Chris Pelling - EOS Weekly - Interview

Chris Pelling - EOS Weekly - Interview

Chris Pelling - EOS Weekly

25th of November, 2018

Interviewed by Kenny - theEOSwriter 

Whats your background/story?

I’ve been in the software development world my whole life in varying roles.  My degree is in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. For my day job I am a product manager, but I still code in my spare time (mainly JavaScript using node.js and React).

How long have you been into crypto?

I started learning a lot about crypto back in 2013.  Once I came across Dan Larimer and saw his arguments around DPOS vs POW, I was hooked.  In hindsight it would have been nice to own some Ethereum back then, but I was only interested in DPOS chains and so I was all in on Bitshares.

How did you find EOS

When Dan Larimer left Bitshares to join Steemit, I was a bit disheartened to be honest.  And while I followed what was happening peripherally with Steemit, I was busy with other things during that period and didn’t follow too closely.

But I always kept tabs on Dan Larimer, and when I heard about EOS it re-ignited my passion.  The idea that he was building a general purpose smart contract blockchain using what he had learned from those previous projects sounded like something with enormous potential.  I knew right away this was a chance to get in early on the next big thing.

What are you trying to achieve with EOS Weekly?

I’d like to see EOS Weekly with hundreds of thousands of viewers who tune in every week to learn about what’s happening with EOS.  I want our diagrams and our explanations to be so good that when people think about an EOS topic, that the visuals and terminology from our videos are what pop into their heads.

How do you decide what to cover? 

I’m in the Telegram chats and on Twitter every day trying to keep my finger on the pulse of EOS.  I’m listening for common themes that I haven’t covered yet in a video.

I tend to not cover the games and gambling dapps so much.  I see these as the natural early adopters and we need them, but I’m more interested in getting the foundation right in the ecosystem, and that means focusing on things like mainnet governance,  sister chains, and IBC at the moment.

Are you an investor or intellectual? Or both?

I do hold EOS.  It’s the only crypto that I own except for a small amount of Bitcoin.  I bought Bitshares back in 2013 and held it through 2017, but sold all of it to buy EOS.  

I do believe in life-long learning but I’m not sure I qualify as an intellectual.  I’m actually sort of slow to learn new things, but I think the difficulty I encounter with learning new things makes me that much better at explaining it to others when I finally do grasp a new concept.

Whats your prediction by 2020 as far as the growth of EOS

By 2020, there will be about 10 public EOS blockchains, some industry specific (like WORBLI), others general purpose (like Telos, Mainnet).

There will be another 10 private EOS blockchains (like WAX, EOSFinex), at least one of which will be from a well known tech giant.

These ~20 EOS blockchains will be connected through IBC where it makes sense to do so.

There will be hundreds of dapps built on top of these chains.

People will be using the term “tokenized economy” more regularly and will have embraced the idea of earning tokens for various types of activities.  They will come to expect token payments for any content contributions.  This will disrupt many of the existing Silicon Valley companies to start with.  Wall Street disruption will come soon after.

Why should anyone care whats going on with EOS?

Because third generation blockchains are going to be as disruptive to the world as the internet was back in 1998-99.  And EOS is positioned to be the blockchain leading the way.

Why are you doing this?

I would be following EOS anyway because I find it so incredibly fascinating.  Making these videos was the natural next step in getting more involved with the community and giving back instead of just being a passive observer.  Now that I’ve started doing this, I find it so satisfying from a creativity standpoint, and so intellectually stimulating, I doubt I’ll ever stop.

What will be world look like in 10 years? 100 years? 1000 years?

I believe we have a major global economic collapse on the horizon, and that the next ten years will be difficult.  My hope is that EOS can get enough momentum going before this collapse so that it is not impacted by it.  I think of EOS as a life raft that is currently being built, but we’re not quite ready for the collapse yet.  2019 is going to be a pivotal year in many ways.  Buckle your seatbelts.

Why does the universe exist? 


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