Philly February Steemit Meetup Recap

in steem •  29 days ago


So just a few days ago we had our second monthly Steemit meetup at the Institute Bar here in Philadelphia, and I'm proud to say it was a great success!

Unlike the first meetup, which was a general meet & greet without much structure or agenda, @knircky, @yabapmatt, and I all worked together to create a program that would appeal to wide audience. And between the great presentations they did and the discussions that followed they both really killed it!


This is the third crypto / blockchain event I orgainzed in just under a month and with this one I probably had the least amount of time of out of the three of them to promote it. However Matt got the flyer together and for the next few days I worked the promotions game from every angle.

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As I walked up to the venue I had a small case of the jitters, wondering what the turn out would be like.

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But as I entered and made my way upstairs, I was relieved to see a few guys were already there with drinks in hand in anticipation of night ahead.

I began saying my hellos and meeting some new people for the first time @mikesalvi, @xsrian-cooking both very nice guys. And within a few minutes I was very excited to see my Steem mentor @knircky (who I haven't seen since the summer) coming up the steps. Shortly there after my other Steem guru friend @yabapmatt made his entrance along with @melonman0 and another friend they brought along @mikeyryan, great to meet you. Now the party was getting started. Soon @guanyu and @rider095 came on in and so did @cryptoxbb with his lady. Then @dhimmel and @cultbasilisk joined us as well.

Pretty soon the bar looked like this -


With everyone eager to start the night, we fired up the projector, I fumbled through my introductory comments to "officialy" begin the meeting.


@knircky then took over with his presentation "7 reasons why STEEM is awesome".




And it was aweomse! Just like the other presentations I've seen him do this one was thoroughly enjoyable and informative. It definitely had our full attention.




He covered many topics through the presentation and the Q & A that followed. Some of them included:

• How to effectively post content that gets noticed
• The many benefits of Steem Power
• Similarities and differences to other social media platforms
• Curation vs Content creation
• Account security and use of different keys for different situations
• Will Steemit ever be a fully contained economy of it's own
• Navigation and understanding the profile and wallet functions
• Analysis of popular users' profiles

All around great discussion that set the tone for the rest of the night.

We then took a short break to refresh and to change up the computers for the next presentation.

I said a little segue to continue and introduce @yabapmatt for his talk "How to Earn Money Posting on the Steem Blockchain".



Matt proceeded to give us a thorough explanation of how Steem's value goes way beyond the Steemit platform.




With a whole array of Steem platforms there is a huge amount of opportunities to post content on all the other Steem sites out there such as @Dtude, @Dlive @Zappl @Dsound @Utopian-io @Dmania @Steepshot. It really widened my eyes to a lot of great possibilities for a how a content creator or programmer can really earn some serious Steem profits!

He also covered his and @postpromoter projects which he's done quite well with.




It was another excellent presentation that hit on a lot of interesting topics on making money as well as developments for the future. These included:

• How to effectively post content that will generate income
• Stacking
• Delegation as a source of revenue, and an alternative to content creation
• How the rewards systems works
• Paying for post promotion to accelerate responsiveness
• Managing content across all Steem platforms via Steemit user profile credentials

And much more...

What was also really great was the everything flowed together. Everyone was able to speak up and ask questions at any point in the presentations and get their concerns clarified. Matt and Phil really complemented each other throughout the event. It was really interesting to see how they agree on most things, but also had some differing views which lead to interesting side discussions.



Matt's talk wrapped up and we shifted to a general discussion for a good ahour or so afterwards.




The energy level room was very high at this point and we took another quick break for people to refresh and regroup.

Then we had an unplanned bonus speaker as Andrew Bull, CEO of Titan Crypto Management (a Philadelphia-based crypto-investment fund) asked to say a few words about an event he had planned later the same week.


As a lawyer, Andrew was able to provide some very useful insights on the coming wave of regulations, how to avoid unecessary legal risks when investing in cryptocurrencies, and some other good safety precautions when managing crytpo-assets.


He definitely held our undivided attention.


Then we broke off for smaller discussions, to eat, drink make conversations. Other people were exchanging contacts for possible ventures and investment discussions. It was beautiful.


And finally Phil and Matt helped with generating a bunch of new user accounts.


We added eight new users to the #SteemitPhilly community! So be sure to keep an eye out for these guys @cryptoimpossible @enorton @mrkeene @ba51m1 @tomdraper @stas360d @djcarlitoz @beequeen in the near future.

We decided it would be useful to have our own hashtag in order to easily identity local content creators so we came up with #SteemitPhilly. So to all those in attendance and other followers from Philly who didn't make it this time aronud, keep this in mind when you want get help from the rest of us.

After things drew to a close, a few of us lingered a while longer and continued chatting to almost 11:30pm...

In conclusion I think the event was a huge hit. This meetup has tremendous potential for creating a powerful hub of Steem blockchain activity in the US. Together we can create a world-class network for skill-sharing, forging new relationships, economic opportunity, community and support, both on the blockchain and in real world settings like this. I'm overjoyed with what we've done so far and extremely optimistic for the all the possibilities still to come.

For those who would like to attend a future meetup we plan to keep it on the second Tuesday of the month. So mark your calendar and follow along for the news of future events.

Thanks to everyone who came out and again to @knircky @yapabmatt for their knowledge and fantastic presentations. Also to @mikesalvi again for helping out with the projector and @cryptoxbb for the use of pics.

I hope you enjoyed the post and as always I'm interested to hear your thoughts.
Thanks and take care!

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Thanks @hypnopreneur for organizing the meetup and writing it up! By the way, the reason I left a tad bit early is that I couldn't wait to get home and start playing with Steem on a deeper level.

