A few days ago, on Pinkcoin’s official discord channel, a community member came forward with a noble question for the community:
“A friend of mine (Sophie Cornellier) was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, she’s a Canadian citizen but she’s living in Puerto Rico on a sailboat. As everybody knows, treatments for cancer in the US are ridiculously expensive 6 treatments would be around 76,000 USD. Since she has been out of Canada for more than 6 month, she is not admissible for free healthcare, and furthermore, she can’t get out of Puerto Rico because of her state of health. So she’s stuck having to pay for her treatments out of her own pocket. Some friends created a GoFundMe page for her, but then I remembered about Pinkcoin, and was wondering if there’s anything this community can do to help.” -CryptoSailor
We here at Pinkcoin say there is definitely something we can do to help. As such, The Great Pink Buffalo will be hosting a PINK donation address for Sophie Cornellier. For the next 3 weeks donations will be collected, and at the end of the first donation drive the donated coins will be purchased OTC and converted into funds to be sent to Sophie’s GoFundMe page. As Sophie will be needing ongoing treatments for up to a year, the donation address will be live during that timeframe and any donations sent will be immediately forwarded to accounts set-up by Sophie to receive them. As of today Sophie’s GoFundMe page has raised 1/10th of the total needed for her to
receive life saving treatments for her cancer. Lets show her that great PINK generosity that makes difficult obstacles to overcome, completely disappear. If you’d like to participate and change somebody’s life for the better today, Send PINK donations or set your Pinkcoin desktop wallets to side-stake to:
(even the smallest donation, or just a tiny fraction of your side-stakes–any amount–will help Sophie reach her goals of putting cancer behind her)
More details on Sophie Cornellier’s unfortunate predicament can be found via her GoFundMe page (translated from French):
Sophie’s Fight Against the Crab
Sophie Cornellier, “aka captain of S/V Mångata”, received a first diagnosis of breast cancer less than a month ago. At first, she’s been told that it was stage 2, possibly 3. We can’t waste any time, it must be investigated: biopsy, MRI, markers…
Sophie, a warrior, decided to go for the bi-lateral mastectomy. She don’t want to take any chance. Lets remove that crab! The tattoo that will cover the scars is already chosen.
The surgery was planned for July 11th or 13th.
Monday July 10th, she met with the oncologist. News was not good. Impossible to go to surgery now.
The diagnosis is more precise. It is HER2 positive breast cancer. It is very aggressive, fast spreading and the possibility that there is cancer cells spreading in all her body is highly considered. Many tumors have appeared in the last weeks. The axilla nods are affected, the mass in her left breast is big, the right breast have at least 3 sites that will need to be followed every 4-6 months… It will take chemotherapy, something she did not want at first. The regimen that is proposed is the most up-to-date, the most effective treatment. It is called TCHP. It involves 6 cycles of injections in a Mediport that brings the meds directly into her hearth. After, depending on the response of the tumor, surgery might be possible.
The cost for the pre-adjuvant treatment, as it is called, is 76K$US.
Sophie is from Québec. She is born in Québec, grew up there, studied, worked, she pays her taxes, her 2 kids are born there. So… Why on hearth she doesn’t come to Québec to be treated, where it would be free? Why does she stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the medical fees are so high?
The reason is that Sophie left the province of Québec for more than 183 days in a row and she is not outside the province to study, work or to do an internship. She is not anymore admissible to the provincial medical insurance (RAMQ) for now and the delay to be admissible is 3 months following her return. But, even before she comes back, she needs to find an oncologist that will accept to take her as a patient, will made all the recommendations to the RAMQ and will accept to follow the regiment that is already in place with the team in Puerto Rico. All this has to be done fast and most of all, we can not skip a cycle. Every treatment must be administered every 21 days. During that 3 months, she will have to cover the fees anyway.
