Meet the Trader is a weekly interview I’ll be doing to help the providers of the Bitcoin economy gain exposure.
Episode 01: Peng Zhong of Nylira.
Spencer: Hey Peng! Thanks for doing the interview!
Peng: Hello Spencer. It’s nice to meet you.
Spencer: We’ll get to your work in a minute, first let’s get to know you in three questions.
Spencer: I play darts when I’m bored, what do you do?
Peng: I listen to music. NIN, Fever Ray, Massive Attack.
Spencer: You seem to be a man of the world (Hong Kong, San Fran). How did you end up in Berlin?
Peng: I’ve been spending time exploring Europe. Berlin is a comfortable place to get work done.
Spencer: When’s David Hasselhoff’s next album coming out? And is he as big there as he in Arkansas?
Peng: It’s a common misconception that he’s big in Germany. I’ve asked around and I’ve gotten eye rolls at best.
Spencer: I’ve noticed your home page for your website has changed. I liked your old site too, why the switch?
Peng: My new site is targeted at web developers who need help with visual design. I find that I prefer interacting with tech-savvy entrepreneurs. We’re more or less on the same wavelength, which means there’s less explaining to do.
Spencer: Two weeks at a flat rate, is that still your tag line?
Peng: Flat rate yes, two weeks no. I have flexible work requirements, and I’ve found that the arbitrary two week wall has turned away projects I wouldn’t have minded doing.
Spencer: Looks like you might have been swept into the Ruby on Rails movement. What are your thoughts on Ruby/Rails vs PHP?
Peng: Ruby is a beautiful language, and Rails is a fantastic tool for quickly building a RDBMS-backed application. I don’t have an opinion on PHP, since I don’t have any experience with it.
Spencer: How did you hear about Bitcoin?
Peng: There was a thread on Hacker News about the viability of Bitcoin mining for profit with a Radeon HD 5970. That piqued my interest.
Spencer: Have you had any Bitcoin clients to date?
Peng: Not yet. I only found out about Bitcoin a week ago, and I’ve been busy in the meantime. That said, I can’t wait for my first BTC client.
Spencer: Again, thanks for your time!
Peng: Thank you for the interview.