Introductory Post

in #introduceyourself3 years ago (edited)

Hello fellow Steemians!

I guess before we all start writing about our hobbies, there is an introductory post to be written. We all get ahead of ourselves and forget about that small tidbit.


My name is Chris, a startup enthusiast! Born and raised in the states, but spent the last 8 years of my life in Korea. It's been 10 years since I graduated from college, where I worked in consulting for a few years before dipping my foot into the startup scene. I've always been fortunate in that the startups that I have worked on seem to do well. My first startup TMON went from 0 to 4+ billion dollars in GMV in 6 years. Left after 5 years and started my second startup Althea, the number 1 Korean beauty e-commerce that caters to Southeast Asian consumers selling the trendiest Korean beauty products.

123.JPG Remembering the last few days of TMON (Always rooting for you guys!)

althea.jpg I'm not a big fan of pictures, so took one from the Tech In Asia article Man, I look so weird in this one. Anyways, that's me on the far left.

Ironically, thinking I was on top of the world, I started investing in startups thinking everything would do well. Man was this far from the truth. Be it as it may, let's just say that I won't be so active anymore investing in other people's projects :)

Regarding the blockchain, I came upon the crypto scene back in 2015, tried dabbling in mining, both physically and cloud.

  • Physically, I tried doing my own gpu-based ETH mining, as well as just purchase ASICS from Bitmain
  • Cloud mining, tried out Genesis Mining and Hashflare (
  • Got conned out of BTC with (man I sure had this one coming for me) and (usually, things that are too good, are essentially that, too good to be true)
  • Now, trying out a shared mining service called Ice Rock Mining
  • Looked into a few ICO projects and hoping that while many may be scams, there are the gems out there that really change the landscape of the world, of which I truly believe Steem is one of.

Anyways, that's my professional/hobby life in a nutshell for the past decade. Will post some new stuff in the future that I have experienced and hopefully can benefit others! Never in my life did I think I would be writing posts until I saw Steemit. Loved the model, talked with some of the team members, loved the team, and with the help with a few colleagues, thought that I could potentially provide some insight. If you have any questions into any of my experiences, let me know!

Ta ta and have a wonderful week, fellow Steemians!


Welcome to Steemit! Glad to have you on board. I'm sure your entrepreneur experience will be very beneficial to the whole lot of us :)

Thanks @arconite

Looking forward to meeting a great group of people here!

Hello Chris. Nice to meet you here. i love which you can find all Korean beauty products inside. Super Cool. Please feel free to come to see my post my name is mellissa~~~ ;) Welcome to steemit

Hey Mellissa, it's really great to meet you. Can't believe I met someone on Steemit that knows of Althea! How do you like the service? Please let me know any way I can make the service better!!

sir I Upvote you..:)I love your BLOG

Thank you so much for your reply, As i am a makeup artist and a singer ;p Me love to web suffering around in the internet and IG everyday in beauty things... =)

Your packing is really nice with the color which every girl would love and when waiting to open the box makes people feel like open a birthday present everytime i am sure people whom bought from you definitely will buy again in future ~~~ and also for Me - Althea can let me find all the product we never have chance to see in hong kong.

But on the other hand in hong kong really no many people known, people just know G-market. In my opinion if you have a page for taiwan i think is also very easy to change to hong kong. Because the chinese wording is the same only currency is different. We using HKD only. As a shopaholic with a beauty addiction, I'm actually really happy can talk to you here, hope we can have more time to know each other.Hope you won't mind what i said Just my little opinion only. One more thing as @kevinwong said please have a look about the Smart media token project, i am sure it will help you open a whole new world.... ; )

P.s. your 30days policy is super carzy !!! You number one in Kr have a Reason !!! At least think for us.... and love to see the Beauty Wall too .... easy to see the update trend in Kr.

Please have a look of my link below then you will know what i usually do~~~

Thanks Mellissa. I took a look at the dlive. A beautiful beauty blogger! Although I can't understand Cantonese. Right now we are currently not in HK, but we are at some point hoping to expand to that region. For now, although it is inconvenient, you may have to use the world-wide option.

