An unrelated post started this topic and I decided to create a proper thread to move the conversation forward.
I live in a country (Venezuela) where access to PayPal or bank accounts in USD, Euro or any other stable Fiat currency is not possible, so cryptocurrencies are becoming more and more common among professionals that want better job opportunities and income to keep bringing food to their tables.
Sadly, is almost impossible to find clients who know how to use cryptocurrencies or that are willing to even try. Mainly, because of the convenience other mainstream services like PayPal offer to them. But again, those services are not a real option to some of us… There are indirect ways of using PayPal, but they are really cumbersome, not 100% safe, slow and we lose around 20% of the money in fees/comissions… When you live in a country where you can barely afford food or where the little “extra” money you make is actually to help other families stay afloat. Every % counts.
As you can imagine, living in these places makes us very conscious about the problems of depending in governments, bank institutions and the general, mainstream economic systems. Is almost impossible to have a conversation about cryptocurrencies without touching politics or, on the other hand, the bad reputation cryptocurrencies have for money laundering or “drug money”… But lets try to maintain the conversation about the viability of cryptocurrencies as a form of payment for Blender artists and maybe create some sort of “tutorials” about the use of cryptocurrencies for potential clients. Can we?
English is not my first language, but I can speak decent english (and perfect spanish)… I consider myself almost an “expert” in cryptocurrencies, I find the technology absolutely fascinating and having proven its life-saving value here in this country, I really want people in other countries to consider this option as a form of payment when hiring for a job.
I’m sure I’m not the only one in this situation, and given the geek/nerd and alternative/foss nature of Blender, I don’t think the topic of cryptocurrencies is that intimiating to us… If we don’t use mainstream software and are perfectly happy with Blender (even happier than with 3ds Max or Maya), some might even moved away from them… I think the idea of exploring “alternative” forms of money is not that awful, right?
Anyway, I’d like to know your thoughts, your experience with cryptocurrencies (any of them… Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Ethereum…) and maybe what would you like to see or have to be able to try them.
P.S.: Even the Blender foundation accepts cryptocurrencies, maybe I could start creating a tutorial explaining how to use cryptocurrencies to send donations to them and help familiarize Blender users (and potential clients) with its usage.
Just in case, here’s the Blender foundation page for donations and their cryptocurrencies addresses: