Welcome to the fourth journal of our recently started “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: Hideki Takeshi, Meetup Organizer
Hideki has recently joined the Meetup Organizers for the Kanto (Tokyo) area.
He has been holding consecutive monthly meetups, helping Japanese community members understand how wallets work and teach them about the basics of Cardano, blockchain and cryptocurrency.
(Hideki Takeshi at one of his meetups in Tokyo.)
1) Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background?
I am Japanese and I live in Hachioji, Tokyo. Nearby, there is Mt. Takao, which is famous for having the world’s largest number of climbers. I myself have climbed there many times. I currently work as a programmer, but I’ve also worked as a sales engineer of broadcasting equipment in the past delivering broadcasting equipment to broadcasting stations and TV manufacturers.
2) How did you get interested and involved with Blockchain/Crypto?
The word Bitcoin was foreign to me until the Mt. Gox incident, but I wasn’t interested back then. It wasn’t until 2017 that I created an account on an exchange and purchased my first Bitcoin. There were no systems in the past that allowed funds to be transferred anywhere in the world, but when I realized that Bitcoins allow transfers worldwide, I thought to myself “How convenient!” Ever since, I have been interested in blockchain.
3) Why Cardano?
It all began when I first purchased a small amount of ADA during a pre-sale offering. Back then, I had just recently become interested in blockchain, and I didn’t even understand that there were various kinds of blockchains. As such, even though I had purchased some ADA during the pre-sale offering, I didn’t even know the difference between other ICOs and had not joined the testnet for Ada before its ICO. I had just been waiting for it to be listed indifferently. However, I made a Daedalus wallet at the time of the ICO in October 2017 and learned for the first time that Cardano uses an original blockchain, which I found to be intriguing.
4) How are you contributing to the Cardano Ecosystem as an Ambassador?
I hold meetups and help other owners understand how they can migrate their ADA from Daedalus to Yoroi wallet, and where they can find this information. I also provide information on how to use the wallet and cryptocurrency exchanges. Managing cryptocurrency is different from how money is managed at traditional banks. There are no staffs like bank tellers or employees. That is the reason why owners must manage their cryptocurrency based on their own responsibility. What I have felt thus far is that for elderly people and others who are less proficient with computers, managing cryptocurrency can seem difficult. I provide my support so that these people can manage their cryptocurrency with a sense of security.
5) What is your future vision for the Cardano Ecosystem?
I aspire to help create a society where ADA can be used anywhere around the world. However, I myself am not certain how exactly ADA or other cryptocurrencies would spread and take hold in society. I do believe, though, that there is no meaning for profits and privileges to be concentrated among a select few. I also believe that society should be fair and equitable. But what does “fair and equitable” mean? I still do not know the answer to this question, and I would like to take on a role in which I would be able to help create a community where people can discuss questions like this one.
6 ) What is your personal message to the Cardano community?
I believe there are some aspects that make it difficult to manage cryptocurrency wallets. I always urge people who I support to do the following: “Strictly manage your wallet’s recovery phrase,” “Do not lose it,” “Do not show it to anyone,” and “Always confirm in advance that the recovery works properly.” First, make sure to rigorously manage your wallet, and next let’s work together toward the development and spread of Cardano!
Don’t forget to like, follow, share Hideki’s hard work! He can be followed on the Cardano Forum, via his forum account, Facebook and the Japanese Telegram chat!
—The End of Part 1.