And by the way, it is a misconception to think that the fees in Puerto Rico are more expensive, on the contrary, they are similar to the costs that are charged in Quebec for the same treatment.
But the main reason is that her condition doesn’t allow her to travel right now. It is simple, her oncologist won’t let her travel outside the territory of Puerto Rico in her actual condition.
Our only solution is to pay the fees on American soil. No other choice.
Sophie has a very good mood. She believes in her chance to be cured, even if this crab is going fast. She will go faster, she’s a fighter. The team who took her in charge is amazing and they are trying to help her as much as they can. She’s having great friends surrounding her and helping her. As a good fighter and warrior, she will defeat this crab.
After the 6 treatments, there should be surgery, followed by herceptin to complete a full year of treatment. All this together will bring the bill higher…
We would like to get 50K$ to start. We don’t ask that all the fees be covered, but it is impossible to pay the total amount without loosing everything.
That’s why this Go Fund Me page has been created.
It can be 5$, 10$ or 500$, all your donations are welcome. Together, we can reach and even surpass the goal and help save her life.
Thanks for acting quickly… Faster than the spreading of the crabs in her body. And please, share this page in all your network and on social medias. Sophie would help if it was you… those who know her, know that…
>> UPDATE <<
As of August 16th, 11,093 PINK has been raised and $100 CAD has been sent. The Great Pink Buffalo will continue accepting donations for 3 more weeks and will send out more CAD at that time.
New Pool will Stake out Rewards to Digital Citizen Fund. Plus Details on the Humanitarian Pool’s Latest Addition: The Connected Foundation
You heard that right, 1,000,000 PINK has been donated anonymously to Donate4Life establishing a new Community Pool. At the donors request the Community Pool will side-stake directly to the Digital Citizen Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has helped over 10,000 Afghan students graduate, providing tens of thousands more students in developing countries with access to the internet. As of today Donate4Life‘s newest pool has side-staked an astounding 70,142 PINK–worth roughly $1000 at current exchange rates–directly to a wallet set up and controlled by the Digital Citizen Fund. For more information on the outstanding good nature provided by this driven, generous, and technology accommodating organization, visit digitalcitizenfund.org.
The Digital Citizen Fund helps girls and women in developing countries gain access to technology, virtually connect with others across the world, and obtain necessary skills to succeed in today’s expanding global market. We create IT Centers, provide digital literacy tools (such as computers, smartphones, tablets) and educational programs for women and children in developing countries. Technology can support human talent to tackle the urgent social needs of women throughout Afghanistan and globally. Providing underserved populations with a pathway to digital literacy, sustainability, and community building can transform the societies in which they live for the better. –Digital Citizen’s Fund
If that wasn’t enough more altruistic news is coming up: the Humanitarian Pool has begun side-staking to The Connected Foundation!
The Connected Foundation is a U.S. based 501C3 not-for-profit public charity whose mission is to connect and develop people and communities through innovative psychological services, financial and technical literacy programs and community partnerships with likeminded individuals and companies in an effort to level the playing field in order to change the world. – Connected Foundation
1. What change will your project achieve with this partnership with Pink? -Elypse
The partnership between Connected Foundation and Pinkcoin will help fund the implementation of Connected Foundation’s FIN-TECH-LIT program. The FIN-TECH-LIT program teaches technical and financial literacy to the most in need kids. The comprehensive program will teach the basics of money, such as how to create a bank account, and the more complex concepts of investing, and using cryptocurrency. The FIN-TECH-LIT program is designed to teach these kids about money and technology so they can create financial freedom for themselves, their families and their communities. -Connected Foundation
2. Where will this project take place? -Elypse
The Connected Foundation’s FIN-TECH-LIT pilot program will begin this summer at the Cardozo Educational Campus, located in Washington, D.C., and will be expanding to other area schools in the fall. The FIN-TECH-LIT program will provide the necessary hardware to each kid, and give him or her the educational tools needed to take control of their financial future. The long-term goal for the Connected Foundation is to bring its FIN-TECH-LIT program to every community in the country. -Connected Foundation
Welcome to the Pinkcoin Family and we look forward to growing with your organization as it strives to help people and bring a positive impact to many lives. -Elypse
As of today, a game-changing haul of over 440,000 PINK, valued at upwards of $5,000, has been rewarded to a wallet owned and operated by Connected Foundation. In support of PINK’s latest long lasting partnership, the Humanitarian Pool will continue side-staking rewards to the Connected Foundation indefinitely. You can find out more information about The Connected Foundation and Connected Psychology at connectedfoundation.org and connectedpsychology.org.
