Yesterday, I contacted this person because I was so curious because he was the one who gave upvotes to articles that have high quality, deserved, and wanted.
I'd like to ask his opinion especially for those of us who don't know much about cryptocurrency or BCH.
During our chat, I learned a lot from him, he was also a friendly person. He was so busy but he was able to finish the interview for us.
On June 29, I published an article about my interview with @scottcbusiness, because of that we learned a lot from him.
And now, We will witness who is @Koush, because he also deserves to recognize for being a generous person.
There we go;
1. Tell us what @Koush do behind crypto?
Answer: I am a normal user like everybody else. I am very enthusiastic about what we can achieve with permissionless peer 2 peer money. But since Bitcoin Cash is decentralized even in terms of development and businesses, we have to work to build the necessary software, services, and awareness ourselves. There won't be anyone doing this for us. That is why Bitcoin Cash is not so well known, besides other more corporate coins like Bitcoin, Dash, or Ethereum. That is why I initiated the BCH Africa project with Mustapha Yakubu in Ghana and later the BCH Ignite project with George Donnelly from BCH Latam (Latin America). My work is to focus on the developing world and to empower people to use BCH to their advantage. I don't like the speculation and investment part of it. I don't want to advertise 1000x returns or whatever. I want to emphasize the opportunity for people, to use these permissionless tools for their own benefit. It will help grow the utility with each new use case and that will reflect naturally on the price of the coin. Holding and waiting is no solution, as there are not many people, who are working towards BCH getting enough awareness, especially in Africa.
2. What is BCH Ghana or BCH IGnite
Answer: BCH Ghana is a grassroots project to bring the needed awareness about Bitcoin Cash and the beneficial use of it to people. We also want to host meetups even for other cryptocurrency projects or host events for developer teams. Bitcoin Cash House focuses on educating BCH and creating business models for people who want to take the opportunity to make a career on top of BCH. We will be pioneering the businesses ourselves a small scale to be profitable, but also to make people realize, that they can start working on BCH and making money just the same.
BCH 🔥Ignite was initiated as a builders platform on discord by George. I liked the idea a lot and so I asked him to team up and be active as a BCH related media focusing on the BCH builders. It is about networking for the people inside BCH but also about making a case for BCH towards people, who are still outside of crypto.
Two Mottos of Ignite would be: 'grow the pie' and 'make it happen'.
3. Who inspired/motivate you to do that Project about BCH?
Answer: My philosophy is very similar to Roger's for example. We are libertarians and as such understand the importance of Money. As an Iranian, I can tell you a lot about 'permission' money. Money that can be frozen, censored, or simply disconnected from the rest of the world. Also one of the most important things in my opinion is ending the wars. I know, that if people actually stop using fake money printed out by corrupt government institutions, then they will literally not be able to pay for their gigantic destruction of lives in other countries. It sounds very ambitious and it might take much much longer than some people expected. But since then, I don't know why I would work towards anything else. All I want is to make free money for free people to happen.
There is a gigantic potential for prosperity, if we manage to connect together, all over the world and start trading and transacting without anyone of these war-criminals and counterfeit banksters being able to stop us.
4. When did you start using BCH? What are your experiences when you use it?
Answer: I remember using Bitcoin (BTC) on Minecraft Casino in 2013. As you can see, Bitcoin was used very similar to BCH back then. Today you would not be able to make Minecraft Casino on BTC and actually, this server doesn't exist anymore. If anyone of you loves Minecraft and can code, this is your BCH based million-dollar service, that you can create. You can check it out on Youtube. The name is 'Bitvegas'. You are not only confined to a Casino. You could create a literal face to face exchange, where people meet in-game and exchange BCH. It's Minecraft, anything is possible. And in fact, someone created a tipping bot just a few weeks ago.