I left the meetup with two main takeaways.

  1. From @knircky's talk, I gained a new appreciation of the architecture and incentive systems of Steem. While still an experiment and likely imperfect, Steem was masterfully designed and innovated greatly in order to make a social network fit into a blockchain framework. For example, I was fascinated by the account recovery mechanism built into the protocol and how one's STEEM Power determines thier bandwidth.

  2. From @yabapmatt talk, I realized that there are easy and hard ways to get STEEM on Steem. The easy way is to use the new platforms that Steemit, Inc has delegated with whalepower to encourage growth. Also it may not be a bad idea to buy upvotes.

    While I'd usually say it's unethical and pathetic to buy attention on social networks (e.g. buying Twitter followers), I think Steem is different. If Steem's economic model incentivizes detrimental behavior, then that's a problem with the economic model. The earlier the problem is brought to light the better.

    And in fact, if I understood correctly, @yabapmatt thought vote selling on Steem was actually a fantastic feature, since it is a way for advertising revenue to enter the system, but instead of flowing to a centralized entity like Facebook or Google, this revenue is dispersed to anyone willing to delegate power.


My pleasure man. It's always good to see you at the meetups! I did notice towards the end that you were no longer with us, lol. But's it's all good - I like that you were motivated that much by what you learned that you didn't want to wait until things ended to start tinkering. And I'm curious if you learned anything interesting since from your explorations.

I agree that it's been masterfully designed and fascinating to hear someone clearly explain the mechanics. The interfaces of some sights maybe still be a bit clunky and inelegant, but the systems underneath the hood are beautiful. I think a few years from now we may look back at Steem as one of the projects that helped to change the existing paradigms in a major way.

I also like the pay for votes / promotion model that Matt talked about. It creates more opportunity for individuals as you point out, and there are definitely plenty of good content producers that can and do use it effectively. Sure there's opportunity for abuse by scammers and low-brow profiles hoping to get rewarded for garbage posts, but the community I think will weed them out. Overall this represents an amazing shift in power to the community and the end user. Amazing.


FYI, I upvoted my comment and plan to upvote this one as well. It seems like upvoting your own comments is a double win. You not only get the curation rewards but you also get the author awards. Am I missing something or does it always make sense to upvote your comments with all your might?


hahaha, I have thought as much too. I guess it works pretty fine. I hope you also upvote this too. ;)


I think you're right, makes total sense to me. It's crazy to me that more people don't do it!


I just made my first Steemit post since this meetup titled Ultralight travel to Key West (like a Steemian Boss). I used @yabapmatt's Steem Upvote Bot Tracker service to try to buy upvotes. I still don't understand exactly how it works, but managed to buy at least one upvote from @redlambo (which seems to have yield more than I paid for the upvote). Another vote from @smartsteem should be on its way IIUC.


Very cool, let me know what else you promote.


Hi Thanks, I invite you to follow me and help me with your vote, I will do the same.

Loved it! Great meeting everyone. If you're tagged in this post you have at least 1 new follower! This projector just collects dust, let me know whenever you need it.


Sounds good brother, we will probably want to use it again next month. :)

Love it man! Can't wait for things to come. Look cc logo 2.3.jpgforward to working with you.

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That was a perfect breakdown of the night! As I read I was anxious to hear details of their talks, but I guess you have to be there. While I know a lot about Steemit, there are still a few holes to fill.

I'm re-steeming this on my account and my group account, @steemitbc. I am involved with both the @socalsteemit and @steemit-jp communities and it's great seeing other meetups like this happen all over the world! Cheers!


Thanks so much my man. I usually take extensive notes when listening to a good speaker. I wish I did for this event, though it was a lot of work as I was primarily focused on moderating the discussions and taking pics.

However @knircky recorded both presentations, so you may well get to watch parts of the meetings whenever he's able to upload them to his youtube. So follow him and @yabamatt as they really know a lot about Steemit.

Again I do appreciate the support. It really is great seeing Steemit meetups all over the world. Whenever I travel, looking out for Steemit meetups is definitely going ot be a part of the itinerary. :)

This post has been deemed resteem & upvote worthy by your friendly @eastcoaststeem ran by Steemian @chelsea88


Much appreciated, thank you!

This sounds like an awesome experience--fun and educational as well. I totally wanna host one of these in my home town.


It really was, I'm still buzzing about it a week later. :)

You should totally host a meet up in your area, people will get so much out of it. The best part - doing it is a lot easier than you think it'll be. If you like I'd be more than happy to help you get the ball rolling.

btw - your spam video is hilarious, love it!

I have a bunch of friends in the philly area who would be interested in this when you do the next one. Thanks for sharing!


Awesome, definitely come on out to the next go around and bring your friends along!

Great work guys, greetings from Nigeria. It's obvious @dhimmel had a great time.


Thanks my friend, good to hear from you. Appreciate your support and keep on Steeming.

I made it. I had been up working for long days and nights with no sleep at all the night before, but I managed to stay away and alert and I stayed until the end and I mingled a bit afterwards and I got a friend of mine an account and I'm so glad I went. I didn't know who anyone was at first or who even invited me until the very end of the night. Thanks for inviting me and I'm glad I went and met you all IRL and I can't wait for the next get together and we're all whales! I'm sharing this all over social media.


Good stuff my friend, you're very welcome. That's what it's all about - showing up, making connections and having fun. Glad you did that and enjoyed it! Thanks for the resteem and other social media posts too, really appreciate it. The next one is the 2nd Tuesday in March, we'll see you then.

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Thank you! :)

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Thank you my friend.

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