Many of NEM members know me from my YouTube channel and all the community work (hosting meetups, writing blog posts, testing tools, advising on products, building tools and connecting devs with projects, suggesting changes to core functionalities). I joined NEM at the beginning of 2017 and since then I expanded my knowledge and worked on as many projects I possibly could in my free time.
My biggest milestone in NEM career was being mentioned for my initiatives in an interview by Lead NEM Developer, Jaguar:
I am a professional blockchain researcher and developer, working mostly with databases and researching new ways of value transfers. These skills can be easily translated into better understanding and influencing new Catapult features. I will candidate for the Council membership in upcoming NEM Foundation elections. I find it important to explain why. Over the last year, I’ve seen many inefficiencies in how Foundation is working and various fields which can be improved if NEM Foundation wants to stay relevant in the race for better developers and bigger community.
I am not a jack of all trades type of person. Like all of us, I have some strengths and weaknesses and I believe that one can’t spread himself too thin. I know already, I won’t be interested in traveling the world and speaking on conferences, I won’t be working on business partnerships. I won’t be influencing marketing teams. But I am really passionate about bringing Foundation closer to the community and building the best product. And I like to win.
We are all NEM and Foundation should be a tool for NEM blockchain to expand community’s vision. I will focus highly on bringing new people into NEM development. Below is the list of projects I will focus on in 2019 if I will become a Council member (not in the order of magnitude, just a list):
1. Creating a backbone between NEM Foundation and NEM community:
- influence incentivization of community members
- creating monthly calls/AMA sessions for all concerned community members, explaining the moves of the Foundation (those that may be publicly disclosed),
- creating a forum topic in which I will be hearing to all the criticism either towards me or the Foundation,
- work on sharing more content from the NEM utility devs (Japan, Ukraine…)
2. Bringing up discussion about Silvercoin Fund:
- setting up voting session just for original NEM stakeholders in which they’ll decide on the future of Silvercoin Fund.
3. Adding more projects (e.g. new wallets) to NEM repository as official NEM projects. Finding community developers that could expand capabilities of those projects. After Jeff McDonald left from VP position all official toolkits (wallets and SDKs) stagnated. It’s time to bring more life to them.
4. Adding NEM functionalities to more hardware and multicoin wallets (e.g. Ledger Nano).
5. Incubating new developers on projects related to NEM Foundation. Picking up the greatest talents and introducing them to Catapult development (this task is basing on cooperation with Core Developers, without they help, it won’t succeed). Launching NEM Catapult testnet.
Writing introductory articles about NEM development and hosting tutorial videos on my or NEM’s channel.
6. Introducing Lean/Agile strategies to NEM Foundation. Scrum/Kanban, depends on the team should be used, teams should be restructured and have Project Managers running them. JIRA or other progress tracking tool should be used. Inner Foundation newsletters should be a standard.
I might do:
Give my small advice on creating content (more content and better content).
Go to the “basement meetups” for developers to speak about possibilities of NEM blockchain and careers opportunities available.
Exploring ways of unlocking possibilities of NEM NIS1:
- unlocking more tps (NEM is on the shallow end with only 2tps)
- lowering the namespace and mosaic prices to bring more tokens and traffic to NEM
- making namespace renewal last longer or forever in some cases (auctioning)
What I won’t do:
Speaking at “major” conferences
Working on business relations
Managing NEM marketing efforts
At the end of the day, I am still the same guy, very concerned about NEM future that would like to make a change and finally have the possibility to do it. Since I started my social media (Youtube channel about NEM) I always replied to all comments. The same strategy I’ll use for hearing the voices from the community while deciding on the crucial NEM Foundation moves.
I will judge the effectiveness of my eventual work as a council member in lines of code written for NEM related projects as well as positive comments about the output of all Foundation actions.
I am not a power- craving person, just want to make a change, I will fully support NEM president and other council members as long as their efforts will be positive to NEM’s further development.