Harmony Contributor - Ecosystem Community Builder

Chosen track

[Lead, Fellow, Contributor, Low Hunder, High Hunter]

Chosen Role:


[Tell us about yourself and your areas of strength. What sort of work are you interested in?]

Who Am I?
I grew up in Miami, FL, born from two immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. We always lived on the border of some of the lowest socioeconomic neighborhoods. My mom, a single mother, has been an entrepreneur since 2004, and has constantly inspired me to work for myself. I’ve yet to meet a woman who will make fewer excuses in today’s era than her on achieving her own personal success. She had to be this example because I was born almost 100% deaf. My dad ingrained in me, “be the very best, or don’t do it at all,” attitude. Why waste your time and others’ time if you’re not going to do your best?

In the last 10 years, I attended Florida International University, while I worked on building a network marketing business with Hispanic immigrants in Miami, FL. Thankfully for these experiences, I led a group of up to 100 young people in my own organization, spoke on stages as large as 2,000 people, held sales training, learned Spanish, and I am currently perfecting Portuguese.

Since this was occurring while I was still in college, I helped my fraternity raise over $100,000 to help people with disabilities over 5 years, participated in Big Brother activities, and mentorship for kids. I founded 3 events called VIP: Vegan Inspired People where by the last one we had 15 speakers and 15 restaurants, with over 400 people in attendance, a 500% increase from the first one, and raised close to $10,000 on a $500 budget. We provided thanksgiving groceries for many families who have children with disabilities, the homeless, and we brought positive awareness to plant based options in South Florida.

By 2018, I helped TCG, The Carvonis Group, a third party, grow 2 additional T-Mobile offices. Here I helped teach, and lead 30 people to become better people at their role in the company. After opening these offices, I left to work for a startup lending company from March 2019 - July 2020. I was one of the starters in the company, where I helped teach, train people upwards to an organization of 19 people, while I sold merchant cash advances to small to medium sized businesses. Pre pandemic, we were doing over $3,000,000 in loans, averaging 8 points on profit. I left in July 2020 because of the severity of how the industry was affected by covid.

As my journey continues, I was already learning significantly about cryptocurrency and the value Crypto has to offer. I invested a significant portion of my savings into Ethereum and Ethereum protocols in May 2020, while I grew a wholesale business called “Lux Liquidation”. It’s safe to say, that went very well. As time continued, I dabbled on different products and services that crypto has to offer. Staking, yield, farming, LPs, I tried building an NFT collection called : “The Starving Artist Collection”, trading, lending, I mined Ethereum for one year off a 6 GPU mining rig, and many more. I was successful and failed in a few.

After almost 3 years in wholesale, I am looking to pivot because this will not help a billion lives. ETHDenver was my first community event, where I met my team, and we won the In person and virtual Hackathon for our project, “Arena Verse” for impact and zk rollouts respectively. We’re now working on YCC: Youth Crypto Conference, where we are helping the youth get involved in cryptocurrency by providing them utility, resources, people, scholarships, internships, and jobs to make this possible. We had our first event on April 6th, in Miami, where approximately 100 people were in attendance.

We’re currently working on our second event for YCC, located in Austin, TX. It will take place Wednesday, June 8th, the day before Consensus. We expect to have approximately 500 people at our next event. With close to 1,000 people at the most. Our goal is to have 5,000 youth by next year worldwide.

I have a dream to help A Billion Lives, which I believe is possible within an industry like Crypto. Question is with whom? How? Why? With what community? I do want to teach and guide people to making PATIENT decisions within crypto. Lack of patience cost me a lot of money, I’m sure it has done the same for many others.

I have certifications for Blockchain for business, and am working on other certifications. I am a part of Teeka Tiwari’s research group, Brian Rose DeFi Academy, and more.

How can I contribute to Harmony?
People have called me the “social connector” throughout my life because I’m very good at connecting people, as I communicate a complicated topic to make it sound extremely simple. Thanks to this skill, the ability of building rapport, I have a very good closing ratio.

For approximately 15 years I have been in sales, trained others in sales and leadership, closing techniques, and communication skills. I don’t believe in being “busy”, I believe in finding solutions to delegate your time more wisely. Conducting a social outreach impact like making a plethora of phone calls daily, emails, closing funding deals, connecting the dots, having to learn a new skill, traveling event to event to help Harmony, is no big deal. :sweat_smile:

Since I speak 3 languages, what not better way to expose yourself to third world markets who are still not familiar with Harmony, and your protocol? With YCC, we’re already planning to go to other international markets.

Considering I’m also a builder within the space, I am also able to utilize the platforms my team is building to help Harmony grow. Considering our goal for YCC is to have over 5,000 youth in our organization by next year, and we want to help them receive resources, utility, association, education, internships, and JOBS, who does Harmony want to receive first movers advantage? Harmony or anyone else?

After reading Kevin Owocki’s book Green Pilled, it made me think of the importance of helping the next era of generations. Generation Alpha is here.

We want the youth to get involved in crypto as young as possible, and this gives Harmony an advantage in finding the future world leaders of crypto before someone else. This in turn will create a longevity in your network effect because these youth will be looking at Harmony first because well… First movers advantage.

Most importantly, I can contribute with my work ethic, and positive attitude. You’re never going to meet someone who’s going to say the word “CHAMPIOOOONNNN” more than me, I promise.

Thus far, since my first community event, I have attended Harmony events hosted by Light Up DAO, helped Hype TV with their grants, helped kids with their education, YCC, submitted a grant for Island 17, helped support Crypto Babes in Miami, wrote other grants, and found ways to simply be a team player.

I hope we’re able to have a conversation to speak further on the possibility of helping Harmony’s brand grow. Thank you for such an altruistic opportunity by all of you. And thank you for all the DOPE sh*z you guys did at ETH Denver and Crypto Babes in Miami!

Thank you for submitting a proposal to Harmony’s $300M Ecosystem Fund. We are in the process of reviewing your proposal and will assign a representative on behalf of the Grants Ops team.

We would also love :blue_heart: to have the Harmony community participate to ask questions and provide feedbacks.

If you have more details to add, please do so by replying to this thread.

Hey @rcast171 - happy to meet you! As of now, we are not hiring new contributors, but we are hiring a marketing lead - feel free to apply and I look forward to meeting you in person sometime.