These are great questions! Thanks for asking.
How important is ZEC price appreciation for you ?
Super important. ZEC is safer money if users have an incentive to buy it, shield it, and hold it for a while (as privacy comes from funds at rest). I also want ECC/ZF/ZOMG/Grantee’s incentives to be aligned with holders, and that happens through token value.
That’s also why I’d prefer grants, ZOMG compensation, even ZF/ECC salaries, to be priced in the ZEC token rather than USD (Fact-check me on this - some salaries might be. Idk.). This an opinion and conversation starter, not a hill to die on. I understand there might be regulatory challenges involved that I def can’t evaluate.
BUT it makes sense to me that lower token price = more tokens for recipients whose compensation, while paid in ZEC, is priced in USD. The incentives here seem backwards.
To the Zcash investors that buy and hold ZEC and who make the devfund possible, what can you tell them that you will do to make their investment turning into fruition?
Fund projects that create new use cases. ZECpages has surprised me with how important it’s become to the community, it has a ton of uniqueness because of how it leverages ZEC properties (open -AND- anonymous). And I like to think it’s demonstrated ZEC integration in a way that inspires other developers.
I think there are scads of cool applications that could benefit from ZEC. Gaming (I thought this was a cool idea, even if the choice of game was a bit niche), social media, news, crowdfunding, Oauth-style authentication (i.e. “log in with ZEC”) are all top-of-mind as uses I’d be interested in seeing ZEC’s utility applied to. I think all those would add real value and utility to ZEC, create opportunities for accessible hype that onboards new users, and inspire new developers to innovate around profitable, open, private, permissionless apps.