✅ Create a Crypto Persona
I am most well known for being the world's first publicly traded person, AKA KmikeyM. The name comes from my early online username, which was based on my full name, K. Mike Merrill.
As the KmikeyM project grew, the persona of the publicly traded man also grew. It got to the point where I felt there was a real difference between me, Mike Merrill, and the Brooks Brothers wearing, pro-markets capitalist KmikeyM. Having a persona was fun, especially within my scene of incredibly liberal friends in Portland, OR. I got to play the villain.
This split of personality and beliefs worked until it didn't. Thankfully I didn't need to resort to anything as dramatic as the ending of Fight Club, but when I moved to Los Angeles I worked to incorporate KmikeyM back into Mike Merrill. The end result has been a pretty well-adjusted pro-markets capitalist who is also a card carrying member of the DSA. What can I say, I contain multitudes.
As I enter the world of web3 working at Roll I have encountered crypto-enthusiasts in my job and some crypto-skeptics among my shareholders. My job at Roll is public facing, so online I am representing both the company and KmikeyM. Looking back now, I can see how I slowly and unknowingly separated myself by creating a persona, but this time I want to do it intentionally.
A Crypto Persona
Creating a crypto persona would allow me to have a social media presence that is used for my web3 interactions, keeping everything blockchain off main. It’s not a misrepresentation of what I believe, but an opportunity to fully inhabit only my most optimistic thinking around crypto.
Also, I like the concept of creating a persona, it feels a little like developing a character for pro wrestling. Loosely based on me, but more exaggerated in certain ways. It’s not unlike what KmikeyM was when I was in full business drag, but this time it’s with intention and forethought. The ongoing development of the persona could also open up some interesting future votes!
Q: Does this change your official position on cryptocurrency?
A: No. I’m still interested in crypto, fascinated by the promise, and would not encourage anyone to invest too much. It’s all still very new, so while there is fascination, there is also caution. But maybe it’s time for a new vote as well, this position was ratified in September of 2019.
Q: Is the intent to hide activity that some would find unsavory?
A: It’s not the intent, but it could happen that way. The idea is to separate conversations that some find uninteresting. The accounts would be linked and easy to find, so not hidden.
For example, on the KmikeyM List I created a sub-category just for letting people know about live streaming. I know there are shareholders who definitely want those updates and those that don’t, so now those that don’t can opt out.
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I'm just me, now with a little more web3. :)