🎅 Should I Party?
is it better to party or not to party right now?
I have a little dilemma and I have a big announcement. Let’s start with the li’l dilemma…
🎅 Holiday Party?
As part of my recent explorations into the world of cryptocurrency I bought some $FWB tokens. FWB, or “Friends With Benefits” has built a social club based on crypto. With the five tokens I bought I am invited to the holiday party they are having tomorrow in Los Angeles.
Going to an event where I don’t know anyone is always hard for me (for everyone?). But even as I feel like I can push past my social anxiety, I am worried about the rising coronavirus numbers (the Omicron variant is going to hit hard).
They are requiring everyone show proof of vaccination (and I am both vaccinated and boosted) but this doesn’t feel like the time to be gathering in a bar with strangers. Am I using my pandemic paranoia to cover my social anxiety? Or is not attending the right call?
💼 New Opportunity
The big announcement is that I was offered a job1. Actually, the really big announcement is that I have verbally accepted and am waiting for the official offer.
Obviously this is not what today’s vote is about, so I want to explain that. As some of you know, the rule for what is or isn’t a shareholder vote is anything I would normally ask friends for advice about, no matter if it’s a big decision or a small one.
This isn’t a shareholder vote because I never questioned it or felt I needed advice. I am very excited about the job, which was crafted with me in mind, and it’s becoming clear that endeavor to make television with Kathryn is not something that is going to support me anytime soon. So let me explain why I’m so excited:
👨💻 The Perfect Fit
First off, this is a job that I was recruited for by the company founder. It’s a position that has been designed with me in mind, and is based on my years of running KmikeyM. This is a job where I will apply the skills I’ve leaned here with other communities.
I’ve had really interesting chats every few months with the founder as he’s been building his company. I’m excited about not just what they are doing but how they are going about it. My role will be to help talk about and explain to a non-technical audience the benefits of the space they are working in.
💰 The Money
Since leaving Sandwich in 2019 I have maintained a very low overhead in order to extend my financial runway and give time to work on projects with Kathryn. She came very close to selling a show we worked on to Netflix, but Hollywood is a fickle business and they passed at the last possible moment.
We have plenty of other ideas, but the pandemic encouraged a more conservative path and Kathryn took a staff and I worked some freelance gigs. I was also lucky enough to make a little money on selling an option to my life rights. So financially I’m in about the same position I was three years ago.
But that position has been heavily supported by Kathryn. When I moved in during the pandemic she did not charge me rent and she covers most of the household expenses. This worked fine when we were in business together but as her career is pulling her away from our projects (but still upward!) it’s time for me to contribute.
And I’m excited about this. Having money and discretionary income is fun, but I’m also interested in getting shareholder input on how I spend and save. Shareholder control of personal finances will be a fun new project!
👨⚕️ Health + Wellness
Another part of having a job is health insurance, which will be a big improvement over the VA insurance I currently have (it’s very hard to get an appointment!). I’m excited to share and get shareholder advice about medical care. One of the first big decisions I will make is what kind of therapist to get. I didn’t even realize there were so many different kinds2!
I’ve been thinking about going to therapy since the start of the pandemic when I noticed (well, to be fair, Kathryn noticed it first) the way I deal with depression. And since digging into my early years growing up in Coldfoot, Alaska I’ve grown curious about how that has affected my world view.
Additionally, I have no idea how my cholesterol or blood pressure is doing. I know I have some digestive issues to work out that I have ignored my entire life (allergies maybe?) and have been thinking about creating financial instruments to act as a sort of prediction market (buy into me being allergic to peanuts, and then it pays out when I get the test results).
🧢 Mike, a Crypto Boy
And yes, this is a job in the world of crypto. I know there are a lot of different opinions within the shareholder community about crypto, ranging from rabid cultish endorsement to those that see it as a criminal-like ponzi scheme.
Back in 2019 the shareholders chose my position on crypto:
KmikeyM is fascinated by the promise of crypto but has a wait and see approach regarding the implementation because involvement requires a high technical understanding and few safeguards. He would not advise anyone to invest more than a token amount.
That reasoned response feels like the perfect place for me, because while don’t think crypto is “good” I do believe it is a lot of fun.
I’m hoping both the enthusiasts and the skeptics will be a part of this exploration going forward. Like the KmikeyM project, crypto has allowed people to directly interact and play with economic principles and financial tools. This has made financial literacy even more important!
💼 New Title, New Responsibilities
I’ll write up more about the specific job and the company once it is officially announced (and I can post it on my LinkedIn). But even before getting into the details I felt like I need to tell you why I’m not asking for a vote on this3.
I am really excited about this next chapter. A big part of the value I bring to any project is the network of shareholders who support me. This is the first time I’ve ever had that value be recognized by an employer!
I fully expect this job will raise the profile of the KmikeyM project to new potential shareholders because for better or worse crypto-people seem to love the idea of a publicly traded person. :)
I look forward to your thoughts and comments on this! Feel free to email me as always at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out on Slack.
K. Mike Merrill
until it’s official with paperwork signed, I’m not yet revealing the company or specific roll ;)
if you do therapy i’d love to talk about it!
i thought about just making it a vote anyway, because I assume it would pass. but that felt disingenuous