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  • The guy you see next to me is the secret bitcoin billionaire.

  • I have found him.

  • He is the one who turned a $5000 investment into a billion dollars.

  • He is the one who paid $70 million for a virtual piece of art.

  • And I'm also the one who came from South India and started with nothing.

  • For the first time ever, I want to tell you the story of MetaKovan.

  • This guy from South India did not grow up with money.

  • In fact, for most of his life, he could not afford to buy a laptop.

  • He could only afford to buy a flash drive where he kept all his files.

  • At night, I used to borrow my friend's laptop,

  • when then they're just going to sleep.

  • And then I used to use my pen drive and learn how to code.

  • And on the Internet, he saw opportunity.

  • So he learned how to code and how to build websites.

  • Simple websites that do simple tasks.

  • So, I remember one of the websites I built on which anyone could hire a freelancer for $10.

  • But you know, that didn't go very well. It failed.

  • In total,

  • he built 54 websites and 51 of them were complete failures.

  • Until one day he stumbled upon Bitcoin.

  • He immediately was drawn to the idea and realized that this Bitcoin technology could be big, really big.

  • It was a global idea and it had people who are passionate about it from all over the world.

  • That really made me feel this is going to be really big.

  • So, he adopted bitcoin, ethereum, crypto and blockchain, even when everybody said this was a fad.

  • Anything that's new, is initially rejected, right?

  • Like they say, they laugh at first in the same way bitcoin was laughed at.

  • But that's when I know that something might work.

  • So when people laugh at something and immediately my brain goes, "maybe we should try it," right?

  • Eight years ago, MetaKovan believed in bitcoin so much that he put every little saving he had into it

  • and invested all his time in building bitcoin companies.

  • So I invested all my time on bitcoin and trying to build something on top of it and thereby learning more about it.

  • Over the years, his bet took off and he went from being a broke software engineer to a billionaire crypto holder.

  • But don't expect the lifestyle of a billionaire because in reality nothing in his life has changed.

  • He owns zero cars, zero houses and zero stocks.

  • 99.9% of everything he owns is still in crypto.

  • And that's how much I believe in it

  • This guy owns nothing in the real world, but he owns a lot in the virtual one because he believes everything is going virtual.

  • Money is virtual, land is virtual, and art is virtual.

  • Apparently, his jacket is also crypto.

  • How exactly is this crypto?

  • Actually, there are only 40 pieces of this in the world,

  • and this, they call it a Genesis edition, right.

  • And this is attached to the blockchain.

  • There's an address here, right?

  • So if you go on the blockchain and type this address, you will see the... you'll see that that's an NFT.

  • And you'll see that I own it through my address.

  • And there's an RFID chip right here.

  • Oh, my God!

  • -What? -Yeah.

  • And how much is this jacket?

  • I paid $600.

  • That's why last week he made headlines for buying digital art for $70 million from an artist in America.

  • 69 million.

  • I think it probably means digital artists here to stay.

  • I'm going to Disney World.

  • It's the most expensive virtual purchase ever.

  • What went through your mind when you click buy?

  • At the auction, my mind was, you know, like, I had nothing in my mind.

  • I was, okay...

  • I'm going for it.

  • That's it.

  • And, actually, the funny part is a lot of people think I was nervous and stuff, I was not.

  • I knew this was happening and I had to do it.

  • So I did it.

  • My fund, which is metapurse.

  • We are planning to build this monument in the metapurse, which is a virtual space.

  • So we have land there, and we're going to build a huge monument and put this art there, so that people can enjoy the 440 million pixel art in its true form because it's a digitally native picture.

  • For this guy, buying a $70 million piece of crypto art was not just an investment.

  • It was an act of support.

  • He wants to support creators, artists, singers, musicians, people from all around the world.

  • From any race, any gender, any color.

  • People around the world have prejudices.

  • And that gets me really angry because you have to look at what people do and not how people look like or where they are from and make your conclusions.

  • Time and again, whenever I've been rejected from something, like an investor or someone, they always tell me, I don't have pedigree.

  • And I hate that because you never gave me a chance, right?

  • And if you look at what I do, maybe you'll reconsider your decision and I think it's the same for everyone in this world.

  • If it wasn't obvious by now...

  • This is not about money.

  • This is about decentralization.

  • Decentralization is the idea that value will not come only from the West.

  • It will come from the rest.

  • The next Gucci will not come from Italy.

  • It'll come from Jordan.

  • The next bank will not come from New York.

  • It'll come from Vietnam, and the next billionaire will not come from San Francisco.

  • They will come from South India.

The guy you see next to me is the secret bitcoin billionaire.

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The Secret Bitcoin Billionaire

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/05/05
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