I'm a digital vagrant in Web3

Interviewer: Claudia

Bali diving, Mexico exhibition, Hoh Xil skiing, Laos hunting, sunset in Queenstown... These simple phrases composed of place names and daily life seem simple, but they are utopian romances that many professionals cannot match.

But I have to say that there are always people embracing different highlights in parallel time and space. They gallop in the digital world of WEB3, but feel different clock swings. They have a name that can generally summarize the daily rhythm and group characteristics: digital vagrants in the WEB3 world.

Many people yearn for this mysterious and romantic WEB3 digital nomad life, but they are wandering before the entrance to the new world.

With curiosity and doubt, deep tide Techflow Interviewed five WEB3 digital vagrants working and living all over the world, from North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia to Japan, and tried to sketch the lifestyle of this atypical group through the following five questions.

1. Introduce yourself?

2. What kind of opportunity made you decide to become a digital vagrant, and what kind of change did it bring to your life?

3. What is the development atmosphere of Crypto in your digital vagabond or long-term life? Did you meet any interesting people or things?

4. What challenges does being a digital vagrant bring to your life/work, and how did you overcome them?

5. What advice would you like to give to those who are planning to live a digital vagrant life in the WEB3 field?

At the end of the interview, we invited guests to share the memorable moments on the way to the Digital Wanderer Road, or a hearty meal, or a colorful sunset, or a memorable experience during the wandering process

Sally: From North America to Asia, use hot pot to integrate WEB3

My name is Sally. I worked in a VC company named Crypto before. From May, I started an unknown digital vagrant life.

At the beginning of the year, a good friend and I started a hot pot Dao based on the idea of eating hot pot in the blockchain activity week, which means to turn it into a social network that links the East and the West. We hope it is interesting, less utilitarian, culturally inclusive, so that everyone can find their own piece of life in it.

On the one hand, we thought it was fun. On the other hand, with so many Asians in the industry, our culture seems worthy of being known by more people. Hot pot is like a melting pot. You can rinse everything in it.

As we define ourselves as "HotpotDAO means to be a social network for crypto people with different backgrounds and interests", gradually more and more people participate in the hot pot. Some people know each other because they eat hot pot, and some people join us online because they think it is interesting. We grow stronger and stronger day by day. We also begin to receive some friendly DM (private letters) who say they want to help us "make the hot pot bigger", We need to introduce more friends. At this time, I found that "hotpot" is positively affecting many people around us.

I always said I wanted to be a digital vagrant before, but I never thought of such a day. At the beginning of the year, I just moved to Shanghai from Beijing, where I have lived for several years. "Leave and wander" are words that have never appeared in my dictionary before. I never felt ready to become a digital vagrant, nor did I want to live my life now. Even the courage that seemed decisive when I left also swayed several times at the moment before I left.

When I left Shanghai in May, there were few vehicles on the expressway in the morning. I started my wandering journey with a 28 inch suitcase. From that moment on, I knew my life would be different. On reflection, maybe the Crypto atmosphere or the desire for freedom gave me courage. At that time, I thought, whatever it is, where life is not important, freedom is more important.

My first stop was Singapore. After a short stay, I went to the United States one after another, moving around in New York, Austin, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Finally, I settled in the Bay Area for nearly two months, set off again to return to Asia, and arrived in Thailand and Bali. This vagrant life has brought a great change to my thinking about life and previous values.

Since you've lived a wandering life, you don't want to buy some special physical things anymore, which will fix you somewhere. Another obvious change is my desire for consumer goods. After I came out, my demand for consumer goods was not much. In the travel mentality, these things would actually add a lot of unnecessary risks and troubles to me, and I basically abandoned these things.

Of course, as I am going to many countries for home, it will become a big problem to find a place to live. In addition to the high cost, there are also very limited channels to find accommodation.

The whole atmosphere of Crypto in Singapore is very active, which can be said to be "thriving". There are many OGs. To some extent, there may not be so many industry builders, but they are friendly to Chinese people, where you can quickly find friends with the same culture.

