Delfi is an Argentinian Web Developer who loves arts and crafts. She excitedly joins Aragon One to help us convey our message to users and developers.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, like where are you from and what do you like to do outside of work?
I was born in a little town in Argentina called Gualeguaychú, which is a few hours away from the capital city, Buenos Aires. I moved there after I finished high school to study at the university, and lived there ever since.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to travel all over the world. Visiting different landscapes, learning about other cultures and rituals, or experimenting with new ways of life is a passion for me. If I could, I would be traveling and moving from one city to another all the time. But I also love spending time with my friends and family. We are very close, so I try to be in Argentina as much as possible.
I'm attracted to the world of arts and design. Whenever I have time, I like to paint with oils or do different kinds of handicrafts. I don’t care how busy I am; I’ll always find time to make sketches with watercolors or to take care of the interior design of my house.
I enjoy spending time outside, so I play soccer once a week with my friends, and in summer, I usually go to the beach. Last weekend I took my first surfing lesson! I’m also addicted to chocolate in every way you can imagine! Ice cream, cookies, brownies, all of it. There are a lot of fans of coffee in the Aragon One team, but I will always prefer hot chocolate over it :)
How did you learn about blockchains and what got you working in the field?
The first time I heard about blockchain was in 2014. A friend of mine was working on a product related to Bitcoin, and he explained to me how it worked. It sounded cool to me, but I didn’t pay much attention to the technology. During the following years, a lot of new blockchain projects came to life. That was when I started to understand its potential and all the problems we can solve with it.
In university, I studied Computer Science, and I’ve been working in different kind of IT startups since graduating. I always prefer the early stages of a company instead of joining big ones. Their dynamics are fascinating, and you have the chance to get involved with them since the first steps. I like the fact that, when teams are small, and there is no bureaucracy, your contributions have a high impact.
It is inspiring how the Ethereum community is enthusiastically working together towards a common goal. There is still a lot of work to do. The end goal is to use this technology for the common good and try to solve societal problems. That’s why you sometimes see projects collaborating and working together on the same thing. Willing to benefit everyone, which is not so common in other industries.
I think blockchain technology can help break boundaries between people. I’ve experienced that myself at least twice in Argentina. Historically, the Argentinian peso drops its value between 30% to 40% a year. That is why it’s quite a common custom here to save using a more stable currency. But a few years ago, the Argentinian government wasn’t letting people buy foreign currencies. Cryptocurrencies were a way to circumvent this. I remember that they were essential when I worked as a freelancer previously. Before crypto, there was no easy way to receive payments from foreign employers.
What are some of the things that motivate and drive you in your work?
Achieving astonishing aesthetics in the IT world is not a simple thing, but it’s a challenge that I have always felt comfortable with. My artistic touch helped me a lot in developing a good sense of detail, which is very useful when I'm working on any interface. Being fond of arts and design is an excellent way to know about the latest trends on this subject. So despite the fact that I'm not a professional designer, I can always help make things look nice and work well.
That is why I kept improving my skills with JS, studying different frameworks and libraries. For example, React.js is one of the best options when it comes to front-end and websites. My next step is to learn Solidity to get more involved with the Ethereum ecosystem.
And what made you choose Aragon from the projects working in crypto?
With Aragon, everyone in the world can create a decentralized organization. This would have been unthinkable a few years ago. But now, having the Ethereum blockchain to support it, it has become a reality.
Aragon has a crucial role here because we are trying to find better governance solutions. We are researching different topics like management processes, fair decision making, digital jurisdiction, and transparency.
Being part of this change is one of the most exciting and fulfilling things that ever happened to me in my career. I am delighted to be working on something I genuinely believe in. I can't wait to jump into all the work there is to do. And to make my contribution to the redesign of the websites, improving how we communicate what we do, and the tools we have to the world.
Glad to have you with us Delfi, welcome to the team!
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