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“the plan is to MOVE:      

    move out              

move on  

                         move up            
                                          move smarter —

just keep moving.”


born in luoyang, raised in seattle, and currently based between boston and new york, i am a crypto growth operator and creative excited about building innovative growth strategies for ventures in the consumer crypto space. in my free time, you can find me diving deep into the web3 world, 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, articles, and aesthetics that inspire 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—please feel free to reach out to me here.



 china︎ luoyang / zhengzhou / wuhan / beijing / shenzhen / guangzhou / shanghai 

 hong kong ︎

 korea ︎seoul 

 usa ︎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 

 canada ︎ vancouver 

 spain ︎ madrid 

 france ︎ paris / bordeaux 

 uk ︎ oxford 

 poland ︎ kraków 

 greece ︎ athens / mykonos / ioannina 

 morocco ︎ rabat / imlil / jebel toubkal / marrakech / fes / meknes / casablanca / essaouira / chefchaouen / agadir / tangier / asilah 

 palestine ︎ jerusalem / bi’r as-sab’a / tabariyyā / al-jalīl / siderot / al-bahr al-mayyit / tal abib-yāfā 

 syria ︎ hadhbatu al-jawlān 

 kingdom of saudi arabia ︎jeddah / al-bahr al-ahmar / diriyah / thuwal / dammam / al-‘ula / turaif/ riyadh  

 coming soon 

 egypt ︎ cairo / al-iskandariya / sharm el-sheikh / luxor 

 uae ︎ dubai / abu dhabi / ras al-khaimah 

lebanon ︎ beirut 

jordan ︎ amman 

mexico ︎ mexico city

argentina ︎ buenos aires

uruguay ︎ montevideo 

curriculum vitae

as a crypto growth operator, i am passionate about leveraging crypto and 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 new venture in the consumer crypto space bridging the digital and physical worlds. previously, i worked in operations + strategy 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

currently ︎︎︎ growth @ / new york, ny
investor @ the symmetrical / new york, ny

operations @ the digital currency group / new york, ny

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

/ crypto + web3 rabbithole
boys’ club crypto ✿ fwb ✿ pactdao ✿ web3baddies ✿ crypto college ✿ kernel block 5 @ gitcoin ✿ “listen to the crypto converts”, quartz (2021)

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

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

/ random facts ︎

i once won a company-wide hula hoop contest!
i studied chinese modern + ethnic dance for 15 years and have also studied ballet, jazz, modern, bachata, salsa, and independent choreo on the side.
in no particular order, some of my all-time favorite coffee shops + cafes include 咖啡地带 (shanghai), egg (shanghai), slipstream coffee (dc), la marzocco (seattle), le paris dakar (brooklyn), four barrel coffee (sf), and bar docamar (madrid).

 the inspiration 

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

 crypto + web3 

 art + culture  
 sharjah art foundation 
 who am i / why am i here? 
 nycta graphics standards manual 
 shanghai girl eats 
 architecture + representation 

 style + aesthetic 
 leaf greener 
 sisilia piring 
 margaret zhang 
 yana sosnovskaya 
 andi schmied 
 jaeha kim 
 farah al-qasimi 
 cle cosmetics 
 kulfi beauty 
 struck app ✨ 

 “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 

 “whatever you do — for work or pleasure — do it with passion, live with passion!”
- christian dior 

 “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. doing for the sake of doing is no good reason at all. if we really pay attention (which requires us to slow down) we will know exactly how and why we do what we do, and it’s easy to choose the path that leads us forward. take back time and let experiences pass through you like water; move with the flow. when you move more slowly and diligently, you notice more. smell the flowers, chew some bubblegum, jump on a trampoline, look at the infinitely blue sky above you. if you can’t enjoy where you are now, how do you expect to enjoy where you are later? trust that everything’s happening exactly as it should, and in perfect time.” - @vzbree 

 © makisa xiaoli bronson, 2022