I’m Parker and am announcing my intent to run for ZCG. I’ve been interested in Zcash for about 5 years. I believe that it’s come a long way but has a much longer way to go to achieve a best-in-class private digital money ecosystem.
Personally, I got my start by observing my brother’s 2600-esque(capades?) by “phreaking” and having that land him a job straight out of high school. This encouraged me to go down my own path which led me to various private h4x0r chat rooms circa 1995 on AOL 2.5, including, but not limited to: “server”, “zerver”, “cerver”, “mm”. While my phone line was tied up and my parents yelling at me to get offline, I began learning Visual Basic to write simple progs like the ones I saw in the chatrooms I was in. At first just text faders and scrollers (for those nice Overhead accounts that were passed around and I was lucky to use before the owners called in and got a password reset). Naturally, I wanted to share my programs and also share some of my favorite progs that I was using at the time like AoHell, Gothic Nightmares, Pepsi, H2O tools, and others which I forget. I started using all the various free hosting providers (GoPlay, Tripod, Angelfire, Geocities) and eventually found NewsPro which parlayed me into the E/N (Everything/Nothing) scene where I would host mp3s, funny pictures, webcam galleries, prank calls, and “blog” with my friends. Naturally, I was a bit of a perfectionist on the design of the website, so I had a friend of mine share with me a copy of Adobe Photoshop 5.5 through AIM’s direct-connection feature (a simple workaround to allow transferring of large files with the caveat that your parents or siblings didn’t pick up the phone and drop your connection). I got pretty good at using it and started to sell pre-made and customized templates for gaming clans (specifically for Unreal Tournament but later on Counterstrike), which I then sold on webhostingtalk and digitalpoint forums.
I’ve worked professionally at a number of companies in the bay area (large and small) as both a front-end and full-stack engineer, although my preference is on the front-end. I like crafting good user experiences, and I’m always interested in new trends, and trying to find out what the next “thing” is. This is exactly why ZECPages.com and the innovative use of the shielded “memo” field is one of the most appealing things to me about Zcash. The fact that you can create a truly anonymous and decentralized platform, in which contributors can potentially earn something that has real value, is truly what I would believe the next evolution in “social media” is.
If you vote for me, I’ll do my best to bring my years of experience both personally and professionally into the mix to help bring builders over to Zcash and make it a place that people want to be. Inherently, I think ZSAs will really garner more eyeballs and thus developers, but there are plenty of opportunities currently, along with the funds to support it.
Disclaimer: Most of my retirement is in ZEC and I hold a little bit personally. I’m also a member of ZCAP.