I first want to thank everyone who has reached out to me in the past year, asking me for advice and more information about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. I started off with zero knowledge just a few years ago in 2013 and remained relatively ignorant of the space and the power behind this movement only up until 2015. As I humbled myself and became a student of the truly great minds behind the successful (and some unsuccessful) projects in the space, I have been fortunate to learn from some of the smartest people in the industry and broaden my knowledge exponentially.
It’s important to remember a few things as you read this and take whatever I have to say, think or write as truth or not.
First, I am not a computer programmer. I’ve never been paid to write a line of code in my life outside of a handful of WordPress and basic HTML/Bootstrap websites I created to make extra money as a freelancer. So, when I opine on the strength of a particular cryptocurrency, platform or industry application, realize I am speaking from a lower level of expertise than some of the people I look up to in this space. Wherever possible, I will point you, the reader, to the best primary sources of information directly. I work in this space and know quite a bit about the business side of things nowadays, but I am still learning along with everyone else.
Second, I own a large amount of several different cryptocurrencies. I will disclose this whenever possible to ensure that I am, and will continue to be biased towards positions I have a stake in. This isn’t to say I am pro-Ethereum and anti-Bitcoin, or anything else – however I just want to be clear that even folks such as myself who proclaim to be “blockchain agnostic” still can have conscious or unconscious biases for or against specific technologies. Look deep within yourself – you’ll see your own consumer and ideological biases as well if you’re honest. In addition to that, I will and I must maintain confidentiality with the variety of employers, business partners and associates I’ve worked with over the years. So everything you read from me is publicly available information that you could access yourself without me – I’ll never share my confidential information.
Third, this content I create is not, has never been and never will be financial advice. If you buy any of the cryptocurrencies I cover or invest in any of the ICO’s I mention or anything else for that matter – I take no responsibility and assume no risk on your behalf. This content is purely for educational purposes about the space and the players in it and isn’t meant as financial advice in any way. This is computer money. There’s always the chance all your investments could go to zero. Never invest more than you can afford to lose.
Lastly, do your own research. Following my advice without knowing, at least on a superficial level, what the technology you’re investing in does is a bad idea. Whenever possible, download the applications if you can, play with the wallets, read the whitepapers, research the founders. Think for yourselves! This space changes incredibly quickly, so you’ll need to have an open mind and a curious one at that if you want to keep up. Enjoy the challenge of that and realize you’ll not be able to know everything all at once.