Ameer Rosic is a serial entrepreneur, blockchain evangelist and the founder of BlockGeeks, an online education platform. He is also passionate about crypto and jawline on YouTube.
Ameer Rosic met with Stephen Chase, vice president of Cointelegraph for strategic partnerships, after moderating this year's BlockShow Asia to talk about his deportation. High school to become one of the most understandable voices in the world of cryptocurrency, the tribulations of creating an educational platform and the undeniable reality of Bitcoin.
CT: How did you manage to find yourself? here talking with us about such a new industry?
AR: I came across this industry about three years ago. I had a underwear company in Hong Kong and sold my shares for it. Then my journey started with exactly the same questions, where can I learn more about this stuff? I understand technology. I'm not a developer, but I understand the technology and the most common answer I've had was 'go to Reddit'. and I force hate forums, I do not go to Reddit, I do not spend hours. I wanted someone to tell me, right? Time is the most important thing for me. I want to keep my time. So I realized, nothing exists and I have to create mine and that's where the BlockGeeks come from. And then, I like the video; I like YouTubing. I've been doing this for about four-five years and I'm just doing it for fun. People think that it is a professional thing, but that is far from the case. I am doing it to entertain myself. There is no business behind that. All I think, I do it.
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CT: Not monetarily, but deep down in your heart what is the best thing that you have- it happened personally since you started this series?
AR: This dates before I start doing Blockchain. For me, I am a big supporter of education. I never went to high school, I was expelled. I started doing business when I was fifteen years old. I am currently 32 years old, so I have had a lot of them.
I like the fact that no matter where you are in the world, with an internet connection and a portable device, you can get an education for free. For me, my greatest love and what illuminates my heart is the fact that people, on their own initiative, without authority, without anyone telling them to learn, they voluntarily learn by themselves.
CT: Did you and Vitalik think of building a school or educational platform for cryptocurrency?
AR: So much for BlockGeeks. I live in Toronto and we have a very strong Blockchain community in Toronto. We have a huge Bitcoin crew here, we have a big book, and I have the chance to know Vitalik's (Buterin) father, Dmitry, who is my business partner at BlockGeeks. We are the largest online community in the world for training developers. We have 3.5 million visitors a month and 6,000 students right now. On BlockGeeks, we have three full-time Blockchain Engineers who create a curriculum and we are just going forward
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CT: Which is the biggest? Challenge that you have encountered with online training?
AR: I will tell you exactly what it is. Number one, find teachers who can teach. And number two, find teachers who really know this space. It was an impossible mission. We did not find anyone. So we found very smart engineers who love to teach and we trained them at Blockchain. Everything is video-based, so we have video artists who spend every day very high quality courses. study at your own pace, little by little.
CT: Have you thought of incorporating a coin or token of this kind into this educational platform?
AR: Not in BlockGeeks. We are soon launching a Bounty program to encourage students to put their knowledge to good use, but we do not plan to do it. For me, I do not see the need to mark BlockGeeks, I do not see the need for Blockchain. In fact, it takes away the benefit of my students. The reality of Blockchain is that it's slow, it's clumsy. I need hundreds of transactions per second and if you are an ERC20 token, you can only make 70 transactions per second. This does not mean that other platforms can not come, but the reality is that technology is not yet able. We have a few years for this reality to really catch up with us
CT: With whom would you ideally like to work on your platform to better serve your consumer?
AR: On our platform, ideally, we are doing something now like this. We do scholarships, so we try to work with the larger Blockchain companies like L4V or Venture Fund. We are launching a huge scholarship for people who can not afford it. Even though we try to make it as affordable as possible – it's only fifty dollars a month for all access to our courses, full questions and answers, support from our teachers. We try to make it as affordable as possible, so tell us why you can not afford it and tell us what you want to learn and you are there.
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CT: What do you want the world to know about how they should look at cryptocurrency and how they should look Blockchain?
The biggest problem in the world of technology: show me the code!
CT: How can we create a social cause? pool, almost out of your stock market idea, with all those companies that are involved in Blockchain technology?
AR: Funny, you should say that what I want to do and I have to understand the reputation system and we are working on that, we want to build our own LMS. At the end of the day, I am a financial technology company and I know many companies. Regardless of Blockchain space; the biggest problem in the technological space is the lack of really good developers. A certification does not mean that you are a good developer, nothing – I mean, congratulations, you have a PDF forking. I want to see your GitHub wallet, I want to see how many questions you answer on the stack exchange. I really want to see the work you have done. Show me, show me that you are a developer, show me the code.
I thought about it some time ago. Companies need very good developers. Imagine that we have to go to Africa, I firmly believe that I do not need to be there. I should not be here. I should just give you, who is there, the opportunity to do your best, that's all. You do not have the same opportunity as me and I understand, but I should not be here. I do not want to be on your way, there is no reason for me to be in Africa. I just have to give you the opportunity. So, let's imagine that we have a system where, let's say I'm in Kenya and I really want to do some coding and I have very basic coding skills. I can go somewhere maybe like BlockGeeks where I put my portfolio, my profile saying "listen, I want to learn about it, I do not have the financial means, and I'm ready to go by a process to be hired & # 39; because that's what I want.