Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am a former Peace Corps volunteer where I spent two years serving in Lesotho, Africa helping with HIV/AIDS education. Later I was an assistant professor teaching first year communication classes in Korea for 10 years. Now I am the co-founder of the NEM Foundation and LuxTag.
In 2013, when I was teaching in South Korea, I heard about Bitcoin and started to study it. Back then, I used Bitcoin instead of my bank for remittance. It was cheaper and faster than using a wire, and sometimes I even made money on arbitrage. I joined the NEM community in Jan 2014 by making a Facebook page. The rest is as they say “history”.
Why do you like NEM?
I love the willingness to do things the right way at NEM and to act with integrity.
I think long term sustainable projects need to be built on good tech and no false promises, pumps, or lies.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I spend most of my time on the computer, discussing the future, or reviewing work already done. I try to go to the gym a few times a week and do light exercise. That is when I’m at home. When I’m on the road, I wake up each day and go to meeting after meeting trying to get NEM awareness and adoption furthered.
What are you currently working on?
Lately, I have been working on wallets/SDKs with Greg, speaking at conferences, working on strategy with Alex, helping the Council and working with LuxTag.
Which part of Catapult are you most excited about?
I am a big fan of the MongoDB in Catapult. It solves a problem that most people in the blockchain industry have completely ignored or refused to acknowledge. Now a true decentralized API exists for both writing and reading data at scale whereas before most projects only focused on writing.
Favourite app: LastPass and Google Authenticator
Favourite movie: Cloud Atlas
Favourite hobbie: Swimming/snorkling
About NEM Blockchain
NEM’s blockchain platform was designed and coded from the ground up for scale and speed. Designed as a Smart Asset Blockchain, NEM is specialized to be configurable to manage existing enterprise pieces through its API compatibility. Its permissioned private blockchain delivers industry-leading transaction rates for internal ledgers. And its revolutionary consensus mechanism and the Supernode program ensure that NEM’s open, public blockchain can grow without ever compromising throughput or stability.
About NEM Foundation
NEM is led by an international network of elected individuals with a broad range of expertise. The main goal of the NEM Foundation is to support the growth of NEM on a global scale.