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In an unique interview with cryptonews.com, Erica Kang, CEO and Founding father of KryptoSeoul, talks about community-building spirit, crypto in Asia, and bridging the hole between the East and the West. 

About Erica Kang

Erica Kang is the CEO and Founding father of KryptoSeoul, a number one community-building workforce in South Korea. She leads the KryptoSeoul workforce to arrange BUIDL Asia, the primary Asian community-driven crypto convention. Having earned her Masters in Worldwide Coverage Research at Stanford, Erica beforehand served on the Korea Blockchain Affiliation as an advisor.

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Erica Kang gave a wide-ranging unique interview, which you’ll be able to see under, and we’re glad so that you can use it for publication, offered there’s a credit score to www.cryptonews.com. 

Highlights Of The Interview

  • Asia is a powerhouse for crypto: The continent owes its success to a nurturing regulatory surroundings and worth proposition-driven crypto tradition.
  • Bridging the hole: Crypto communities situated within the West and East must collaborate extra to drive innovation which may result in the widespread adoption of crypto.
  • Shine the highlight: How occasions like BUIDL Asia present a world stage within the coronary heart of Asia to spotlight modern builders, improvements, and options.
  • Neighborhood constructing spirit: Neighborhood lies on the coronary heart of crypto and web3, BUIDL Asia is setting the usual for crypto neighborhood occasions in Asia
  • KryptoSeoul: a premiere crypto convention in South Korea

 

 

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Full Transcript Of The Interview

Matt Zahab 
Girls and gents, welcome again to the Cryptonews Podcast. We’re buzzing as all the time. And right now we’ve got the one and solely, Erica Kang, on the present, CEO and Founding father of KryptoSeoul, a number one community-building workforce in South Korea. Erica leads the KryptoSeoul workforce to arrange BUIDL Asia that’s constructed with the Crypto Spelling, BUIDL Asia, the primary Asian community-driven crypto convention. Erica additionally earned her grasp’s in worldwide coverage research on the one and solely Stanford College ever heard of it. And Erica beforehand served because the Korea Blockchain Affiliation as an advisor. Erica, pumped to have you ever on. It has been a scorching minute. We lastly acquired you on. Welcome to the present. How are you doing? 

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Erica Kang 
Hello Matt, nice to be right here. Thanks for having me. Doing very nicely. 

Matt Zahab 
I like that. Nice to have you ever on as nicely. You’re presently in Singapore for Token2049. What’s that like? I would like to recover from to that neck of the woods. Is it pretty much as good as everybody says it’s? 

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Erica Kang 
Yeah, I imply, truly, it form of jogs my memory again to the 20, like, 2020, 2019 days the place I used to be very, like, overrated. Everybody was excited. And I feel it is simply form of offers me nostalgia. So I simply really feel actually glad to be again. And you may see each sort of workforce right here potential. And so East meets West, undoubtedly. I can see, like, individuals from the West coming over, from, in fact, like Asians throughout as nicely. So it is a very nice combine. And in order that form of is plenty of noise, I imply, good and unhealthy. However I imply, I feel it is nice to have that buzz and everybody’s energized. So it is actually good to have, you realize, this all this power. 

Matt Zahab 
The final couple of years, crypto conferences, it has not been the identical. I missed the 2020, 2021 bull market days when you might really feel the palpable power. You recognize what I imply? I really feel like that is been kind of non-existent the final yr and a half at crypto conferences. Been getting higher, thoughts you, however it’s good to see that the electrical manufacturing unit and crypto conferences is lastly kind of again. 

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Erica Kang 
And I feel plenty of groups from the West, for instance, I do not wish to distinguish like this West and East, however it’s very world as a lot. However then, you realize, people who find themselves primarily primarily based within the Western hemisphere, for instance, I feel plenty of groups really feel the necessity to bounce into Asian markets extra so today. So I feel it is actually fascinating to see that form of a transfer. And so, yeah, it is very energizing to be right here. 

