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3air weekly AMA, 23rd of March 2022 @5pm CET - AIBC Summit & New Website

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This is a transcript from our weekly YouTube live AMA:

Anita Mlakar: 00:07

Hello 3air family and welcome to 3air's AMA, every Wednesday at 5pm. We're now really getting used to these AMAs because I don't think that Wednesday would be the same without it. And I hope you're feeling so too. I was reading, by the way, in our telegram channel that you like these Wednesdays and that I don't know who wrote it. But someone said that Wednesdays are different since these AMAs are taking place. So, thank you very much if that is true, but I do feel that way too. I'm really getting used to them.

00:47

Welcome! And be prepared to ask questions today, too. Because this is the opportunity. This is what AMA is all about for you to be able to ask questions and to get answers. Of course, you can do that also in our communities, on telegram, on Discord, and on Twitter but here is the opportunity to do that live. So welcome to also ask them today.

01:11

Anita Mlakar is my name, I am the host of these AMAs and I'm not alone, you know, Sandi is always with me, the CEO of 3air and he will be with me also, today, just in a couple of seconds, I will be saying, hi to Sandi. And don't worry, he has the voice. He says he will not be singing today because we were joking about it, but he will sure be here to answer your questions and to talk about a very interesting subject.

01:42

As we said, Sandi is really doing a lot of network lately. And he is all around the place really connecting 3air with potential partners and investors. And of course, he has great a lot to say about that. So, I'm really looking forward to that.

02:03

So once again, what is 3air doing? What are we doing? As you know, we are connecting the unconnected, we are banking the unbanked but what is the most important thing is that we are actually connecting Africa to the world with internet, stable Internet, giving them possibility to be better to be seen, because there are so many great minds, and so many talents in Africa and they need the opportunity to be seen all around the world. And we are really doing the best also with your help as an investor, as a part of our community to be the one who is interested in this project as spreading the word about it. And this is what 3air is about. And of course, a lot more, you can read about it in our white paper and of course in our chats, in our communities. And you can learn more about that.

02:59

Now it's time of course to call up the CEO of 3air, Sandi Bitenc.

03:05

Hello, and welcome again.

Sandi Bitenc: 03:08

Hello, how are you?

Anita Mlakar: 03:10

I am great but I'm really worried about your voice, but I can see that you have it.

Sandi Bitenc: 03:16

Yeah, it's a bit better than when we spoke in the morning, but my voice is getting deeper now a bit, it's a bit more charming.

Anita Mlakar: 03:26

It is charming, you know, lower voice. They said that people with lower voices are much more successful with you know, seeking jobs or getting partnerships, or I don't know, having presentations. So, what do you think about that?

Sandi Bitenc: 03:44

Really?

Anita Mlakar: 03:45

Yeah!

Sandi Bitenc: 03:45

I don't know but getting my voice lower is kind of not so good because I think at one point it’s just gone. But I'll pull this one through. I still need to keep it a bit afterwards because I have another meeting just after 55 minutes.

Anita Mlakar: 04:10

There's just no end, right?

Sandi Bitenc: 04:12

How do you know so much about voice?

Anita Mlakar: 04:17

This is a part of public speaking. And as you might know, I am actually a teacher of public speaking, or at least advising people how to do a better public speaking and voice is very important. And you can really change your voice if you want to. It's not necessarily because we have the voice that we were born with, but you can change it in order to be more successful, or to have more success in your business but there is something for another subject at another time for some other AMA.

Sandi Bitenc: 04:51

At least, I got something out of you.

Anita Mlakar: 04:56

I'm not so mysterious.

Sandi Bitenc: 04:59

You should tell us a bit more about yourself. Either way, you're part of the 3air team. So, I think we would for sure like to know a bit more about you.

Anita Mlakar: 05:09

Okay, we'll do an AMA, and you will be the host. And I will be answering the questions. Okay?

Sandi Bitenc: 05:14

Okay, but you then need to train me.

Anita Mlakar: 05:17

Okay, you're on. And you need to train me for answering so smoothly because you're good at it.

Sandi Bitenc: 05:24

Oh, thank you.

Anita Mlakar: 05:25

Okay, Sandy, I just have to really connect to this. You said earlier and when we were talking in the morning, that you are not actually a big speaker? Or usually, you don't speak a lot, but I didn't get that feeling at all. I think you're a great speaker. And always because these AMAs are about you, talking. Is this the reason?