But back to the story: I was also trying to get some BTC from faucets around the time. I also know, that I had such a strong password set up, that even though I remember it, I cannot unlock my BTC wallet, because I used numbers in words like 'P4ssw0rd'. I made it so complicated, I forgot where the numbers are😂. So I essentially lost a few dollars worth of Bitcoin. So yes, we all have been there. If you have not backed up your account, please do so and think of a good way to store your backups/keys.
Fast forward today: BCH simply works. I live in Germany and I do not have a big use for BCH here. I started 'investing' in it shortly before a huge price increase. I however did not take profits, because I was a bit ideological and tried to 'stay' in crypto and not cash out to 'dirty fiat' which was a big mistake. Because I could've used that profit as initial capital for all my projects I am doing today. But that is fine, The lesson is learned.
What I do know, however, is that I could help people send money overseas or even save their money in USD-stablecoins to earn more % interest, than they would, if they would store their money on a bank account.
So there are some use cases for developed countries like Germany, but I think the real impact and benefit shines through if you project it on Africa, Latin America, or East Asia.
In Germany, apart from savings, a good way to make money would be making remittances for people. In some countries, BCH is cheaper or more expensive than in Germany. You can arbitrage and make much cheaper, faster, and more reliable remittances for customers with fewer limitations, for example sending very low amounts of money, which is not really viable over normal Banking services like Western Union. I have not started doing such a service yet. But I am in talks with family and friends, who I can help making permissionless remittances.
5. Why do you prefer to use BCH, why not Bitcoin?
Answer: Very easy. BCH is Bitcoin. It sounds strange and many BTC people get mad at this, but it is how I see it. At the very least, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash are two legitimate versions of the Bitcoin idea and BCH simply focuses on utility first just as Bitcoin was intended not only by the creator but also by the pioneers, who worked on it years and years ago. People trying to make Bitcoin a speculation asset or settlement layer can do and say what they want, it is far less recognizable as Bitcoin, when I looked it up 2012 or 2015 or even today. If you look at Africa, people use Bitcoin for payments still, because it still has the benefit of being relatively cheap and reliable compared to their financial services. It will only be a matter of time and effort of course, that people will use BCH as a payment layer because it is the better version of the Bitcoin, they actually demand, if you look at their use cases.
6. Which shop or ecosystems, market, etc. could actually benefit?
Answer: Everyone can benefit. The most obvious beneficiaries are individuals who provide financial services. Money Changers or Mobile Money Agents. All of them can just accept BCH for a premium and provide the same services as they would with receiving fiat money.
Merchants can save on fees and the risk of chargebacks. If you can make a merchant accept BCH and also give him an easy way to hedge against price volatility, preferably a way for him to go into stablecoins, instead of trying to cash out to normal money, then the merchant will benefit from super low fees and no limitations compared to credit cards or even mobile money. It is also a way to invest in something without permission. It should not be the first use case, but it is still a nice use, especially for people, who want to have 10% go into something, that might appreciate. So it is all about giving the opportunity to do whatever the person wants to do and not limit ourselves or our customers to one use case, even though they have their own idea on how to use BCH.
But everyone can benefit. In the end, everyone has a bigger market reach (sell goods for BCH online), a bigger financial network (get tips or send BCH to someone online), and a lot fewer limitations and fees. Anyone can actually find a niche market or niche use case, that potentially saves money.
7. What platforms are you using now that involve BCH?
Answer: Read.cash and Memo. Again, I don't hold or use BCH just for the sake of using it. I really see myself as a user and a lazy and closed-minded one at that. I really wait for a service to motivate me to actually use it. The platform has to give me something that makes me take initiative. Because that is the proof for me, that it will bring more people in, that are motivated the same.
Both Memo and Read.cash make sense to me and are entertaining social media pages with cool features and you can see how many people already learned about BCH and are enthusiastic about it, just because there is a perfectly viable and motivating use case, that creates demand for BCH built on the utility aspect.
