Benny Giang, Founding Team Member at CryptoKitties, shares what’s next in product management & blockchain. CryptoKitties is one of Canada’s fastest growing blockchain companies co-launched out of the Axiom Zen venture studio November 2017.
Interview date: December 20, 2019
Benny Giang is a founding team member of CryptoKitties and a Growth Product Manager at Dapper Labs. He has a background in psychology, user experience design and product marketing. He has worked on a wide range of startups including Lightship Works (industrial IOT), Toby (knowledge management platform), and Upright AI (AI for sales reps). In 2017 he co-created Toby, a Chrome extension that received awards from Product Hunt and the Google Chrome store. Toby was accepted into Y Combinator's Startup School and was one of the top startups within the cohort.
Benny has been fascinated by cryptocurrencies since early 2016 and was an early supporter of Ethereum. He formally transitioned from working on Upright AI to blockchain products because he saw first-hand how people didn't have control of their own personal data specifically in the sales lead generation business. Benny played a pivotal role in launching CryptoKitties during its infancy to its current global success. He is exploring the intersection of cryptography, games, and art; all of which extend the interactivity of digital assets using smart contracts.
Currently, he is leading the charge in expanding the imagination of non fungible digital assets to the world.
In CryptoKitties, users collect and breed oh-so-adorable creatures that we call CryptoKitties! Each kitty has a unique genome that defines its appearance and traits. Players can breed their kitties to create new furry friends and unlock rare cattributes.
CryptoKitties is one of the world’s first blockchain games. ‘Blockchain’ is the technology that makes things like Bitcoin possible. While CryptoKitties isn’t a digital currency, it does offer the same security: each CryptoKitty is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you. It cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed.
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