Counterparty Foundation Election 2015 (March 19th - April 16th)


#7

Hello Everyone, it’s me! Chris DeRose here…

What’s up party people! If you’re reading this, you probably know who I am already. But in case you don’t recognize me, I’m the incumbent Community Director of the Counterparty foundation.

Who am I?

I’m a journalist, a programmer, and a public advocate of crypto-currency that lives in South Florida. I’ve run a technology consulting company in Fort Lauderdale for a little over ten years, and have been programming in some form or another for almost twenty years. I discovered Bitcoin sometime in late 2010, and have been increasingly investing my time and attention to the crypto-currency space ever since.

For a more detailed account of who I am, head on over to chrisderose.com.

What have I done for you thus far?

Besides the normal day-to-day job of representing counterparty’s interests online, in chat rooms, and forums, I have also provided consultation to various members of industry, bitcoin companies, and venture capitalists.

In a more public capacity, I have achieved the following in my very short three-month interim term thus far:

My Values and Beliefs

I think the values of all candidates for this position should be delineated in a formal capacity, and as such, I’m going to outline my values below. Additionally here’s my long-term forecast of our Bitcoin future.

Bitcoin Maximalism
I am an unapologetic Bitcoin maximalist. I have seen countless alt-chains come and go, and while there may be room for a chain other than Bitcoin’s, I don’t believe it’s worth our time to be distracted by this remote possibility at the current time.

Meta-coins are with us, not against us. Alt-chains are against us
I do not make disparaging statements about Omni, or Colored Coins. While I believe Counterparty is the superior technology in the metacoin space, I also believe that there is benefit in competing metacoin implementations. I believe our actual competition exists with technologies such as Ripple and (maybe) Ethereum/Bitshares.

Counterparty is Bitcoin
Central to all my advocacy is the equivocation of Counterparty and Bitcoin. Counterparty is to Bitcoin what CSS is to HTML. This is the primary reason I gravitated to Counterparty in the first place.

Mobile Integration should be a primary focus
I believe that the best place for Counterparty to grow is via integration with the mobile Bitcoin wallet designers. This integration may take a while, but I do believe that Counterparty has a very immediate ability to provide “killer apps” once tokens are send and receivable in user’s preffered Bitcoin wallet software.

Counterparty’s primary source of growth will come from its developers
Developers, developers, developers! While competing 2.0 platforms are primarily focused on growing their community via fundraising and stock-ownership, my belief is that the way to grow a 2.0 community is by courting to developers, and their projects.

XCP is not a pump
I do not pump XCP. Frankly I’d prefer XCP to stay ‘cheap’ as I believe this will aid in our ability to court developers. I don’t discourage people from purchasing XCP, but I don’t encourage people either. I don’t believe that we should be pumping counterparty as an altcoin.

Counterparty is Open Source. Not a company.
Ethereum, Bitshares, and countless others in this space “fundraised” for their development. This makes them, IMO, companies and not open-source platforms. Counterparty is a sustainable project in the same way Bitcoin is a sustainable project, because it never raised money. There is a uniquely egalitarian structure to what we’re doing in the 2.0 space. This is an important feature of Counterparty, and should be expressed at such.

Bitcoin is not a currency
To be clear, Bitcoin does all of the things that currencies do, but Bitcoin does so much more! As such I have adopted the opinion that Bitcoin is a protocol for settlement and value transfer. Bitcoins themselves are a useful commodity, which will be expended as the protocol grows. Counterparty is a logical outcome of this belief.

Having fun and taking our time!
There are many advocates in this space which feel that cryptocurrency should be presented as a imminently disruptive technology that will cause the incumbents to fail spectacularly and in short time. Or alternatively, there are those that feel Bitcoin will be co-opted by suits from wall street, and that professionalism and conformity is the path towards adoption. I believe that this movement will take a good while to manifest into the disruptive force it’s being billed as. I further believe that a message that provides quality content, coupled with responsible fun, will be more accessible to the general public and provide a more sustainable growth path for us, as our community matures.

Ain’t no party like a Counterparty!

Hopefully you like my platform and I can continue working for you! I do this work for fun, the challenge of understanding the world around me, and the satisfaction of making a difference.

Thank-you for your consideration everyone! It’s been an honor to be your director for this short time thus far, and I would love to keep the party going all year long. (Later Party People!)