Matt Zahab 
That is an important theme that you simply introduced up and I do wish to bounce into kind of how we are able to bridge the hole between the east and the west And clearly there’s such a necessity from everybody within the west eager to do crypto with individuals from the East for apparent causes and we’ll get into that. However earlier than we do I might like to study a bit of bit extra about Erica the star of the present. Clearly your bio you probably did your masters at Stanford that should have been a deal with in half I acquired absolutely the pleasure to tour Stanford a pair years in the past What a campus? I imply like simply outer-worldly for anybody who’s by no means been there undoubtedly go take a tour. However inform me a bit of bit about your self earlier than you bought into crypto. What did you do and why did you make the bounce over to the large unhealthy Web3? 

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Erica Kang 
Sure, it was fairly a narrative. I imply, it is fairly random too. I feel everybody has that form of bounce into the crypto, that form of a narrative, very wild. So earlier than I got here into crypto, My first job in after graduating faculty was in banking. So I used to be an funding banker as MNA analyst. In order that form of led me into finance and I labored in buying and selling as nicely for a number of months. And I assumed, okay, perhaps I ought to do extra research earlier than like leaping into my actual profession. So I pursued a level in masters at Stanford, majoring in worldwide coverage, as a result of my undergrad was in worldwide relations. So I used to be doing extra political financial system centered. So I imply, form of integrating finance as a result of I used to be from finance for a bit of bit. And so I wished to review extra monetary crises, principally just like the downfall of the, within the present banking system. So again then, so I feel it was very, that is form of fascinating narrative resulting in crypto, if I feel again, proper? And so yeah, I wished to do extra research. So I used to be truly pursuing an academia profession. So I used to be to form of do a PhD in political science. After which by some means like private causes, no matter causes I acquired, okay, I made a decision to return to Korea and do some precise company work. So I acquired employed by Korea Telecom, which is likely one of the massive three telecom communications corporations in Korea. And it is very closely authorities run. And so I used to be within the technique workforce, I used to be the CEO, and which was an excellent privilege to be studying in regards to the company tradition, additionally to study the highest down method of like a typical Korean conglomerate firm. So it was a really fascinating expertise. I feel I acquired to study just like the Korean, like conventional company tradition, which is nice. I imply, I feel it form of gave me a very nice perspective on the native tradition. After which I simply form of felt, okay, nicely, I did all of the conservative careers, I feel, the normal like structured system. So I felt, okay, earlier than I become old, perhaps I ought to do one thing extra adventurous and one thing extra like difficult, extra inspiring. So I used to be truly pondering of doing one thing in training, like instructional startups again within the day, as a result of I am enthusiastic about training normally. And so I used to be different fields in just like the tech, as a result of tech fields are often very dynamic, very difficult. So I used to be wanting into some buddies in tech and getting some recommendation from them. And surprisingly, I discovered a buddy who beneficial me to a seminar again in early 2017, I feel it was March. And so he was like, okay, nicely, in order for you some inspiration, why do not you be part of this like uncommon seminar that I had invited to, and this was a crypto seminar, very uncommon again then. It barely existed. So I used to be like, okay, perhaps I will simply pay 100 bucks and simply see how it’s. So I went there and I acquired actually like, it was an eye-opening expertise, actually. I used to be like, okay, I do not perceive any of this, however it sounds fascinating. And I met in the course of the networking session, I met all of the audio system and principally the founders who had been attempting to do just like the ICO again then. And yeah, I feel they did a aggressive ICO following within the following months. However technically I needed to meet the whole scene of Korean crypto, very small again then, however I acquired to satisfy all of the founders, builders, and in order that form of acquired me plugged in. They usually wished to rent me as like, they’re CMO and that form of factor. So I did not take the job, however I acquired to study extra about it and acquired extra plugged into the house there. In order that’s how I acquired form of trickled into the arbitral. 

