Santa Monica, California, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Since his entrepreneurial journey started in December of 2015, Christian Deciga, a co-founder of Everipedia, helped construct it from a Web 2.0 startup to a promising main blockchain firm in the rising Web3 trade. Today, Deciga and his colleagues at Everipedia should not solely experiencing the trade’s present renaissance coined “DeFi” brief for decentralized finance, they’re a a part of it. After changing into the very best wiki and information base hosted on the blockchain, the workforce is now engaged on bringing completely different merchandise resembling “information oracles” throughout the DeFi area onto the Everipedia platform as a part of its information imaginative and prescient.
This is his journey of how we went from a faculty dropout, surviving crypto’s bear market after the 2017 ICO growth, showing in a music video with rapper Juicy J, to using atop the DeFi wave.
First Generation Mexican-American
Deciga was born in Lakeland, Florida to an immigrant mom from Mexico and raised by a stepfather who took him in as his personal. His actual father left him earlier than delivery. Growing up as a first era Mexican-American, his stepfather would usually transfer to completely different cities for work constructing pallets. He moved across the nation together with his youthful siblings and fogeys having lived in locations resembling Dothan, Alabama, Marietta, Georgia, Dallas, Texas and Illinois.
Supporting his household with McDonald’s pay; Branching out into EDM
At the age of 16, whereas attending North Garland High School, Deciga was additionally employed as a McDonald’s cashier usually working a full time shift after college to assist his household on the time. His mom was unable to work and his stepfather had been deported after they lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Adopting a stoic philosophy, maintaining calm, by no means complaining, and at all times maintaining an formidable mindset, helped him face such exterior hardships in his life. CZ, the founding father of Binance, and Deciga, each share comparable tales as youngsters, as they each labored at McDonald’s to assist their households. He went on to graduate from North Garland High School in the Class of 2010, with one other classmate he now collaborates with, Johnathon Nguyen, identified by his stage identify Juyen Sebulba. Nguyen is a longtime digital dance music artist signed with Yellow Claw’s Barong Family Label. Nguyen’s collaboration with Yellow Claw “Do You Like Bass?” has been performed at festivals world wide. Using his new expertise discovered at Everipedia, Deciga is collaborating with Nguyen to assist his music undertaking Psycho Boys Club be the subsequent large musical act in digital dance music.
Creating His Own Path
In October 2015, as an undergrad scholar pursuing a bachelor’s diploma in pc science at California State University, San Bernardino, Deciga met Mahbod Moghadam (his former mentor), and Sam Kazemian, after they gave a presentation about Everipedia at Cal Poly Pomona. After the presentation, Deciga turned an early contributor to the positioning, beginning the entries for notable know-how entrepreneurs Balaji Srinivasan and Luis Iván Cuende (each nonetheless shouldn’t have entries on Wikipedia virtually 5 years later). In December 2015, Deciga withdrew from his courses at CSUSB and moved into Everipedia’s first headquarters, a penthouse house (PH2 at 972 Hilgard Ave.) positioned on UCLA campus to work on the undertaking full time alongside co-founders Sam Kazemian, Mahbod Mogahdam, Travis Moore, and Theodor Forselius. While engaged on a prototype of the iOS software for Everipedia, Deciga discovered the tactic of social media optimization serving to carry in hundreds of thousands of pageviews to the positioning in the method. Many of the early Everipedia entries Deciga created could be shared broadly throughout social media websites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit. Blogs and information sources would additionally use his entries in their publications. The New York Times cited his entry on Natasha Stoynoff throughout the 2016 Presidential marketing campaign of Donald Trump. During this time, the Everipedia workforce started to develop, and seize the eye of notable individuals in the tech trade in addition to critiques.
One of the co-founders of YouTube, Jawed Karim, emailed the Everipedia workforce in investing, however pulled out proper earlier than their announcement of constructing on the EOS blockchain in late 2017. Also close to the tip of 2017, Dr. Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia, joined the younger thriving firm as Chief Information Officer (he resigned in 2019).
During his time engaged on Everipedia in Westwood, Deciga lived as if he was a faculty scholar dwelling on campus. He would go to the John Wooden Center to exercise, store for groceries at Ralph’s, and even attended wild frat events on campus. In early 2016, he noticed President Obama leaving The W in Westwood surrounded by his safety element. Deciga additionally met and mingled with tech millionaires and CEOs at award ceremonies and events in Los Angeles. The Everipedia workforce ultimately grew out of the PH2 penthouse house in Westwood, and now has places of work in Sweden and Santa Monica, California.
Entry into Cryptocurrency and Web3
In late 2017, Deciga was thrust into the profitable world of cryptocurrencies when the workforce introduced that they’d be constructing their native cryptocurrency “IQ” token on the EOS blockchain. In early 2018, Everipedia made headlines after they raised $30 million in funding from Galaxy Digital, an EOS VC ecosystem fund.
Everipedia is at present one of many greatest initiatives on the EOS blockchain. It has develop into the most important decentralized software for studying and launched a prediction market referred to as PredIQt in 2019. Thiel Fellow William LeGate leads PredIQT as its CEO. In June 2020, the IQ token was listed on Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency alternate by quantity. Everipedia has rising group editors from world wide together with Nigeria, Venezuela, China, and Korea. Editors are rewarded with the IQ token for contributing to the platform, whereas on Wikipedia, an editor just isn’t rewarded for his or her contributions to the positioning. This is the way forward for the web often called Web3, the place anybody can contribute worth to the web and be rewarded for it. The workforce noticed big success in tokenizing the thought of Wikipedia, placing information onto the blockchain, decentralizing it, using IPFS know-how to host and retailer data. By utilizing IPFS know-how, Everipedia is a true decentralized software, that means that it doesn’t run on central servers like present Web 2 purposes run. This makes it virtually inconceivable to censor content material as sure retailers like Wikipedia face in nations resembling China, Turkey, Russia, and many others.
Everipedia and EOS in Popular Culture
In February 2019, Deciga alongside co-founder Sam Kazemian and former co-founder Mahbod Moghadam made cameo appearances in Juicy J’s music video for “Let Me See”, that includes Kevin Gates and Lil Skies. In the music video, EOS code written on a chalkboard written by Kazemian seems in the video. Kazemian, Deciga, and Moghadam sporting black tees with the Everipedia brand seem behind rapper Kevin Gates as he’s being “pitched” how the web goes to be the subsequent large factor. The video made headlines in the EOS blockchain group on the time.
The New DeFi Kings
Two years after the IQ token was deployed on the EOS blockchain, Deciga and his present colleagues at Everipedia at the moment are on the bottom ground of innovative know-how. They plan to introduce DeFi primitives resembling artificial belongings (IQ sensible belongings), lending+cash markets, and leverage onto the Everipedia platform. They are additionally working to deploy the IQ token on different blockchains together with Ethereum, Binance Chain, and Polkadot. This is all a part of the workforce’s mission to develop into THE information and DeFi platform that has a presence on each respected blockchain community.
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