I use the wallet of local.bitcoin.com/r/bchghana.org to buy and sell BCH sometimes. BCH House as well uses this as a tool to facilitate secure remittances.
I used a WIREX credit card, that topped up with Crypto. But they don't accept BCH and I see no real reason to use it anymore. What I would do soon though, is buying Gift Cards for my local supermarket and really getting out of fiat completely.
8. What do you think about how ReadCash will evolve in the next 3 years?
Answer: I heard that any positive indication should be seen as 'the tip of the iceberg' of coming success. The indication of read. cash drawing in a lot of people from the Philippines and also making otherwise unmotivated people start writing and growing in terms of writing journalistic articles is a great indicator of a potential big success story to me.
It might even not be the perfect mix, maybe something is missing still for mass adoption. But what I see is, that some ingredient seems to have struck a nerve. And even if it is only growing inside the Philippine youth, it's still phenomenal. It means to read. cash found a niche subculture that it can cater to and even if it is confined to the Philippine High-School subculture, it is still a giant ecosystem. Many people want to compare it to 'Medium'. But I think Read. Cash should see, that it might be better to be a Youth-Social Media, than trying too hard to be Medium+BCH. Even though it sounds great, I think Read. Cash catering to people like you, who are active right now has more potential.
In other words, it should not try to create 'global news', because it's a big goal or metric of mass adoption. Rather, it could make more impact by creating the means for you guys and girls to be 'school news'. Everyone wants to be global news but no one thinks about giving each school in the world the opportunity to learn and grow with a journalistic approach. Imagine creating interesting news for your school and getting tipped by your teacher.
Or creating tutorship and courses, helping people with MAth's, and getting tipped by other kid's parents next to having good grades. Imagine Mark being able to show years and years of journalistic activity on read.cash and getting a job as a journalist for her regional newspaper. This is what I am seeing in readCash. A place to grow and to earn while growing. To earn respect (and BCH😎) for putting in the effort and helping each other to grow, grow, grow.
9. Lastly, What advice or tips can you give to the users of BCH?
Answer: You have the power. Many things are not how they seem to be. Do not forget, nothing holds you back more than yourself. You must be positive about your life and yourself. Many of you are still young. Many of you think they do not inherently have the skill or power or intelligence, which is nonsense. Not only does it not matter, that you are not the best in what you are doing right now, because the world of High School and University is just a small and actually very insignificant ecosystem. The world is much bigger and anything that makes you sad or frustrates you will be forgotten in just a few years. And if you want to be able to forget the bad things and focus on the good things, then there is only one thing you should do: Grow yourself. Make a plan. Take your most important goal in life and work towards it. Do you have one? If you don't have one, think of one. If you have one already, think of the very first thing you can do easily, to get nearer to the goal. Do you want to be a doctor? Well, it's easy, just start reading about medicine. Or even better, start writing articles about it on readcash. Learn from youtube, write down what you've learned. Summarize Wikipedia topics on medicine or what you have learned anywhere else on the internet and put it in articles on readcash. The more you dive into a topic, that really interests you, the more you attract the people, the circumstances, and opportunities to reach your goal.
And do not gamble away your Spice!
Thank you, sir, @Koush!
Thank you sir because I appreciate your cooperation during our interview. Thank you for your time. Because of your answers we know a lot about your experience, it's not always easy to learn cryptocurrency, sometimes you have to fail before we can learn. Because of your answer, we learn a lot about cryptocurrency or BCH. Thank you also for the tips or advice you gave us. You'll be an inspiration to all users who want to learn about BCH. Even if you are already high, do not change your attitude of giving advice, giving inspiration to users especially in the Philippines, or motivation.
By doing an interview, we will learn a lot from the expert person who uses BCH or cryptocurrency.
I hope you learn a lot from sir @Koush
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Wow I really appreciate interviews with the pioneers of the platform. Thanks to your efforts, we can discover their mindset and inspiration to understand the rationale behind of our existing ecosystem. Thank you so much 😌