When I went to the United States, it would be very easy. However, I think it may be different in several cities. For example, New York has many builders and new funds and projects. I feel that there are many activities every day, especially young people, who are very active and have rich and colorful spare time life.

The atmosphere of San Francisco is different from that of New York. It is more suitable for work. Many old capitals are there.

The crypto atmosphere in Thailand is also very good, and the policies there are very favorable. But I think that in Bali, many web3 people gather here and spend most of their time with friends.

Finally, Sally said that on the way, she basically saw the sunrise and sunset of a city and discovered hidden food of a city.

Shot in New York

Vincent: VC partner taking risks in Southeast Asia

My name is Vincent, partner of AC Capital, a Web3 investment institution. I joined the currency circle in 2015. In the past ten years, I have lived overseas for a long time. My work footprints are all over Australia, New Zealand and the whole Southeast Asia except Brunei. At present, I have just returned to Southeast Asia to temporarily reside in Bangkok, Thailand.

In fact, my life style of Digital Nomad started at the end of the 15th year. The biggest change in my life is that I have realized the "combination of work and life" (not the balance between work and life) and learned to take the initiative to solve problems.

Australia is a major Web3 Powerhouse, where a large number of teams that play an important role in WEB3 have emerged. The people here have a very strong gambling nature, so projects produced in Australia basically have a very strong "Degen" attribute. There are many outstanding local developers, but there is a lack of outstanding VC ecology to match with them. Most of them are old money/regional VCs, such as Blackbird or Airtree, or their understanding of WEB3 is limited to DeFi. Of course, this situation is changing slowly.

I went to Vietnam in 2019 and conducted business with local people. When I first arrived in Vietnam, I was shocked by the utilization rate of Crypto in Vietnam. I can even directly pay the rent with USDT. In Ho Chi Minh, the local developer atmosphere is very good. In fact, there are a group of local developers and teams. Although it may not be comparable to the rich engineering experience of the employees of large Chinese factories, it is still competitive in terms of engineering speed, ideas, quality and cost. Another characteristic of Vietnam is that there are many mountains, which is challenging for outsiders to enter.

The most difficult thing about being a digital vagrant is that you need to become an entrepreneur who is prepared in terms of mentality and skills. From now on, no one will hold your hand. You are your own Boss.

It is not easy to maintain your productivity when no one sets a work schedule for you.

At the same time, in the process of becoming a digital vagrant, people will have a strong sense of anxiety. In the process of becoming a digital vagrant at the beginning, you will often find that you are not moving forward. Compared with those "soldiers" who have a stable income in the cell, you will feel very uneasy and start to question yourself repeatedly. Have I made a wrong decision?

This process is inevitable. You need to accept the fact that you are in a transitional period. It is important to audit your resources, understand your priorities, and set less ambitious goals.

Finally, my advice to becoming a digital nomad friend is to always maintain a strong sense of crisis. The world is a jungle rather than a playground. You should always be vigilant, and do not acquiesce that your surroundings are safe.

As a WEB3 practitioner, you must know that you are a global arbitrageur. I have personally experienced such close death threats as terrorist attacks, civil war conflicts and natural disasters. I know how important it is to keep a Plan B forever. Have a long-term visa from a relatively stable country, and always pay attention to your surroundings. If necessary, it is not difficult to leave your current location and find the next station while there are still transportation available.

Vincent hunts in Luang Prabang, Laos

Song Ting: A Cryptographic Artist Pushing Out of the Border

I'm Song Ting. I've been wandering around the world since my sophomore year. When I was an undergraduate at Tsinghua University, I went to many developing countries to do public service and learned some small languages.

The first NFT artwork auctioned by a traditional art auction house in China, the first AI artwork generated by GAN auctioned by a traditional art auction house, and the first NFT artwork collected by a national museum in the world are all my works.