Sandi Bitenc: 05:50

Yeah, I kind of we kind of surprising myself a bit but I if you would know me a bit more in private, I usually don't talk a lot. So, I'm like a total introvert. That's why I am so good friend with computers. They're my best friends. But yeah, I'm usually the one that's the quietest. If we are somewhere out on a party or just in a group, I won't be speaking a lot. Unless you really touch my subject, then I can speak a lot. But I am kind of- usually, I think people think probably that I am a bit of a weirdo. So, some subjects totally don't interest me, and then I just don't speak about it.

Anita Mlakar: 06:50

Okay, so if someone touches your subject, or maybe touches your soul, then you will open up?

Sandi Bitenc: 06:56

Yeah. Then I can talk.

Anita Mlakar: 06:59

This is really, but maybe not so surprising, because people who are introverts or say that they are, they're actually very good at speaking on stage because they really like to avoid personal contact. And when you are on stage and talking to bigger public, then you don't have to have this one-on-one contact, you know, you can just be on the stage, have the distance, and then you can speak from the stage. How are you at that?

Sandi Bitenc: 07:33

I do like to speak on the stage. Actually, if it's a subject, I've done this before. And, yeah, it's okay, I'm not the guy that will just jump on the stage and hype people up that I cannot do that. So, I know, a few of my friends are just, they don't even need to have a subject, they just go all out. And just everybody is jumping on the tables, and you know, dancing and all hyped up. I'm not that kind of a guy. I usually am more technical. So, I will explain you things in a technical way. Usually, I think that I can explain them so that people understand them that it's not too technical, but I was accused or to being too technical, for sure. You know, I was doing a lot with functional medicine before, so I did some public speaking on that, and also some educational serials and so on. And when we went into cancer or those things, it became a bit too technical, let's say for the average listener to understand. So, I'm trying to be a bit more for everyone and simplifying things down as much as possible. Although I do have a hard time sometimes with that.

Anita Mlakar: 09:00

I would say you are more of a kinesthetic type of a speaker which means emotional. Are you?

Sandi Bitenc: 09:07

Yeah, I am and that's probably also why I usually avoid- I really don't like if people invade my private space. And I don't like just straight out talking with everyone. I do like hugging, but it needs to be with people that I kind of trust and so on but just straight up. There are people that are sometimes just you know, all over you and met you the first time and they want to hug you that's kind of I'm really you know, I having to fight with it a bit.

Anita Mlakar: 09:48

Then you're not a kinesthetic type.

Sandi Bitenc: 09:53

No, I do think that kinesthetics usually, they are in that sense, we value the touch and those things quite a lot, but it can be also a bit overwhelming. You know, it means a lot. So, it's not for everyone, let's say like this.

Anita Mlakar: 10:17

Okay. You'd like to keep your intimate place for you or for people who are really close to you, right?

Sandi Bitenc: 10:23

Yeah.

Anita Mlakar: 10:25

That is good. I'm reading some comments. And Gigi says, did you only talk during the AMA?

Sandi Bitenc: 10:38

And I am talking all the previous three days all the time.

Anita Mlakar: 10:43

Yeah. And this is what we will be talking about Sandi, right now. So, let's go on with our subject because you were on AIBC summit, right? In these couple of days. And we were talking earlier about it but now it's time also to share this with everyone else. What was happening? How were you networking? Who were the people there? And how was it, In general?

Sandi Bitenc: 11:11

Well, I have to say, I really liked it. For me, it was really, really good. met so many people, made so many connections. Surprising myself a bit because I'm not a networker type of but in the last few days, I really was. I was literally everywhere and meeting everyone. Even Hilina was with me, and Oliver was also a few times there. And I was like, watching them what they do, and they literally just go straight out. And there are two people speaking. And they would jump in the middle and introduce themselves. And I'm like, oh, how I cannot do that. Then I just tried it. And it was a bit awkward at first, but then, it's cool.

12:02

So yeah, this is what I'm trying to go through now. All the business cards that I got, and the majority is actually just straight up just scanning, WhatsApp and I didn't go, I don't think that I followed up on 10% of it. So, in that sense, it was really good but here is every day- In Dubai every day is something happening. It's crazy. It's from morning till late night because there's always a party afterwards. And then there's an after party, and then there's also an after-after party. It's really crazy.

