Welcome to the 13th journal of our “Ambassador Stories” series!
It’s been quite a while since our last journal. New stories will be shared with you, whenever new ambassadors join our ranks and provide their stories.
You’ll be able to enjoy the various, unique stories of our Cardano Community Ambassadors: what motivated, and still motivates them, to be part of this amazing and wonderful community?
The Cardano Community Team would also like to thank the Ambassadors for all their continued efforts and participation in sharing their stories with us.
Part 1: Georg, Ambassador Moderator
Georg has been part of the old Cardano guarde for quite some time, and has been supporting the official and local communities since the early days of Cardano. Georg has recently become an ambassador after our unofficial German speaking community became official with Tommy Kammerer’s appointment to the Community Managers team. Georg was instrumental in getting a German speaking community on Telegram going, and will be assisting with moderation, and to help grow the German speaking community.
1) Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background?
My name is Georg, better known as @lodl_de I am 37 years old, happily married, father of two amazing children, and I live in Germany.
Even as a child, I was fascinated by IT. I was the quintessential nerd at school who made life difficult for some teachers because I tried to hack the school network.
I started my career as an IT administrator and then continued my studies in IT business economics. Currently, I have been working for an ISP as product manager for almost 13 years.
I am interested in Internet Marketing, SEO and Data Analysis, and of course, everything Blockchain related.
2) How did you get interested and involved with Blockchain/Crypto?
I had my first experiences with Bitcoin in 2014. At that time, I didn’t even know what a blockchain was. For me, cryptocurrencies were just an option to pay online. Today, when I look at the history of my crypto payments, I still ask myself "Why did you spend it on such nonsense?”
I am also one of those who, in October 2017, became really aware of the topic again when the last Bull Run started its flight. Of course I blindly bought every token that was hyped.
I became aware of Cardano in December 2017, and only then did I realize that a Blockchain project could add value to the general public, and that’s how my journey has begun.
In spring 2018, in consultation with the admins of the official Cardano Group, I created a German-speaking Cardano Telegram community, which was also supported by the Cardano Foundation as an unofficial group.
At the same time, I became aware of the Traxia Foundation’s project with the aim of "Making trade finance accessible to every company, anywhere on the Blockchain”. The project received funding from EMURGO.
I support this project as best as I can and I am an admin in the official Traxia Telegram Group.
What currently makes me very happy is that my initial unofficial German-speaking Cardano group has now become an official Cardano Group, since October this year.
3) Why Cardano?
The first guiding principle that impressed me was actually “bank the unbanked”. For me as European, it is frightening that in many parts of the world many people do not have access to the financial system. And that is what needs to be changed urgently to stop corruption and theft.
Of course, I admire the people who work for Cardano/IOHK/Emurgo. Personally, I could only get to meet Dr. Lars Brünjes, but he impressed me a lot.
4) How are you contributing to the Cardano Ecosystem as an Ambassador?
Together with other members and ambassadors of the German-speaking Cardano community (@chris282 @Gufmar @engelmatt @ADATommy), I hope to continue supporting the community in this area. Of course, I am open to further tasks.
5) What is your future vision for the Cardano Ecosystem?
I hope, of course, that Cardano’s vision will be successful and that it will prevail, especially in underdeveloped countries where the need is greatest. The Education Program is a very good way to move this forward. Hopefully, the cooperation with governments will also be strengthened, and who knows we may see a national currency as a stable coin on the Cardano Blockchain in the future.
6 ) What is your personal message to the Cardano community?
At a time when Scams are still a common practice on the crypto scenes, I would like to share my favourite saying with the community: “Don’t Trust. Verify!"
Don’t forget to like, follow, share Georg’s hard work! He can be followed on the Cardano Forum and on Twitter!
—The End of Part 1.