For this week’s edition of Dr. Parik’s Meme Diagnosis of the Week, we’re skipping the dank meme round-up and instead highlighting the very viral and very inspiring career of one of the FinDoc’s peers: Kayla Kilbride (aka @girlstalkstocks).
Kayla is the host of Bullish and Dumb Money’s new series Sats in the City, where the investor dives into hot-button issues regarding blockchains, meme coins, and other crypto-centric topics. You can watch the first episode of her show here (and below) where our hosts investigates if you can buy Mavericks tickets with Dogecoin.
On top of being movers and shakers in the finance-creator economy, the two shared a meme milestone: Kayla snagged the winning bid of Dr. Parik’s first NFT, a Tesla-skewing tweet he minted. All proceeds went to support CryptoRelief — a community fund aimed at helping India as the country continues to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic.
So instead of unloading a fresh meme cache, we’re running an Interview Magazine-style conversation: Kayla and Dr. Parik asked one another questions about their respective journeys as creators, the future of non-fungible-tokens, their dream collaborators, and tips and tricks for honing your online brand. Read the interview below.
Dr. Parik: I hugely admire your confidence and willingness to put yourself out there. As an old man, I am yet to figure out how to use the Tick Tock. Do you have any tips for anyone who wants to build their presence on the platform?
Kayla Kilbride: Thank you Dr. Patel, that means a lot coming from an expert like yourself. I would be happy to teach you a thing or two. My trick is to act confident, even when you don't feel confident. Think 4+ certifications kind of confidence... You've got this! Also, keep in mind these two things to set yourself apart from the rest.
1) QUALITY over QUANTITY. People are always trying to figure out the TikTok algorithm, but nothing beats high-quality, relatable content.
2) ENGAGEMENT over REACH. Think of it like a trading portfolio! It's not about big, quick returns. It's more about being intentional and consistent with what you've got.
Dr. Parik: Congrats on Sats in the City! I appreciate that you're diversifying your coverage and leaning into the murky terrain of cryptocurrency. What's the biggest surprise you've encountered so far in your dive into crypto?
Kayla Kilbride: Yeah, it has definitely been quite the journey so far... and we're only one episode in, with another in the works! The biggest surprise so far has actually come from the new episode I'm working on right now. I don't want to spoil too much, but I will mention that some of these big-name crypto adopters might not actually be adopting cryptocurrency as much as they'd like us to think.
Dr. Parik: During your creator journey, you’ve already interacted with a number of mega-successful people including Shark Tank’s very own Mark Cuban. Who are some other MVPs you'd like to connect with on future episodes of the show?
Kayla Kilbride: I'm floored with the support I've received so far. Here are just a few people I'd love to connect with throughout this series:
- Billy Markus (and Jackson Palmer, fingers crossed) on what it was like to develop a coin.
- The Winklevoss Twins on the future of cryptocurrency
- Laura Shin on decentralized finance and being a female in the industry
- The Wolf of All Streets, Scott Melker
- JP Baric about mining cryptocurrency
- And of course... Mark Cuban!
I also plan to shoot my shot with Paris Hilton, Chamath, and Elon Musk. We'll see how it goes!
On another note, I remember stumbling across your Twitter account very early on, and one of the first tweets I saw of yours was your valuation of Tesla. I thought it was absolutely brilliant. As soon as I found out it was listed as an NFT, I knew I had to place a bid on it. But I'm curious, as a value investor, what prompted you to turn your tweets into NFTs?
Dr. Parik: Thank you so much! The money is going to a great cause that’s close to my heart so I really appreciate the bid. I’d always been fascinated by the technology surrounding crypto and NFTs, but never had the confidence to sell one for my own sake. I figured it would be great to test out the technology while also raising money for charity.
Kayla Kilbride: You have accomplished so much in your life. You have multiple certifications, thriving social media accounts, and I imagine a very healthy investing portfolio. Looking towards the future, what else do you hope to accomplish and why?
Dr. Parik: Lol! After the tech selloff, my portfolio isn’t looking quite as healthy as it once did. Going forward, I think I’d like to run a public-facing portfolio in some way. Still thinking about how and figuring out the details. If you have any ideas, please let me know!
Kayla: Your content on Twitter and Instagram is simply the best out there. Do you plan to branch out a little bit more on TikTok? And if so, would you be willing to do a collab with me?
Dr. Parik: Thank you! I’d love to branch out on TikTok if I can figure out how to use it. As an old man, these new technologies can be particularly confusing for me. I’d need to lean heavily on your advice and expertise before making the jump. I’m down for a collab if you are!
I have another question for you. A lot of the amazing creators and investors on Twitter seem to be moving away from California to cities like Miami. Why do you think that is? Is that something you’d ever consider?
Kayla Kilbride: Miami and Texas seem to be the move for a lot of people recently! But because of the traffic alone, I don't think I could ever move to Miami. I don't see myself staying in the big cities forever. Next stop for me would be van life or island life.
Dr. Parik: As you might know, my family is full of influencers, particularly me and my son Chamath. I'm told that your dad also makes video content! What was it like developing your own voice in a house full of content creators?
Kayla: Well we haven't always been content creators, but we've always been storytellers. My dad would pick me up from school and if I wanted to tell him a story about my day, he would say, "If you can tell it to me in 60 seconds or less and make me laugh, I'll listen." I don't think he realized it at the time, but that was probably what prepared me for success on TikTok.
Dr. Parik: Let's talk NFTs! Had you purchased any or considered bidding on others before you made history by buying the Dr. Parik Tweet for Charity? Do you have your eyes on any other NFT auctions? What's next for NFTs?
Kayla Kilbride: I have spent quite a bit of time searching for NFT's, but haven't found anything I'm willing to spend any more ETH on... I do hope to add to my collection someday, though! I'm just not sure what I am looking for yet. What about you Dr. P? Do you have your eyes on any NFTs or plan to list any more tweets for charity?
Dr. Parik: Perhaps! I don’t want to undermine the rarity factor of NFTs, but I’ve had a few requests, so might do one again at some point. The process was really clean and the money goes to a great cause. Might engage my followers more by getting them to vote on the charity before auctioning the next NFT.
Now I have a question for you! Over the past year we’ve seen so many amazing creators enter the finance space. Who are your favorites, and how do you see retail investing evolving going forward?
Kayla: Oh goodness, there are so many... my favorites on TikTok (in no particular order) are:
@tik.stocks, Robert Ross
@errol_coleman, Errol Coleman
@yourrichbff, Vivian Tue
@austinhankwitz, Austin Hankwitz
@ky.now, Kyla Scanlon
@humphreytalks, Humphrey Yang
@thelaymaninvestor, Rahul Rai
As someone who is part of this new wave of retail investors, I hope there will be more openness from younger generations to start investing young. Finance was not a conversation I was having with friends in high school… but many young people (especially on TikTok) are engaging with finance-related content. If we intentionally create resources to engage these new investors with an honest goal to enable their financial success, it could be a game-changer.