12:44

And that the three day was this AIBC, I think it's one of the best organized events that I've been to, you know, some said that they didn't have good enough photo and video documentation and so on. Let's see what comes out but the level of people that were there was really good. But it doesn't stop there. So today and tomorrow, there's the World Blockchain Summit. And just then afterwards starts Binance week, Binance Auction week, and then afterwards, there's East Dubai coming up. So, it's literally every day now, every day. It's exhausting, I needed to take some time off, because I need to do some real work not just walking around, although right now then that is my real work. So we are at the stage that we are looking for to get more exposure, more people to know us and I think those events are probably the best ones to meet people who already have some communities who are known in the space and also can help with some influencing or marketing and so on. So yeah, it was good. It was really nice.

Anita Mlakar: 14:13

Sandi, when you go to those events, then you of course, like you said, you come there, there are so many people you know, to whom you should connect or try to get to know them. Then you step to them and how do you approach what do you say they start talking about yourself and start talking about the project about 3air or about what you're doing? Or how does your conversation start?

Sandi Bitenc: 14:39

Yeah, so it depends if you're introduced, I do prefer to be introduced by someone and when you start and you have a few friends with you or you know some people already it's far easier to just go say hi to a friend. That's already talking to two or three people and then you get I'm introduced to those and then they usually ask you what you do, or you ask them what they do. And then, of course, when they, tell you something, you just tell them back what you do. So, it's not so hard, it's pretty easy. For me that the hardest part is really going and when two people are speaking, I'm not the one that would just interrupt them. But sometimes you really get interrupted, there are there are people there the Networkers that will go straight at you, and interrupt you, it's not really the nicest thing, but it is how it is. So, you need to play with it. So, this is how it goes.

15:37

It's you introduce yourself. And then if it's the right thing, you just, you know, you start talking what you do, or you just ask someone, or you get asked what you do, and it's how and then then you see if there is a click or if you know there's something that you can do together. Then you exchange contacts for, to just to follow up, sometimes also not. And then there are people that you know, that are there, and you want to meet them. And sometimes there are apps available where you can schedule the official meetings. But to be honest, that doesn't work really well. It's usually just you know, who you know, and who knows who and then you just ask who knows them? Right now, yeah, it's working pretty well. So, I actually met everyone that I wanted there, there was not even one person that I hadn't on my list, and I wasn't able to meet.

Anita Mlakar: 16:41

Well, it's really a fight out there. And I'm asking this also from my communication point of view because I'm teaching people how to be polite, you know, how to wait if someone is talking and then to wait. And of course, take the opportunity, or use the opportunity when they stop talking, or how they should be with nonverbal communication so that people notice them if they're fine. And if they're open, and they have this confident. And then you come to such an event where everybody's fighting. And if you want to get to someone, and of course, have your five or three- or one-minute speech, or pitch better, then you have to fight and you have to be different, you cannot just wait for someone to approach to you or you know, to wait for your opportunity. But like you said, you have to step in between. And that just breaks everything that I'm teaching. This is so amazing. So, we have to have two different way of talking or approaching people on different events, or in different occasions. Right?

Sandi Bitenc: 17:47

Yeah, it's not always about being polite, right? It's about getting the results.

Anita Mlakar: 17:54

I know and then you could be only successful and again, the results if you of course, behave that way. Or you use the opportunities in a little different way. And I totally understand you and that is why I wanted to ask you, how is it and how good of a fighter Are you? And I can see that you're strong.

Sandi Bitenc: 18:10

Yeah, I think. I am in this regard. So, I am surprised a bit or on myself.

Anita Mlakar: 18:22

Congratulations.

Sandi Bitenc: 18:23

Thanks.

Anita Mlakar: 18:24

There's another thing Sandi, I saw that you have this card. So, these cards are still being given in such events because they said that this is somehow a past you know, that we will communicate or let's say get together in some other way or find or the channels of possibilities to find someone on the net. So, there's this, still this, let's say old way working in such cases.

Sandi Bitenc: 18:55

It is there are still cards being given out, but they are less, so I also didn't have the cards with me all the time. And it's a QR code and then you scan the QR code for either telegram or WhatsApp and then you're connected. This is how it works most of the time, and then you also take a selfie and post it in the chat so that you remember who is who you meet literally 20 people in an hour and a half you forget it you really don't know anymore.

