Up close and personal interview with LifeMesh CTO & Co-founder Chris Verceles. LifeMesh is a blockchain based disaster management platform that facilitates complete transparency in disaster management by connecting, verifying, tracking, and matching resources on a public and distributed global platform.
BITCHIKKA: What got you interested in the blockchain technology?
CHRIS: It started when I was about a second-year college student, and I was playing poker so this is about 2010–2011. My friend lost when we were playing poker and he couldn’t pay me. And instead of handing me money, he handed me this weird piece of paper with a lot of numbers and letters on it and I was like, “What is this? What would I do with it?”. And he said, “That’s a 100 bitcoin.” I threw it away when I got home. 2014—fast forward to that year, and it’s worth $1,000 so that’s $100,000 and at the last height, it was a million dollars. That’s how I learned about it and then I got into it in 2014 again in Ethereum. I’m a developer, so I figured should know how to develop these things. Moving forward from there, I ended up starting LifeMesh which is a humanitarian disaster management platform on Ethereum, and then I joined ConsenSys along the way.
BC: Do you have a favorite project aside from the one that you’re currently working on?
C: My favorite one is Decenturion that I’m not working on because it’s in a distributed state with no borders and everyone is in it. The ideal goal is they get universal income and whenever a company wants to come in and get market adoption, they started airdropping tokens to the entire citizens. It’s a good start in terms of governance on the blockchain because one of the primary use of blockchain is to abstract governance or to automate trust that’s involved in the governance.
BC: What do you outside blockchain industry?
C: When I have time, I go surfing, snowboard, play the piano and I’m training for Spartan.
BC: If you’re not in blockchain industry, where would you be?
C: I was trying to go for a business degree when I was an undergrad, but that didn’t go through and everyone told me to stay in Computer Science. I might be a lifestyle coach; I like teaching people.
BC: How’s your 2018 and what was the highlight of your year?
I think the highlight of this year is getting to know the blockchain community and understanding that it’s not just me working on these things because when you’re in a community you’re much faster towards a sort of related goal—not really the same goal but you’re all working towards building a decentralized economy. If you have people working towards that, it becomes so much faster and easier to get over hurdles because you’re all going through some of the same problems and going to the same direction.
BC: What are you looking forward to this coming 2019?
C: I’m looking forward to a lot of projects I’m bringing up and working on to actually get profitability this year. One of them is very close and it’s in legal tech, and you can learn more about it next year.
BC: Any projects that you would like to promote this 2019?
C: Obviously, LifeMesh. Watch out for it. We’re launching the product in 2 months—that’s in 2019. So if you need help, just go online and say, “I need help” and an NGO will send goods directly to you depending on what you need, without having to go through the government or get permission from the government. So you get rid of that huge middleman and make sure that you get help when you need it.
Watch Chris Verceles’ interview here.