Welcome to the third journal of our recently announced “Ambassador Stories”!
Every week, 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: Toshiaki Miyatake, Meetup Organizer
Toshiaki has been a long time Cardano supporter, and has been at times an official representative of the Cardano Foundation & Emurgo (often in collaboration with IOHK) in Japan. He is regarded as the backbone of the Japanese community, travelling nationwide (and abroad) helping the Cardano community grow and educating them! His efforts are well noted across the ecosystem entities, and brings value to the ecosystem with his many connections and influence from previous experience.
Keep on going, Toshi!
(Charles Hoskinson & Toshiaki Miyatake during the early days of Cardano, when meeting each other in Japan)
1) Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background?
Hello everyone, my name is Toshiaki, but everyone calls me “Toshi”. In my previous career I worked at NRI, Nomura Research Institute as a system engineer. At Dell Computers in Japan, I worked as an IT consultant.
Furthermore, I also worked within Japanese political groups/organizations for several years. Then I started my own consulting company. From January 2017 to August 2018, I worked in Japan for community management at the Cardano Foundation. From September to December 2018, I worked as a meetup organizer at Emurgo. In 2019, I became the CEO of DAPPSTAR, Inc. in Japan. DAPPSTAR aims to be a Community Hub for Cardano in Japan. And it supports consultation and the development of DAPPS.
2) How did you get interested and involved with Blockchain/Crypto?
In 2016, I first invested in Bitcoin. And also knew about Cardano at that time and decided to become a certified instructor. I’ve followed and had seminars for both Bitcoin and Cardano.
3) Why Cardano?
I was strongly attracted to the philosophy and vision of Mr. Charles Hoskinson and became a big fan of his work. Because I was a big fan, I was naturally very satisfied and happy to being able to help and work with the Cardano project. It was, and still is, a great pleasure!
4) How are you contributing to the Cardano Ecosystem as an Ambassador?
In 2017, I built the Japanese Cardano Community on slack as a Cardano Foundation Community Manager. I operated within the Japanese community until Cardano launched in September of 2017, and responded to anyone who needed help or had complaints. Since then I have managed the Cardano Community on Slack and the Facebook group with the Cardano Foundation Community Team.
I have organized many Cardano meetups at various locations in Japan since October 2017, until present day, in more than 17 cities nationwide.
Sometimes, more than a 100 people participated at once during crypto peak times. I organized the Charles support team at the Japan Blockchain Conference in June 2018, and supported the seminar with handmade fans and other decorative items. I am currently also an administrator in the three Cardano Japan communities on the telegram. And last but not least, I organized a help desk tour with the cooperation of IOHK and Emurgo in March 2019. Even now, I continue organizing Cardano Meetups throughout Japan.
(One of Toshi’s hand-fans. Kids also seem to love Charles…because this is what happens when given to a 5 y/o.)
5) What is your future vision for the Cardano Ecosystem?
For them to provide financial services to three billion people that don’t have them using blockchain and peer-to-peer cryptocurrency innovations!
6 ) What is your personal message to the Cardano community?
I believe that Cardano’s vision will come true. And many community members have this same view and wish. We hope for the warm and kind support of all of you from now on. See you around!
—The End of Part 1.