Anita Mlakar: 19:35

Yeah, I'm not going to be the only one asking questions Sandi because Richard has a question here. Which is interesting for all of us, who were three major new connections you brought home for 3air?

Sandi Bitenc: 19:50

Let's go through pictures. I prepared some pictures that I took and some videos. And then there are some selfies in it all and there's some selfie I didn't put in. That is really high level. And I just don't want to mention it yet. That one will be probably the best connection and we're following up in person in two days. So, like, but most of the other ones I put in, but you also don't take selfies with everyone. So, if there's really somebody high level, just also going to him and just ask him for a selfie, it can be sometimes counterproductive. So, you need to kind of weigh the pros and cons if you want to do it or not but yeah, I think it's going to be interesting to see some pictures.

Anita Mlakar: 20:47

Yes, of course, you have to take selfies, you know, because you have AMA later coming up, you know, after these events, and you have to show something.

Sandi Bitenc: 20:58

I know, it's difficult for me also if you I don't know, probably somebody noticed that. I'm just not posting anything on my social media. So, I don't use Instagram. I have an Instagram account. I don't know when I posted something last time, probably five years ago or something like that. I don't post on Facebook anymore. I don't know. I don't like it so much, but this is forcing me to get into it. So yeah, these are the one. so, this is one selfie with the President Biden. Yeah, so he was there but this was actually Friday, when we were on the African Chamber of digital commerce summit that was in the US pavilion on the expo. So here were speaking also Oliver was speaking here on the panel, it was quite a nice panel to be honest, quality speakers, not a lot of audience, but the speakers were quality. And also, the attendance was really high class. So, it was the ministry of Communication and Digital transformation from Nigeria, and also a lot of other investor types.

22:33

Also, the head of the 3air and K3 team joins. So, you probably know, Denis and Davor from our team. Yeah, we were there meeting some potential. Let's say investors connectors throughout Nigeria and trying to get away into it. This is from an event that that's from the AIBC from the pre-event, let's say it, it was a day before the event. So, there was a pre-registration on Sunday. And actually, the pre-registration was the full event already. So, it was a huge amount of people networking. And then there was a private investor dinner. So, this is from the private investor dinner that was sponsored by the Ubuntu tribe. And that's actually the Queen of Congo. Oh, yeah. We actually tied Vodka, and I needed to take this one.

23:45

There are so many cars around like Richler. There a Rolls, but there are Lamborghinis. And they're even a helicopter with some crypto token on it for promotion. I met Torso. So, you met Hilina. So, we were there for a meeting with one of the projects that we are trying to partner up with in regards to a really high-level play to earn game and a high level Metaverse and that was nice. And in the hotel, we actually found the Tor and he doesn't look really, you know, you wouldn't recognize him probably, but he is actually the actor that played the mountain in Game of Thrones. I don't know if you watch Game of Thrones, but he played the mountain there. I think he was like 20 kilos heavier. When he was playing the mountain.

Anita Mlakar: 24:53

He's like the mountain.

Sandi Bitenc: 24:54

Yeah, he is like a mountain. Like even I look small compared to him and that was the venue. So, this is a part of Dubai that's called the festival city. Really nice hotel and even if it's a huge hotel, the venue in the hotel, there were all the networking parts and the dinners and so on. But the conference was, and the summit was then in a bigger arena. So here we had some networking time. You know, Ralph? Ralph is the owner of CV labs and the Crypto Oasis, the founder. So, this is Yun she is from coin 360. And they were actually given the VA award of Best affiliate of the year. And that's gate.io, not going to say anything else. Max, Max was one of the organizers. So, the majority that we talked to and organized everything was with him. And he's really a cool guy. And I think he's only 21 years old or something like that. And but he is at a really high level, I do think he'll be one of the most successful guys in the industry.

26:26

This is the CEO of MasterBlox. We announced MasterBlox partnership a few days ago. And yeah, just a few days ago when this picture was actually taken. And he was voted as the most influential community manager, I think, or something like that from the last year. That's Cointelegraph. So, this is Leo. He is like such a funny guy. And he is like the one the guy that will go against everything else. So, if there is an event where probably you can go casual, he'll just dress up totally. And if it's an event where you need to suit up, you'll come in a pink shirt and a shorts, it is really funny. Yeah, cool guy. Akon was there and he team. Akon can actually give a performance at the last day. And this is like the VIP section of the VC part of it, it’s the only one that you can see the whole event top down and there were a lot of stages around and a lot of exhibitors and the main stage was actually just in the back and then there was also in the back after you know the black part is it was a meeting area like for networking.

