DecentFinance.club website and home server


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I host a small Finance focused community powered by matrix.org. (Similar to Slack, but private and encrypted).
🔗 Read on Decent Fintech's website:
http://www.decentfinance.club

Work Summary

  • Problem:

    • In 2020, the only way to stay in touch with friends was through remote cloud-hosted platforms.
  • Challenges:

    • How do we keep an interactive, interoperable environment that can compete with Slack and Discord, without giving up our private information and conversation history?
    • How do this in a way that is fully encrypted and fully owned by us?
    • What platform will help us federate our conversations with people with similar interests?
  • Deliverable:

    • http://DecentFinance.club

      • A Matrix-synapse based chat server and decentralized chat client, privately hosted and secured by a team of decentralized tech and privacy-focused experts.

Decent Finance Club screenshot

Work Interests

I have been interested in financial markets since I first started talking to hedge fund employees and their IT departments.

I lived in Laramie, Wyoming with a few friends; the goal was to go to college at the University of Wyoming, but I took on just a small grant from the government to attend the community college.

After too long to decide between psychology, computer science, and English, I eventually dropped out of college, paid back the grant, and went to work full-time at Falcon Trading computers. It was an exciting opportunity where I was to be their first tech support and customer representative.

The mission of Falcon was pretty straightforward: offer consumer grade, cutting edge multi-monitor workstations by unlocking and optimizing the processing and memory capabilities of PCs (circa 2008). We heavily marketed their computers towards retail day traders, owning several domains like tradingcomputers.com.

It was an exciting time to be learning about how to optimize these power-house workstations. But it was also a volatile and historic time. I had a front-row seat as all the bells and whistles went off each day through those cold September and October candles during the stock market crash of 2008.

We pushed our computers to the ultimate max they could go, and like many banks of that era, a few of our computers didn’t survive. This was an extremely busy and time in my life. But through the cloud of shredded hard drives, blown capacitors, and stray electrons, I could take first hand lessons from day traders of all disciplines. Some customers included funds running our setups on the upstairs floors of prominent banks that no longer exist.

Little did we know how short those computers were going to operate. But the connections and lessons I learned during this period set the bedrock for my career for years to come.