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This week we spoke with Eric Polerecky, the founder of Akroma who agreed to answer some questions for us. I love speaking with developers and getting to know them a little better rather than be all business, all the time. It’s refreshing to step back from the grind and get to know your favorite developer and that’s what this series of articles is all about.
I’d like to personally thank Eric for participating in our Interview with a Developer series of articles! Without further hesitation, let’s dive into some questions we asked Eric and see just what he’s all about.
When did you get started with digital currency?
I first heard about Bitcoin from Slashdot around 2010. I didn’t get too deep at that time, just enough to create a wallet. In 2013, right before the price spiked, I started looking at Bitcoin again. This time I was deep in the code, learning about the protocol…I was hooked.
In 2016, my consulting company – Team Virtuoso – was contracted by a large financial institution to build out their traditional backend systems. We spent the next 15 months working with that customer, where each day the conversation undoubtedly turned to bitcoin, blockchains and crypto.
Why should the community adopt your coin, what attracts users to your coin?
The community should adopt Akroma if they wish to support a proven development team build a platform and products by and for developers.
Akroma is F.U.B.U. – For us, by us.
The amazing thing about how crypto projects align both users and builders incentives is that: **You are us** too. Us is anyone that is reading this post, us is the thousands of people in discord chatting about Akroma, us is our twitter followers. Us is the reason that Akroma is being created.
What keeps you enthusiastic about your project?
Meeting with entrepreneurs, start-up and other developers.
What currently is your biggest pet peeve about the cryptocurrency industry?
I’m not sure if this is a pet-peeve, but I’d like to see more focus on building consumer products that are not aimed at investing. Products that abstract away the crypto and currency part of cryptocurrency to offer new interactions that are not otherwise possible with centralized systems. I believe that CryptoKitties and ERC721 show the potential and are a huge step forward for decentralized platforms.
All software is a system of derivative works, facebook wouldn’t be here today if not for BBS, friendster and myspace. These stepping stones need to have been built so the next generation can be built. CryptoKitties shows a fraction of the potential of decentralized systems.
What do you do in your free time?
In what little free time I have, I enjoy card games, primarily Poker and Magic.