Collage of Events Put On By Tampa Bay DAO

A Contributor’s Journey In Tampa Bay DAO

by Alex Divietro

Published On: June 16th, 2022

Have you ever wondered why someone would want to be part of a DAO?  Why someone might spend their time doing work when they don’t have to?

That’s crazy, right?  Doing work that you don’t have to do…

These thoughts were on my mind when I first learned about DAOs.  Until I actually became part of one.

That’s why I want to touch on my journey in Tampa Bay DAO. To give you some insight into why I now spend most of my days working with this wonderful community and why I believe anyone can find a DAO worth their time.

I want you to walk away from reading this with a newfound perspective on how a DAO can be impactful on an individual, and ultimately, a community.

To give you a better understanding of TBD’s impact on me, I’ll need to give you some background.

Oh, and if you need a brief explanation of what a DAO is, check out what my friend and coworker, Wally, wrote last week.

 

Who is Alex, aka “A1 Stake Sauce”

“When he’s not busy preparing for America Ninja Warrior, Alex can be found designing and creating…”

Just kidding! That’s the last of the third person you’re getting from me, I promise.

And I earned the nickname from my DAO comrades; if you see me around feel free to ask me about it.

Anyway, I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever prepped for Ninja Warrior…but I do love graphic design and creating various forms of artwork.  

I went to college, initially for Computer Science (programming), and found myself graduating with a Biology degree.  After college, I ended up working in restaurants to pay off my debt, while diving into various areas on the side.

I studied up and taught myself game design, then website development, then website graphic design, then logo design, then I discovered crypto and started my own newsletter to educate and onboard people into the space.

And then and then and then…no and then!

Clearly, I bounced around in many areas of study.  It wasn’t easy for me to decide where I wanted to dedicate most of my time and efforts.  And although I learned a lot, I felt that my energy was spread out too thin and my mixed skillset wasn’t cohesive enough to be beneficial in combination.  

Until that fateful day at a local kava shop…Grassroots.

 

How I Got Started With TBD

Around the middle of 2021, I began working on my educational side work at Grassroots, in downtown Saint Pete, rather than at home.

It was a friendly vibe from the start, and everyone was usually in work mode, which helped me focus.

One day, I hear a random conversation between two people about crypto–of course–and couldn’t help but work my way into the chat when it was appropriate.  Once we finished that particular conversation, Pat and Germany asked about what I do and vice-versa.

Having learned we were all actually working with crypto in some fashion, more productive conversations ensued.

Over the next week, we quickly realized we all wanted to take our experiences and ideas a step further.  

I won’t dive into the details on what TBD is about, but you can learn more about us on our Notion page.

Instead, I want to discuss how I finally found an application for my mixed-bag skillset!

 

How TBD Got Started With Me

Building an aligned, decentralized, local community using the power of Web3 tools and crypto to provide a mutually beneficial environment for personal growth and financial freedom is super easy!

Said no one, ever.

But that’s what we’ve been determined to do.  We saw the potential and dammit were we fired up!  

Remember when I said I wasn’t confident in my graphic design, crypto, developer, and educational experience is useful in combination with one another?  Well, what do you know…a grassroots organization centered around using crypto and Web3 absolutely has a place for these skills. 

We needed branding, a logo, design assets for a website and social media, and more; my creative heart knew it was in the right place.

Within a few months, an opportunity presented itself.  

One that would put TBD on the map in the Tampa/St. Pete area and officially kick off our open invitation to the community…

This was the big tech conference in Tampa, the Synapse Summit of 2022, where we offered a free NFT minting experience for anyone who attended our booth.

It was a huge success, too!  So invigorating to have our booth packed the entire day and help people set up wallets and get their first NFT with us. 

And guess what?  

I created the NFTs!  It wasn’t about the recognition. I was just happy to have contributed to something I believe in and to bring us closer to our goals.

I’ve been so appreciative of the opportunity and the support from my team in making this happen; it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

Free NFT Minting Experience Tampa Bay DAO At Synapse 2022

We minted over 150 NFTs!  What a start!

The shared success was a boost for everyone; our hard work now had results.

