“We see purpose as a transformational element that is defining the identity of a whole new generation. Young people are aware of the importance of social and environmental impact and see them as existential topics. They define their identity through purpose and authenticity, and this will change global economic frameworks fundamentally. We are passionate by the possibility of building viable financial products for this generation. Investment products that are underwritten by impact. Not by impact narratives or theoretical models. But by real, verified events. Both of us had various attempts at defining such models in the past. The emergence of blockchain technology provided a technical solution to some of the structural problems that come with this model. We could now use impact verification as a proof of work for a new type of financial asset. The timing was perfect, so we pulled the trigger and embarked on this wonderful journey.”
Is there is such a thing as being too open?
“I believe there is a difference between being vulnerable and being open. To me being vulnerable means allowing yourself to have a human connection, being open means over sharing. I do think there is such a thing as over sharing, especially in today’s social media era. Ironically there are many people being open but not emotionally connecting. I do not however believe that there is such a thing as being too vulnerable because having human connections with each other is why we are here.”
“I focus specifically on the North America market and for me it’s important that women of color not just feel included but to also feel a part of, feel a sense of belonging, feel truly seen. Everything I do is led with that being the priority. I want to continue to see beauty brands move far beyond tokenism, I want to see women of color also be known and seen as the standard of beauty, I want to see representation across ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, body shape, all of it. I want to see women of all backgrounds celebrated, their differences and cultural nuances understood, their beauty put at the forefront.”
“I think it is important to talk about mental health and even more important to normalize it in daily conversation and life. We’ve become so used to hiding it from the public sphere that it’s become something negative and shameful, and as a result, it’s hard to get better and hard to achieve wellness in that sense. For me, sometimes saying this is easier than doing, especially when it’s about myself (read: this interview was a little difficult), but I think it’s necessary. It’s definitely something I’ll be working to improve on.”
Mental Health, How Comfortable?: “It’s something I feel comfortable talking about to a certain extent. I still feel the judgment when I openly talk about mental health with others and that part makes me feel uncomfortable. However, I know how imperative wellness is, so I push through and embrace difficult conversations. I enjoy making my writing vulnerable.”
Jeremy Gardner became a self-made multi-millionare before the age of 25 by investing in cryptoassets and co-founding Augur, a blockchain-based prediction market platform. Before Augur, he founded the Blockchain Education Network, a global educational nonprofit, and afterwards founded Distributed magazine, SAAVHA, an enterprise security startup, and most recently MadeMan, a men’s skincare startup. He continues to advise and invest in startups in the blockchain industry as the co-founder of Ausum Ventures, a hybrid venture-hedge fund comprised of startups and crypto-assets for social good.
“Living in South Korea as a foreigner has been a journey in self-love. I was interested in South Korea before I came to live here so it made me eager to keep learning about Korean language and culture. This curiosity, openness, and desire to culturally assimilate makes certain things easier in adjustment as a foreigner. But it’s not always easy. There are times I feel like I have to have my teacher hat on– needing to politely correct racially/ethnically ignorant comments, looks, or gestures, but I understand that comes with the territory of being and looking different in a country that has been a reflection of homogeneity for decades.”
I interview Carly Schwartz, the Editor in Chief of Google Insider at Google and Editor in Chief TRIX, a magazine that combines the refined design of a glossy magazine with editorial that speaks to the intellectual curiosity, agency, and grit of women all over the world, covering travel, her story, career, and culture through a female lens, from the art of traveling solo to closing the investment gap. Together we explore her journey in wellness: the importance of openness, defining happiness vs wellness, and the value in embracing systems and regimens.
One common thread that’s left an indelible mark on Nick and continues to impact his work and life is his journey with mental health. As a thriving artist and human, Nick has become a passionate advocate of mental health over the past couple years (read his full story here). Together, we have an honest chat and break down some prevalent issues pertaining to mental health – around the world, in the community at large, in his personal life and in the artists’ realm.