The Horizen community is unique, colorful, and full of interesting people. Each month, we feature three individuals who contributed their time and expertise to help us improve various aspects of our project.
We featured PeaStew in our July monthly live stream. PeaStew is well known in our community for helping other community members resolve issues, sharing wonderful updates in the blockchain space, and helping our team improve the Horizen ecosystem.
What drew you to blockchain technology?
I’ve been using computers since I was 8 years old (Apple IIe) and so I have been in computing for 32 years now (!) and was around for the various expansions of technology, BBS -> Dial-up Internet -> Broadband (Australia got there eventually!) and in earlier years it was always a problem to pay for services when a Credit Card was not readily available to me, it was clear that some sort of electronic payment system was needed.
From 2006 till 2013 I was running a few websites (forums) with up to 100,000 members each and was having troubles receiving donations to pay server bills through PayPal. In late 2012 I heard of this ‘new’ thing called Bitcoin and decided to start accepting Bitcoin (running a full node myself was not as easy as it is today!).
I also found a dedicated server provider that accepted Bitcoin for payment and so (regretfully now) started using Bitcoin to pay for servers (1 BTC for a month’s rental!). After my daughter was born in 2013, I handed off the sites to the community and I wasn’t very involved in Blockchain again until mid 2017 just as everything was taking off again, fortunately, I still had my Bitcoin wallet and started off with an advantage!
What drew you to Horizen?
Initially, I was just interested in Masternode projects and a friend and I found ZenCash (now Horizen), I didn’t want to spend too much and ZEN nodes were a relatively cheap way to get involved and figure out the technology.
I was involved from then on, through the launch on mainnet until now. Early on, there was a lot of support required and the mighty Psyrax helped me enormously. When I had figured out everything I started helping out also, eventually this ended up with an offer to join the team (accepted on a purely voluntary basis) and, despite Rob being a dangerous Alien with questionable intentions, Rolf, Rosario, Rowan (the other 3 R’s), Mac and the rest of the team and community balanced it out and I stayed for the mission to bring privacy in all aspects to the world.
Is there anything about yourself you’d like to share with the Horizen Community?
I was one of the first to start offering paid node operator services at Horizen (ZenCash at the time) for those who found it too difficult to set up their nodes by themselves and this is now a real UK registered business (UltimateNodes.io), come and visit!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, PeaStew! WE ARE GLAD YOU CHOSE TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY.
Do you know an outstanding Horizen community member? Nominate them for the next Monthly Live Stream! Contact Horusfeathers #0323 on our Discord channel with their name and contact information.