 

My Experience Within The DAO

As our community took form and continued growing, many other needs and positions came about.  I was eager to contribute my knowledge and experience wherever I could apply them, and before long, I spread myself into numerous facets:

  • Design & Art
  • Treasury & Finances
  • Governance & Community Structure
  • Newsletter & Blogs
  • Event Execution
  • Project Lead

Everyone knows the phrase:

When you do what you love, it isn’t work.

I don’t think anyone can truly understand that until they’re experiencing it.

With TBD, I finally understand this sentiment.

Not only am I satisfied with the work I get to do, but the people I get to do it with and the culture of our environment. 

I can honestly call my coworkers my friends.  We spend time together outside of work, we play pranks on each other and other shenanigans.  

We have fun!  But we also get deep in the trenches together.  We check in on each other and I actually feel they care when they ask how I’m doing.

Tampa Bay DAO Meeting With Community After Synapse 2022 Event

Let me ask you…

At your job, do you get to offer your ideas for the direction of your company?  For changes you think would be beneficial?  For improvements you think need to be made?

Do you think you will actually be listened to, or would it be the form of listening that’s actually just waiting for the person to stop talking?

That’s how I felt at my previous jobs.  

And I’m not saying the DAO should become a job for everyone.

Even just helping out where I could at the start and making connections has given me a greater sense of purpose and passion than I’ve felt at any other point in my life.

I want everyone to share this experience. 

Whether it’s with Tampa Bay DAO, or another DAO that you come across.

 

Final Words

I want to thank you for giving your time to my writing and seeing it through to the end.  I hope you have a better insight into TBD, the potential impact DAOs can offer, and a sparked interest in joining a DAO.

My name is Alex Divietro and I’m one of the founders and core contributors of TBD.

You can find me in the Discord designing assets and Pelican memes for our socials, posting crypto news I come across, and working with the writing team.

You can find me on Instagram at @alexdesigner.eth or on Twitter @dividesigner.

I would love to meet you and hopefully work alongside you someday, so be sure to come to one of our events!

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out on future events and educational workshops.

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Collage of Events Put On By Tampa Bay DAO

A Contributor’s Journey In Tampa Bay DAO

by Alex Divietro

Published On: June 16th, 2022

Have you ever wondered why someone would want to be part of a DAO?  Why someone might spend their time doing work when they don’t have to?

That’s crazy, right?  Doing work that you don’t have to do…

These thoughts were on my mind when I first learned about DAOs.  Until I actually became part of one.

That’s why I want to touch on my journey in Tampa Bay DAO. To give you some insight into why I now spend most of my days working with this wonderful community and why I believe anyone can find a DAO worth their time.

I want you to walk away from reading this with a newfound perspective on how a DAO can be impactful on an individual, and ultimately, a community.

To give you a better understanding of TBD’s impact on me, I’ll need to give you some background.

Oh, and if you need a brief explanation of what a DAO is, check out what my friend and coworker, Wally, wrote last week.

 

Who is Alex, aka “A1 Stake Sauce”

“When he’s not busy preparing for America Ninja Warrior, Alex can be found designing and creating…”

Just kidding! That’s the last of the third person you’re getting from me, I promise.

And I earned the nickname from my DAO comrades; if you see me around feel free to ask me about it.

Anyway, I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever prepped for Ninja Warrior…but I do love graphic design and creating various forms of artwork.  

I went to college, initially for Computer Science (programming), and found myself graduating with a Biology degree.  After college, I ended up working in restaurants to pay off my debt, while diving into various areas on the side.

I studied up and taught myself game design, then website development, then website graphic design, then logo design, then I discovered crypto and started my own newsletter to educate and onboard people into the space.

And then and then and then…no and then!

Clearly, I bounced around in many areas of study.  It wasn’t easy for me to decide where I wanted to dedicate most of my time and efforts.  And although I learned a lot, I felt that my energy was spread out too thin and my mixed skillset wasn’t cohesive enough to be beneficial in combination.  

Until that fateful day at a local kava shop…Grassroots.

 

How I Got Started With TBD

Around the middle of 2021, I began working on my educational side work at Grassroots, in downtown Saint Pete, rather than at home.

