Today we are talking to David Moss who is the Founder and CEO of StrongBlock.
- StrongBlock is the first and only blockchain-agnostic protocol to reward nodes for supporting the infrastructure of their blockchain. The project has made it possible for anyone to create a node in seconds — or add their own node — and receive STRONG token rewards every day.
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?
I was always interested in music and science, in that order. I started playing professionally as a guitarist and singer when I was 15. I practiced guitar up to 10 hours a day, played over 1000 gigs in the US and Canada, and delayed starting pre-med college for 4 years. It was an amazing, happy time. Lots of fun, not much money!
2) Who were your biggest influences growing up, and why did they have such a profound effect on you?
I was a big fan of guitarists and singer-songwriters. Too many to name. They were all a very big influence on me. What they all had in common was that they were just regular people with talent, discipline and perseverance. I was also a big fan of science-fiction authors, fiction and non-fiction. They showed me the endless possibilities that science could open up.
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?
My family moved around a lot when I was younger. By the time I attended high school, I had gone to 9 different schools. I overcame the transitions and adjustments by becoming very self-reliant.
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?
Hard work and discipline will get you to where you want to go, but it takes time. Be patient and kind along the way, and enjoy the journey and the people.
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)?
I am very good at seeing what needs to be done - and what it will look like when it’s done - (whether it’s recording a song or building a blockchain application), then breaking it down into smaller parts so that it can be successfully achieved.
6) What would you say is your most controversial opinion as regards to blockchain or the crypto space?
Right now, my most controversial opinion is that Ethereum 1.0 - despite its high cost and low speed - is currently the best environment for DeFi. And this is even after having led the development of EOSIO.
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 take a break. That can be going for a walk, playing guitar, or even reading something totally unrelated to what I’m doing.
8) Outside of crypto/blockchain, what is your favorite thing to do?
Easy answer: playing guitar.
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 was at a conference in Las Vegas, and there was someone there who was trying to convince everyone that he was Satoshi Nakamato (he clearly was not). I was with Kenn Bosak when he called out the “Fake Satoshi”. Kenn was hilarious and effective.
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.
It wouldn’t be a question. It would be: Thank you! If it were a question, it would be: Any regrets?
11) Can you give three policies you'd enact if you became the president of a country tomorrow?
Legalize cryptocurrencies (with some limits to protect people).
Provide a limited Universal Basic Income (UBI) based on proven need.
Provide universal health care.
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) What do you feel makes the StrongBlock community unique compared to others?
Like most crypto communities, the StrongBlock community is passionate about the $STRONG token and spreading the word. Unlike most crypto communities, many in our community are also enthusiastic - and very knowledgeable - supporters of strengthening blockchains by incentivizing nodes (which is our core value proposition).
13) Personal project aside, what are some ‘communities’ in the space that you admire and why (this is not an endorsement)?
Chainlink - with the Link Marines - has done an amazing job of building a huge, loyal community. I’m also a fan of Bounce. Frankly, I don’t have much time for other communities these days - so much going on with StrongBlock!
14) 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?
It depends on the message you’re trying to get out. Twitter is my favorite - it’s great for announcements. I also like Telegram - it’s good for talking directly with your community. Discord and Reddit are helpful for general discussions.
15) 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?
Early adopters always play huge roles in any new technology. Once the technology has been adopted - usually because it’s become easier to use - the dialogue changes toward less technical and more service-oriented discussions. This can make some early adopters feel left out. Since we’re a development team at heart, we’ll always look to the early adopter community for insights on how to stay true to our mission.
In our penultimate section we are going to ask you a question regarding StrongBlock.
16) What do you feel sets StrongBlock apart from your competitors (that is if you have any)?
There are a number of groups providing Nodes and Nodes-as-a-Service. What currently sets StrongBlock apart from them is that we are the only one who incentivizes nodes, even if their native blockchains don’t. On top of that, we are continuing to evolve and expand the ecosystem to include many different kinds of nodes and new incentives.
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.
17) 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?
Our banking system is massively centralized, controlled by a relatively small group of people and organizations. This means high transaction costs for consumers. Cryptocurrency allows for peer-to-peer transactions, reducing or eliminating middlemen and costs. That means your money goes farther, faster. Who wouldn’t want that?
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