Let me introduce myself too
I’m Dan, from Italy, and I’m a developer.
I came across Blockchain and Bitcoin in 2015 when I wrote my university thesis about the visualisation of Blockchain data. While doing this work, Blockchain became a passion for me.
In the following year I joined a Blockchain startup, that unfortunately died with the 2018 bear market. Since then I moved on and worked for a multinational company that was/is dealing with loyalty points for banks (). After a year there I followed my passion and joined another startup in the Blockchain space (it’s really cool, maybe one day I’ll tell you about it). This choice gave me the freedom to be back to work on crypto full time again, so it was a happy move for me.
Since my best friend is an artist in the last year/year and a half I always tried to think how to connect Blockchain with art in order to help him. Of course there was already Opensea and NFTs and I already knew their potential but there was no market for that stuff yet. I even minted some NFTs for him, but it was just too early. Also, I was searching for ways of using NFTs in something like exhibitions or some more profound and conceptual way, so I spent a lot of time thinking about that without many results (since I’m not an artist ).
Once NFTs boomed I started to take that thought more seriously and started to really question myself about what is art and if NFTs could be considered art (the answer is yes). When I saw all the NFT mania I knew it was the right time to help my friend mint NFTs and sell his art. It worked well, my friend was happy but I wasn’t satisfied, I didn’t just want to create NFTs and sell them, I wanted to create something more impactful and meaningful, not only for my friend but also for myself and for all the artists as him and art lovers. In this process, thanks to him and other really good friends and colleagues born SNAFU, and here we are.