28:06

A lot of people really a lot of people. So, we were here with Oliver. okay, there's a picture probably know that the guy. And that's also Akon's team and Hilina and there were some guys making a promotion for a video game for a play or in game. They were dressed up like this and this is Miguel he is running the, the future is now documentary series. So, it looks like somebody will be in this featured in the series there. It's going to come out pretty soon. And I actually made another short interview. I don't know, for what TV exactly is but it's sky something I think, that's even that comes out. Hopefully we'll get a link, and, in the meantime, we visited our offices a bit in CV labs in Dubai with our team so, you know Rok. Rok was a few times on the Head of Development and our CTO.

Anita Mlakar: 29:29

So, he came to Dubai?

Sandi Bitenc: 29:31

Yeah, they're in Dubai. They came a bit for the event and for also for meetings and some really, you know important governmental people that were there for expanding in Africa. So, and we also needed to do some other work in regards to development and so on. So, it was good to meet up and that was then the event, the last day even, that was the cypher capital VIP party. And that one was actually the best one for networking but it's always at those parties. It's a bit loud. And that's where I actually lost my voice and I came home from this party I think at 3 am or 03:30, Something like that.

Anita Mlakar: 30:25

Okay, Sandi, now you didn't lose your voice because you were listening to the music you were singing?

Sandi Bitenc: 30:32

I think you should be singing You said you'll be singing. Oh, they have like the event for the party was really cool. And what I liked is they didn't do a lot of talking because usually on such events, there's always lump sum lengthy presentations and so on and nobody listens to that, it's just annoying nobody listens to it. And they had talks like two minutes something like that and then there was a show and here there were like five parachute guys jumping off a plane from a parachute and then just you know there was some fire coming out behind them there was like shooting stars down, it was really cool. But I also do have some videos let me show you some videos also.

Anita Mlakar: 31:19

Great! that is a great report. Really interesting to see the insides of the event.

Sandi Bitenc: 31:37

[video playing]

Anita Mlakar: 31:44

There's also opportunity for you guys to ask questions now use the opportunity and do that.

Sandi Bitenc: 32:02

That's the first days they partied, it's nice it's dinner they put you at the table and then you don't know anybody else around you, then you need to kind of go back.

32:15

It's the Queen of Congo.

32:32

We had a fashion show that, you can buy the clothes. There was NFTs everywhere right now. they do you know mix it up and create some cool things and then this artist she played some stuff on the lasers, when she touched the lasers, it actually emit the sound.

Anita Mlakar: 33:05

Oh my God really?

Sandi Bitenc: 33:14

Yeah, there was a presentation for a game and then you don't listen to the presentation but you're usually up to the to the nearest person, it was for the same game so that was really that game was kind of promoted all around on event everywhere. It's just done pretty good.

33:48

Yeah, that's actually our friend from massive MasterBlox, Carlos.

33:57

There were some award winners. And that's the VIP part.

34:50

CV labs owner.

35:10

That's the last day is party. So, it's not bad you still you need to work but it's okay.

35:58

This one was really cool!

Anita Mlakar: 36:28

wow, that's something you know.

Sandi Bitenc: 36:31

It was nice. I like to work like that, you know, if you need to work then also it's fun. So, it's both. It's cool.

Anita Mlakar: 36:42

Well, I can see why I don't have the voice, or you lost at least some of your voice. Sandi How are you with the media, I see that you are really exposed to the media lately a lot in not only you know, by written opportunities, but also you have to speak in front of the camera, make interviews, how are you with that?

Sandi Bitenc: 37:05

I'm getting better, apparently. So, let's see how the interview will be but the guy that was shooting it, Miguel, he said like that it was really good. And also, Hilina was watching it. And she was like, yeah, it was cool. So, I am getting a bit better at it, but you know, it's nothing different than what we are doing, actually. So, it's kind of an interview. You're asking me questions, and I'm trying to answer them.

Anita Mlakar: 37:37

Yeah. It's similar. So, this is a good rehearsal, Sandi. Every Wednesday, it's a good rehearsal for all the questions and all the answers that you have to give but you know, it's always easier because you're talking about this subject that you're really at home with, this is your theme, this is your thing, and you cannot go wrong with that. And that's actually good.