It was a friendly vibe from the start, and everyone was usually in work mode, which helped me focus.

One day, I hear a random conversation between two people about crypto–of course–and couldn’t help but work my way into the chat when it was appropriate.  Once we finished that particular conversation, Pat and Germany asked about what I do and vice-versa.

Having learned we were all actually working with crypto in some fashion, more productive conversations ensued.

Over the next week, we quickly realized we all wanted to take our experiences and ideas a step further.  

I won’t dive into the details on what TBD is about, but you can learn more about us on our Notion page.

Instead, I want to discuss how I finally found an application for my mixed-bag skillset!

 

How TBD Got Started With Me

Building an aligned, decentralized, local community using the power of Web3 tools and crypto to provide a mutually beneficial environment for personal growth and financial freedom is super easy!

Said no one, ever.

But that’s what we’ve been determined to do.  We saw the potential and dammit were we fired up!  

Remember when I said I wasn’t confident in my graphic design, crypto, developer, and educational experience is useful in combination with one another?  Well, what do you know…a grassroots organization centered around using crypto and Web3 absolutely has a place for these skills. 

We needed branding, a logo, design assets for a website and social media, and more; my creative heart knew it was in the right place.

Within a few months, an opportunity presented itself.  

One that would put TBD on the map in the Tampa/St. Pete area and officially kick off our open invitation to the community…

This was the big tech conference in Tampa, the Synapse Summit of 2022, where we offered a free NFT minting experience for anyone who attended our booth.

It was a huge success, too!  So invigorating to have our booth packed the entire day and help people set up wallets and get their first NFT with us. 

And guess what?  

I created the NFTs!  It wasn’t about the recognition. I was just happy to have contributed to something I believe in and to bring us closer to our goals.

I’ve been so appreciative of the opportunity and the support from my team in making this happen; it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

Free NFT Minting Experience Tampa Bay DAO At Synapse 2022

We minted over 150 NFTs!  What a start!

The shared success was a boost for everyone; our hard work now had results.

 

My Experience Within The DAO

As our community took form and continued growing, many other needs and positions came about.  I was eager to contribute my knowledge and experience wherever I could apply them, and before long, I spread myself into numerous facets:

  • Design & Art
  • Treasury & Finances
  • Governance & Community Structure
  • Newsletter & Blogs
  • Event Execution
  • Project Lead

Everyone knows the phrase:

When you do what you love, it isn’t work.

I don’t think anyone can truly understand that until they’re experiencing it.

With TBD, I finally understand this sentiment.

Not only am I satisfied with the work I get to do, but the people I get to do it with and the culture of our environment. 

I can honestly call my coworkers my friends.  We spend time together outside of work, we play pranks on each other and other shenanigans.  

We have fun!  But we also get deep in the trenches together.  We check in on each other and I actually feel they care when they ask how I’m doing.

Tampa Bay DAO Meeting With Community After Synapse 2022 Event

Let me ask you…

At your job, do you get to offer your ideas for the direction of your company?  For changes you think would be beneficial?  For improvements you think need to be made?

Do you think you will actually be listened to, or would it be the form of listening that’s actually just waiting for the person to stop talking?

That’s how I felt at my previous jobs.  

And I’m not saying the DAO should become a job for everyone.

Even just helping out where I could at the start and making connections has given me a greater sense of purpose and passion than I’ve felt at any other point in my life.

I want everyone to share this experience. 

Whether it’s with Tampa Bay DAO, or another DAO that you come across.

 

Final Words

I want to thank you for giving your time to my writing and seeing it through to the end.  I hope you have a better insight into TBD, the potential impact DAOs can offer, and a sparked interest in joining a DAO.

My name is Alex Divietro and I’m one of the founders and core contributors of TBD.

You can find me in the Discord designing assets and Pelican memes for our socials, posting crypto news I come across, and working with the writing team.

You can find me on Instagram at @alexdesigner.eth or on Twitter @dividesigner.

I would love to meet you and hopefully work alongside you someday, so be sure to come to one of our events!

Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out on future events and educational workshops.

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