Plus Details on Pinkcoin’s Recent Addition to CryptoBridge, Xchange, LiteBit, CoinSwitch, and SouthXchange
Are you one to dab your toe into a pool to test the waters? Do you apply that mantra to your crypto investments? Has it been getting on your nerves that it takes forever to stake rewards quickly unless you throw in more than you’re willing to risk right then? Well fret no more, thanks to the innovative dreamers over at Stake United, Pinkcoin hodlers can now safely and securely pool their coins together and stake collectively as one unit–automatically splitting the rewards amongst each other. Forget about waiting weeks for your coin weight to build up before stakes start streaming in, use Stake United to begin earning rewards within days.
Pinkcoin is also proud to announce it’s addition to some of the most esteemed exchanges around. Trade PINK using the decentralized advancements of CryptoBridge, effortlessly exchange EUROS directly into PINK using LiteBit, stock up your PINK bags while enjoying the swift and secure utilities of Xchange, trade PINK alongside 45,000+ other crypto-pairs with CoinSwitch, or enjoy the safe and mobile friendly services of SouthXchange. Thanks to these great additions, it has never been easier to trade and stake with PINK than it is right now. Join the PINK community today!
“New PINK Chatroom Debuts Featuring Live Exchange Data and Rewards Program”
Development by the hand of Michelangelo himself, or as he’s known in PINK town, Capricornone, comes a marvel for the ages. A brand new chat space for the PINK Community to spread their wings and soar. Featuring a decentralized community moderated thread, PINK rewards for the most popular posts, Emojis galore, as well as exchange price tickers allowing for custom list creations.
“Say I want to, for instance, send 25% of my staking rewards to the charity pool, and 25% to the education pool, and then I want to keep 50% to myself to gain compound reward interest; that’s entirely possible with side-staking technology.” -CryptoCayce at #BlockchainInChigago
“Plus ZwischenRAUM Offers Support and Introduces to the PINK-Army Tomi Scheiderbauer, the founder of K.O.G, helping refugees in Africa. “
Demonstrating the benefits of the education pool from Pinkcoin’s Donate4Lifeprogram, ZwischenRAUM has used a portion of their 60,751 donated and staked rewards to purchase a brand new chemistry set! Led by Lucas Zupinger, also known to the PINK-Army as Looca23, the school has now begun teaching chemistry lessons with a set paid for 100% by PINK. ZwischenRAUM intends to save 70% of their proceeds permanently, stating:
“We believe, that can have a bigger impact for us. PINK will have a higher worth compared to Fiat.”
Lucas (Looca23) demonstrates the chemical reaction which occurs by adding potassium iodide to a mixture of H202, soap, and food coloring.
Message to the PINK-Army from Looca23:
“Two years ago I was in South Italy to support a local refugee project. I met an Austrian artist called Tomi Scheiderbauer. He is supporting stranded refugees from Africa with sustained projects. To finance these projects they [K.O.G] do crowdfunding. So we decided to buy a painting for our school ZwischenRAUM. We did pay in PINK and Fiat. This is the painting.”