#8

Election Q&A has been moved to a new topic: [Q&A] Counterparty Foundation Election 2015 Q&A

Great discussion guys! Please continue to share your thoughts and ideas in the new topic, let’s keep this one only for nominations.


#9

What happened to MattY? I nominate him, wherever he is.


#10

Hey! I’m JP Janssen, aka JPJA on the forums. I hereby nominate myself.

I’m originally from Norway where I graduated with a MSc in Economic Analysis five years ago. I’ve since worked in finance, with trading and programming, in New York and Singapore. More recently I relocated to Latvia where I run my own real estate business.

Me enjoying Countercoffee.

I’ve been obsessed with Counterparty ever since I discovered it last spring. What I find so fascinating is that it offers new building blocks to the world of finance, it is open source, the core developers are donating their own time and money, it runs on top of Bitcoin, and it is backed by the network effect of a growing community.

The point about new building blocks is particularly interesting. The asset system is a huge success, and with new services such as Coindaddy and the Chrome Plugin, the snowball keeps growing. Unfortunately, the betting system, which technically is just as impressive, never reached the critical mass of users and is practically dead by now. The last bet was placed Dec 29 last year.

If I get a seat at the foundation I will emphasize teaching how CP can benefit you, your business and society in general. In most cases CP can complement existing finance, not replace it. How best to implement CP deserves a study on its own. It is essential that we have a down-to-earth approach where we’re humble about CP’s limitations, yet excited about its opportunities. For example, here’s how I envision CP can be used for funding a business.

The foundation as of today works pretty well. So what can I contribute with? I am one of the most active forum users (especially on Reddit). I encourage playing with CP and experimenting with new ways of using it. For example, I made a URL forwarding system for asset names. Within the foundation I hope to contribute with making instructional videos, contributing to forums, documenting the protocol, and talking with media. Having my name associated with the foundation will add more weight to my words. If you believe my involvement will benefit Counterparty as a whole, then consider voting for me.

P.S. Let’s not forget the elephant in the room – the XCP price. I see two main drivers for its price. The first is anti-spam fees. The second, and much more important one, is XCP being used to escrow bets. To achieve the latter, the foundation should advocate the platform, not the coin. Members should never discuss the XCP price beyond some general statements. As the platform becomes more popular, the XCP price will naturally follow.


#11

I’m Joel Dietz, Swarm founder. I have put together a document that I’m circulating privately at the moment in order to collect critical feedback and decide if it is worth running.

My main consideration is this. I’m interested in Counterparty becoming a healthy and growing ecosystem. This means that it needs all of the following:

(1) Excited developers building on the platform
(2) Business potential, either current or future
(3) Competitive advantage vis-a-vis other platforms offering the same or similar services
(4) Engaged community promoting the platform

Obviously I’ve already committed a lot of time and energy to this ecosystem, but it’s not entirely clear to me that it is growing at the pace necessary to be competitive.

First, developer evangelism while perhaps better than any other 2.0 project on the Bitcoin blockchain is not nearly at the same level as other off-chain projects (NXT, BitShares, NuBits, Ethereum). I estimate that there are something like ~10 developer actively building something on the project and none of the bigger players are releasing back open source code.

A good example of this is Swarm, we’ve had a strong desire to contribute back open source code but have been inhibited by the fact that there is a strong internal competitive nature to the ecosystem. Compare the slogans of the different folks now working around the ecosystem: cryptoequity (Swarm), smart securities (Symbiont), cryptoequity (Overstock), smart corporations (Koinify).

Can you tell what the difference is? Probably not. I certainly can’t. Although Swarm was the first to describe or offer any of this, it makes for a fairly cluttered ecosystem.

Also, if you look at the stats you’ll see that although Counterparty has greater than 80% of the transaction volume among Bitcoin blockchain projects, the market capitalization of Maidsafe (on Omni/Mastercoin) is greater than all Counterparty projects combined.

The net result that I’ve observed is that many of the companies in the space are less committed to Counterparty than they once were. For example Koinify, who even now has a board seat on the Counterparty foundation, is not doing any of their announced upcoming sales on Counterparty. The only one they did, GEMS, was from someone who had already decided to use Counterparty in advance of the sale.

