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“the plan is to MOVE: 



      move out              

  move on  

                     move up         
    
                                       move smarter —

just keep moving.”


 hello! 
你好!








born in luoyang, raised in seattle, and currently based between mexico city and new york, i am a growth operator and creative excited about building innovative growth strategies for ventures in the consumer space. in my free time, you can find me diving deep into the web3 world, vlogging here, exploring new coffee shops, creating moodboards, and reading any travel literature that i can get my hands on.

here, i share with the internet my digital home—a few of the places i've had the privilege of visiting thus far in addition to a curation of designs, concepts, and aesthetics that move me.

take a look around. if you see anything that catches your eye—a shared passion, an unexplored idea, or an opportunity for collaboration / partnership—hit my line on twitter here.



︎,
makisa





 places 



  asia  
 🇨🇳  luoyang + zhengzhou + wuhan + beijing + shanghai + shenzhen + guangzhou / 
🇭🇰  hong kong / 🇰🇷  seoul 


 north america 
 🇨🇦  vancouver + quadra island / 🇺🇸  seattle + san juan isl + portland + boise + sf + oakland + la + hanover +
woodstock + providence + boston + cape cod + martha’s vineyard + new haven + new york + upstate + pittsburgh + philly + dc + arlington + charleston


 central + south america 
 🇲🇽  mexico city + mérida + chichén itzá + teotihuacán / 🇺🇾  colonia del sacramento / 🇦🇷  buenos aires 


 europe 
 🇪🇸  madrid / 🇫🇷  paris + bordeaux / 🇬🇧  oxford / 🇵🇱  kraków / 🇬🇷  athens + mykonos + ioannina 


 africa 
 🇲🇦  rabat + imlil + jebel toubkal + marrakech + fes + meknes + casablanca + essaouira + chefchaouen + agadir + tangier + asilah / 

 the middle east 
 🇵🇸  jerusalem + bi’r as-sab’a + tabariyyā + al-jalīl + siderot + al-bahr al-mayyit + tal abib-yāfā / 🇸🇾  hadhbatu al-jawlān /
 🇸🇦 
jeddah + al-bahr al-ahmar + diriyah + thuwal + dammam + dhahran + al-‘ula + turaif + riyadh  




 coming soon 

 
🇵🇦 ︎ panama city 

 🇨🇴 ︎bogotá 

 🇵🇪 ︎ cusco + machu picchu 

 🇹🇷 ︎ istanbul 


 🇱🇧 ︎ beirut 


 🇯🇴 ︎ amman 


 🇵🇹 ︎ lisbon + porto 


 🇦🇩 ︎ andorra la vella


 psst... send me your travel recs!   ︎ ︎ 



curriculum vitae



as a growth operator working full-time in crypto, i am passionate about leveraging blockchain to build a more socioeconomically equitable world, in particular by using blockchain to generate robust economic value for people of color and other marginalized individuals and onboarding more people into crypto in the process.


presently, i am head of growth at iyk, a consumer company using blockchain to bridge the digital and physical worlds, as well as a digital assets investor at the symmetrical, a new york-based investment syndicate. previously, i worked in operations at the digital currency group, in strategy consulting as part of deloitte’s public sector division, and in social impact at numerous startups + nonprofits spanning sf, new york, shanghai, lima, and more.



/ experience

growth @ iyk / new york, ny
investments @ the symmetrical / new york, ny


operations @ the digital currency group / new york, ny

strategy consulting @ deloitte / washington, dc
design @ the dali lab / hanover, nh


/ crypto + web3 rabbithole
boys’ club crypto ✦ fwb ✦ pactdaoshefiarkivedao ✦ the blockchain acceleration foundationweb3baddies ✦ crypto college ✦ kernel block 5 @ gitcoin“listen to the crypto converts”, quartz (2021)


/ education
dartmouth college / bachelor of arts, middle eastern studies & economics
stanford university / fellowship, the american-middle eastern network for dialogue @ stanford

/ languages
english — native
mandarin chinese — beginner intermediate
modern standard arabic — beginner intermediate
spanish — beginner


/ random facts

i once won a company-wide hula hoop contest!
i studied chinese dance for 15 years and have also studied ballet, cuban salsa, and dominican bachata on the side.
some of my all-time favorite coffee shops + cafes include 咖啡地带 (shanghai), egg (shanghai), a baked joint (dc), slipstream coffee (dc), la panadería rosetta (mexico city), la marzocco (seattle), bakeri (williamsburg), le paris dakar (bedstuy), and four barrel coffee (sf).




 the inspiration 

 my current obsessions: a curation of ideas, words to live by,
and movers-and-shakers shaping beautiful worlds and new futures 


 crypto + web3 
 iyk 
 radicalxchange 
 zora 
 reserve 

 art + culture 
 sharjah art foundation 
 the snaxshot 
 who am i / why am i here? 
 shanghai girl eats 
 miilkiina 
 architecture + representation 
 sticky rice 

 style 
 leaf greener 
 anok yai 
 sisilia piring 
 구페기 
 margaret zhang 

 aesthetic + creative eye 
 yana sosnovskaya 
  andi schmied 
 farah al-qasimi 
 anqi meng 
 struck app ✨ 
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wisdom
“so strove i with wonder — how to fit the image to the sphere… high fantasy lost power and here broke off, and as a wheel in a smooth motion whirs, my will and my desire were turned above by love that moves the sun and all the stars.” - dante

“our goal should be to live life in radical amazement… get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. to be spiritual is to be amazed.” - rabbi abraham joshua heschel 

“ludlow street, nyc. 2011/2012. can’t remember. i was coming off of years of dancing and unsure what to do with myself. i was going through the motions, without fully committing to anything. the thing is, it’s taken almost 6 years to start to listen in again. to start to commit fully, to move forward with certainty knowing that i’m being guided. as soon as we start to define the timing of things, we SLOW the process down. we start to take lengthy detours without realizing that we’re going the wrong way! give yourself time to let emotions and questions move through you and and excite you. these things are coming up to guide you to where you need to be; don’t rush the process... trust that everything’s happening exactly as it should, and in perfect time.” - @vzbree 



 the vlog 



CAREER TALKS / BREAKING INTO CRYPTO FULL-TIME



interested in learning more about / breaking into crypto full-time
but not sure where to start? a primer on why i’m bullish on crypto, why blockchain matters,
+ how to pivot into the industry full-time in 2022 🧪


WEEK IN MY LIFE / MEXICO CITY



a week in my life as a digital nomad, creative, + operator in mexico city.
i am so in loveee with this city and am v grateful to have had the opportunity to stay here
for 6 weeks this summer—thank you to the amazing people of cdmx for
welcoming me into the city with such warmth and kindness

music credits to hotham 🌞


THE SKINCARE EDIT



join me as i dish about all things retinol, my experience with
double-cleansing, and my love of spf + evian facial mist. it’s all happening here!

filmed with love in cdmx 🍒


MINIMALIST MAKEUP COLLECTION



listen to me wax poetic about my obsession with kosas concealer,
direct-to-consumer beauty brands, and my personal journey with minimalist makeup

y’all know what to do ︎︎︎ ︎

 © makisa xiaoli bronson, 2022 
  made in luoyang / seattle / new york