In six years, Ethereum (ETH) has gone from a promising project to the world’s most widely used blockchain, moving nearly $9 billion a day and running everything from DeFi to NFT. But despite this obvious success story
, the great architect Vitalik Buterin harbors one regret.
Ethereum: The pesky question
It all started with a thread by Vitalik Buterin
who decided to do a little experiment on twitter. Only the 268 people he followed personally were allowed to ask him a question:
quickly the questions were chained. From Elon Musk to Emin Gün Sirer, including the most prominent members of the global cryptosphere.
And it didn’t take long for the first question to drop: what is his biggest regret about Ethereum as the project has developed?
Vitalik Buterin’s response to Sunny Aggarwal’s question on Twitter
whole ‘8 co-founders’ thing (and choosing them so quickly and indiscriminately),”
he then revealed.
Indeed, in its early days, the Ethereum project was built around eight co-founders – Buterin himself, poker coach Mihai Alisie, Canadian entrepreneur Anthony Di Iorio, programmer Jeffrey Wilcke, mathematician Charles Hoskinson, Amir Chetrit who worked on Coloured Coins, SyNerG Music CEO Joseph Lubin and computer scientist Gavin Wood. Strong industry personalities even then, and sometimes even more so now, even if some of them have gradually moved away from the project.
Among this initial council of sages, Hoskinson became the founder of Cardano, which introduced smart contracts this month and broke its ATH to reach $3.02
, while Gavin Wood built Polkadot. Both of these projects are currently moving in the top 10 cryptos by market cap.
At the time, there was a big debate about whether Ethereum (ETH)
should be a for-profit or non-profit company, but the paper was never signed. This issue was a big divisive factor, even pushing Hoskinson out of the group. <img width=”1920″ height=”1080″ src=”//www.w3.org/2000/svg’%20viewBox=’0%200%201920%201080’%3E%3C/svg%3E” alt=” />
Any other questions?
In a similar vein, Emin Gün Sirer, founder of the Avalanche (AVAX) project, also asked Buterin what the hardest lesson learned from the Ethereum epic was:
Vitalik Buterin’s response to Emin Gün Sirer’s question on Twitter
“People are harder to coordinate closely in small groups than I expected.
You can’t just get everyone to sit in a circle, see each other’s inherent goodness and get along, especially when huge [financial] incentive conflicts are at stake. “
Buterin in response to Emin Gün Sirer.
Buterin spoke about the fact that he was no longer as into cryptos, as he would be working on designing some sort of social networking platform. He also explained that he still remains something of a digital nomad, though he moves more slowly now, sometimes living in the same place for months at a time now:
‘I feel like my huge amount of time in Singapore last year changed me a lot. It was interesting to just… be alone and with my own thoughts for the first time in almost a decade. “
Tesla CEO Elon Musk also spoke, asking Buterin what he thought love was. He replied, “X AE A-12 doesn’t hurt me…” somewhat cryptically – which was fitting for the topic. This joking answer refers to the surprising first name of Elon Musk’s son and implies that, in his opinion, filial love is probably the best possible answer to such a question.
Vitalik Buterin’s response to Elon Musk’s question on Twitter
The enigmatic creator and face of Ethereum continues to fascinate. The success at his young age impresses the entire cryptosphere and even if he is sometimes less present on the networks, he continues to distill his vision and <a href=”https://journalducoi
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