Sandi Bitenc: 38:03

Yeah. And what I did at first is, I was kind of asking what the questions will be and trying to prepare, and that never turns out good. So, I just don't want to have the questions upfront just ask me what you want. If it's on topic of 3air, I can answer it. No worries.

Anita Mlakar: 38:23

Yeah, I agree. Sometimes it is better. Here we have another question. How is the SKALE team doing? Are you in contact with them? I thought it was connected to the event but It's okay.

Sandi Bitenc: 38:35

Yes. So, we are we are in contact with the guys the majority that we speak to the guys that are in the management and so on. They're of course, they're all okay. They're usually the majority is based in the US. And the other part is based in Liechtenstein, and partly in Switzerland, but I think that the question was more because they have a lot of developers in the Ukraine, and they try to fly out so the developers from Ukraine, and they got them a few of them, I think in to Lisbon, but not all of them, not even half I think, and the other guys are currently still in the Ukraine in literally in the middle of the fights. So, I don't know if you can say that people are doing good there because they're not right, but you know, in regards to the circumstances, I think they're okay. And they're still trying to do some development work. But yet, SKALE version 2.0 will be a bit postponed. And I think the next dates are now beginning of April.

39:53

But either way as already mentioned on the previous AMA, we said that we are not waiting for SKALE, we will launch our token on Binance Smart Chain, just because we think that, you know, for the liquidity and for the token launches is probably the best one. And it's also the easiest one to work with launch pads and everything, because there's the most infrastructure there and the most people are there. But we will not build on Binance Smart Chain. So, we are building on SKALE and that's not changing. And whoever says that we are kind of, you know, jumping and whatever, no, we are staying here but we cannot launch a token here. It doesn't make sense. So, we are just launching token there, then we're bringing the token back. And we are just continuing with SKALE.

Anita Mlakar: 40:46

Okay, talking about Ukraine, we are sending love and peace to that country and to all the people because war is a horrible thing. And it's not something we want to experience anytime. So really thinking about that a lot. Sandi earlier, we were talking about how you are not very present at your social networks on Facebook and on Instagram, maybe we will change that in the future but look Bigdid remember that the guys were actually checking your Facebook for codes.

Sandi Bitenc: 41:25

Well, it's never wrong to try, right?

Anita Mlakar: 41:29

Yeah, because everything is possible, you know, the code could be anywhere. So yeah, it's only normal that they are looking at the Facebook of the CEO of 3air to see if the code is there. That's actually good thinking. And maybe an idea Sandi.

Sandi Bitenc: 41:46

I think they'll hate me now if I do something like that. If we then expand this even more, even now, it's sometimes hard too hard to find. But that's actually Ruba's fault. So please don't hate me.

Anita Mlakar: 42:00

Are we giving away the code today?

Sandi Bitenc: 42:05

Should we, now?

Anita Mlakar: 42:08

I don't know, you're deciding.

Sandi Bitenc: 42:11

Not yet. We'll do it. You know what we'll do next? We actually promised a sneak peek on our upcoming website.

Anita Mlakar: 42:23

Yeah, let's do that. We had so many pictures and so many videos and everything today it's really visual.

Sandi Bitenc: 42:35

Yeah, let us know, if you like it like this, or should we just be talking about the project? Or it is kind of connected to the project, right?

Anita Mlakar: 42:45

Yeah, it is. And of course, you can click like anytime you want to we're not stopping you are doing that. And you can share that with friends or hit the bell icon. You're very welcome to do that and follow us on YouTube.

Sandi Bitenc: 42:59

So, this is our website currently in work in progress. But yeah, we are changing a bit a bit narrative. We were accused that we are too technical. So, we are trying to be a bit less technical and then just leave the technical stuff for everyone you know, for the geeks and the nerds that want to read it and understand it. And we are changing also a bit the colours and a bit the style so apparently, we're too serious for the crypto space. We are going a bit less serious than, this is how it looks like.

Anita Mlakar: 43:39

It's really nice. I like the colours.

Sandi Bitenc: 43:42

Yeah, me too. I also liked the colours.

Anita Mlakar: 43:45

It's really different. How do you like it? Please do give us feedback. How do you like the colours and the new design of the Web site? is it better? What do you like? Looks awesome. says someone just to see. The Bigdid says it looks awesome. First feedbacks look great, thank you!

