Final month, Tradelize and Cointelegraph teamed up for a contest to listen to your craziest crypto tales — casting a highlight on a few of your greatest successes and fails.
You didn’t disappoint… and choosing one winner was unimaginable. Due to this, we selected two — with the fortunate raconteurs sharing a 5,000 USDT prize between them.
The primary story got here from Timofei, who acquired a $100 present from his grandmother in Russia. He determined to take a position it in cryptocurrency — all whereas he adopted his goals of changing into a director in movie faculty.
Timofei was in a position to make use of the income he generated from the funding to fund the capturing of a movie he was making for his course, together with his grandmother serving as the principle producer. His creation was a hit — and in addition to being entered right into a Switzerland movie pageant, it was additionally proven at Moscow’s Museum of Trendy Artwork.
“This can be a residing dream, as a result of I didn’t depend on something,” he wrote in his story.
His grandmother lives in a distant village the place web entry is proscribed — that means he must put his cell phone in a clay mug to get a sign. Today, Timofei says he’s rigorously day buying and selling with an ambition to shoot a commencement movie. He’s additionally been in a position to return the $100 to his grandmother, and purchase her a TV for her birthday.
Wrapping up his highly effective story, he wrote: “I don’t at all times shut offers profitably, however I handle to maintain myself in hand and study from errors step-by-step. In spite of everything, for me the inventory chart is a metaphor for all times, with its ups and downs. Have a very good funding, watch an artwork film and maintain your grandmothers!”
A missed alternative
The opposite winner chosen by Cointelegraph comes from Cryptonaut, who used to compete in native Counter-Strike tournaments at web cafes in 2011, when Bitcoin was buying and selling at about $1.
He wrote: “My workforce and I made it to the finals after a number of razor-thin matches. It got here all the way down to a two-versus-one state of affairs the place I by accident killed my teammate with some pleasant hearth. Evidently we misplaced the match.
“The successful workforce ended up getting near $500 in money. As runners up we acquired 20 BTC every. On the time, I did not actually know what cryptocurrency actually was. I ended up buying and selling my 20 BTC for a gaming mouse pad.”
Cryptonaut still has the mousepad to this very day — however naturally, he thinks of what may have been. If he had held on to the crypto stash, it might have been value greater than $1.2 million on the time of writing… 2,400 instances greater than the $500 would have been value.
The CEOs of Tradelize and its associate Wootrade additionally shared their experiences. Anton Zapolskyi revealed how he first realized about Bitcoin, whereas Jack Tan shared an upbeat story from the darkish days of the crypto winter in 2018.
A contest to recollect
Cointelegraph’s managing editor, Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr, says choosing the winners of the competition wasn’t a straightforward feat by any means.
She added: “Everyone knows the crypto markets have been stuffed with drama over the previous decade — and this contest with Tradelize reveals that there have been loads of highs and lows for early adopters, too. We’ve seen tales of people that have achieved monetary independence by embracing Bitcoin… and people who have missed out on life-changing income after promoting within the early days. As the overall market cap races to $2 trillion, the following chapter of the crypto revolution is barely simply starting, and the remainder of the story remains to be unwritten.”
You may examine the checklist of winners on the Tradelize website, and prizes are going to be distributed within the coming week.