I’d like to introduce myself to you. I’m Ben Parr. I was the Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of the giant tech and pop news site Mashable from 2008-2011, where I helped manage Mashable’s editorial team and wrote more than 2,400 articles on technology. I switched over to investing in startups a year ago through my fund DominateFund, where I look for world-changing companies. And finally, I just finished writing a book — Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention“, about the science and psychology of attention; why we pay attention to certain people, products, companies and ideas; and how to capture, maintain and grow attention. It comes out early next year from HarperCollins.
I haven’t paid as much attention to digital currencies like my good friends Matt and Tina of Follow The Coin. However, I’m committing myself to learning now, and I decided I want to start with Dogecoin.
Why? Well, a few reasons. First, I’m in love with the Dogecoin community. It’s quirky, it’s fun, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. And second, your community is incredibly engaged. I learned for myself after all the engagement I got on this tweet:
But the real reason I’m interested in Dogecoin is this: I believe Doge has the potential to be a force for good. More specifically, I think it could make it easier for others to donate frictionlessly to charitable causes. You’ve already shown this ability with donations to clean water and sending Jamaican bobsledders to the Olympics. I believe that a universally-accessible digital currency built on tipping and donations could actually change the way we support charities. That’s something I’d like to be a part of.
So, I’m here learn. What should I know about dogecoin that might not be obvious to a newbie? Where else can I spend dogecoins? How the heck does tipping work? What do I really need to know about you guys and gals, the dogecoin community?
Most of all, how can I help you guys?
To the moon!