Sandi Bitenc: 44:16

There's a bit more dynamic, a bit more modern. we need to implement some animations into it and then I think it can be really cool. That's it.

Anita Mlakar: 44:41

Thank you, Sandi for sharing that with us. When can we expect this to be in real time?

Sandi Bitenc: 44:48

Let's see. We're trying to push this, this week. So next week I think it will be standing not all animated and so on, but it will be there just to replace the current website. And then we'll a bit work on it. So just to get it a bit more dynamic, and with the animations and maybe some 3D elements putting in and the stuff. Hopefully, by the end of the week, it should be done. I hope, you like it if you don't like it, we won't be doing it.

Anita Mlakar: 45:23

Please say that you like it, that it comes to live.

Sandi Bitenc: 45:28

I think they like it.

Anita Mlakar: 45:30

Yes, they do. Actually, there are all positive answers and feedback. So more modern, says, Richard. Yes, it is. You said it's more crypto.

Sandi Bitenc: 45:43

Of course, it is more crypto than it was before. before, we had like more corporate design with, we were thinking a bit more going into mere more philanthropic arts, and it was not a lot of crypto parts in it. Also, this one isn't like fully crypto, we don't want to be the next meme coin or the next DEX or whatever. So, this is not us, we are still here for a really long term for providing real services to the people. And we don't want to channel crypto community that just, you know, goes from one project to the other one, and just like the yield farming stuff, that it's something that's really hyped up at one point in time. And then in a few months, nobody really cares anymore and they're at another project. So, we're here for really, for years and years to come.

Anita Mlakar: 46:41

And, you know, what is important to that website should be alive thing, it usually were something static, you know, just being there, and you went there, and you could see everything about us, our projects, our teams, and so on. But this is actually changing with blocks now. And with new articles being on it, it has to move in a way because everything is moving nowadays. And it's very important that it's also interesting, and it interacts people, you know, visually,

Sandi Bitenc: 47:13

It's really interesting. I've been in the space of the websites in since 1995. I think I started learning some HTML then and in 1997, I think I actually made my own first website, and it's changing so dramatically. At first, it was just like, there was no technology, and you were just waiting for the technology to enable you to do some stuff. But now, you actually literally can do almost everything that you want. And then at the time, the website became really complex with a lot of information on it, and always was all about information and data and so on but now what is happening is we just have a landing page with some headlines. And that's the thing that you need to really make good is it's the headlines because people don't read more than the headlines anymore. If you can get the attention in the first 15 seconds, then it's game over. And you can have the best project there is, but you know, just nobody would care, because there's so much information that you literally need to capture their attention in the first few seconds. And yeah, for you know, I told you I'm a bit technical. So, this is something that's quite hard to do for me.

Anita Mlakar: 48:40

Yeah, I can imagine.

Sandi Bitenc: 48:42

But Ruba is helping out and so on, but this is probably the hardest part and that's the real magic to explain somebody in two sentences, what you're doing. The more complex the product is, the harder it is.

Anita Mlakar: 49:01

And you have to follow everything up because it's changing, like every day. And if you don't do that, then you're already behind it. And with all other things going on and trying to be everywhere else, it's really difficult. So, an amazing job really. Now Sandi, we have a pre-sale coming up in a very short time.

Sandi Bitenc: 49:22

And we also have a number coming up and that one is 1404.

Anita Mlakar: 49:29

14041, I hope you caught it. Another question, do we get some traction in the SKALE community as the next token sale starts soon? I am not into the SKALE community. says Richard.

Sandi Bitenc: 49:55

Yeah, Richard, we should probably look into it a bit more so and post a bit more. So, we were posting some things and now and then we post something in the community, but the community is like you need to remind them every time. So, yeah, somebody needs to get on it and just post some things about 3air in the SKALE community.

Anita Mlakar: 50:21

Okay, Sandi about the presale? Is there something to add?

Sandi Bitenc: 50:26

No, we actually explained everything how the presale will go, I can say that we managed to talk to a few more private investors and extended their vesting. So now literally, everyone from the private and seed sale extended except for two persons that we couldn't get in contact with. But everyone that we were able to talk to extended the vesting period and our starting market cap will now be below $500,000 but this is nothing for a project of this magnitude.

Anita Mlakar: 51:05

Yeah. Another thing that we have to mention, although it was already in the community, on Telegram, and everywhere, it's about this thing that was going on about Ethiopia, and this tweet, and now we got the two explanation, right?