Just out of curiousity, what brands do you like the most? Aside from Nars haha

It's very interesting ... before Althea, I actually never put on anything on my face. After Althea, I'm trying out all of these skincare products personally, and you know what? My skin does seem to be getting better! Went to a dermatologist to get more feedback and was told that my skin was still aging really quick. The issue? No sunscreen. It's really weird. I've found it not that difficult to try toner and cream and all that stuff, but sunscreen, not sure what the issue is, but hard to put on. Maybe it's a psychological issue ... ...

If you are ever in Korea, you should come by the Althea office!

@kevingwong @mellissaying I am currently advising a team on getting on the SMT platform. I'm still new to this space, but I do think that after reading the SMT blue/whitepaper, it is a real good fit. I'll keep you guys posted!

Thank you so much for check out my video although you dun understand Cantonese !~~~ =)

I think is a really good thing that you start to trying take care of yous skin ~ but sun damage really a one of the most problem that can damage and aging our skin super fast !is because of the UVA & UVB can dry out our skin , can cause fine lines, wrinkles, freckles.... if you feel hard to put on sunscreen maybe is because u have use the physical sunscreen or maybe you can use chemical sunscreen which the texture usually lighter, but remember apply it around 20-30 mins before you out ! u can also use some powder sunscreen ( i can find on Althea !)is the lightest way !

as a girl addicted to beauty stuff i got too much brand that i like ! but in skincare i like , Belif, innisfree, PRIMERA.....oh! also a new brand seems base in US but created by Korean call Glow recipe !
makeup brand just anything fun ! but i specially like V.D.L , Etude House, Espoir, JUNG SAEM MOOL , innisfree, Balina Co. ...cos they usually have really good quality !

and I may travel to Korea in June ! So hope will have a chance to visit the Althea office! I think I'll getting crazy XP !

Great introduction and it's nice to have you on Steemit! We're glad you found Steem. The Smart Media Tokens (SMTs) definitely will help a lot of businesses and communities soon.

Welcome to the platform! It seems like you have had quite a few great business ideas. I hope you bring those ideas here but also have a ton of fun with the content.

Welcome to Steemit @csy from Nepal, Cheers!!!

Hi @csy (Chris). Somebody that I follow re-steemed your post, so that it came into my stream. That was a very interesting first post! I hope future ones will be equally entertaining. Sirry to hear about the mining scams. I tried loads of things and luckily managed to dodge the scams so far.

Thanks for the wishes. Trying to keep a positive light on things. Especially in this fast crypto scene, need to learn as fast as possible and what better way to learn than to make the mistakes. Glad that the amount scammed wasn't too meaningful, and hoping I don't make the same mistakes again.

Here is something that could be fun to try for a modest amount. Often the price of steem on the internal market, here on steemit


is different from the price externally on bittrex. Internally you can trade steem directly against SBD, but on bittrex you have to pass via Bitcoin to get from one to the other. Even after the frictional costs and bid-ask spreads the round trip can sometimes make 1% to 2%.

The result of my test is below.


This seems like a very interesting arbitrage opportunity. I guess I need to try it out sometime!

Welcome, and surely you'll love to learn about SMTs.

Hello Christ, wellcome on board. I am very happy to welcome you in this amazing platform and I hope you can do your best to help all of ys. I think you are someone steemit is looking for. I support you.

Regards from Indonesia.
A @fundition and @steem-ambassador

Thanks for the kind words. Hoping to join an awesome community of curators/writers!

Hoping to join an awesome community of curators/writers!

You will, Chris! for sure. no worries, we gonna support you full!

@csy, A warm welcome to Steemit. This is a great community and I know you will have a great time here.

Please never give out your password to anyone or through any link. Any request for your password might be to steal from you so be careful. Treat it like your bank code.

