Olaf Carlson-Wee may not come close to stardom like Satoshi Nakamoto and Elon Musk, but the profile is well worth the look. The reason ? His vision of life and his intention to change the world through cryptocurrencies.
Carlson-Wee, believing in bitcoin when others don’t
Carlson-Wee is this person we gave a ticket to as the first employee of Coinbase. Its particularity is its memory preserved in the ” Bitcoin and the wider implications of open source finance “. Saying that this landed him his job as head of customer service at the US exchange in 2013.
The idea of doing this research came to him after entering university in 2008, the year when everything turned upside down in the world of finance. How can we continue to trust the financiers, the Fed, whose power seems immeasurable?
No doubt the emergence of bitcoin in 2009 provided hope for enlightened people like Olaf Carlson-Wee. These people are called “bitconners”, “enthusiasts” or ” believers “. They believe that the old system, traditional finance, is over. Thanks to this software managed by an algorithm that any institution could not manage, a large part of the wealth of the old elites will end up dispersing in the sphere of cryptocurrencies.
It should also be noted that the concept of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies does not only attract enthusiasts.
” I had decided to write my undergraduate thesis on cryptocurrencies – the technology and the social implications of what would happen if they caught on. My teachers were very skeptical of the whole concept. No one had ever heard of Bitcoin or cryptocurrency “, he explains.
That was in 2011. But Carlson-Wee should not claim victory anytime soon since 11 years later, crypto assets have not yet reached the desired level of democratization. We still have countries like China that keep cracking down on bitcoin, and others that are slow to legalize it.
In short, there is still a long way to go.
What is Carlson-Wee’s secret?
Olaf Carlson-Wee may have been lucky enough to get paid in bitcoin for 3½ years at Coinbase, and set up Polychain with the holdings amassed at Ehsram and Armstrong, but he’s not lacking in goodness either. We can cite among others:
Mr. Carlson-Wee, a son of Lutheran ministers from rural Minnesota, did not hesitate to leave no stone unturned for tips outside of school, church and sports. Or, it would never have been successful without a dose of intuition.
” I have found that when you stick to your personal intuition, you often get the best results. You have to be rooted in reality and make sure you are analytical in your thinking. At the same time, following my intuition, even when I’m not totally sure which direction it’s going to take, has been essential in finding the path I want to follow. “, hammers the man who is currently worth about 900 million dollars.
The break with the ordinary
This was revealed very early in Olaf Carlson-Wee, with his adventures off the beaten path in Minnesota, his travels to several states in Uncle Sam’s country, his work as a lumberjack in Holden Village (north of Washington), his isolation in his grandparents’ cabin in Minnesota for 2 months, etc.
But his early passion for bitcoin feels like a break from tradition in finance. Even the scholars of Vassar College did not think of the culmination of his thesis of 1uh cycle.
No need to explain the rest to you. Its success will help investors do the same.
The belief in transhumanism and the extension of life
Of course, this has to do with the breakup recently mentioned. Here, the idea is to contribute to the improvement of the current system by focusing on the well-being of the individual and not reproduction. As a consequence, this should lead to a better redistribution of resources and a use of technology to solve even the most profound problems of the human condition.
We must not forget that Olaf is a fan of the philosopher and transhumanist David Pearce. To give you some insight into the person, know that he believes in ” a civilization of super intelligence, super longevity, and super happiness “. People like Pearce think bitcoin is a ticket for those who want to live forever.
This elixir of youth provided by bitcoin will certainly arrive after man appropriates appropriate technologies called ” additive technologies “.
Pearce is the co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association (WTA), now Humanity+. His book entitled ” The hedonistic imperative highlights some ideas for humanity to develop transformative technologies. He even encourages his readers to take as a model Bill Gates, a proven anti-bitcoin, whose wealth and good genes seem indisputable.
” In contemporary society, we focus so much on politics and wonder which politician is right or wrong. It’s not that it’s not important, it’s that there’s a whole series of questions about what we’re trying to do as a society that people don’t represent a lot “Blows Olaf Carlson-Wee to his contemporaries. Indeed, there are other questions to ask in this life: they can concern art, fiction, cinema, music, even cryptocurrencies. What if we started to take an interest in these solutions to our deepest ills?
Sources: Interview Magazine; Coindesk
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The blockchain and crypto revolution is underway! And the day when the impacts occurred on the most vulnerable economy of this World, against all hope, I will say that I had something to do with it