So in general people are making only a loose commitment to the underlying technology and ecosystem, which makes sense from a business perspective but is disappointing to me since in general when I started with Counterparty I invested a fair bit of effort and time in an effort to see the whole ecosystem grow.

My general feeling about Counterparty at the moment is disappointment. I don’t have a specific desire to invest a lot of time and energy promoting something that is going to ultimately turn into a second place solution. I do have a large desire to open source code and provide other resources back to the community, but don’t feel like I can do that in the current environment with the risk of taking a major economic loss on my part as a result.

In any case, all of these are factors in my decision to run or not run for the Counterparty board. If they can’t be resolved, I honestly don’t think Counterparty has a future.

Also, although I think it is nice to have a “community director,” what is really needed is not simply some idea of ‘community,’ but some more long-term strategic planning to build out the whole ecosystem. In my opinion so far that’s been neglected – and the XCP price shows it.


[Response] I honestly don't think Counterparty has a future
#12

Joel, I’d be a lot happier if this were discussed in an on-topic thread. Respectfully, Hernando.


#14

Attention all candidates

On April 3rd, 10 PM EDT, there will be a live debate hosted on DogeCoin Radio for all candidates. Material for the debate is outlined in the public Google Doc and open for the community to edit.

Details on the debate can be discussed in the Q&A thread and will be announced in the upcoming Counterparty community update post.


#16

Please scroll up and follow the directions Ivana outlined for nomination. Your message does not conform to that.


#17

Just seeing this now. Thanks for the nomination, however, I must decline for now. At this time the current candidates make more sense than me as they have more time to dedicate to the project and they are all capable. I am holding myself in reserve in case people start running that I deem to be terrible (and actually have a shot at winning). If that were to happen, I will run against them and/or be very vocal in my opposition in order to protect Counterparty.


#19

This is being moved to April 3rd at 10 pm EDT to accommodate the rest of the candidates


#23

In accordance with the newly ratified changes to the Counterparty charter (PR66) I officially nominate the disqualification of Chewbacca from eligiblity as a candidate in the upcoming election. For all other foundation members in agreement, please ACK this nomination if there is no opposition. (sorry Chewy!)


#24

@brighton36, ACKing.


#25

I am opposed to the motion.


#26

@brighton36, ACK …


#27

First and Last name:
Andreas Antonopoulos

Bio
My name is Andreas Antonopoulos and I’m running for the community director of the Counterparty foundation. I am a known entity in the Bitcoin space, and am a well respected speaker. I have recently begun a consulting company that focuses on Bitcoin and have been a fan of the Counterparty project for a long time. I’m sorry to be submitting my nomination at the last minute, but have been going back and forth trying to decide whether I should or shouldn’t join another foundation after my very public kerfuffle with the Bitcoin foundation. I would like to work with the Counterparty foundation in its early stages to make sure that the same sort of problems that happened there do not happen here.

I am busy, as I have just recently launched a new firm and am focused on building it. That said, I think that I can find the time to promote a worthwhile project such as Counterparty. In the next few days, as you consider who you should vote for in this election, consider my experience and all that I have done for Bitcoin. I think I would make a great community director, and excitedly await your support.

Picture: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/Andreas_M._Antonopoulos.jpg/450px-Andreas_M._Antonopoulos.jpg

Bitcoin Address: 1Jk4kwAutsj8eeYuJN97Ztqn38nM7stYJU

Tx of the broadcast: http://www.blockscan.com/txInfo/11622263


#28

This Andreas nomination is a fake, here is the tweet from Andreas


#29

Andreas M. Antonopoulos here. The previous post presenting me as a nominee for the election is a well executed prank, not me. I verify this on my well known twitter account:


#30

Everyone, the nomination period is over.

Here’s the final list of candidates:
Devon Weller
Robert Ross
Chris DeRose
JP Janssen

Addresses and names of all candidates will be published later today on the BlockScan voting scoreboard. All XCP holders will receive CFELECTION2015 tokens in the amount proportional to their XCP holdings.

Good luck to all the candidates!


#31

#33

The Counterparty Foundation Election is now closed!

Congratulations to Chris DeRose ( @brighton36), Devon Weller ( @deweller) and Robert Ross ( @FoldingCoin) for becoming the first elected community directors of the Counterparty Foundation!