Summary of Campaign Pitch
I advocate for increasing adoption of Zcash by funding tools that make usability easier. Everyone wins with tools like Zecwallet, Nighthawk mobile wallet, ZECpages, Pay with Zcash directory, and an open community forum. But we can’t stop there. Using Zcash still requires a level of sophistication that is beyond what most people can or will do. MGRC has a prime opportunity to help build more projects that make Zcash easier to use. Human-readable addresses. Payment network integrations. Website checkout plugins. I would like to help guide MGRC funds in that direction.
MGRC Open Questions
- ZIP Ambiguity: The ZIP-1014 language has some ambiguities. Where would you stand on how to interpret and implement operational activities when there is no explicit language to guide you? How should the MGRC consider community will/preference?
Answer : If guidance from the Zcash Foundation isn’t sufficient, the MGRC members will need to come to consensus by voting, on ambiguous operational activities. I fully agree that transparency, inclusivity, and humility will be needed if there is divergence of opinion on these issues.
- MGRC Role: Should MGRC be a “driving actor” or provide sourcing, oversight and review? [context]. Should MGRC be more of a bureaucracy (with hierarchy, continuity, defined rules, and expertise) or can it be an adhocracy (decentralized and flexible)?
Answer : I see the role of MGRC to not only decentralize Zcash governance but also to take chances on ideas with asymmetrical-upside and break through barriers inhibiting developmental progress. How do we do that? Through adhocratic organization. I introduced the possibility of MGRC operating as an adhocracy because I know from experience that bureaucracies inhibit progress. I’ve seen too many times when someone has a boss, who has a boss, who has a boss, the driving motivator for decisions is to “not mess up.” Instead, I’d rather see MGRC encourage experimentation and take prudent risks on things that could fundamentally change the way we all use Zcash. A couple examples of organizations I’d like to model are DARPA or Amazon’s R&D department.
- Teamwork: Have you had previous experiences of being put together rather arbitrarily in a team before? If so, how did you manage? How will you go about managing disagreements between 1) yourself and another MGRC member and 2) other MGRC members with each other?
Answer : Most of the modern workplace involves being put together arbitrarily in a team. In this context, relationships are based on roles, responsibilities, and boundaries. It’s often helpful if these things are established clearly before work is performed. If/when conflicts do happen, I first speak with a person privately. If that doesn’t clear up the problem, I add a witness/arbiter. If that still doesn’t bring peace, I’d bring the matter before the larger community.
- Processes: If you were elected to the MGRC, what processes and frameworks would you attempt to set in place in order to allow frictionless collaboration between the members of the MGRC? Is it a conflict of interest for a member of another cryptocurrency project to be on the MGRC?
Answer : 4.a. I’d be willing to spin up a blog themed website for MGRC, in the style of blog.paywithz.cash to announce grants and other updates. I also like the idea of Wire, Riot, or Discord for real time communication. 4.b. Initially, I thought loyalty to Zcash should be of primary importance, but I’ve come 180 on that opinion. There’s a lot we can learn from the successes of other cryptocurrency projects, and we should not stick our heads in the sand hoping they don’t exist. This is with the understanding that all grants “further the Zcash cryptocurrency and it’s ecosystem” as written in ZIP-1014.
Zcash can empower everyone, including the unbanked, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised. But how are those people going to use Zcash if it requires being technologically sophisticated? We have work to do, and the major grants review committee has a great opportunity to fund development that can make Zcash easier for all to use.
Some development projects I’d like to see tackled through major grants:
Systems that use and build on human-readable accounts. i.e. ZECpages or tools on par with Ethereum’s ENS domains. PayPal processed over $700 billion in 2019 just because they use human-readable accounts.
Integration with payments networks, such as the Flexa payments network. Imagine instantly paying with shielded ZEC at mainstream retailers like Dunkin Donuts, Lowe’s, and GameStop.
Easier ways to purchase ZEC. i.e. more cryptoATMs like Lamassu that support Zcash. One of the first questions newcomers ask is ‘how do i get some?’
Friendlier ways for merchants to accept Zcash on their websites. i.e. a checkout plugin that lets a buyer select ‘Pay With Zcash’ instead of CoinPayments or Coinbase Commerce.
Support for those who have built on top of t-addresses to retool to z-addresses. Funding for libraries, disclosure keys, and view keys.
Anything else I’m not thinking of that helps normal people use Zcash so that this technological treasure can truly empower everyone with economic freedom.
I welcome suggestions or questions.