Use the last few hours of 2017 to score easy deductions on your upcoming taxes — all while helping out a wonderful cause! All proceeds are forwarded to benefit Solar Kits for Change, a non-profit organization that provides global microsolar solutions enabling people in developing countries to generate sustainable income. Solar Kits for Change also educates students about solar power and how this limitless source of natural energy can improve their lives. All donations are tax deductible for US citizens. If you have your full name and address filled out under your account, Pinkcoin will even send you a tax deductible receipt. This flash donation drive runs until Dec 31st at 8:00PM EST. All donations up to $10,000 USD will be matched by the incredibly generous @collincrypto. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
Whichever #crypto community is leading the pack in donations by the time our flash donation drive ends Dec 31st at 8:00PM EST, I will send that crypto project’s main development team and one member of their community, a set of brand new gaming mice.https://t.co/1Dhrs76nnIpic.twitter.com/ZUeR9ZXbLQ
“The Pinkcoin Development Team Answers Questions From the Community”
12/5/17 By Devin Saxon. Did you miss the AMA held by ThePinkCrypto‘s Moonshot Group last week? Well fret no more, The Great Pink Buffalo is here to save the day! Below are all the questions and responses from that most fruitful exchange; feel free to scroll through and review all the answers straight from the PINK Dev Team.
PinkCoin AMA hosted by The MoonShot Group
What is the purpose of PINK?
“Pinkcoin is the first blockchain specifically designed as a fundraising platform for social impact causes where we’ve gamified the proof of stake model and incentivized philanthropy from our users. We’ve been around since May of 2014 and have been traded on Bittrex and Poloniex since day 1.” –CryptoCayce
When can I get a PinkPi?
“The PinkPi device is currently wrapping up the final coding and UI interface. It took alittle longer than we had hoped, but we want to make sure the final product we are putting out is of high quality, so every step of the way we are testing, having the code reviewed, and taking the necessary security steps to make sure the device is easy to use, functional, and safe. We added in a lot of features we we’re originally going to release down the road. We hope to have the unit ready before end of year. We totally understand the frustration of having to wait for this amazing little device, but we want to make sure our first physical product is top notch.” –Elypse
Can you tell us about any upcoming partnerships that would elevate the PINK platform/brand?
Madmax04, Elypse, CrypoRox, CryptoCayce, Caligo, and SpockSkywalker coincidentally all stand in frame and look at the camera at the same moment Nikon’s shutter happened to go off.
“We already have several official partners including those recipients of our Donate 4 Life pool funding system such as Cardiac Kids out of Toronto Canada which is an organization that works w/ Sick Kids Hospital to help kids born w/ congenital heart disease to subsidize the costs of their many open heart surgeries they will have to endure throughout their life. We are also partnered w/ a school out of Switzerland called Zwischraum-Thugaru who are teaching their students blockchain tech through Pinkcoin. We’ll be announcing several more partnerships in the coming months but I’ll share one that we’ll be announcing in the next week with you guys here: Givehealthy.org an organization who is disrupting the traditional food-drive program by giving fresh fruits & vegetables and other healthy foods to those in need.” -CryptoCayce
CryptoRox breaks down how Pinkcoin functions to make a better world to a cluster of ETH fans, and Cardiac Kids Donators
Will they accept Phore as a currency for PINK?
“I guess it would be possible in the future via decentralized exchanges or if Phore was compatible w/ cross chain atomic swaps. but as of this moment there aren’t any PINK/Phore currency pairings on any exchange that I’m aware of”-CryptoCayce
Can we stake only PINK on it [PinkPi]?
“The code for the device currently supports PINK only, and that will also be the case for the “for sale” device. However, we will be releasing the code to the community down the road as well, so other project’s and individuals will be able to utilize the code for their own project/coin. The raspberri pi zero is a very hardware specific device, so it can only run one optimized wallet at a time. We are specifically building our code to function on the specific device. This is for a few reasons. One of those being that the device is being built to help bring newcomers into the space by offering a simple plug-n-play device that any novice into crypto can setup without having to cross the cumbersome barrier of knowledge this space demands”–Elypse
What does PINK do? Why would I want to invest in it?