Matt Zahab 
And the remainder is historical past. One of many major matters of the present that I would love to essentially put a hammer into is Asia being a powerhouse for crypto. Clearly, with the huge inhabitants, the micro and macro financial impacts of crypto booming in Asia, it is unimaginable for the entire world. We’d like this to occur. You’re dwelling in Asia, you run huge crypto conferences in Asia. If anybody had been an knowledgeable on crypto in Asia, it could undoubtedly be you. What are a few of the themes we’re seeing proper now, a few of the developments, simply the momentum as an entire? What is going on on in crypto in Asia as an entire in the meanwhile? 

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Erica Kang 
It is a very grand query as a result of Asia can’t be generalized as an entire. To begin with, there’s many variations in Asian areas. And I lived in Seoul for greater than most of my life. And in addition I lived in Richmond Metropolis, Vietnam, for 2 years. So I feel I am most plugged in these ecosystems. Simply form of wanting typically on the Asia facet, I actually assume as a result of US laws, the issues which might be taking place on the opposite facet of the world, I feel plenty of the curiosity has been coming to Asia normally. And I feel Asia has been all the time buzzing. It is only a matter of how the laws have been shaping. I imply, some laws are very fuzzy in the meanwhile, even so. Even South Korea remains to be very, you realize, it is nonetheless nascent, it is nonetheless within the making. And I feel tax-related points is turning into a bit of strong. However then I feel different issues are simply nonetheless within the making. However Hong Kong is far more clear. However I feel normally, laws are being formed. And in addition customers, I feel the sheer inhabitants of Asia, just like the rising inhabitants of Southeast Asian areas, is certainly a giant contributing issue to the potential of progress of crypto in Asia. As a result of I feel the youthful inhabitants and the rising inhabitants, the necessity to study and in addition to openness to revolutionary applied sciences, I feel that entire mentality is simply there by default. And I feel it is actually necessary to check the waters in Asia, principally. Persons are desperate to strive new issues and individuals are desperate to spend money on new issues. And I feel South Korea, for instance, I feel the mature financial system of South Korea has form of made the youthful technology wish to spend money on newer alternatives, particularly the true property market stagnated. It is exhausting to speculate as a younger entrepreneur, for instance. So that they’re in search of alternative routes to speculate and get greater returns. So I feel that is the explanation most younger individuals wish to crypto. They wish to discover new alternatives and so they thought, OK, that is very revolutionary. That is so new that we are able to solely get entry to, for instance. So I feel as Asians are all the time always in search of new issues to perhaps reap some advantages, but additionally to study, be impressed. I feel that is a extremely good surroundings to be in as an entire and sentiment as nicely. And so I imply, I can’t generalize all the pieces, however I feel simply to form of sum all of it, I feel that might be contributing issue. 

Matt Zahab 
It is an important level. I like your level about the true property too. I imply, it is very related in North America within the sense that the markets cooling down and simply the costs are so bloody costly like when my dad and mom and all of you realize my my buddies dad and mom once they purchased houses 30 40 years in the past In the event that they had been you realize a traditional two three bed room dwelling in Toronto the place I stay was $150,000 and now it is $1.5 mil. I imply there’s I can not see a world the place myself and my friends my community has a possibility to 10x you realize their funding on their dwelling, which is fairly wild. So similar to you mentioned and I have never actually considered this to be trustworthy however everybody’s all the time in search of a strong funding and if you cannot get that 10x bagger on the house maybe you take a look at crypto nice level by no means actually considered that kudos there. One other level that you simply maintain hammering dwelling and it is one which I like is bridging the hole between crypto communities extra particularly the east and the west. We do want much more collaboration. It looks like I do not wish to say we’re divided per se. But it surely does appears there are undoubtedly plenty of boundaries. There’s plenty of roadblocks. What can we do to essentially assist drive innovation and assist that widespread adoption of crypto between the east and the west? 

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Erica Kang 
Yeah, it is all the time been a giant problem for me. And it is my seventh yr in crypto, however nonetheless, it is actually exhausting to digicam that query. And I feel that problem is rarely ending, proper? I feel it would nonetheless ever exist. And I imply, there are lots of points to why this hole exists. I feel most significantly, there may be the language barrier, which is sort of a big hurdle. And as Western Korea is likely to be, for instance, or Vietnam is attempting to study plenty of, the Vietnamese are actually desperate to study English, for instance, like the eagerness is simply excellent. 

