Today we are talking to Reaper Ran who is the Co-Founder and Community Managing Director of NULS.
- NULS is an open-source, enterprise-grade, adaptive blockchain platform that offers fast-track business solutions for developers. Featuring microservices, smart contracts, cross-chain interoperability, and instant chain-building, NULS sets a new industry standard in streamlining blockchain adoption.
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?
My memory for bad things is fleeting. When I think about my past, I'm almost always nostalgic.
Electronics have always fascinated me. When I was young, I liked to take apart any gadgets I could get my hands on. I would frequently disassemble home appliances and toys. I’d spend my free time repairing and/or augmenting them, and I’d always get excited when I made progress.
2) Who were your biggest influences growing up, and why did they have such a profound effect on you?
I was born to a rural family in China. One of the people who most affected me as a child was my father. Although my family was poor and my father was from a lower caste, I remember that he was a very positive and optimistic person. I am the same. I think that everything will become a good thing in the end. If it has not developed well, it means that it has not reached the end.
My father worked abroad for many years to help my family with expenses while I attended school. I moved in with my grandmother at a very young age, and when I was old enough, I moved into school dormitories. As a result, I became very independent. Basically, no one gave me too many rules; I learned through experience and self exploration.
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 didn't like our English teacher when I was in school, so I found those classes difficult. When I was in English class, I would become incredibly bored and often nap.
Looking back, it’s comical to think of how much I slept.
I find that sleeping is one of the best things in the world. Once I fall asleep, I have no troubles. I often wake up and forget any bad things that haunted me the night before.
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?
Stay curious about new things and try to understand them, you may get good results.
As a note to the youth: learn more communication skills; they are understated skills that everyone can benefit from improving.
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 think we have a great vision at NULS. I am willing to listen to the voice of each community member, and I am ready to stick with this platform for a long time. Open source community projects rely on long-term development and accumulation. This may seem simple, but not everyone can do it, especially when times get difficult.
In addition, I want to emphasize that I have a lot of supporters, and they all have excellent skills. All I can do is just a small part of this project.
6) What would you say is your most controversial opinion as regards to blockchain or the crypto space?
Blockchain will make the virtual network world more real. Blockchain is just like real society. Different things happen every day. There are various social activities.
In many ways blockchain nodes are like memory cells in the brain; they record this social activity and leverage its memory to create actions.
I think the biggest controversies are derived from that fact that many people are confused about the concepts of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and the relationship between them. Companies often use blockchain and crypto terminology for hype. I think this is not conducive to the development of the industry.
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?
Sleeping is my best way; don't worry that I can't sleep.
8) Outside of crypto/blockchain, what is your favorite thing to do?
——I am happy to help others solve problems, and often help some companies develop blockchain solutions.
In life, I like to grow some herbaceous plants and watch them grow.
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?
Too many interesting things, I really don’t know where to start.
I watched a lot of people getting rich and cocky in the crypto world, only to face karma and lose it all later. There are many interesting stories about people that fit that description. People often talk about life and ideals in community groups, but we are all figuring things out together -- one step at a time.
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.
——Can Bitcoin be used here?
11) Can you give three policies you'd enact if you became the president of a country tomorrow?
I want to answer this question with a less serious attitude. Realistically, these decisions must be analyzed in accordance with the development of different countries and their given situations.
1. Implement a free cryptocurrency policy;
2. Encourage science and technology and technological innovation;
3. Improve national quality in education and training.
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 NULS community unique compared to others?
Although the NULS community is relatively small, we have a spirit of innovation and evolution. We are constantly exploring new directions. The community determines the future of the project, so it has unlimited possibilities. Like I said a long time ago, the code can be forked, but the spirit of the community cannot be easily copied.
13) Personal project aside, what are some ‘communities’ in the space that you admire and why (this is not an endorsement)?
I don't really like the maximalist attitudes and rigidity of many blockchains. But we’ve learned from legacy communities and admire their innovative ideas. Blockchain is structured around living rules and disruption. I really like some of the conversations we’ve seen in communities like Ethereum that are open and foster collaboration.
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?
I use WeChat the most (every day). Among the above tools, Telegram is my second most used. Really, I’m looking at platforms that foster the most direct community engagement.
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?
Blockchain development is very much a community driven field. Even with mass adoption, I don’t expect that will go away. The nature of technology is that it is ever-changing and ever-evolving. Blockchain communities will keep innovation alive and networks will continue to present new obstacles and opportunities.
In our penultimate section we are going to ask you a question regarding NULS.
16) What do you feel sets NULS apart from your competitors (that is if you have any)?
We have adopted a microservices architecture in the blockchain, which makes the blockchain very flexible. As far as I know, NULS is currently the only such project among public chain projects.
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?
I have been in this industry for 8 years, and more and more people are joining in, but the scale here is probably less than 1/10,000 of the size of Internet users. We still have a lot of room to grow, and we are still in the early stages of exploring this technology.
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