I've been on here for a month now so I guess a proper introduction is long overdue. Since I've already posted much more in-depth pieces about certain aspects of my life elsewhere on Steemit already, I'll try to keep this one short. Links to the others are at the end.
I'm the eldest of seven and was born in the middle of the Canadian prairies.
My parents were poor christian farmers and despite their efforts to raise me to be like them, I was not. I loved logic and reason and hated hypocrisy. I thirsted for knowledge and longed to get off the farm and go out to explore the world. Needless to say, I found myself at odds with my parents at a very early age and ultimately left home at age fourteen. Between then and now, I worked at a honey farm, a lumber mill, a restaurant, a landscaping company, a marketing firm, an art gallery, a restaurant, and a hotel. I Moved to California and then to Vancouver where I played in five bands as a drummer, produced live shows, and volunteered for the Libertarian Party of Canada to learn firsthand what a waste of time politics really is.
By 2013, I was ready for a revolution. I was ready for bitcoin.
I was living in Vancouver when bitcoin fever struck. My friends and I preached the gospel and actively helped people get on board. I organized speaking events and social gatherings to promote it in the community and by the end of the summer, I was awaiting delivery of the biggest, baddest, miner on the market. In November, it arrived and in ten days, it had already paid for itself. Life was good but I've never been one to get too comfortable.
I was ready to look for my first real home.
To this day, if you type "world's first bitcoin" into Google Image Search,
my picture is the first result. It made it all the way to around the world
to the front pages of newspapers in China.
I had seen a new community project in Chile being advertised as the first place in the world to accept bitcoin for land. It caught my interest and I moved down there in the spring of 2014. It turned out to be a scam but I was able to salvage the situation and apply what I had learned to the task of founding a new community elsewhere. The scam had revealed a demand in the market for such a place and a lot of people were very disappointed to see it fail so it didn't take a genius to spot the opportunity there. Some friends of mine that I had met at an entrepreneurship bootcamp called me up and offered to assist with the founding and development process and shortly thereafter, we were set up on the beach, working on the new Fort Galt project together. Since then, we found the perfect location, bought the property, developed the plans, hired the necessary experts, and gathered a great community of invested members. We're currently at the permitting stage and expect to be building later this year. In the mean time, I'm living in Valdivia with my girlfriend, who was one of the first people to join the project upon its launch.
Last month, one of our members, @onceuponatime, came to visit and introduced me to Steemit. Needless to say, I'm very glad he did.
If you'd like to read more, here are links to some other related posts of mine on Steemit:
-Early years & Psychological Development
-Childhood, Power Dynamics, and Finding Sanity
-My Expatriation and Entrepreneurship
-Video: My talk at Exosphere about founding and developing Fort Galt
-How I found Steemit