#61: Intro - Timeless Ethereum Guide
How I met Vitalik and giving back with "just in case" knowledge
In August 2019, I attended a large annual Ethereum conference: Devcon. The conference takes place in different global locations every year and in 2019 the spot was the Berlin Institute of Technology.
Two days into the conference, I was meandering outside, during a break, and from a distance I spotted… the man, the legend himself: Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum.
As one would - if you are nerdy and still somewhat of a crypto noob - I ran to the other side of the street, approaching Vitalik, surrounded by his posse, and frenetically asked if we could take a photo together.
He kindly agreed.
We took an awkward nerdy photo together.
Three years later, I continue to meander through the world of Ethereum.
Although I have matured. I doubt I will fangirl any more people in Ethereum, but I will give back. Because the Ethereum community has given me a lot, and now it’s my turn.
In August 2021, I started working on a DAO Anthology Series: a nonfiction collection of stories about MetaCartel DAO, one of the earliest DAOs.
What is a DAO?
DAO stands for decentralized autonomous organization and it’s a new way for people to organize to achieve a shared mission. DAOs are possible because of the trustless nature of Ethereum, enabling groups of strangers who meet on the Internet to:
create and maintain a transparent and shared treasury
submit proposals for how to spend treasury monies (e.g., pay members, fundraise, give grants)
cast an immutable vote yay/nay for a proposal
experiment with emergent, non-hierarchical organizational structures and create models for the future of work
The first short story in the anthology is about MetaCartel DAO and my personal journey. The second short story is about MetaFactory DAO.
You can read the stories here:
My intention with the Timeless Ethereum series is to share timeless content, meaning not “just in time” content but rather “just in case” content. Knowledge that will be as relevant in 10 years as it is today. Meaning, no token advice. Why? Imagine someone today telling you to buy Apple stock. That’s obvious. And not very useful. They should have told you 10 years ago and you would need to have acted on it 10 years ago.