Welcome to Arry's Airdrop #09!
Happy October - this never-ending year in this pandemic seems to be flying by so quickly, and so much has happened already this year. Almost a blur. Personally, it was great to go check out Miami for the Bitcoin conference and see a lot of familiar faces (and meet new ones too). We've continued to build strong relationships with our policy makers here in Cascadia. I've met many new folks I'd call friends as we've been coordinating state by state (from FL to NY to MI to TX to CA and Cascadia), and with federal (especially the Blockchain Association) on better ways to collaborate in the name of blockchain/cryptocurrency advocacy. I created and launched another Blockchain & Crypto Fundamentals course. On the personal front, I'm pregnant with our third boy. Our eldest son started kindergarten and we even moved. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be on this journey with you and hope that we can find ways to support and serve you.
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Airdrop #09: @jack turned on Bitcoin tipping! ✨
A little over a week ago, in case anyone missed it, the tipping feature became enabled on Twitter ✨.
Back in 2018-2019, this was one of those features I was wishing existed (not just on Twitter, but also Uber, grocery stores, gas stations, etc) - and now it does. I even considered going out and building a dApp (decentralized application) focused on the Bitcoin tipping scenario at one point.
Twitter did it and went even further - enabling tipping to connect directly to other services like Venmo, CashApp, and more. A super positive note, Twitter does NOT take any cut of the transaction - they only connect. (Kudos to Twitter for not being yet another greedy middleman in people's transactions.)
See below for my screen (in-progress) as I went through and setup my mobile profile on Twitter. You can see that the user interface is very simple and easy to follow. Not scary at all.
BTW - If you haven't setup your Bitcoin Strike account yet (the CEO is an OG, Jack Mallers) --- Join Strike and earn $5 (yay!) when you sign up and verify your account using my referral code 0VIFRV: https://invite.strike.me/0VIFRV. Remember, Strike uses the Lightning Network - faster cheaper BTC payments. It's what you'd use to send BTC to El Salvador or any country with Strike enabled, for free. Also remember the NFL football player, Russell Okung who demanded to get his wages paid in Bitcoin? They're doing that using Strike as well. One of the best ways to learn, is to try it out. Or as folks in this space say, "do your own research".
What's Strike, according to Strike?
"Strike is the easiest way to send, spend, remit, and invest your money. Onboard in seconds and unlock the future of digital payments. Simply link a payment method, deposit funds, and let us take care of the rest. What do people use Strike for? Strike is used to buy and sell bitcoin, tip on the web, send and receive micropayments, remit money, and make payments with friends."
Why you should care. Here's a couple of reasons:
I closed out my Blockchain & Crypto Fundamentals cohort last week - it was bittersweet. I woke up Monday (October 4th) missing the class and holding myself back from writing them today. I wanted to share a couple of key presentations that really influenced me during my journey over the past several years. Actually in fact, I saw these live at the conference Russell Okung (yes the same NFL guy) hosted for us in LA back in 2019:
Definitely recommend watching those two presentations if you get a chance. Let me know what you think too after you watch them - would love to trade notes.What I've learned is that whether you're excited about the protocols and technology or the cryptocurrencies, it all starts with the fundamentals. Fundamentals are everything to do with the theory, the context, the history and the "why it matters".
The waitlist has already been filling up quickly for my next "Blockchains & Cryptos Fundamentals" course. Get on the waitlist and get in-the-know. Standby, I'll be releasing a THREE DAY workshop version of this course for those that need an even more compressed and curated course.
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– Arry (@ArryinSeattle)
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Arry is the Chair of the Cascadia Blockchain Council, a group supported by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), the largest US tech association representing technology companies from Oregon to British Columbia. She is also the co-organizer for the States' Assn for Blockchain and was one of the early pioneers that completed a $32m tokensale in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) back in 2017. She founded the Cascadia Blockchain Council in 2018 and has been an avid educator, advocate, investor, and innovator in the space since 2016.