CR Herald Interview with Michael S
Elastos community governance is about to step into a new stage. After more than a year’s efforts, reparations for the project have been basically done. The CR website basically took shape, which was made up by the sections including CR articles of association, suggestions, proposals, CR forum, CR weekly and so on.
community members who intend to participate in the CR election are setting about making preparations for the election. And recently, CR Hearld is about to interview those Community candidates, so that we can get a statement of their opinions and relevant experience and competence on CR forum or through community channels.
Let’s start !
- Could you please introduce your educational background, profession, and interests?
Working on major pipeline installations for EPIC projects (Engineering Procurement Installation and Construction) throughout the Gulf of Mexico, I have become accustomed to preparing budgets, managing a team of 5–6 structural designers, approving timesheets, tracking VO’s (Variance Orders for unexpected design changes), determining all the deliverables required for each project as well as how much time will be required to complete each deliverable, ensuring milestones are being hit (If not, adjusting schedules accordingly), and I have even been involved in some hiring/firing. I have also personally been responsible for every single tender (quote for a new pipeline installation) or FEED Study that has come from the Houston office over the last 6 years, often turning into projects won over our competitors. These projects usually vary anywhere from $150 million to $1.5 billion in revenue.
About 4 years ago, over a years’ time I also developed a way to automate our design and fabrication processes using java and have been able to reduce project turn around by roughly 50%-60%. This automation required thousands of hours of coding/testing/debugging. Once the automation was operating properly, I was soon giving presentations to sometimes hundreds of my coworkers at a time including the CEO & COO in private presentations. It became apparent that because the Houston office was able to complete projects much faster than ever thought possible, that my automation must then be implemented across the globe in our many other offices.
Working in a company with tens of thousands of employees, I am proud to say I have won awards for Best Performance and have been nominated 4 other times over subsequent years for Best Innovation and again for Best Performance as well as being given spot bonuses for my efforts. This is the kind of effort that you can expect from me. I love Oil and Gas and it has been a great opportunity for me but over the last 2 years I have come to realize that elastOS is what I am truly passionate about. Being accustomed to creating budgets, analyzing time/cost/resources, ensuring milestones are met, I plan to contribute as much as I can to the Council.
In the event that I am reviewing a very complex suggestion/proposal, I am very fortunate to have three individuals who could assist me in the role of Technical Advisors, Kiran Pachhai, Rong Chen and TI.
2. How did you get involved with Elastos and how do you understand the project?
I found out about Elastos while I was part of the NEO community and quickly realized this technology had the capabilities to change the world and I had to be a part of it. I was diving into Elastos head first, and it started to consume more and more of my life. When I joined telegram, that’s when things started to become a lot more serious for me, because it was non-stop, live interactions directly with other community members, not just a forum like reddit. After being in telegram for about a year,
3. How do you understand CR and what CR means to Elastos?
The Cyber Republic is the entire global community of Elastos. We are the global society, woven together by the threads of Elastos. We all have a shared responsibility to ensure that this vision of a new, secure web comes to fruition, and we all have different skills and talents that we can use as tools to help Elastos and the community grow. We are the governing body of Elastos and all have a voice in decision-making, whether it’s through voting for Council members, or using our votes to veto certain proposals that we may not want to see passed. The Cyber Republic is the voice and the heartbeat of Elastos, without a strong community, Elastos is nothing more than incredible technology with no users.