I want to invite you to join the discord channel #steemschools and we will teach and support you to grow up in Steemit, to choose the right topic to attract readers, to use the right tags to get more visibility, how to make quality posts and comments on Steemit, how to sell your products, business strategies and tips on how to make more money in steemit and in life.

hi Chris, welcome to steemit, going to give you a HIgh 5 because we are quite on a similar side in entreprenuership

When I saw your name Reena.K I thought you are from south India as this name is very common here. I quickly jumped to your introductory post and there I found that you are from China and appeared in many TV channels. And also your handle made me believe that you represent the most prominent malayalam television channel Asianet!


Hey Reena.K - May I ask what you do? Is it also on the ecommerce side of things?

I currently work in a startup, mainly doing crowdfunding , and we also deal with e-commerce too.

Could you share the crowdfunding/ecommerce platform? Would love to take a look!

the e-commerce is still building. ; this is our crowndfunding service website, note its all in chinese at the moment
and they offer entreprenuers to look for manufacturers.
we have

Hi, csy! I wish you a very exciting experience here in this loving and caring community :) Be happy

By the way, there are several groups you as a newcomer can join. They will stay with you for your journey, helping and mentoring along the way.

@greetersguild invite link
@newbieresteemday invite link

Followed you! Hope to see more of you.😊Welcome @csy😁

How about beauty e-commerce communities with SMTs? :D

Good to know you better @csy, and welcome to Steem! Have fun!

It is a very interesting concept. I think the world is diverging from having marketplace models to have more curated commerce platforms. Definitely worth looking at using SMT's for the curation portion of the model.

On the flip side, I do see that there will be a lot more ICO's this year that are what we can call reverse ICO's, or existing businesses with existing products wanting to ICO, and commerce companies could be ripe for this segment!

Welcome to steemit nice to meet you @csy. Haahaa I am not a big fans in photo too. Wish you can have a wonderful experience in here. Lots of things not only crypto also have colourful life 💕😊

Hey @csy , I hope you gonna like Steemit :) Nice introduction by the way. Cheers!

Welcome aboard @csy. You got a simple username. Wishes from India.

Welcome to Steemit @csy님! Excited to see more incredible Korean entrepreneurs here!

I love Their service is superb and the products are amazing!

Welcome to Steemit @csy. Looking forward to read more from you. Steem on.

Hello @csy, thanks very much for sharing such a beautiful photo. I also mentioned you in my post. If you like it then please follow and upvote me, if you donot like it, then please message me in that post, then i will remove your information.

Welcome to steemit Chris! Wow, the founder of TMON ~ Very impressive :) Austrian guy living in Seoul here! I'm sure you can share some valuable content as a serial entrepreneur and I'm looking forward seeing more content from you. Followed :)

Thanks! Following back!

How do you like living in Seoul? It's great to see a lot more diversity in this city.

You are welcome in our community! Nice to see you here!

Bienvenido Chris. Gracias por unirte a esta comunidad.

Awesome, welcome to steemit.)

Cute family 💞


Welcome to steemit @csy. Keep on :)

Hi Chris...Welcome! So nice to have you with us. Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help. You have to be careful here too, especially if you believe in egalitarianism, and people before

Thanks @mepatriot

Looking forward to meeting a great group of people here! Also, could you elaborate on being careful if I believe in egalitarianism? I'm not entirely sure what that whole concept is piece by piece, but I've always liked the idea of equal opportunity.

The rich and powerful will downvote you, erase your posts, and even ruin your reputation score if you talk too much about their fake PAID upvote bots they used to reward their own posts. Just so you know... Wait awhile until you are big enough to fight back, if you ever decided to be part of the "reform" movement here.

Welcome to Steemit. I hope you have fun here :)

Hello Chris welcome to steemit.... Am a newbie... I'll appreciate if u could follow me

Welcome @csy, If you want to learn more about monetizing you can visit Steem Schools Business Movement! They have LIVE FREE classes every day here.

It's nice to have you here Chris :)

welcome to steemit!

Welcome and enjoy yourself. I also hope that you will posts about how you achieved success in your business so that we all learn.