Matt Zahab 
What, why is that? Like why Vietnam over different international locations? 

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Erica Kang 
Nicely, I feel like Vietnamese, after I was dwelling there, I simply felt like they’re the eagerness to simply study normally. Like training, the fever is like form of comfy to South Korea. Like South Korean, just like the dad and mom are loopy. Basically, it is like, yeah, it is actually exhausting. And I used to be a results of that like passionate training system. However you realize, I feel the like sheer ardour in direction of studying English is humongous. It is big. And so like the truth that I am good at English, it is very like commemorable. They love that, proper? About me. However anyway, simply again to the purpose, like although we like to study English, for instance, we nonetheless favor our native language. You recognize what I imply? Like by way of content material, by way of studying like accessible supplies, we do favor speaking in our personal native language. And in addition when it simply feels uncomfortable to some natives, in the event that they really feel like, okay, we’re like giving all these English content material, for instance. I imply, a lot of the content material in crypto are in English, proper? I feel that is inevitable. And you realize, we attempt to translate as a lot as potential the unique content material, however nonetheless I do not assume it is like comparable. It is like the unique content material is all the time one of the best. And so even within the language space, so I feel that contributes an enormous hurdle to love communication as nicely. And in order that creates like a cultural barrier as nicely. And I feel each cultures, it is exhausting to essentially like perceive 100% about every of these cultures. And so we want a bridge to form of, a minimum of attempt to reduce the hole. And that is the place I exist, proper? To form of attempt to form of reduce and create extra mutual understanding amongst each cultures and make it possible for each will not be misunderstood, for instance, by way of like the way you learn between the traces or the way you talk like direct communication versus oblique communication could be very totally different. And so like Koreans are very oblique. Yeah. So while you write an e mail or essay, for instance, you simply write the conclusion to start with for like US model, like North America model, I used to jot down very instantly. Alternatively, Koreans write the conclusions on the finish, approach on the finish. So it is like this and this contributes to the end result. In order that’s the tip. So which is like that basically displays how we take into consideration all the pieces and the way we wish to painting our opinion, for instance. So I imply, even in that straightforward instance, it actually creates this hole in communication as nicely. 

Matt Zahab
That is such an important level there. We gotta return, as a result of I really feel such as you’re gonna have some hearth tales for the query that I am about to ask you. Your dad and mom and different South Korean dad and mom rising up, I noticed the look in your face. I assume that you simply had been completely pushed the restrict with regard to being the neatest younger model of Erica potential. Erica, you gotta give us some good tales of you as a child and your dad and mom pushing you. You’ll be able to speak about your folks and their dad and mom as nicely, however inform me extra in regards to the tradition rising up in South Korea school-wise. 

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Erica Kang 
Okay, oh, that is, you realize, there is a Okay drama, a well-known Okay drama referred to as Sky Fortress. There is a very well-known, so it is like a typical instance of like loopy like a Korean instructional system. And I feel lots of people had been shocked at just like the portrayal in Sky Fortress. They’re like, oh, this can’t be actual. That is like loopy. And I am like, I used to be it, I used to be like, nicely, that is fairly the life that I’ve, however I used to be youthful. It was not a giant shock. And so, I imply, like, so I am privileged within the sense that I used to stay within the US again in elementary college. So I’ve a really like bilingual background. And so I feel I acquired a a lot better, simpler route than others truly. I acquired the privilege to go to the quick route, which is just like the English fluent, you realize, personnel, there is a group for that. And they also, we get like a particular remedy, which, you realize, I am very grateful for. If I weren’t that class, I might have been like extra rigorous in my training. However I did put together for the extraordinary, the traditional route, which is just like the hardcore one. And so principally I went to a international language highschool again in highschool in Korea, which so the varsity was till 9 p.m. So I might do, the programs would finish at three, however you must examine like extracurricular lessons and do self-study till 9 on the college. 

