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What’s the DNA of BSV? Christen Ager-Hanssen continues Twitter networking for inspiration

Bitcoin SV (BSV) is a “technology enabler,” but what really determines success are the interests, experiences, passion, and hard work of the people working in the industry. That’s the “DNA of BSV,” according to new nChain CEO Christen Ager-Hanssen and his guests on the latest installment of his Twitter Spaces sessions. This time around, Ager-Hanssen spoke with record producer and mixologist E. Smitty, Integrity Lab founder and Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes, Elas CEO Brendan Lee, RadNFTv founder Brooklyn Earick, and others.

BSV is the technology platform that turns all this into an economy. It provides the digital tokenization, microtransactions, engagement, and direct relationships between entrepreneurs and their market, in a way that scales to global proportions. But it’s the hard work, “hustle and grind” of BSV’s community of participants, driven by their passions and goals, that will ultimately count. It’s about wanting to make an impact, finding out how to do it, “taking the best of what we have,” and applying that to everything you build.

Ager-Hanssen’s upbeat and optimistic approach to business and success has won him plenty of fans in BSV in a relatively short time. For him, building an industry is about connecting with others as much as possible, learning from them, and inspiring further action. Whether you’re already involved in an active BSV project or are still a curious outsider, there’s something to gain from these sessions.

You can listen to a recording of the two-hour group chat here, and share in a diverse range of angles.

E. Smitty has two decades of experience in music mixing and producing, although he says it’s something he’s been doing since seventh grade. He realized very early on that social networks would be key to marketing and engagement, starting in the pre-MySpace days before turning to Twitter in 2009 to build a following. 

Since then, he’s worked with multiple gold and platinum recording artists with his label Sound Alive Records. More recently, he became involved in blockchain and has developed patents for creating standards and digitally tokenizing aspects of the music ecosystem. In the chat, he discusses his plans to disrupt the entire entertainment industry and “bring BSV to the front.”

He doesn’t really like what the business side of music/entertainment has done to artists. “We’ve been so desensitized through modern technology,” but “music is an emanation of the heart and the soul.” He wants to return control to the creators, giving them multiple new avenues to tokenize and distribute their work while giving them a solid way to retain ownership over their work. Though he has a large following on social media, E. Smitty doesn’t like the word “influencer”—it’s more accurate to be a “motivator” or an “amplifier,” he says.

E. Smitty is also realistic about disrupting the industry; it’s not about getting rid of existing players altogether, just as digital payments isn’t about thinking you can get rid of banks. He says he was attracted to the positive energy in BSV and found its sometimes-controversial image in the wider blockchain industry as part of the appeal:

“Really, this is a sleeping giant. Anytime something is mass ridiculed, I feel like it’s got the potential, and that’s why it’s being mass ridiculed, because you know we’re not scared to do what other people are afraid of … that’s what I’m gonna be bringing to the table.”

Professor Eugene Soltes talks about the chasm between people who are in the blockchain industry to get rich quickly and those who want to use the technology to build a better world. He talks about all this in the context of the recent FTX collapse, where leaders always signaled their altruistic desires but seemed to be driven more by their desire to make tons of money through speculation and questionable business practices.

It’s “irresponsible innovation” that leads to the twisted world of FTX and Theranos, he says. Responsible innovators are the ones who can keep their focus on what they originally wanted to achieve without being blinded by fame and wealth along the way.

Brendan Lee says it’s amazing how much of the educational material available for blockchain focuses on all these wrong aspects. This is totally irrelevant to the way people need to work, he says. We need to bring optimism back and get people to re-engage. Other speakers on the call include Women of BSV Rory and Diddy, Daniel Diemers, and Zack Wins, who offer their insights on the BSV world, blockchain, and technology in general.

Showcasing innovative ideas and sharing advice is the best way to develop the industry, Ager-Hanssen says. The DNA of BSV is in what it can help individuals achieve with its technology.

He reinforces his point about the power of networking and idea-sharing several times in the discussion and says he plans to make these kinds of online meetups a daily event. If you have an idea for something you’d like to build or just need some inspiration from others, this series is a great way to motivate yourself.

Stay tuned and join the conversation on the next DNA of BSV with Christen Ager-Hanssen on Twitter Spaces.

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