In 2021, I participated in the first NFT forum of VOGUE and acted as a spokesman. I also won the 2021 Gen T x Chanel Asia Tomorrow Pioneer Art Award, an artist under the age of 30 from Forbes.

In 2022, I participated in the first NFT exhibition in Art Dubai, the largest art fair in the Middle East, and became the first Chinese artist in Nvidia Global AI Gallery Exhibition, and the only Asian judge of Porsche Germany NFT Innovation Week.

I prefer a stable life if I don't have to bear any responsibility other than personal responsibility. But I can't help but rush out of the border all the time and can't stop. Because I need to let more countries and people of different colors know my blockchain technology and NFT art, and see where I can help.

I don't think women can't lead the most innovative technological breakthroughs. I am a person in a special house, and I am particularly willing to stay at home. The regular life with books, pictures and food is what I hope. My frequent travel outside has brought me many hardships, including the destruction of exercise rules and health habits, as well as some safety problems. After all, Beijing is super safe.

As for the Crypto atmosphere, I think the whole Southeast Asia is very restless. Gamefi penetration is high, but the encryption art in Southeast Asia is relatively weak. Contemporary art itself follows the development of capitalist commodity economy. The level of the youth Founder of the Southeast Asia Web3 project is higher than I thought before, and the degree of international integration is also high.

Since last May, I have been communicating with cultural officials of Latin American governments to popularize blockchain technology and the application of the universe. However, based on the national cultural characteristics and background, the rhythm of Latin America must be slow.

Many people say that the current industrial situation is very internal. I think it is because many people have highly overlapping information, and many do not have the ability to mine information and think independently. So in order to comfort my heart, I "rolled" on the details with limited significance.

Many people say that there are many uncertainties in emerging markets. However, I am more willing to embrace the unknown and precipitate my "practical wisdom" than turning meaningless circles in cognition that existed a few years ago. I don't believe what others say. I believe what I see.

However, if a friend wants to enter this kind of life, he must make a careful decision. Becoming an international digital vagrant is not a low-cost and low-cost thing. There is also a higher requirement for self-control: how can you reasonably arrange your time when you have been wandering, deal with various circumstances such as jet lag and irregular life, and ensure adequate work, study and research? After all, if you don't advance, you will fall back.

Looking forward to the good side of life abroad is totally different from being able to use your own ability to survey and make achievements abroad.

If possible, many partners should cherish the time they spend with their families. Our life is not just about career. The love of our family is one of the great rear areas of human spirit.

Life abroad is not as perfect as everyone imagined. To some extent, there may not be as many Chinese who can open up a situation abroad. How to live a good life and what kind of life you want are the questions you should answer before deciding whether to be a digital vagrant.

Running: Digital vagrant is a romantic adventure

My name is Runcheng, and my Chinese translation is Runcheng. I may be doomed to wander on the road all the time. I am currently the founder and CEO of Startup. We are a Web 3 and crypto native IP Studio. You can understand us as a Web 3 Supercell. We have our own middle platform on the chain. We have just released the first NFT series MonoCats. In the future, we will also create our own IPs on different chains.

I am currently in Bali, but this is not my first stop for digital vagrants. In fact, digital vagrants are a very common way of life before the epidemic. We also call it "geographic arbitrage". They live in developing countries with the wage level of developed countries, while constantly moving to explore the world while working.

Before Bali, I went to many interesting places, such as Ukraine (before the war), Montenegro, Singapore, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. To sum up, I think Bangkok and Chiang Mai are the most suitable cities for Crypto digital vagrants. They are safe, have good infrastructure, and are close to Singapore with low living costs.

Digital vagrants have a lot of happiness. We can control our own time, so we can try many things that others can't try. Take me for example. After the company is on the right track, my time will be more free. You can dive in the morning, go back to sleep at noon and start work in the afternoon until the early morning. But in the same way, vagrancy means facing different situations and twists and turns every day. For example, I should be on the road today but there is a traffic jam. I have to attend another meeting. I have to endure the nausea of carsickness at the same time.

