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Challenges in Growing The Ethereum Ecosystem As A Community

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Challenges in Growing The Ethereum Ecosystem As A Community

  1. 1. Challenges in Growing The Ethereum Ecosystem As A Community William Mougayar Investor, Advisor, Board Member Author, The Business Blockchain Founder, The Token Summit and WMX @wmougayar wmougayar@gmail.com EthCC Paris March 7 2019
  2. 2. Disclosures and Market Activities • Book (10 languages) • Token Summit • Blogging • WMX Blockchain Index • Strategic Advisory • Boards & Foundations • Startups Investments • ICOs participation & Advisory • Regulatory interactions
  3. 3. ❖ Community © 2019 William Mougayar @wmougayar ❖ Marketing ❖ Governance
  4. 4. What is the Most Important Ethereum Feature?
  5. 5. YOU
  6. 6. Ethereum Ecosystem Startups Researchers Scientists Crypto Capitalists Meetups Hackathons Infrastructure Entrepreneurs Developers Enterprises © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar DRUMMERSDREAMERS DOERS
  7. 7. Decentralization Projects Are (Living Systems*) Communities. © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar * Grows into its environment by self-organizing
  8. 8. © 2019 William Mougayar @wmougayar ▪ Open source and open standards pioneer since the 90’s ▪ Author of AMQP ▪ Editor, RestMS ▪ Author, 30 protocols and distributed systems ▪ Launched edgenet (mesh)
  9. 9. Communities Toolbox © 2019 William Mougayar @wmougayar ✓ Strong mission ✓ Free entry ✓ Transparency ✓ Free contributors ✓ Full re-mixability ✓ Strong protocols ✓ Fair authority ✓ Non-tribalism ✓ Self-organization ✓ Tolerance ✓ Measurable success ✓ High scoring ✓ Decentralization ✓ Free workspace ✓ Smooth learning ✓ Regular structure ✓ Positivity ✓ Sense of humor ✓ Minimalism ✓ Sane funding Source: Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  10. 10. 1. Strong Mission © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A - the stated reason for the group’s existence Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  11. 11. 2. Free Entry © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A - how easy it is for people to join the group Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  12. 12. 3. Transparency © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A- - how openly and publicly decisions are made “Groups that work in secret do not achieve wisdom.” Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  13. 13. 4. Free Contributors © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A - how far people are paid to contribute “One Free contributor is worth 10 paid contributors.” Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  14. 14. 5. Full Remixability © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A - how far contributors can remix each others’ work Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  15. 15. 6. Strong Protocols © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar B - how well the rules are written “Good protocols let strangers collaborate without up-front agreement.” Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  16. 16. 7. Fair Authority © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar C - how well the rules are enforced “Without authority, rules have no strength.” Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  17. 17. 8. Non Tribalism © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar B - how far the group claims to own its participants Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  18. 18. 9. Self-Organization © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A - how far individuals can assign their own tasks Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  19. 19. 10. Tolerance © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar C - how the group embraces conflicts “There are no dangerous opinions, only dangerous responses.” Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  20. 20. 11. Measurable Success © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar C+ - how well the group can measure its progress Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  21. 21. 12. High Scoring © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar B - how the group rewards its participants Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  22. 22. 13. Decentralization © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A++ - how widely the group is spread out Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  23. 23. 14. Free workspaces © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A - how easy it is to create new projects Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  24. 24. 15. Smooth Learning © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A- - how easy it is to get started and keep learning Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  25. 25. 16. Regular Structure © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar C - how regular and predictable the overall structure is Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  26. 26. 17. Positivity © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A - how far the group is driven by positive goals “Competitors are good, because they give you resistance. Copycats are good, because they prove your market is a real one. Trolls and vandals are good, because they give sincere people an extra chance to prove their value.” Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  27. 27. 18. Sense of Humour © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar A++ - how seriously the group takes itself Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  28. 28. 19. Minimalism © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar B - how much excess work the group does Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  29. 29. 20. Sane Funding © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar B - how the group survives economically Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  30. 30. Areas to improve © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar C (4) 20% Fair authority, Tolerance, Measurable success, Regular structure. B (5) 25% Strong protocols, Non tribalism, High scoring, Minimalism, Sane funding. Adapted from Social Architecture by Pieter Hintjens
  31. 31. Governance has 4 dimensions: Philosophical Technical Economic Business © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar
  32. 32. Different Priorities … Different Governance © 2019 William Mougayar @wmougayar Blockchains P2P Networks Protocols Dapps/Apps/Platforms Socio-Political Change Sybil attacks, Consensus process. Installation, Self-incentivization, Economics. Adoption, Ecosystem, Value. Network Effects, Development, Support. Inclusiveness, Fairness, Wealth Distribution. Segment Key Considerations
  33. 33. Use Governance as a Tool, not as a Weapon or Crutch. © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar
  34. 34. 9 Governance Issues and Challenges © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar ❖It is not just about voting ❖Decision-making by consensus is not ideal ❖Communities alone shouldn’t govern ❖Beware of premature decentralization of governance ❖When will Code = Governance? ❖Transparency / Openness in Self-governance ❖One size or method doesn’t fit all ❖Large gap in governance UI’s (still very technical) ❖Obsession with self-governance (DAO was not a standard)
  35. 35. © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar Are We Decentralized Yet?
  36. 36. @wmougayar © 2019 William Mougayar
  37. 37. NICHE@wmougayar CONTENDERS CHALLENGERS LEADERS AppDev Blockchains Landscape – Today © 2019 William Mougayar
  38. 38. Selling the Vision Build-out Installation Deployment Acceleration Vision Realization 2018-2020 2013-2015 2015-2016 2021+ 2016-2018 2019-2021 Ethereum: The Evolution © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar Feb 2018 Today…Shifting Timelines
  39. 39. Some Suggestions for the Ethereum Ecosystem to Maintain Leadership © 2019 William Mougayar @wmougayar ❖ Don’t try to eat your (decentralized governance) dog food too early ❖ Increase the sense of urgency ❖ Some authority for decision-making
  40. 40. Can the blockchain lead us to a new world that is better than the current one? © 2018 William Mougayar @wmougayar
  41. 41. THANK YOU William Mougayar Investor, Advisor, Board Member Author, The Business Blockchain Founder, The Token Summit and WMX @wmougayar wmougayar@gmail.com http://startupmanagement.org/blog

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