4. What things have you done or contributed to the Elastos community?
My dedication to the Cyber Republic community has been continually growing which has allowed me to assume many different responsibilities. I have had the opportunity to test Elastos on Ledger multiple times, weeks of testing/debugging the Elastos Mobile Wallet with the Elastos blockchain team in China at 2am-5am to fix freezing issues, searching for bugs or typos throughout Elastos.Academy website and even helping with content in an elastOS DApp that is soon going to be released. From the day that elastOS was released, I was already making a YouTube tutorial video to help community members get comfortable navigating and using elastOS. As new DApps are gradually released into the elastOS DApp store, I will be releasing many more tutorial videos to make it as easy as possible for new users to get accustomed to using elastOS and all of the features. When I first joined the Elastos telegram channel, I knew I wanted to make it the most pleasant place as possible. Since Elastos is a project run by the community through the Cyber Republic, this had to become a place for people to call home. For many months, I would be there greeting every new community member that I saw join the Elastos telegram channel. From helping community members diagnose issues with their wallets, answering various questions related to Elastos, or even discussing personal life, this community has been a huge part of my life. When the community expressed concerns related to marketing, I wanted to do everything I could to help. I quickly purchased and taught myself how to use Adobe Photoshop for marketing on several different social media platforms. I have since then been publishing Bi-Weekly Technical Summaries for concise technical updates that community members could easily share with friends & family. Since then, my efforts have expanded into recruiting developers & also targeting Bitcoin miners to increase merge-mining & overall network security. Contributing to consensus has always been very important to me, so I knew very early on that I would want to be running a Supernode. Running The Houston Supernode is something that I take a lot of pride in, but being a part of Enter Elastos & Noderators Supernodes has been a great way for me to meet some truly incredible people in the community. On behalf of Enter Elastos Supernodes, I have had so much fun helping to host quizzes in Telegram for the community to help educate, and bring attention to different topics such as Elephant Wallet, Elastos DMA & Hyper.IM / Hyper Connect. I also did some #FundMyDApp Retweet giveaways on YouTube to reward community members for retweeting tweets related to the contest.
Representing the Noderators, I have had many fantastic opportunities such as hosting more than 20 Ellipal giveaways over YouTube for community members and have also taken part of livestreams with Adem Bilican (covering Elastos Unity) and Rong Chen with KP Woods for a recap of the major accomplishments of 2019.
5. What are your CR’s campaign manifesto and main campaign proposition?
Having the opportunity to mold the future of the new smart web would be the honor of a lifetime. Ever since joining the Cyber Republic community about 2 years ago, I have steadily been dedicating more and more of my time to helping elastOS and the Cyber Republic community grow, as well as increase overall awareness in the developer/crypto space through social media. The geek in me absolutely loves the technology of elastOS and the marketer in me wants to tell the whole world about what we are capable of. I also feel a sense of personal responsibility to ensure funds are appropriately allocated, so analyzing suggestions and proposals is something that I am really looking forward to.
6. What advantages do you think you have in the election of CR members?
I believe my experience managing projects in Oil and Gas, projecting costs, seeing milestones are met, adjusting schedules and/or resources when necessary will translate very well. With my thorough understanding of how Elastos works, I feel my background can offer a lot to the team and look forward to working with everyone on the Council.
7. If you successfully run for CR members, which community work will you focus on and the development and construction of Elastos?
In order to help increase the number of developers and expedite the growth of the elastOS ecosystem, I plan to submit proposals to host events at major computer science universities. By hosting events at universities I’m hoping to attract some very ambitious, fresh talent to help build DApps on elastOS. The way that I plan to be a champion for elastOS is to simply do everything that I can to help encourage the community, boost our user base, and increase the security of the network as well as educating as many people as possible of the many benefits of elastOS. The proposals that I want to see get passed through the Council will be proposals that I believe will be able to provide the greatest return, for the lowest cost. I am ready to give it my all and hope that with enough community support, that I will have the great honor of serving on the Cyber Republic Council.
8. If you become a CR member, how do you plan to communicate with the community? How to better serve the community?
I plan to continue working as a Telegram Moderator (unpaid if I am blessed to join the Council), and I will always be accessible to the community through mediums like twitter, reddit, facebook & WeChat. My communication with the community will certainly be everyday.
9. If I become a CR member, what expectations do I have for CR?
I just want to see the Council working together in harmony, coming to mutual agreements on what will help Elastos thrive under new leadership. Council members should be strong advocates for Elastos and I
hope they will all take this position very seriously and with a lot of passion. If we work together, and create strong relationships, Elastos will be much stronger in the end.
*Thanks to Michael for receiving our interview!