This website features the main projects Kai has created, but there were many in-between that are noteworthy.
CraftFest was a real game changer for Kai, starting his journey in entrepreneurship before high school. What started out as a single-player world on Minecraft became a popular multiplayer server with mini-games and ranks players could purchase. It turned in to a lot of income for a 14 year old, and required Kai to learn everything from coding plugins to marketing and managing a community.
As the server grew, Kai (known as kaimaikai in-game, and later on CraftFestMC) ditched the old single-player world and put together a hub with various game-types players could enjoy. This led to more people joining and more ranks being bought. CraftFest became a community like none other, sparking friendships and opportunities for the future. In fact, many of Kai's current friends and business partners are from the CraftFest days, where they met and played on that very server.
Unfortunately CraftFest met its demise when the host shut down and the files were lost, but the experiences were never forgotten and Kai would take everything he learned from it to the next project, making it bigger and better.
After developing and designing all the websites for his previous projects, Kai decided it was time to make a company out of his new skills and provide web design services to the gaming community. Yeti Crew was a small team of hard-working people who brought dozens of websites to life. With great reviews and a working referral system, Yeti Crew gained a lot of hype and got a ton of clients who needed websites for their game servers and hosts. After a very successful run, Kai decided it was best to move on to something new, having saved up a lot of money for new projects.
MyMCServers was the first large-scale company Kai founded. After running various game servers (most notably CraftFest, FlexGaming and VaultCraft) he decided it was time to take it to the next level and start hosting them. His co-founder, Nir Zemer, was a connection from VaultCraft and had a lot of pull in the Israeli gaming scene. Kai handled the development while Nir handled the advertising.
By offering free hosting and other perks to Minecraft YouTubers, MyMCServers was quickly promoted across the industry and had a huge spike in popularity.
Before long, MyMCServers was one of the largest Minecraft server hosting providers in the world with thousands of customers. They secured dozens of partnerships and moved into dedicated servers, website hosting, plugin/map development and server advertising. After only 9 months since launching, MyMCServers was sold to a private buyer and continued on for years after the sale.
After the success of MyMCServers, Kai branched out to more forms of hosting and cloud computing and founded DediFire on his own, offering dedicated, web, voice, and game server hosting for 20+ different games. With a foot in the industry already, Kai was able to gain hundreds of clients in countries all around the world. The strong majority of clients were Minecraft servers, with CS:GO and TF2 also making up a decent amount of the customer-base.
In May of 2016, a few members of the DediFire team attended WorldHostingDays (WHD) in Phoenix. After a few investors hopped on board, DediFire was able to get colocation in Chicago and Amsterdam following a deal with Singlehop. This opened the door for new clients in Europe, leading to a partnership with Discord.FM, now known as Amped. It also gave DediFire some of the strongest servers in the industry for game hosting, superior to the other hosting companies who primarily used OVH.
After about a year of DediFire being online, global Minecraft hosting was getting cheaper and more saturated by the day, so DediFire turned its focus to dedicated and VPS hosting under new management at GodlyCloud.
Following the move of dedicated server clients over from DediFire, Kai joined the executive team at GodlyCloud. After rebranding the company and setting up various marketing strategies, GodlyCloud was able to open up to thousands of clients in Europe. The company owned most of their servers in London, but later expanded to Atlanta and Seoul as a reseller, offering dedicated servers, web hosting, virtual private servers, and managed solutions.
After a sponsorship opportunity with LowEndTalk, GodlyCloud virtual private servers became very popular to customers in China, which greatly increased the number of subscribed customers over the the next few months.
GodlyCloud later joined forces with DediGuard.
After many projects in and around game hosting, Kai decided that he wanted to stretch his wings a bit and go out of his comfort zone. This is where Libs vs Cons comes in, a physical card game about political stereotypes. With minimal experience in digital art (aside from web design) Kai made all the artwork for the game himself over the span of a few months. Approaching the launch date, Kai brought his business partner Ben Adamsky on board to help with shipping and manufacturing.
A month-long Kickstarter included an online quiz to find out which political stereotype you were, a website to learn about the characters, and backers from all over the world. Facebook group sponsorships brought in thousands of impressions over the 30 day period.
Although the Kickstarter was unsuccessful, the card game still sold dozens of copies and was a great learning experience.
Konjure was a new type of website builder that streamlined the process from site creation to hosting on a peer-to-peer network. In just a few clicks, users could have their very own blog, shop, or personal website on the Decentralized Web, and take advantage of the KONJ utility token throughout the ecosystem. This offered a faster, more secure environment where users have full ownership over their data.
Kai had the opportunity of meeting with Charlie Lee, Brock Pierce, Tim and Adam Draper, Juan Benet, Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Brewster Kahle and many more figureheads in the industry. He was also able to travel to various events like Decentralized Web Summit, World Crypto Con, and Digital Currency Con. Konjure was a finalist in many startup accelerators including dLab, SOSV, and Pioneer.
With cryptocurrency in such a new, volatile stage, Konjure couldn't find product/market fit or a new round of funding to continue, so Kai decided it was best to focus on new ventures and close it down.
Sitesire was founded in 2018 about a year after Kai started freelancing on Upwork. It started as a website development company building websites from scratch with Konjure UI, and eventually adapted to enterprise businesses and pivoted to React development. Since founded, Sitesire has garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars and created web apps for 40+ projects, including Gartner and other Fortune 500 companies.
As the COVID-19 pandemic created panic across the world, Kai came up with the idea to create a website application that connects you with your neighbors to communicate, stay informed, and work together during the novel coronavirus outbreak. CovidCamp is a new project and has a lot of work to be done, but getting the website released quickly was the number one priority. Kai partnered with Raghav Arora and Dayton Mills to develop the first version of the application in under a week.
After months of pitching new project ideas back and forth, Kai and Dayton Mills finally settled on creating a virtual HQ for remote teams. Just two months after this, Branch became a self-funded startup with 14 team members. As beta testing rolls out, there are dozens of companies getting demos of Branch to see the innovations that have been made in the spatial app sphere.
Branch is spatial by nature, just like your voice. There are no dedicated channels or chat rooms, only an open environment where you can move and communicate freely. Bump into someone in the hallway or knock on their door for a quick chat — as long as you're near them, you can hear them. It's not here to replace all of your remote tools, it's here to replace your office. Having an office promotes productivity, boosts company culture, allows for spontaneous interactions, and so much more that's lost with a remote team. Branch gives you an office to bring your team together.
Hello, 'grats on finding the secret menu. Thanks for visiting my site and learning about my journey as an entrepreneur. I didn't envision my life going this way; I actually planned on going to college to become an architect. That was before I realized working for other people made me want to off myself, of course. Don't want to throw a giant wall of text at you so I'll get straight to the point: I thoroughly researched and experimented with religion and found absolutely nothing, so I decided to dedicate my life to finding a way for all of us to avoid death, since chances are, it is the end. These projects I'm working on are preparing me to take on a feat of that magnitude.
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