There are also many problems in becoming a digital vagrant. One of them is that we must accept irregular life. Wandering and irregular life will also make our bodies worse. Apart from the weight that is quietly growing, I have been yang twice. When I was infected with COVID, I bought medicine, ate, lived and healed by myself.

In fact, it is not so easy to find friends or integrate into the local area. However, local integration is one of the most important experiences for digital vagrants. Many people may just "find a place and live here", but in fact, they hardly have any contact with local people. In a sense, this is just a change of job.

Finally, what I want to say is that Web3 has brought us an era of denationalization and globalization, which seems to make digital vagrants an accessible lifestyle. However, digital vagrants are far less smart than those who carry their bags to the distance. Besides, we are in a bear market, which is not a lifestyle suitable for everyone.

Digital vagrant is a quite adventurous and romantic way of life, but he may only be suitable for a few people. When traveling in foreign countries, he has to face loneliness in addition to romance. Many times, digital vagrants are still eager to have a place to take root.

When we interviewed, Runcheng had just finished his diving schedule in Bali. It was said that he had recently obtained his diving license and was ready to go to Bangkok, the next stop.

Shot in Bali

Guo Yu: Retired from Byte and started a business in WEB3

My name is Guo Yu. I used to work in ByteDance for six years (2014-2020). I was one of the early employees of bytedance.

In 2020, after leaving my job, I chose to move to Japan and began to retire. Two years later, I am now working as a company in the web3 field in Japan. At present, half of my daily life is playing and half is working everywhere.

Most of the time, I live in the countryside or island of Japan, work within 6 hours a day, and use remote and asynchronous working habits to manage the company and team. Since most of my working time is at night, I will arrange time for parties or my hobbies during the day. Relatively speaking, it is much easier than working in Beijing.

In fact, changes have been slow in most parts of Japan. However, in Tokyo, Biaoshando or Shibuya often see NFT billboards, and there are also quite a few StepN users among young people.

After the epidemic, the whole society in Japan has entered a leapfrog digital transformation due to the popularity of non-contact working methods. Many large businesses also began to support permanent remote office. On the supply side, many Japanese enterprises begin to abandon the old working methods and methods and transform to use various SaaS and online office software to manage companies, which will be a huge and lasting change.

Japan has a large number of small startups or teams related to NFT. Some teams do simple NFT issuance business, but have strong sales capabilities. Some teams are closely integrated with offline businesses or supported by large chain companies. Some teams are even developing WEB3 business overseas. At the IVS Okinawa Encryption Conference this summer, I learned that a team in Japan is releasing SaaS for African users, mainly Nigerian users, in contracts similar to thirdweb, which makes me feel the entrepreneurial enthusiasm of Japanese for WEB3.

In Ginza, there are also bars that support the use of Crypto. There are also hotel chains that are selling room card NFT.

Because WEB3 is a global change, whether it is an investor in the primary market or a research and development engineer with a cooperative relationship, it may be spread all over the world. Building a global team is one of the difficulties that entrepreneurs in any country must encounter. This means that they come from different cultures and regions in different time zones, and communication sometimes turns day and night, If the balance between work and life is not handled properly, the rhythm of product development cannot be maintained for a long time.

In the future, I believe that there will be quite a few WEB3 products coming into the public's view and gaining attention in various ways, which may become one of the few major user growth points in the world. Therefore, it is very important to keep the pace.

Before starting its video recommendation project, ByteDance spent 3-4 years on technology accumulation, team building and product data verification. If we want to do a good enough job in a sufficiently important thing, it means that our goal needs to be large enough, and our model needs to be robust enough, so that we can maintain a long enough investment time.

A robust income model will be what you must prepare for entering WEB3. Only by surviving in the cycle and choosing the right product direction within your capabilities can you reap a lot.

This photo was taken in the Baihua Lake. I like to sit there and think quietly. Whenever I try to find the rhythm, I will take a hot spring, steam sauna or meditate.

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