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Hey, I'm KPL

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I Build Stuff in Web 3

• A Brief Intro •

Hey! I'm Kirsten Pomales Langenbrunner (AKA KPL). These days I spend most of my time building something new and cheering for Minority Programmers Association, a smart contract developer network.

I've built a few companies (see below). I help various Web 3 projects with governance, partnerships, and process design. If you want to collab, DM me on Twitter to chat.

Magyar vagyok. Ha magyar vagy, legyünk barátok!!! Soy puertorriqueña, pero mi español es muy malo. Probablemente pediré hablar inglés. Mein Deutsch ist jetzt schlecht (habe ich in den letzten Jahren nicht gesprochen), aber ich liebe die Sprache und werde sie bald verbessern.

Currently traveling the world with my husband Joey.

• Favorite Quotes & Other Thoughts •

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." - Kofi Annan

"The thought of being a creature of the present and the past, troubled me, and I longed to have a future—a future with hope in it. To be shut up entirely to the past and present is abhorrent to the human mind; it is to the soul—whose life and happiness is unceasing progress—what the prison is to the body.” - Frederick Douglass

“The argument for liberty is not an argument against organization, which is one of the most powerful tools human reason can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privileged, monopolistic organization, against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better.” ― Friedrich Hayek

My most fundamental belief is that humans are autonomous; that is, they are able to take action to impact their environment and circumstances. Anything can be done by anyone with enough willpower and grit. We make our own reality.

The future is decentralized and will be characterized by mass crypto adoption, flat organizations, and voluntary governance.

Those who can self-teach will inherit the earth.

• Prior Lives •

Co-Founded NFT SDK & API (2021 - 2022)

Co-founded and now advising FACINGS, an NFT gamification tooklit and API. Built our international team, forged our go-to-market partnerships, and took the company to the kick-off of our seed round.

Enterprise Blockchain Stuff + Governance Research (2019 - 2021)

Consulted on enterprise DLT projects (weaning suits onto blockchain via private permissioned consortium networks). Co-led the IEEE's Blockchain Governance Research Working Group for two years. Was a part of Gitcoin KERNEL Block 3.

More Startups (2018 - 2019)

Co-founded a few software startups including a data aggregation tech platform and an influencer marketing marketplace. Stumbled onto the capabilities of Ethereum smart contracts & pivoted to build blockchain-based tech (most important new tech of this century, IMO).

PHP Winter (Winter 2018)

Taught myself PHP and built basic webapps on freelance contracts. Eventually realized I like building companies more than building code myself.

Public Policy Coalition Building (2016 - 2019)

Managed grassroots coalition building and community education for a few public policy organizations working on reducing government cronyism. Realized that it's hard to change the momentum of government, corruption is rampant, and I can make a bigger impact building around the system via innovating technology. Was a participant in Atlas Network's Leader Lab.

Dropped Out (Winter 2016)

Studied towards a computational linguistics degree for about 8 months. Dropped out when I landed a full-time job in public policy.

Early Startups + Public Forums (2014 - 2015)

Co-founded an online public speaking courseware startup. Helped coordinate and moderate public forums on international current events issues at the City Club of Cleveland.

Archeology Intern (2013)

Classified bone fragments from dig sites and illustrated biological specimens (1, 2, 3) for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Archeology and Paleontology Department. Realized I didn't want to be an archeologist.

• Need Some Help? •

I'm happy to help folks trying to get into Web 3 get connected with the right orgs. If that's you, DM me on Twitter.

• Recentish Writing •

I sometimes write and talk about blockchain ecosystem design, stakeholder engagement, governance, and other topics.