Matt Zahab 
Nicely, wait, so that you’re in class from 9 to a few, and then you definately’re in your individual like dwelling college from three to 9. 

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Erica Kang 
Sure, within the college. We’re within the classroom. After which we do, we eat dinner on the college. After which we do like after dinner like lessons, and we simply do self-studying till 9. After which we come again dwelling at 10, proper? And so we’re supposed to fall asleep. However we go to academies after we come again from college. So the lessons begin at 10 p.m. And so a few of my lessons would finish at 2 a.m. And so I might, 

Matt Zahab 
Wait, and the way outdated are you staying up until 2 a.m.? 

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Erica Kang 
So second grade of highschool, for instance, like I used to be like 16. 

Matt Zahab 
That is wild. 

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Erica Kang 
And so the academies wouldn’t run formally till 2am. So they might particularly open the academy for us for our personal group. And they also would faux to be closed, however they might be internally, as you possibly can secretly open for us. And they also’ll be caught by the police or one thing like that. They’d open till 2am. So we might go there and like have a secret class till 2am after which come again dwelling, sleep till 6, after which return to highschool at 7ish, 7-8 or one thing like that. 

Matt Zahab 
My goodness, that’s completely wild. That’s loopy. A lot totally different in North America, which clearly you’re very accustomed to sports activities dominates. I really feel like in plenty of points, sports activities is extra necessary than college, proper? Like while you’re rising up, your identification is not a lot like what topic are you good at in class or what do you wish to be while you’re older? It is like what sport do you play or, you realize, maybe for those who’re a woman, do you dance or ballet or gymnastics or which once more are sports activities as nicely? Regardless of the case could also be, loopy variations. Received to like how the world works. Erica, we acquired to take a fast break and provides an enormous shout out to our sponsor, the present that’s PrimeXBT. And after we get again, we’re going to get proper into KryptoSeoul, the premier crypto convention in South Korea. However till then, big shout out to PrimeXBT, longtime buddies of cryptonews.com and longtime sponsors of the cryptonews.com/podcast. PrimeXBT presents a sturdy buying and selling system for each newbies {and professional} merchants. It would not matter for those who’re a rookie or a vet, you possibly can simply design and customise your layouts and widgets to finest suit your buying and selling model. PrimeXBT can be operating an unique promotion for listeners of the Cryptonews Podcast. After making your first deposit, 50% that’s 50%, 50% of that first deposit might be credited to your account as a bonus that can be utilized as further collateral to open positions. The promo code is CRYPTONEWS50, that’s CRYPTONEWS50, all one phrase to make the most of this supply and obtain 50% of your deposit credited to your buying and selling account. And now again to the present with Erica. Erica, let’s bounce into the bread and butter KryptoSeoul. You run the present there. It’s the finest crypto convention in South Korea. Earlier than we get into it, give me the TLDR, give me the elevator pitch. What precisely is KryptoSeoul and what precisely do you and the workforce do to maneuver and groove over there? 

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Erica Kang 
So KryptoSeoul is a neighborhood constructing workforce, and we have been right here since 2017. And so we have been serving to Layer1 tasks, Layer2 tasks to construct their presence in Asia like a wholesome approach, which implies like natural approach, and attempt to get the hook up with the appropriate founders, builders, traders on this house, and simply attempt to make the primary impression good within the inexperienced market. And so yeah, I have been focusing on primarily builders and builders and college students as nicely. And in order that’s why I based BUIDL Asia Convention. It is a platform agnostic technical convention. I feel it is like one of many first, and I feel it is likely one of the finest by way of that, as a result of I am very happy with being platform agnostic, and simply form of like laying out all of the Layer1s in one of the best applied sciences like, you realize, fly out, and simply form of sharing what they’ve constructed over the previous years. And even in order that’s my form of, you realize, I feel it is very nice to form of see all of them collectively in a single setting. And I have been operating fairly robust for 4 years now. And yeah, it has been rising ever since. And yeah, it is a very community-friendly convention as nicely, so which is basically, I am actually happy with that. 

Matt Zahab 
And the way would this convention differ from a few of the different Asian conferences, for instance, just like the one which’s happening proper now, the place you presently are, and that’s clearly Token2049. What are a few of the massive variations simply so individuals can get a little bit of a lay of the land? 

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Erica Kang 
So I might say that Token2049 is certainly big in scale, which is certainly admirable. I actually respect that. To run that massive of a convention is a large deal. I feel BUIDL Asia is far more centered, and I feel by way of expertise, analysis, achievements, and I feel it is simply extra content-curated. I actually put plenty of concentrate on content material curation, and in addition who I take as a sponsor, speaker, it is all hand-picked and really a lot filtered, for instance. And it is exhausting to filter in my very own requirements, I do know, however I feel in keeping with my requirements, I feel they’re undoubtedly on the appropriate stage. And so it takes a yr, a full yr, to essentially plan out which tasks are undoubtedly price evaluating to or on the identical line of audio system. And I attempt to put some narrative to it as nicely. I feel narrative is essential in making a convention. And so, I imply, the convention dimension could also be smaller, however I feel by way of the standard, I actually attempt to put plenty of story to it. And in addition, yeah, so content material is certainly a key to my convention, yeah. 

Matt Zahab 
I like that. Yeah, you undoubtedly want hearth content material, particularly when doing something crypto convention associated. Have you ever been to, I am certain you have been to a bunch of crypto conferences over within the Center East, extra particularly in Dubai or in Europe and in North America. I’ve solely been to a crypto convention in Dubai and a bunch in North America, by no means been to any in Europe, by no means been to any in Asia. What are a few of the variations on that and like culturally talking a few of the maybe smaller nuances. I would like to dive into that simply to get a lay of the land and attempt to put my toes in your footwear. 

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Erica Kang 
Nicely, I feel Center Asia is a bit of totally different from the native Korean conferences, actually, as a result of I attempt to put the worldwide requirements to Korea. Like, that is what I wished to painting is principally convey world to Korea. That is what I wish to achieve this that the native Koreans can see like, oh, this is sort of a actually properly put occasion. And that is like what the worldwide scene does, principally. And so I wish to form of give that. Yeah. And I feel on my, I imply, in keeping with my requirements, I feel I actually respect what ETHGlobal is doing, for instance, with like its progma and in addition ETHGlobal hackathons, as a result of I am additionally like very enthusiastic about hackathons. And I feel these are my favourite, you realize, occasions that I all the time go to. Additionally, I like ETHDenver as nicely, which can be, ETH CCU you was in Paris was wonderful. I went in July this yr and it was completely wonderful to see the European panorama. A number of the groups primarily based in Europe was, you realize, undoubtedly there. In order that was a deal with. And I am probably not like, I wasn’t actually uncovered to plenty of the European builders scene, however I used to be, it was actually, you realize, inspiring to me. And so I might like to convey that to the solo as nicely at one level. So yeah, I imply, like something, you realize, developer associated is certainly my, you realize, favourite occasion to go to. And I actually like how they, you realize, curate the content material. I actually see fastidiously like, okay, how they creatively, you realize, attempt to not present the venture, however principally showcase the venture through which it is rather like, has a really robust narrative and wish to be artistic. Yeah. I actually respect that. And it, plenty of work goes into it. And so yeah, I feel these are my favorites. 

Matt Zahab 
I am gonna ask you a little bit of a troublesome one right here, however in addition to, in fact, your individual convention, KryptoSeoul, what’s your favourite and most enjoyable crypto convention you have ever been to? In addition to KryptoSeoul, in fact. 

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Erica Kang 
I imply, my conferences will not be enjoyable for me as a result of I am in a spot with level. 

Matt Zahab 
You are within the weeds 24 hours a day. 

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Erica Kang 
Precisely. I not often sleep, so it is very nerve-wracking. Those I get pleasure from going to. Actually, ETHDenver was wonderful. It has a unusual, very distinctive shade to it, which I do respect. And I feel it is very troublesome to imitate in Korea, for instance. It’s extremely exhausting to have that tradition. Very free-spirited, however Denver has a really robust shade, proper? In that personal space. I actually like going again to Denver yearly. And the Buffy Corn character, I actually just like the Buffy Corn. I am wanting ahead to going subsequent February. That is my favourite thus far. 

Matt Zahab 
By no means been gotta put that on the to-do listing there, Erica. Yeah. It has to occur. Nicely, look, Erica, that is this has been an absolute deal with. This has been pretty. My final query with regard to KryptoSeoul and BUIDL Asia, I would love for those who may let our listeners understand how loopy and bananas it actually is throughout a convention of that dimension. I’ve helped out with a quantity of precision, the quantity of all the pieces that goes into it. I do not assume individuals actually actually admire, you realize, you present as much as the convention, you get the good lights, the sound system, all the pieces’s stunning, all the pieces’s organized. It’s absolute nightmare gasoline getting that completed. I would love for those who may simply inform a pair tales which have occurred in your years of throwing these conferences and occasions, simply something to showcase how loopy the method actually is. 

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Erica Kang 
In fact, it is extra loopy for me as a result of I host a minimum of three main occasions on the identical time. So principally, I additionally host ETH Seoul. So ETH Seoul, BUIDL Asia, and Cosmos hackathon. I do it at one queue throughout one week. And I host three facet occasions and three speaker dinners. And I additionally handle all these good audio system, which is like 50 audio system, for instance. And so all of that into one individual’s position is form of mind-blowing. And I should not be doing this, I do know. However I handle all of the agenda, all of the invites for audio system, sponsors, all the pieces. So it is a one-man present form of. And so I really feel like virtually really feel like I am testing my limits at a sure level. And it is my sixth yr organizing occasions of this scale. So I really feel like yearly I am touching my limits till how far I can go. However I am getting the hold of it, however it’s similar to bodily, it is simply very consuming. And it is simply limiting. I can not scale myself. So some individuals are joking, nicely, there’s Erika one on this venue, and there is Erika two within the different venue. And Erika three is resting in her dwelling, for instance. So that they’re simply joking as a result of I am all in every single place, primary, and I am not resting and I am simply not sleeping. So I am all the time responding on telegram and I am all the time like, I am the current. So being on the radar, all the time paying attention to audio system, as a result of audio system are my property, I feel. Audio system and my sponsors are my property. Yeah, I’ve to raise them. I’ve to spotlight them. And I imply, personally, there’s like expensive buddies of mine as nicely. And so I wish to make it possible for they’ve an exquisite time in Korea, in my convention as nicely. And simply I simply wish to handle that. So I imply, it is a private deal with, however an honor, however it’s actually plenty of grueling work. And so, yeah, I simply get like so nervous, like a one month drained to the entire like frenzy. So I not often sleep, however I all the time attempt to get my train completed. Simply form of like, you realize, wind it out a bit of bit. However yeah, it is actually, it takes plenty of power out of you. And particularly my state of affairs through which it is like a, you realize, comes from one mind and one physique. So it is like, it is undoubtedly, it is robust. And plenty of, I actually care in regards to the content material as nicely, as I informed you. So I actually make sure that double verify, triple verify, that the content material is true and the audio system are in the appropriate place, for instance. So till the final minute, principally. So yeah, it is very nerve-wracking. 

Matt Zahab 
I like that. Thanks for the little sneak peek there. Erica, final time you are within the present, scorching take manufacturing unit, you and I put our shit kicking boots on, bounce within the Sizzling Take Manufacturing unit, let a pair fly. You bought to offer us a pair Erica scorching takes earlier than we allow you to go, it would not must be crypto associated, might be well being, wealth, happiness, house, aliens, AI, you title it. However give us a pair Erica scorching takes earlier than we allow you to go right now. 

