Paul McNeal is a Connector, Speaker, Brand Evangelist, and Technologist at The Sturgeon Group, LLC and owns The Crypto Curator.

A little back story and what he does now

Being exposed to Bitcoin since 2011, he have amassed a great deal of knowledge and wealth. He keeps his finger on the pulse of this industry by curating information daily. This information is shared with his rapidly growing community on Facebook and via a daily news summary. He aims to create awareness of this technology with everyday people and organizations. His network spans thousands of top notch folks in the Blockchain space: Programmers/Developers, Thought Leaders, Startups, Investors, Reporters, etc. Spent the earlier part of his career serving in the United States Navy Submarine Force working in communications. After 10 years serving his country, he held leadership positions at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) overseeing the global wireless device program. He Co-founded a Content Curation startup which grew rapidly and is still operating today. Mentoring young entrepreneurs is a passion of his and through The Next Gen Summit he works with groups daily. Being on the cutting edge of technology means everything to him and he helps businesses leverage it to move forward faster. He currently resides in Northern Virginia and is the Vice Chair of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Technology Coalition.

Where did you first hear about crypto and what were your first thoughts?

I first heard about Bitcoin back in 2011. I came across it from an article on twitter or something and thought it was a bit weird. There is some virtual thing that has value and it was created by some fictitious person or persons that no one knows who it is?

Why did you start the crypto curator?

I believe there is a Technological Tsunami that is headed toward the planet and most are ill prepared to handle the impact it will bring. Blockchain technology is one of the technologies that will bring about a transformation in society like we’ve never experienced before. I want to help people prepare for it by sharing relevant news information and connecting the dots.

How is your community different from others?

It’s a community where people will be exposed to daily news information, social media information and other things from community members as it pertains to the Cryptocurrency market. By being exposed to information on a daily basis - they will be better informed about what is going on so they do not make decision with limited knowledge.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to crypto investing? (ex. The apps are too complex, people don’t understand) When do you think this barrier will shrink?

What resources do you use now to stay updated (podcasts, books, blogs, etc)?

Google Alerts, CryptoPanic, YouTube videos of Andreas Antonopoulos, and Podcast like Unchained, Epicenter, and lastly James Lopp blog which have almost everything I listed before.

If you could meet anyone in the world right now, who would it be?

Olaf-Carlson Wee, founder of Polychain Capital (former employee of Coinbase)

Are you watching any specific coin, ICO or company right now?

Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and Ripple. There are the big four in my view and the ones I watch the most.

What’s your favorite song to work to right now?

Lupalux Radio on Pandora - it’s some of the chillest music around :)