Travin Keith

A nomad currently in Prague, Czech Republic. I spend most of my time working in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space with my company, Agavon, a consulting company based in Zug that helps others determine whether blockchain solution or other DLT solutions are right for their needs or not, as well as to help them in either direction. Additionally, I am a Co-founder of SICOS, a partnership based in Luxembourg that provides project management and advisory services around fundraising with the utilization of cryptocurrencies, while at the same time improving the best practices in the area by bringing in my experiences with startups outside the blockchain space. 

I am also the Director of the Ardor and Nxt Group, an initiative to create a better ecosystem for businesses, projects, and community members of Nxt and Ardor, technologies developed by Jelurida. Through Agavon, I'm also involved with Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation project focused on distributed ledger technology. 

As for minor projects, I'm an advisor of SmartCash, an administrator of BitcoinMarkets, and a community fund escrow keyholder for Byteball

Outside of this space, I'm also a Partner of Content Runner, a content marketplace, a Partner of Words For Less, a content management and marketing provider, and a Project Manager of VA Runners, a VA service provider. I also occasionally contribute to sites like Search Engine Journal. If you would like to reach out to me, please do so through one of my social media accounts in the upper-right corner.

The Mars One Mission

If you're connected to me on LinkedIn or following me on Twitter, you've probably noticed some updates about Mars One, a not-for-profit organization that plans to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2023. So pretty much, the colonization of Mars, something that I've talked about or referenced to in nearly all of my Astronomy-related presentations, so it shouldn't be surprising that I'm promoting such a mission. 

 

But can it really be done?  

Well, I'm in no position to guarantee it to be successful, but I can guarantee you that I would be insane with joy once people set foot on Mars.  Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and CEO, as well as the rest of Mars One, seem to have a nice plan though. More importantly, that plan is actually being put into motion. So this isn't some kind of fun idea that's being tossed around by some random people online. In addition to being a born entrepreneur, Bas also has a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente. With that, along with the numerous qualified team members, advisers, and ambassadors of Mars One, it's also not some kind of business venture that just has a great business plan that "just needs the right science guys." 

 

While the plan involves the use of current technologies, as the need for a return trip is gone, future developments will definitely be incorporated as much as possible, depending of course on the suppliers as Mars One doesn't plan on manufacturing it themselves, another reason for me to accept the feasibility of the plan as there are numerous private suppliers like SpaceX that are quite capable, and experienced, with producing the equipment needed for the mission. 

 

Even with all of these, however, there are still doubts about it's feasibility, which I can understand as calling this a major project is a great understatement. Once again, as I'm not a scientist or engineer, I can't really defend that aspect. However, I can say that it is very possible to raise the $6 Billion in estimated costs for the mission with their business plan. 

 

One Way Astronaut 

 With the Astronaut application process well underway with over 100,000 applicants , it's hard to ignore what could possibly be going on the minds of the people who have applied. I've heard people say that they're suicidal, or that they're mentally unstable and shouldn't be allowed to participate at all. While I generally disagree with such statements, I can understand where they're coming from and I do share some of their concern regarding mental stability. I think Bas puts it perfectly though when he says, "We're not going to Mars to die. We're going to Mars to live."