Sandi Bitenc: 51:23

Yeah, the explanation was exactly how we said that it was so the tweet was recalled. And we just sent in the letters that were explaining that we are not going for the telecom license at all, because we are not a mobile operator. So, we didn't go for a mobile license. So, we're there just for the ISP license. And to be honest, it wasn't anything more than that. So, it was just a misconception. And then the tweets got a bit exaggerated, who knows why, but literally got exaggerated, by far, but the tweet got recalled and that's it.

Anita Mlakar: 52:10

It can do a lot of harm but since you are talking about it always, honestly and openly and transparently. This is then just another thing happening and being explained in a time and everything is okay. Here's another question but I think you have already explained that a little bit if will delay in SKALE development in 3air launch.

Sandi Bitenc: 52:34

The token launch, no. And it also will not in any way, delay the launch of the platform. So, the platform needs to be finished in within six months and, you know, I don't know something really bad would need to have on if SKALE cannot upgrade to version 2.0 in six months, that's not happening. So, but we can develop it. So, we have the testing ground, and we can already develop everything. So, from that point, it's not a problem. It just they need to really finalize and polish everything so that there are no bugs in the code, and then they're ready to publish it. So, you know, there is all the functionalities, and everything is developed is just really polishing up all the stuff and the code and then they're publishing it. So no, I don't think there'll be any delays. I don't see any delays because of SKALE.

Anita Mlakar: 53:35

Another question from me Sandi, before we end this AMA, if someone comes to Dubai these days, where can we find you? And at which events? at which parties? Where will you be speaking, talking, making partnerships?

Sandi Bitenc: 53:52

So, we'll for sure be at the Binance Blockchain week and we'll be at the East Dubai. So those two events are coming. 28th-29th-30th-31st And I think also, first of April, not pretty sure but they are. In the meantime, let's see if I make it to the world blockchain summit tomorrow. Maybe by also, I think world blockchain summit isn't really, you know, at the level that as it was in the beginning. Yeah, that's mostly it. But either way, it's now it's Wednesday. It's starting on Saturday already. So, I think on the 27th the blockchain, the Binance Blockchain week is already starting.

Anita Mlakar: 54:45

Okay, now Sandi, you said you had another meeting after this now it's around nine o'clock in Dubai. Will you get some sleep?

Sandi Bitenc: 54:54

Yeah, hopefully I'll be able to catch up. I think I slept just three or four hours tonight. So, this meeting then yeah, I see that. I have 11 chats unanswered, so I'll still need to answer those chat probably before I go to sleep but I need to get some sleep. I have four minutes left until I need to jump on a call.

Anita Mlakar: 55:22

Are you saying goodbye?

Sandi Bitenc: 55:24

Not yet. I am saying I have three minutes before I need to say goodbye. I'm talking to someone afterwards. She is one of our advisors and influencers also.

Anita Mlakar: 55:41

Great. I think there's another question here. Can we also do a technical team update? So, focus on the building roadmap?

Sandi Bitenc: 55:50

Sure. Let's do this. Next week, maybe? Yeah, probably. We can try do it next week. Next week will be an AMA, probably a bit more dedicated to the presale. Let's see if we can fit it in either next week or the week after.

Anita Mlakar: 56:10

Okay. I do have one other personal question if I may. Because I know Sandi, that there is a very important event coming up for you in this year, in this summer. Do you have time for that? Is everything on schedule?

Sandi Bitenc: 56:27

I think it is I think everything's on schedule. So, and by that time, I should have a bit more time.

Anita Mlakar: 56:34

You should.

Sandi Bitenc: 56:35

I should have a bit more time in July.

Anita Mlakar: 56:39

Okay. I think that everybody knows what I'm talking about. But if not, maybe we will reveal this another time. Okay, Sandi, we will leave you now to this other meeting because I know that it's an important one. And looking forward to another AMA next Wednesday in between we have a Twitter space on Monday. And we will be doing some more talking. There will be also time for your questions for you to get involved, of course to participate to be a speaker. Like here you can write questions, but there you can also ask them with all your possibilities, which is great. So, thank you again for being with us. Stay tuned. Stay on our channels, Telegram, Twitter and discord. And of course, check those codes every day for a great prize.

57:30

Sandi, thank you very much. Get some sleep. Take care.

Sandi Bitenc: 57:36

You too, thank you. Bye.