“Well aside from the whole disintermediating the traditional giving process by giving people an alternative and transparent opportunity on the blockchain via Pinkcoin thing we also have a pretty sweet and talented group of innovative developers who do cool stuff like create interactive twitter gamesthat encourage social interaction while incentivizing game play. create unique wallet features like Side Staking(the ability to split up your staking rewards from 1%-99% and forward themto up to 100 different addresses, your own, your friends, donate4life partners, all transaction-fee free). oh and did we mention we’re ahybrid PoW/PoS/FPoS (Flash Proof of Stake, increased staking rewards from 100-150 during 4 hours of the day) which the PoS portion averages ~20% APR”-CryptoCayce
What motivation did you have when creating this platform?
“We saw that everywhere that Bitcoin and Crypto was being talked about was in the same breath as scams, ponzi, darknet, drugs, money launderingand overall a very shady and negative light. We saw something very different and a lot of opportunity to reshape the narrative surrounding cryptocurrencies as an outlet for doing good in the world” -CryptoCayce
Due to concerns validated by recent issues with applications such as Coinpouch, how will coins be protected when staked via PinkPi?
“Security is a major concern in this space, and we don’t take these issues lightly. The device’s code is being built similarly to how our desktop wallet functions, so the same security scenario’s apply. We have a top notch security reviewer, Philip (@_MiW) who reviews all our code before the even the beta devices are being sent out. All the information will be stored on the Pi device itself, so it would be the user’s responsibility to make sure to take all necessary precautions while using the device. e.g. setting up passwords, backing up wallet.dat files, etc” –Elypse
Will the PinkPi reward system be any different than the desktop wallet?
“The reward structure is the exact same as our desktop wallets. Standard PoS block reward set at 100 PINK, and Flash PoS block reward set at 150 PINK. We’ve staked multiple blocks using our alpha devices and they function beautifully” –Elypse
And most importantly, when does my model ship for beta testing?
“Your beta unit will hopefully be out to you before the end of the year. We are a little behind schedule on it, but that’s purely a result of us wanting to put out high quality software and hardware” –Elypse
Any successful idea will have copycats, how do you plan to stay ahead of them?
“Some of the ways we plan to stay ahead are to continue to innovate development and make creative partnerships with organizations that have an aligned mission share our value” –CryptoCayce
How much will PinkPi cost?
“The device is currently slated to cost around 100-150 USD. or around 0.01-0.015 BTC. This is currently the most economically priced staking device we are aware of in the market right now. We want this device to be able to be bought and used by anyone or any bag size.”–Elypse
What impact has side staking had on PINK since implemented?
“Side staking has had a tremendously positive impact on PINK since we implemented it. It’s the engine that makes our Donate 4 Life (donate.with.pink) platform go. Its how we’re able to forward the pools staking rewards to our partner organizations automatically without transaction fees as well as a vehicle for other philanthropic minded users to easily donate a portion of their staking rewards to causes they want to support in a set it and forget it manner which provides both the pools and our partners a steady stream of donations.” –CryptoCayce
Why the buffalo?
“Buffalo mobilize their strongest towards the outside of the herd to protect their younglings, sick, injured and elderly centered in the middle. This ensures the greatest success in stomping out nasty wolves that try to eat the most vulnerable of their family. Buffalo herds are also lead by a wise matriarch vs the typical patriarchal social system. I felt that the buffalo was the perfect representation of what the PINK-Army stood for, protecting those who need help the most and focusing on those in need centered in the middle–essentially exactly what donate4life does, as well as the natural tendency for the most experienced PINK crypto enthusiasts to happily look out for those new to crypto or those vulnerable to sharks trying to mislead them, and so I made the buffalo the logo of the official blog. With the additions of Coin Artist and Rileyx it only makes the matriarch symbology even more relevant.Also, the “Great Pink Buffalo” is a play on the phrase the “Great White Buffalo”, you don’t what to let PINK be the one to get away. You want to hold onto it forever and never let go.”–Spock Skywalker
When PINK is minted, does it take 30 days to fully mature, or can you begin upgrading your rewards immediately?
