"Welcome to the latest edition of Meet the Mobilers, our ongoing series that connects dynamic individuals shaping the World Mobile ecosystem.
Today, we're excited to introduce you to Clover Nodes, an EarthNode operator from sunny California. Clover Nodes is also the co-creator and member of the EarthNode Alliance, a group that supports EarthNode operators and WMT holders. He continues to build a community of like-minded individuals who are committed to expanding the reach of World Mobile's mission. We're excited to learn more about Clover Nodes' journey and perspectives on decentralised connectivity, so let's dive in!
Personally, I owe much of my own success to the internet and recognise that without it, I would not be where I am today. This is why I am incredibly passionate about providing internet access to people across the globe. - Clover Nodes
Introducing Clover Nodes
How were you first introduced to blockchain? While vacationing in Miami for Art Basel in 2017, I was introduced to blockchain technology through Bitcoin and Ethereum by a friend whose home was later known as the "Bitcoin Mansion". Despite having some prior knowledge of Bitcoin, it wasn't until this moment that I fully grasped its underlying vision. Although I bought in at the top of the market and experienced my first bear market, I didn't let that discourage me. Instead, it motivated me to read and learn more. In 2018, my father, whom I deeply admire as a role model and consider a highly intelligent person, introduced me to Cardano. After he showed me Charles' white board video and shared the project's vision with me, I became an ardent supporter and have remained a devoted Cardano enthusiast ever since.
How/when were you first introduced to World Mobile? As I was sitting at my computer at work, my dad and I stumbled upon World Mobile while browsing projects launching on Cardano. At first, I was a bit put off by the fact that the public sale excluded the US. However, the mission to provide internet access to those who have been forgotten and left offline really resonated with us. Having gone through our own hardships in the US, we understand the power of connectivity. Without realising that we had already reserved our first Earth Node, we bought exactly 100k WMT tokens. Intrigued, I delved deeper into the research and discovered the significant role Earth Nodes play in solving and contributing to the network. This prompted us to reserve additional Earth Nodes and inspired me to create a Twitter account to promote the World Mobile mission. I now devote most of my time to building Clover Nodes and spreading awareness about World Mobile's work to anyone who will listen.
What inspires you most about the World Mobile mission? When I was 12, my family moved to the USA from Bulgaria with just $2000, 2 kids, and no knowledge of English. Although my upbringing was challenging, it taught me valuable lessons. I have always been driven and entrepreneurial, as evidenced by my first job selling newspapers at the age of 9. This drive led me to become interested in the mission and vision of World Mobile, which initially seemed far-fetched but gradually made more sense as I learned about the problems the team is tackling. I am living proof that no matter how difficult life may be, given the opportunity, a person can succeed and excel, and I believe World Mobile is providing that same opportunity through the power of connectivity.
How does connectivity support your life? Since a young age, I have been instilled with the belief that nothing is impossible or unattainable in life. I attribute my success to the value of hard work, which is exemplified by the World Mobile team's dedication to their mission. Through my e-commerce business, I have been able to provide jobs for over 50 individuals, all made possible by the power of internet connectivity. Personally, I owe much of my own success to the internet and recognise that without it, I would not be where I am today. This is why I am incredibly passionate about providing internet access to people across the globe. I understand the immense value it brings, having experienced it firsthand.
What advice would you give to someone who is new to World Mobile and is looking to get involved? To begin, take the time to understand World Mobile's mission and what they aim to achieve. If it resonates with you, I suggest joining the community through various social media platforms and asking questions. In my experience, the best way to learn something is simply by asking. I have found the World Mobile community to be particularly welcoming and supportive. For instance, I have been able to DM the CEO, Micky, and receive a response within an hour. Not only is the team responsive, but the community is also filled with intelligent individuals who are always willing to help, no matter the time of day. Additionally, a few fellow Earth Node operators and I have formed the Earth Node Alliance. We hold weekly Twitter Spaces and have a Discord server where newcomers can receive education and insights on everything World Mobile-related. There are multiple avenues available for those who wish to get involved with World Mobile.
Who are you outside of being a Mobiler? Tell us about your other passions/hobbies! In addition to being a Mobiler, I also manage several other businesses, including an e-commerce business and a real estate investment company. While I have a variety of passions in life, my daughter London is my top priority. I strive to spend as much time as possible with her and my family during my limited free time. As for my other children, they may have four legs instead of two, but they hold a special place in my heart just the same. French Toast, also known as "Toastie," and Honey Bee, also known as "Chewy," are two furry companions that I adore and care for deeply. When it comes to my hobbies, I have a few favorites. First and foremost, I enjoy reading and constantly learning new things. I also love spending time in the kitchen, cooking and barbecuing delicious meals. Despite spending a lot of time in front of a computer, I consider myself an active person who appreciates nature and traveling. In fact, my ultimate goal and dream is to have the freedom to explore the world, and I am determined to make it happen one day!
Clover's two furry companions, French Toast and Honey Bee.
Feel free to share any additional information about yourself! I am not the sole operator of Clover Nodes, and I want to recognise and appreciate the hard work of my team members who work behind the scenes. Though I am the face of the team, we work together tirelessly to promote the World Mobile mission. Aside from our involvement with World Mobile, I'm also a stake pool operator on Cardano under the ticker CLOVR. We are a mission drive stake pool, and we've committed to donating 25% of our margin fees to DirectEd Development, a foundation that offers evidence-based, scalable, and cost-effective coding bootcamps and scholarships to high-potential students from under-resourced areas in Africa. To end on a personal note, I'd like to share one of my favorite quotes: "The more you give, the more you shall receive." Now let's get back to connecting the unconnected!
We hope you found this edition of Meet the Mobilers as engaging as we did! If you're a part of the World Mobile community and would like to be featured in one of our upcoming interviews, we'd love to hear from you. Whether you're a colleague, EarthNode operator, aspiring AirNode owner, or a follower, feel free to tweet @worldmobileteam with the hashtag #MeetTheMobiler for a chance to be interviewed by our team. We're excited to learn more about the diverse perspectives that make up our community, so don't hesitate to reach out! "
-World Mobile Staff