Today we are talking to Brad Kam who is the co-founder and Head of Business Development at Unstoppable Domains.
- Unstoppable Domains is a San Francisco-based company building domains on blockchains, and is backed by Draper Associates and Boost VC, whilst also having received grants from the Ethereum Foundation and the Zilliqa Foundation.
We’d like to kick things off by asking you a couple of questions regarding your formative years.
1) Firstly, can you tell us the things which interested you the most throughout your childhood and teenage years, and what brought you the most happiness?
Growing up, I was really interested in learning new stuff. Science. History. I loved learning it all. Generally speaking, I was at my happiest when I was engaged in an interesting conversation.
2) Who were your biggest influences growing up, and why did they have such a profound effect on you?
I’m not necessarily into any singular influencers, but my parents and my family certainly had a profound impact on me.
3) Teenage years are often a turbulent time for many, so on this note, can you name a time which was tough for you, and how you managed to overcome it?
I had a rather smooth childhood. I can't recall a particularly turbulent time during my upbringing. I do remember really struggling with boredom in high school.
4) If there was some advice you could give young aspiring individuals, advice which you would really have liked to have heard yourself as a young person, what would it be?
I would have loved to hear that normal career paths are nonsense. Figure out what you want to do and where you want to be without any noise from the outside.
We are now going to ask you some questions which will hopefully give our readers something to go on regarding you as a person.
5) Firstly, what are the particular strengths that you feel have made you successful in your field (don’t hold back)?
My greatest strength has been my ability to get to a very high conviction about things that don't yet exist. I have a high conviction about the future, and a willingness to advocate for complex ideas.
6) What would you say is your most controversial opinion as regards to blockchain or the crypto space?
I think protocol wars are boring and irrelevant. Ultimately, lots of different tools will end up getting adopted.
7) In the course of your day you can become under the most ridiculous pressures and stresses, what is your particular way of dealing with this?
I’ve found the best way to stave off stress is to stay focused on the big picture. This being my fifteenth year of entrepreneurship, an idle day would feel foreign.
8) Outside of crypto/blockchain, what is your favorite thing to do?
I really love to hike and spend time outdoors.
We are now going to ask you some creative and humorous questions, and we are sure people will love to see you what you can come up with.
9) What is the most humorous thing you have seen or experienced during your time in the crypto/blockchain space?
I’m a big fan of all the collectibles. I think they're really fun.
10) If you somehow managed to meet Satoshi Nakamoto (that is he is a male person in this scenario) on his deathbed, but only had time to ask him one question, what would it be? Bear in mind that you don’t have much time at all, so make it a good one.
I can’t say I have any burning questions for Satoshi. He was pretty clear about what he did and why. I would love to ask him for book recommendations.
11) Can you give three policies you'd enact if you became the president of a country tomorrow?
If I became the president tomorrow, I would implement universal health care, basic income, and a wealth tax.
Communities are often an important backbone for many crypto/blockchain projects, so we’d now like to get some personal thoughts on the community side of things.
12) Personal project aside, what are some ‘communities’ in the space that you admire and why (this is not an endorsement)?
The Ethereum community, of course. I’m a big fan of the Bitcoin community, and everything they've been able to accomplish. More broadly, I really admire the decentralized web community.
13) What social-media platform do you like most and why, and are there any improvements which you feel can be made to these platforms for an even better community user-experience?
My go-to social media platform is Telegram. To improve the platform, I’d say stop storing user data and encrypt it so the users can store it.
14) With the endgame being mainstream adoption, do you think crypto/blockchain communities will still have an important role to play in a post-adoption environment?
Without a doubt. Those are the future leaders of the new internet.
In our penultimate section we are going to ask you a question regarding Unstoppable Domains.
15) What do you feel sets Unstoppable Domains apart from your competitors (that is if you have any)?
The entire Unstoppable Domains team is obsessed with making this future of decentralized internet happen. We are fixated on the problem of internet censorship. We will bring decentralized internet in any way possible.
Well that just about does it, but before we end this interview we’d like to ask you for something which we believe will say a lot about your belief in the industry, and which may inspire those who are reading.
16) Can you come up with a short argument for our readers on why you feel cryptocurrency and blockchain (or just one) has a bright future?
If there’s any question about the future for cryptocurrency and blockchain, just look at how fiat money and the traditional finance systems work. If it feels like a rigged game, you’re probably right. Cryptocurrency is better. The better tech always wins over the long term.
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