“It only takes 1 hour for coins to mature, however when you receive a staking reward (minted block) the coins used in receiving the reward will have their accumulated weight reset and they have to start accumulating weight again, that is where the 30 days kick in because 1 coin gains 1 weight every day with a hard cap at 30 days, so after 30 days you’ll be at max efficiency. You can still receive rewards during that time.”–Riley
What is the status of your 501.c.3 status?
“We are an official Non-Profit as Pinkcoin Foundation Inc. registered in Florida. We have 27 months to prove with documentation to the IRS that we are acting as a Non-Profit for them to approve our 501(c)(3) status however its a “you’re innocent until proven guilty” kinda thing where in the meantime we have all the rights afforded to a 501(c)(3) status until they approve or deny us.”-CryptoCayce
What exchanges will PINK be on ?
“Pink is by no means a new currency. We have been around since 2014. We are traded all across the cryptosphere. We are listed on Poloniex, Bittrex, Cryptopia, CoinsMarket, Nova Exchange, Bluetrade, AllCrypt and a few others. We are also in talks with additional exchanges to help us get listed on their platforms.”–Elypse
Is Binance one of the desired exchanges?
“We have filled out information to be included in their monthly voting sections, and have reached out to them to be listed. We are awaiting to hear back on both accounts. It would be great to be listed on their great exchange” –Elypse
What is your strategy for acquiring partnerships of larger volumes and how do you specifically benefit their cause, assuming they have no need for international transfer of funds? In other words, how does PINK beat out USD if the funds being donated are localized (outside of them being able to stake)?
“We are leveraging our contacts to reach out to organizations we find interesting, we also have a PR firm working on our behalf to help us with this. outside of the benefit of a tax deductible receipt and the organization receiving interest through staking rewards & the USD value of the donations potentially increasing if they choose to hold PINK the biggest selling point is the transparency of the blockchain so they can see their donation is actually going where they think it is and not to pay hidden administrative fees” –CryptoCayce
Are PINK donations tax deductibles?
“Yes if you use our donate4life platform they are tax deductible”
What movements are you taking to increase the intrinsic value of PINK coins?
“Innovative tech develioment, creating more partnerships, growing our community, increasing our visibility and social media reach, working with our PR firm to refine our message and make sure we get it in front of the right audience”
I’ve heard that setting up and splitting all of your PINK into 1000 increment blocks was both time consuming and confusing.Is that still the case and can anything be done to simply/ease/optimize the user staking process?
“Correct we do recommend to split your PINK into increments of a 1000 coins, what you have to do is the following:
1. Select your coins (e.g. 50000 PINK)
2. Toggle “SplitBlock”
3. Enter the number of blocks you would need, we recommend 1000 coins per block (50000 / 1000 = 50 Blocks)
4. Enter your own address
5. Enter the total amount of PINK
6. Send and done
As you mentioned it can be confusing especially if you’re new to crypto and aren’t very familiar with QT wallets. And we have discussed this before and we would love to have this automated at some point in the future to improve the user expierence.” –Riley
What are the plans on making PINK donations mainstream? When should we expect to see a facebook/twitter link to donate via PINK after a natural disaster? I have stopped donating to big shots like red cross and Unicef, as only a tiny portion of my dollar goes to the victims, PINK could easily take over this sector if we could use 100% towards relief efforts.
