Lina Seiche talks to Blockleaders about being a digital nomad, following your gut, and why she hopes people will soon stop talking about blockchain.
Growing up in a small town in Western Germany, Lina and her brother would rush home after school to watch anime cartoons. For a
The title of this article, and the eponymous name of the famous one-hit wonder song of the UK band the Vapors band, supremely captures Lina’s awakening. The song is one of the more misinterpreted songs of all time with people often saying that ‘Turning Japanese’ refers to the Asian-like facial features people get at the moment of climax during masturbation. In fact, the truth of the song, as explained by lead singer Dave Denton, was about youth and angst. He said: “Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn’t expect to.”
Well, Lina Seiche was certainly not expected to turn into a nomadic blockchain wanderer across Asia. In fact, such
For the past three years, Lina has lived out of a suitcase. “I am used to it. I fill the suitcase with my clothes, computer
Initially, when Lina
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“I wanted to learn and I wanted to share my learning – I did not want to be ripped off in the process.”
The idea of community is very important to Lina and she now works tirelessly as a communicator in the industry.
“But I want to make my job redundant. In a couple of years I want everyone to feel the same way about blockchain as they do about the internet – no one talks about the internet we just use it. Same as blockchain.”
Back to arriving in Japan to be a singer. Lina met a blockchain startup and they asked her to be the English-speaking face of the company. She was still training to be a ‘rock star’ but even her coach said it was a tough sector and she should have a second job to fall back on.
“I had self-taught myself Japanese so we were able to communicate and then I was also to speak in English. I actually had no clue what I was doing at first but I wanted to learn and so I gave it a go.”
Lina took to blockchain like a duck to water. She found she could speak – perhaps the singing had given her confidence to stand up in front of people. She was part of the road show across Asia. She had found her role to be an evangelist.
“Often we travelled so much that I would wake up and not know what city I was in. The roadshow was not just in Asia but also covered Europe. It was exciting but also very tiring.”
Lina is almost ethereal yet very powerful; an intriguing combination. I ask if her parents were worried when she decided to trek over to Asia and how she funded it.
“I was self-funded. From the age of 12 I saved my pocket money and when I was legally old enough to work I got jobs – waitressing and stocking shelves – so I could save up. My parents already knew I was going to be a little unconventional and certainly that I was not going to stay in Germany, but they supported me.”
Now Lina tries to travel to Germany to see her family every six months or so. Sometimes she gets worried that if she goes home she may not return but actually it is the opposite and she can’t wait to return to Asia.
She doesn’t have a home so to speak and I asked if she missed that permanence. “Maybe one day I will have that. Right now I am a bit of a loner so I don’t miss it. However, when I was home last I spotted this monster teddy bear. He won’t fit into my suitcase but when I find a home I’m going back for him.”
I am curious why she moves so much. “I follow opportunities,” she replies and when I ask her how she knows if something is an opportunity, she says “It’s a gut feeling mostly.”
On travelling alone as a woman I ask in conclusion if this is difficult. “Not really,” she says. “I am cautious as any single person would be but I have never, fortunately, experienced too much hassle.”
And where to next? “Canada for a Blockchain Conference.”
Happy travelling, Lina.
For more information please visit her LinkedIn profile.