Ambassador Stories, Journal #20: Mike & Peyton
Welcome to the 20th journal of the “Ambassador Stories” series!
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: Mike, Ambassador Content Creator:
Mike has been active in our midsts for quite a while and became especially active during the start of the Shelley ITN. He started contributing by providing useful answers to potential stakepool operators, contributed in the stakepool specific community and built Pooltool.io, the website everyone in the Cardano community knows by now and where you can find all kinds of useful stakepool information. We are extremely fortunate to have you active in our community, providing that value! Thank you for your time and effort. We hope to hear and see more from you in the coming time.
(Mike likes to go skiing from time to time )
1) Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background?
I am a quiet, somewhat perfectionist, soul that loves to code. I have a lovely wife, and 2 kids and live in a beautiful part of the USA called Lake Oswego, Oregon. My kids are 3rd generation at the same High School so we have a bit of history here. I like to ski in the winter and sail in the summer and my favorite movie is Interstellar. I love psychology and was close to having a minor in it during college - people fascinate me - although I’m a bit of an introvert. Someday I hope to get a large boat and sail around the world.
I spent years in the high tech world of flat panel displays (LCD). With a background in Electrical Engineering, my job titles spanned from ASIC developer to Director of Marketing and just about everything in between. I was fortunate enough to live abroad in South-Korea and China for about 5 years as part of my work in High Tech and got my MBA from a University in Shanghai.
For the last 10 years I’ve been running my own SAAS business for companies that sell into Big Box Retail in the USA, Canada and Mexico. My software helps manage my clients’ inventory, sales reporting, and other facets of this unique business model.
2) How did you get interested and involved with Blockchain/Crypto?
I watched bitcoin from afar since 2012 or so, but didn’t commit until mid 2017. The concepts simply made sense to me for so many reasons all of us in crypto can see. I have no doubt crypto is the future, the only question is when and how many times it will need to be outlawed before it wins.
3) Why Cardano?
I’ve been involved in enough engineering projects to know what works and what doesn’t - and winging it (while useful for getting things off the ground) is no way to build a financial system. For crypto to succeed in the financial services sector the foundation has to be rock solid (like mission to mars type rock solid) and this is what I’ve heard from Charles and others since the start. I don’t care about delays - I’m not in this for the short term - if we build the foundation right, the rest will build itself. Get the foundation wrong, and get relegated to the trash bin of crypto.
4) How are you contributing to the Cardano Ecosystem as an Ambassador?
While I’d like to do more, I mainly focus on PoolTool.io at this time. I take great pride to see smaller pools get noticed and stake as a result of some of the tools I’ve put together. I’m excited about the current mission to decentralize Cardano.
5) What is your future vision for the Cardano Ecosystem?
This question can be answered in one sentence or a 30 page term paper. Since we all suffer from TLDR, I’ll answer it in one sentence:
My vision for Cardano is that it becomes ubiquitous.
present, appearing, or found everywhere.*
6 ) What is your personal message to the Cardano community?
Focus on the fundamentals and the rest will follow. Please let me know how I can help you succeed.
Don’t forget to like, follow, share Mike’s hard work! He can be followed on the Cardano Forum, via Twitter, or his own website.
—The End of Part 1.