a bit about the support structures that enabled you to grow in the NEAR ecosystem?

Jack: The community members were really great. The guilds have been very helpful as well and we sold out our NEAR NFTs first. The community really helped our growth.

For someone with a great idea, what would you say are the next steps to take to make it reality?

Jack: I would suggest starting a project on NEAR. I think it’s also important to talk about your project with a variety of different people and get their thoughts on it. You can find product market fit just from talking to people and them getting excited about it. And then you can start building, either build an MVP yourself or try finding someone to help you with. Then you can start to apply for grants, and build it from there.

And don't forget to engage community because that’s where your growth will come from.

Any tips for creating a strong team?

Jack: I’d say the best tip is to team up with missionaries not mercenaries. People that are really passionate about the mission, and really want to solve the problem you address. You want people there that will focus on the mission, and of course you want to get along with them and have good team dynamics.

What were some of the challenges you encountered when building on NEAR?

Jack: One of the issues was I hired more mercenaries to get things done faster instead of building for the long-term. So I’d emphasize to focus on thoughtful execution instead. You should talk to users, figure out what they need, and find the best traction there.

Now you work for a project on Polygon, what was the reason for the transition?

Jack: I’m really excited to be the community lead. I also outlined my thought process in a tweet.

It’s an amazing aggregator of a variety of social protocol feeds, but also bookmarking tool to curate your own feed that captures anything you want to capture.

Is it a social media app?

Jack: It’s an aggregator and app, it’s browser-based and acts as aggregator, and media so allows users to see all the content in one interface, helping cut through the noise.

Why do you think they went with Polygon?

Jack: Polygon also has very low fees. It also has very strong partnerships with existing web2 platforms. A big factor is also EVM-compatibility. It’s also very scalable.

Do you think the project is right on Polygon or would it be different on NEAR?

Jack: For NFTs, I think that had we initially focused only on the NEAR community that might have been better, as it’d enable us to grow from there. By trying to be on Polygon and NEAR, we made things more difficult.

With Yup it’s first building the community on Polygon, and then taking it from there.

You can follow Jack’s journey on his twitter.

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