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GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATE: The Banana Rat Is Running For Special Council

The ApeCoin DAO's second election season is in full swing, and while many $Ape holders are familiar with every nominee's positions and their plans if elected, not everyone knows the candidates on a personal level!


In an effort to get to know the individuals running for $Ape Office, the Bored Ape Gazette recently sent out a nine-item questionnaire to each candidate to find out more about them in an effort to get to know the person behind the keyboard!


One of those candidates is The Banana Rat, who is running for a position on the ApeCoin DAO’s Special Council.





“Vote for The Banana Rat: your key to a unified, accessible, and progressive Web 3.0 future," he said when asked why the community should vote for him. “Leveraging years of expertise in portfolio management and strategic planning, The Banana Rat is uniquely equipped to advocate for transparency, inclusivity, and innovation. Known as the 'Great Unifier,' he wields significant influence across top-tier Web 3.0 brands and projects. This vast network empowers The Banana Rat to facilitate powerful collaborations, expand horizons, and foster unparalleled growth. By voting for The Banana Rat, you're championing a vision of unity and progress in our digital world. Join us in our venture to shape a more connected and thriving digital ecosystem. Together, let's make history! The Banana Rat has spoken.”


Find out more about the Banana Rat and his Web3 journey below:


1.What’s your favorite web3 memory?


“Unveiling my Murakami DNA CloneX.”


2. When was the first time you got rug pulled?


“An early project I ventured into was 'The Shark Cove,' which unfortunately fizzled out prematurely. However, I'm extremely selective with my investments, so my direct involvement in 'rug pull' scenarios has been minimal.”


3. What was your best trade and worst crypto trade?


“Best Trade: Remember the RTFKT's Meta-Pigeon release? Those early days were wild, and yours truly got in on the action. Snagged seven of these digital birds half of them for just a buck each. Before I knew it, boom, each of them spun out an extra Meta-Pigeon OG. That's right, my crew doubled overnight. But the party didn't stop there. Each of my 14 Meta-Pigeons hatched three Clone X avatars - that’s 42 Clones - one of them even packed the rare Murakami DNA! Can you believe it? So here's the crazy part - at the peak, these virtual assets shot up to a staggering value of more than 960 ETH (about 2 million at peak value). Your boy Banana Rat did cash in some profits along the ride (wink), but still kept the original Meta-Pigeons and a ton of the Clone Xs. Bottom line, peeps? The Web 3.0 world is full of opportunities, just waiting for for you to find them. Keep your game flexible, stay sharp, and who knows? You might find the next Meta-Pigeon. Worst Tade: 1. PeyTenn, Cosmic Signature Edition. 2. There was a moment when I declined an offer of two BAYC apes in exchange for the Banana Rat. In retrospect, I still believe that was the right decision. The Banana Rat possesses an incredibly unique marketing profile. After all, who can forget the Banana Rat?”


4. What was your first job and what was your most recent job?


“Fist Job: Working as a flagman for Dept of transportation


Current Job: Portfolio and PMO Manager & Founder of http://MaritimeVintage.com


5. What’s your favorite movie, book, and game?


Movie: Reservoir Dogs

Book: The Wheel of Time,

Game: Settlers of Katan


6. What do you do in your free time?


“In my spare time, I explore the creative realm as an artist who amalgamates real-life sculptures and art work with Artificial Intelligence to craft unique digital art pieces. You can explore my work at http://ArtbyBlaise.com. Yes, that's me - The Banana Rat.”


7. What’s a random fact about you?


“In addition to my other pursuits, I'm recognized as the 'Godfather of Pinterest SEO' and proudly hold one of the leading profiles/boards on the Pinterest Search Platform. Now, here's a lesser-known fact for you: Pinterest boasts a larger NFT/collector enthusiast community than Twitter. Intriguing, right?”


8. Do you have anything else you’d like the community to know about you before they vote?


“My groundbreaking community project, "Metaverse A.I. Critters," stands as one of the first on-chain, AI-based PFP community projects. Feel free to explore it further here: https://maritimevintage.com/pages/metaverse-ai-critters-collection


9. Last question what’s the first word that comes to mind when I say ApeCoin?


“Opportunity!!!”


The window to vote in the ApeCoin DAO's first round of Special Council and Governance Working Group Steward elections is currently open and $Ape holders have until June 21st to cast their coins for their preferred nominees.


After the first round of voting, the top five vote getting nominees will move on to the second round of voting and officially become candidates. The DAO will then conduct one more election from June 22nd to 28th, during which the community will elect two Special Council members to replace Yat Siu and Alexis Ohanian on the board. Take a look at the full Election season timeline below:


The Bored Ape Gazette has reached out to every candidate for an interview and will be publishing their responses as they reply. Stay tuned for updates!

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