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Erica Kang 
Nicely, I do not assume it is a scorching take, however I feel it is a very powerful to maintain the train going. I dance so much, and so I feel relieving stress is certainly mentally, I imply, it is a take a look at for me proper now, truly. And so I attempt to like, I feel like dancing and even similar to, you realize, I am relieving to meditation. I feel psychological well being and in addition bodily well being is a very powerful factor. I imply, alone from all of the profession constructing that we’re in it for, proper? I feel it is actually necessary. And quantity two, Korean meals is one of the best. What ought to I say? It involves Korea. Like, you realize, Korean delicacies is like completely primary. I hosted. High notch. I hosted simply final week, I hosted a Korean barbecue and karaoke, like gathering stuffed with founders and so they liked it. And it is just like the legit solution to like welcome individuals. And in order that’s my scorching take. I feel it is a generally, you realize, acknowledged take, I consider. And yeah. Oh, ladies builders are very underrated. That is what I wish to additionally stress as nicely. You recognize, I feel a feminine ladies illustration in crypto is certainly underestimated. I feel it ought to be highlighted extra. I have never spoken overtly about this sufficient, however I feel I ought to as a result of I really feel like plenty of, as a result of I am from a ladies’s college in South Korea, and, you realize, these younger college students, they appear as much as me, they ask me questions on profession constructing, additionally a steadiness between private life and in addition like how I handle like work and in addition household, for instance. And so I feel I actually am requested to be a mentor for lots of these items. However yeah, I actually assume feminine builders ought to be extra appreciated and in addition extra supported as nicely. And so yeah, that is additionally my different scorching take. 

Matt Zahab 
I like that. I agree with all three, particularly the Korean meals being completely hearth. Korean barbecue, undefeated. Always remember the primary time I had it, went with my mother or father. Oh my goodness, so freaking good. Love that. 

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Erica Kang 
You bought to come back to soul. 

Matt Zahab 
I do know, after I must get to that neck of the woods, after I do, I’ll undoubtedly hit you up. However I actually admire you approaching. This was actually a beautiful episode and may’t wait to have you ever on for spherical two. And hopefully I can meet you and the workforce in individual at certainly one of your wonderful conferences. However till then, are you able to please let our listeners know the place they’ll discover you and KryptoSeoul and BUIDL Asia on-line and on socials. 

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Erica Kang 
Sure, we’ve got a web site, buidl.asia. It is quite simple. So you possibly can simply sort in there for the convention references for the previous years. And in addition all of the hypethons that we did, for instance, and so you’ll find us there. Additionally on Twitter, I am on @ekang426. 426 my birthday. It’s extremely evident. Yeah, I remorse that. It’s best to have completed extra cooler. I didn’t realize it was going to be in crypto. So anyway, I am there. After which I’ve a BUIDL Asia account, additionally KryptoSeoul so you possibly can comply with us there for extra updates. Even have a YouTube channel, a really small one. However KryptoSeoul for those who sort in KryptoSeoul in English, you’ll find my YouTube channel. I’ve an enormous array of interviews as nicely throughout COVID. And so perhaps you possibly can verify that out. That’d be appreciated. Yeah, so please discover me in every single place. I am in every single place. 

Matt Zahab
You bought it. Erika, thanks once more for approaching. Actually a blast and may’t look forward to spherical two, wishing you and the workforce all one of the best and we’ll speak quickly. 

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Erica Kang 
Thanks a lot, Matt. Thanks, everyone. 

Matt Zahab 
Of us, what an unimaginable episode with Erica Kang, CEO and Founding father of KryptoSeoul and BUIDL Asia. She was dropping information bombs left, proper, and middle. Something Crypto and Asia associated, Erica lined it. We like to see that vast shout out to her and the workforce for making this occur. To the listeners, love you guys. Thanks a lot for listening. If you happen to loved this one, I hope you probably did. Please do subscribe. It could imply the world to my workforce and I chatting with the workforce. Love you guys a lot. Thanks for all the pieces. Justas my wonderful sound editor. You are the GOAT. Love you. And again to the listeners, love you guys. Thanks as all the time for tuning in. Carry on rising these baggage and carry on staying wholesome, rich and glad. Bye for now and we’ll speak quickly. 

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