B: Hey there, so I’m Ben, senior community manager for TON Labs, the team who brought Free TON to life from the ashes of the original Telegram project. On a daily basis, I’m active in a number of our sub-governance groups — specialised think tanks for various working aspects of the project — which leads to an incredibly varied schedule!
So, for example, right now I’m working wi th groups building Esports platforms, human and social impact ventures, education, social media marketing, and this is just the tip of the iceberg in the grand picture. There are at least 20 separate sub-governances on Free TON currently, each with its own area of focus and specialities.
B: The SEC essentially deemed the original Telegram project a security. So despite already having developed an incredible product, they were forced to return all funds. Rather than waste their efforts entirely, they open-sourced everything. Enter TON Labs.
B: Well, my crypto origin story isn’t as exciting as some. I have a daughter. She’s 11 years old now, and back in 2017, I managed to gather together some savings for pretty much the first time in my life. I was looking for a way to put some of this to one side and grow it, for her future. After getting frustrated at the options available, I stumbled into the Bitcoin rabbit hole and haven’t looked back. I got involved in communities, telegram groups, made a Twitter account for the first time, and the rest followed on from there really.