Hi, My name is Jim Castle and I live in Nagoya, Japan. About a year I was using Facebook and a notice popped up momentarily from one of the groups I subscribe to, Singularity Hub. These notifications only appear for three seconds then are gone. I happened to catch it and it was about Blockchain. That was in Feb. of 2016. I've been obsessed with learning about this technology ever since.
I had heard of Bitcoin, but it was really the underlying technology of blockchain that really fascinated me. I began studying in earnest and accumulated all the information I could find into a personal library on a Facebook GroupPage called "Ether Jim's Blockchain Research Page".
My academic background is a Bachelor's in General Studies and a MA in Economics. I've always had a great interest in IT. Somehow, however I ended up in Japan teaching English for the last twenty years. I teach conversation, and Business and Engineering English. I tell myself now it was fate so as to meet my wife and create my three children. And to wait until Blockchain technology was invented.
I want to change my career into Digital Currencies. Last year I took the Univ. of Nicosia in Cyprus MOOC on Digital Currencies. I've taken the course twice now, as for a one time fee I can take the course repeatedly which I plan to do. In one lesson, MaidSafe was mentioned. So, I visited the website and was immediately intrigued. I even applied for the "Business Development Professional" position on a lark. It's definitely above my skill level, but Nick Lambert was very gracious in his politely turning me down for the job. Still, here I am.
I don't know where this will lead. Last year I invested $2000 (borrowed) in Ether when the price was $15/ETH. Then, one day news got confusing news and I panicked. There was much I didn't understand because I was so new. So, I bailed. I'm not the type to gamble. Later the DAO fiasco occurred. Now in the last few months the price has soared and I lost out on making a huge gain. Too bad.
This time I am investing my frugal resources into MAID and I plan to stick with it no matter what. The concept is, as I understand it, is just what we need... to go back to basics with a new protocol for the Internet that addresses all the fundamental flaws of http and the WWW. There is much I need to learn, and everyday I continue my studies. Curiously, MaidSafe isn't even blockchain. Am I mistaken? I have much to learn.
I'm not sure I will ever actually work for a company in this field. I don't have the programming skills. Possibly I could do consulting, but frankly my Japanese isn't business level fluent. So, speculation is the only was I think I can monetize my knowledge. I hope I am successful. I try to teach people about the technology, which is still so new. I'm the only person I know who knows much about the technology. I little ahead of my time as usual. I trust that opportunities will present themselves if I stay true to my passion. Do what you love and the money will follow perhaps?
I'm pretty sure that some very horrible things are occurring in the world economy. The processes have been in place for some time. This is the year when when it all begins to unravel in ways that will be obvious to everyone. The economy has been terrible for some time, and the cooked statistics of our government don't match what ordinary people really know. I'm just trying to prepare for a very uncertain future.
Good luck everyone. I believe in the visionary concept of the MaidSafe Team and I'm glad to be one of the 'very early adopters' of this technology. My instincts about Ether were correct. I'm trusting my gut on this one as well. Thank you all for your participation in this project and the hard-working MaidSafe Team in particular. Let's make this vision a reality. Cheers! Jim