“We’re currently in the midst of our #31daysofgiving twitter event which is a fun interactive experience driven by our pinkcoin twitter bot @pinkcointips where you can gift and receive PINK which you can keep or donate to Educational Theatre Foundation, if you choose to donate your contribution will be matched by our sponsor @SpacePirate_io and their game Age Of Rust
To participate in the game on twitter Tweet:@pinkcointips gift @username
Replace @username with the twitter handle of someone you want to engage with, its a great ice breaker”
Huge shout out to ThePinkCrypto for giving the PINK dev team the opportunity to participate in a fabled Moonshot Group AMA. Stay tuned for more news coming your way hot off the stove, only from The Great Pink Buffalo!
“Plus Deals Galore for a Limited Time Only, Simply by Shopping with PINK!”
12/5/17 By Devin Saxon. Get ready for the most suave faucet game ever to come to crypto, where every player has an opportunity to gift their friends with prize rewards up to 100 PINK! Brought to you by the same dynamic teamwork that crafted Pink Wars and crypto’s first ever dungeon crawler twitter game, comes the next PINK experience for the ages: #31DaysOfGiving! Win free PINK for yourself and your friends, or adopt a holiday spirit and donate your winnings to your favorite cause–here’s how to participate and get started:
While gifting away don’t forget to check out some of the most tempting deals of the year! Huge shout-out to WhopperCrypto, KawaiiCrypto, 21 Cryptos Magazine, and BTFD.Shop for supporting the PINK-Army with all these awesome opportunities to save big! Pinkcoin couldn’t be what it is today without the generous support and hands-on giving back nature of the PINK nation, and the PINK development team is honored and delighted to return that altruism with an extra dose of altruistic spirit by sponsoring these savings of a lifetime:
Collin LaHay has been trading the inefficiencies of the crypto markets full-time for the last few years. He developed and manages his own blockchain project,GambitCrypto, since 2015 and leads a private trading group, who develop their own proprietary trading algorithms, bots and tools. Collin is the #1 ranked escrow trust-agent for cryptocurrency trades on Bitrated. LaHay also recently became aPinkcoin advisor. We sat down with him to ask a few questions about his life and what drives his passion for blockchain projects.
1) Tell us a little bit about your own background.
Before crypto, I got my degree in Business Administration & Marketing at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. I had been doing Internet marketing for 10 or 11 years and was self-taught in finance, which is how I started playing around with trading. What started out as a hobby in early 2013 turned into a new career when in December 2014 I resigned my Fortune 500 marketing gigs to go full-time into crypto. I realize that most marketing people stay in marketing, but because I was on the data analytics side of things, the transition wasn’t so dramatic. I basically went to school for one thing, then discovered I had a passion for something else.
2) How did you learn about Pinkcoin?
I learned about them back in 2014 when Pinkcoin was being used as a utility to enter poker tournaments. That’s how I met Danny and the rest of the team. Danny was big in the World Series of Poker at the time. Our relationship started out casual. But later we ended up working on development projects. It was all very unexpected. There was this fun poker phase and then there was this serious development phase.
3) What do you think the biggest challenge is for anyone doing social impact via blockchain?
I have seen a lot of social impact coins trying to be developed. And it all comes back to the same issue: just getting users to be recurring donators. You can have a successful ICO or token drive, only to see everything fizzle out after the launch. The hard part is sustaining that interest and momentum and growing and getting new users and branding properly and getting people to contribute on a regular basis.
4) Where do you see things going in the next few years in terms of the industry and its relation to social impact?
We are going to see different variations on how people are going to use tokens to fund their causes. There are use-cases we haven’t even thought of yet. For the moment, Pinkcoin is one of the leading projects that his defining this new space, while the majority are focused on the profit-making end of things.
5) Are people in the industry aware of the negative public perception of cryptocurrency or are they in their own bubble?
That’s a tough question. As the market matures, there will be more regulations and these regulations will reduce the number of bad actors and thereby improve public perception. At the moment, the large financial upside is fostering a bubble mentality. I think the industry is also waiting for a use-case that shows how blockchain can be used to advocate for a social cause, as well as be financially advantageous.