Thank you for the support @SexDrugsAndZcash! We also believe that spreading multi-disciplinary groups across the globe, genuine aligned with ECC’s mission is the way to build a culture and decentralize innovation. A Team proposal like ours represent less than 2% of the actual (and growing) Dev Fund, but probably we were too excited talking among ourselves for too long about ideas and projects using Zcash as a privacy layer and could not explicitly synthesize goals as bulletproof points in the expected “deliverable” ways here.
We understand that we would have to adapt into business-oriented ways to be able to grant our work, while we see it as a non-orthodox list of projects, researches and open working intentions. But, as an example, if we break 3 devs full-time job getting 150/h (as many proposed accepted grants did) we are talking about $854k a year. This is not what we want, neither believe it is fair with the Dev Fund. A few people here realized how it is cheap comparing to the probable long-term outcome, and the result of talented people with time to experiment.
@hanh, thank your for your thoughts on that. Comparing to ECC’s researchers, our R&D might sound a joke, yes. Anyhow, having zooko and many supporting the rude guy calling our proposal a joke was very humiliating. Marina’s articles are mostly in Portuguese in the Critical Social Science fields of Technology and Culture, with her Phd on Ideology, Discourse and Net Neutrality (PDF [https://bit.ly/3irrnlU]). She is part of the very few academics elite groups in Brazil, as Edmilson Paraná [https://amzn.to/3xszYJm] and Lúcia Santaella [https://amzn.to/3xq9FDB] jumping deep into these subjects, and interested in share their researchers as books out of restrict academic journals. Books on how to get rich speculating with cryptos are thousands - the Brazilian’s Amazon Top 5, but books from researchers with academic background are really few, and reading in English is far from most of the population, even within academics. Also: most of the relevant Sociologists publishing papers/books on this new economic system are extremely critical - in a bad way - with the anarchic economy to come, see [https://amzn.to/3fBQOj1]. We believe we should help to make people aware, embracing and coursing what is coming in good collective directions, not rejecting or falling into the speculative trap.
Remember, our humble 6k grant was spread in between many collaborators for the last 6 months and we kept working til our POC worked… and nice things were built out of the scope, like Zinkretik, or the first API generating Qrcodes on the top of new Brazilian Central Bank System that started in Nov’20, enabled by that first grant - in which even 250 dollars from “our” pockets became donations (in ZEC) for some communal kitchens.
We are not here for the money, and it is a bit tragic that we might have to leave this 6 months of experimental developed concepts, tools and platforms for traditional shit jobs (those who are hungry are in a hurry!) cze we write delusional proposals in wrong languages and were not really interested in making a business models out of Moeda to be self-funded, while some are taking thousands per projects (some fundamental! but) that doesn’t bring any real innovation or social impact.