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We recently learned about technology evangelism in our Technology Adoption piece. The takeaway from that article was some of the biggest brands in the world were built with the aid of brilliant evangelists. Seeing the importance of evangelism and grass roots development, it should be comforting to know that the IOTA community long ago took it upon itself to spread IOTA to the masses. That’s what the IOTA Evangelist Network was developed to do.

‍Kevin Chen first started the IEN in 2017 New York City. Crypto markets were booming, meetups were rampant, and life was great. IOTA-the-protocol was still in such early stages of ideation and development that industry-IOTA connections seemed exciting, if not a bit fanciful.

Rumors swirled about a German Foundation being in the works … something that might eventually be called an IOTA Foundation. IOTA’s first graphical wallet had only been written a few months before.

Financial pundits were on television everyday spouting their crypto portfolios. “Blockchain“, “ledger”, and “mining” were the buzzwords at dinner parties. A common refrain rang out in the City: “we’ll self-regulate!” Investing in the “new internet” was all the rage. So, crypto twitter became a thing and BTT went mainstream.

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