The Community KYC [an introduction thread]

A place for anyone to introduce themselves, whether you’re working on, interested in or simply a bystander to Vega. Feel free to include answers to as many of these questions as you want.

  • What brings you here?

  • What’s your dream use case of Vega?

  • Favourite crypto meme?

  • What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

  • What book or movie would you recommend and why?

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Hi everyone, I’m Danny. I’m the solidity developer and blockchain integrator working here at Vega. I’ve been in this field for a while and am honored to be a member of such an accomplished team of talented people.

-What book or movie would you recommend and why?

Everyone here should probably read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. It’s about currency and cryptography and stores of value. It’s well researched and, having been published in 1999, predated cryptocurrency by a while.

-Favourite crypto meme?

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Hey! My name is Candida, and I manage the content & social media at Vega, so you’ll probably see a lot blog posts with my name on them.

  • What brings you here?
    I’m here to learn more about our community members, talk about what we’ve been up to and get some reading recommendations.

  • What fictional world or place would you like to visit?
    I’d love to visit the Bob’s Burgers world, so I could try the “I Fought the Slaw (And the Slaw Won)” burger. …and maybe steal Louise’s bunny ears.

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Witold here, I’m working at Vega as a Quant.

Really excited to be able to join this project: not just because of it’s potential to shake the ancien régime of financial services and make them more accessible, but also because it’s being looked after by a relatively small team full of amazing people backed by a growing community of sympathizers.

What’s your dream use case of Vega?

  • Don’t think we should focus on any single use case: building in enough flexibility, so that any entity from a sovereign state to a remote farming community can be better off by using it would be absolutely amazing.

Favourite crypto meme?

  • download

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

  • Flatland.

What book or movie would you recommend and why?

  • Cat’s Cradle, because while it’s always worth reflecting about our attitudes to technology and where it might take us, it’s even better if you can have a good laugh while doing it.

Happy to be asked about anything related to mathematical finance (or anything else for that matter): will do my best to provide a clear and accessible explanation or start a discussion with someone better placed to answer it.

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What brings you here?

  • I am working on the design and usability of a user interface to demo the Vega Protocol. In the past I worked on centralised trading platforms and am really excited to explore the opportunities and challenges of communicating the concepts that are specific to de-fi.

What’s your dream use case of Vega?

  • The De facto method for trading all the derivatives! And more modestly, I’m interested in the creation of new derivatives, allowing the esoteric but making it accessible.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

  • The Tower of Babel and Ted Chang’s Tower of Babylon (and I’d recommend Ted Chang)

:wave: Please say hi if you are doing User-centered design in the De-fi space.

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What brings you here?

I work on the trading interface and designing the GraphQL API with @michael & @matt. We’re aiming to provide a flexible, powerful user interface for trading, exploring the network and other related activities.

Unofficially, I’m also the official GameBoy photographer for the team. If you see me at a conference and need a new profile photo, just ask - I probably have a GameBoy Camera in my bag.

What book or movie would you recommend and why?

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Book or film, pick your preference, both are great - and that’s down to Chandler’s word-perfect dialogue

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Hiya all, I’m Tamlyn, one of the early crew here at Vega. My professional background is trading electricity (+gas, coal, weather) derivatives and at Vega I help to shape the protocol’s mechanism design. The opportunities and implications of Vega bend my mind continuously and I’m hugely looking forward to engaging with you all on that. I’m sure you have ideas I cannot even start to have imagined.

What brings me here?

Ramsey and I worked together on some of his previous projects. When he first pitched the idea of Vega to me the daringness of it struck me instantly. Could margined markets actually run without the onerous abundance of intermediation I was used to from my capital markets days? What would this imply in terms of shifting the existent power structures around access to financial markets? How could this actually work? I’ve not looked back since joining Ramsey, Barney and the rest of the team in our ongoing mission to figure all this out.

Book I’d recommend

I’m currently reading Snowden’s “Permanent Record”… what a guy. I would read it just 'cos i admire him but it’s also pretty well written IMHO.

Favourite meme

because all the best trading advice can be found in poker…

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Hey!

I’m Christina and am your designated go to for the Vega community. My background is a mix of philosophy (analytic by education, continental by heart), psychology, early stage start-ups and mental health tech. Between the psychological nature of markets, game theory, collective intelligence and ability to work with tech capable of causing widespread systemic change this weird and wonderful parallel universe seemed like the perfect fit.

My Vega dreams are far beyond the scope of the character limit here but in the near future I would love a futures markets for community-made Vega merch :rocket:

My booklist is never ending but I’d like to recommend is the book released from Enspiral called Better Work Together. It’s a must read for anyone.

Tangentially I’m also going to add this article by Ian Hacking as it’s one of my all time favs doesn’t have the wide spread credit it truly deserves https://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n16/ian-hacking/making-up-people

If you ever have a burning question, crucial feedback or just want to chat please feel free to message me here, twitter @rudcn or telegram c_hristina

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Ciao all, I do sysadmin and devops for Vega. I’m interested in all things related to Linux, continuous integration pipelines, automation, docker containerisation, monitoring and charting metrics.

Favourite crypto meme?

I like anything with Philip J Fry shouting “Shut up and take my money”.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

I’d like to see this world, a few millenia in the future.

What books would you recommend?

I like the classics: 1984, Brave New World, Paper Eater, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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Hello Everyone,

My name is David. I’ve been with Vega for a while thinking mainly about various aspects of financial risk and how design a safe pseudonymous protocol that trades in promises (derivatives) together with @tamlyn and @barney. Results of this are the margin mechanism and the risk engine design together with the early risk models that we have implemented. Other Vega related things that keep me busy are the liquidity incentives for market makers and mechanism design in general. A fair part of this is covered in the white paper.

In my other life I do research at University of Edinburgh School of Mathematics and some teaching (mainly stochastics and mathematical finance).

What brings me here?

My connection to Vega is from one of my previous jobs when I worked as a fixed income quant… and one of my colleagues knew George from his PhD days at Cambridge… that’s the “how”. As for the “why”: when @barney, @tamlyn, @ramsey pitched the Vega vision to me I thought: interesting, this might just about work. But it won’t be easy and there will be a lot of interesting research questions arising from this. We’ve solved some, some have motivated my academic research in particular in relation to machine learning and some are work in progress. But the point is that working with Vega is super exciting.

Dream use case of Vega?

Anything that helps people or companies get on with their lives (core business) more easily than they could before: be it easily traded weather insurance, FX futures for holidays… anything where the user won’t even know that there is “Vega protocol” behind what they are doing in the same way that most people don’t know that there is something called TCP/IP running the internet.

Book I’d recommend

Well, Hull’s “Options, Futures and Other Derivatives” is always a good start, then there is Karatzas’ and Shreve’s “Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus”… but jokes aside if we are talking about reading just for fun then I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchet (Mort is probably the favourite), Ursula K. Le Guin’s books are great (The Left Hand of Darkness)…

Favourite meme

Not sure… I’m not really up to speed when in comes to crypto (or any other) memes.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Hard to say… Discworld would be fun I suppose but some characters there have very short and unpleasant life spans. The Earth of “Futurama” i.e. 1000 years and the future here, but with Zoidberg and Bender. Good news everyone…

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is great! I’m currently reading it too!

Hi Everyone,

I’m one of the founders of Vega. My focus is mostly on making sure there’s enough fuel in the tank and that conditions are good to achieve our ambitions

What brings you here?

I’ve spent much of my life working in technology and building companies. A few years ago during some downtime I took a closer look at the decentralised systems being built and was curious about how they might impact the tech space and society in general. That’s also about the time I met my co-founder @barney. He really helped me get my head around some of the the more difficult concepts and he happened to be an awesome guy! And here I am :slight_smile:

What’s your dream use case of Vega?

I’m excited about the explosion of creativity and innovation that our protocol will support

Favourite crypto meme?

Sorry I don’t have one

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Still squeezing the juice out of this one!

What book or movie would you recommend and why?

Book - Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk To Freedom is incredible and touching
Movie - Alien vs Predator, I assume it’s obvious why

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Hi everyone! I’m Barney :smile_cat:

I’m a bit of a Vega fanboy, and at least partly responsible for the design of the protocol. I’m mostly here for the neon yellow swag though.

Stavro Mueller Beta or Planet Wormulon.

Book: Can I have a whole trilogy? Yes? Ok: William Gibson’s Bridge trilogy. How about two trilogies? Cool, add his Sprawl trilogy to that. I can have more? Cool, everything by Neal Stephenson but particularly Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Cryptonomicon.

Why? These are textbooks to the future, they’re incredibly well written, brilliant books, unbelievably prescient, and I don’t know how anyone can think about the future or design new tech without having read them (and really a whole ton more sci-fi).

Movie: Apollo 11 (2019) is probably the best movie of at least the last 5 years. Yes I know it’s a documentary. Still though. The best movie ever is Demolition Man (only half joking.)

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