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Vespernaut Stories: Onur Sait Sevim

In this installment, we feature the story behind our energetic and passionate Turkish ambassador, Onur. Onur’s first foray into crypto began eight years ago after reading an article on Ripple and its potential applications within the banking sector.

For Turkish Vespernauts, Onur regularly produces video content on the very first non-English official YouTube channel and even a parallel-translated, Vesper-branded DeFi primer.

Tell us a little more about yourself. Where are you based? How do you make a living?

Even though I was born in Turkey and my heritage is Turkish, I have lived abroad a lot! I lived in London for four years and Dublin for a year. Right now I reside in Istanbul, Turkey.

My undergraduate studies were in real estate management, which led me to my career in sales and marketing within the real estate sector. I’ve always prided myself on continuous learning and have taken several short courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology through Duke University and the University of Michigan.

I currently work independently as a real estate and investment advisor.

How did you learn about Vesper?

I discovered Vesper Finance through articles on various crypto related websites, such as CoinDesk and CoinTelegraph. Prior to researching the project, I was sure the team would be anonymous, as that has almost become the standard for new DeFi projects.

When I learnt that the co-founders were public and had good reputations within the crypto community, I was shocked and very curious to find out more about them! I was particularly fascinated when I read “Jeff Garzik communicated directly with Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of bitcoin, via private email and the Bitcointalk forum” and to discover he was at one time the third most-prolific contributor to the Bitcoin code.

What is your primary motivation for you to grow Vesper in your region?

Well, I believe the DeFi is the future of Finance and Vesper will play an important role as a decentralized, reliable and easy-to-use protocol. Trustworthiness is a key factor for the broader Turkish userbase, so I believe Vesper will be adopted and widely used as a DeFi protocol in the long run — it feels exciting to be a part of that process.

What are your biggest challenges for Vesper’s adoption in your region?

One of the biggest issues is that the majority of the Turkish crypto community doesn’t understand what DeFi is yet. It will take some time for Turkish hodlers to digest the fundamentals of decentralized finance and get comfortable with it.

Another problem, is that they expect to realise huge gains in the short term, so they end up investing in less than reputable projects promising huge returns and as experience tends to show us, they don’t usually work out well: They lose money and they start associating all cryptocurrencies with being gambling. So again it will take time for the crypto users of Turkey to realize that Vesper has strong fundamentals with a reputable team.

What moved you to create your parallel-translation intro-to-DeFi doc?

Well… I was thinking that people usually step back when they are afraid of something and at same time people are afraid of things that they don’t know.

So I thought if I explain first what the DeFi is about they can learn and start loving the idea of Decentralized Finance and of course also Vesper.

What are you and your region’s Vespernauts most looking forward to in terms of future Vesper projects (e.g., Earn, VUSD, more Grow pools, etc.)?

Well, I’m definitely looking forward to more grow pools but I’m very interested in the potential of Vesper Earn. The concept of hodling X crypto, while earning Y crypto feels exciting and different.

Do you have any advice for other Vespernauts who want to be ambassadors?

In my opinion, Vesper has massive potential to further expand in the decentralized finance space. If you want to become a member of a high quality, solid and legit DeFi Project then you need to dedicate yourself to learning and growth. In my opinion, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of Vesper.

Follow Onur on Twitter and also Vesper Finance Türkiye’s YouTube channel and Twitter.

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