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Jerrybo

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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Parabellum in Xpring invested projects   
    @TiffanyHayden sad to hear about personal attacks. We should be able to discuss respectfully about different topics and bring light into multiple aspects. However, yea, that's sadly the culture we're living. One of the major reasons I prefer to stay in background.
    Very kind you jumped in with your own validator, but what did you expected. Were your expectation maybe too high? As mentioned before, priorities in a competitive area may change quickly. I'm sure Ripple is aware of that specific situation now. Was it just luck that the network didn't halt? Maybe. Maybe there was a disaster plan. We can just speculate, and speculation rarely leads to meaningful results.
    Over the last several pages you mentioned the almost halt again and again. Important situation of course, but let's continue. Don't get my wrong, it's an important note. However, I prefer to go further instead saying the same over and over again.

    @TiffanyHayden (second post) I'm unsure if you really wanted to choose that tone how I read it. I'm not interessted in such an offensiv way of talk.
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    Jerrybo reacted to jn_r in Criteria to become a “UNL” Validator   
    That is a nice list!
    Why do we trust Ripple ... I think we all assume that Ripple knows what they doing and that eventually the dUNL will either be populated with validators from financial institutions that are part of RippleNet, or, that Ripple will come up with a decentralized sort of double-consensus protocol, or, something in between those two.
    And of course we believe in their vision, we believe that they have bigger brains, we are heavily invested and take it or leave it, they have the power over the dUNL.  :-/
    But that said, while the preferred solution is still not there, Ripple should create more transparency and define (publish) a governance protocol for the selection of validators on their UNL, e.g. like this Stellar list. Maybe if they do not want to create it themselves, they can throw in some Xpring funding to have others define it for them?
     
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from WrathofKahneman in Xpring invested projects   
    @TiffanyHayden I understand your annoyance, you mentioned some important aspects. However, they aren't new. These aspects existed since I discovered XRPL years ago. Therefore, nothing has changed. I knew that situation when I started investing time into XRPL. I knew Ripple hold many coins. I knew there is no fund that just throws money to me. I knew nobody pays me for running a validator.
    I have to insist politely, but if you expected something different, your expectations may just have been too optimistic. All your engagement (thanks!) was your personal decision. I for myself think most of the time, only the biggest player in an ecosystem is able to change the ecosystem. I never expected something else for XRPL.
    @Dogowner5 I support your opinion that Ripple's reputation is on the line with the XRPL. Technically, I agree with Tiffany, but there are soft factors to consider. I think it would be risky to change the coin now. If you work with financial institution sooner or later you understand, that a lot is about trust, stability, regulatory and compliance. I assume financial institution wouldn't appreciate such a move.
    If you read about early days of Facebook, Google+ and Twitter you discover, that hard competition leads to abrupt direction changes in companies. We are in a hard competition area. I assume, there are/were such situations too at Ripple. I don't assume everything just works easy peasy as planned months and years ago. As a startup, you have to react to unexpected situations quickly and have to be agile. Most important topics have top priority. They may change quite fast after an important meeting with a potential customer. In a shorter-term view, establishing an ecosystem rarely has that top priority.
    I for myself accept that behavior. I never expected something else. Nobody ever promised me something.
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Gilligan in Xpring invested projects   
    I agree with you, there are issues to solve. But I want to take my opinion out of that debate. In my opinion it's a question of trust at the end. Currently, I'm trusting Ripple. "Dezentralization" isn't a black/white topic for me. There are multiple aspects to consider, what leads to a personal point of view. I respect opinions as long as they are supported by meaningfull arguments.
    I try to point, that without regular earnings out of a project, it's not in my interest to quit my current job and focus on XRPL (or any other cc of course).
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Dogowner5 in Xpring invested projects   
    Today it doesn't matter. But imo the decision to enable ICOs attracted a lot of devs into the Ethereum ecosystem. There are a lot of independent Ethereum companies able to generate money nowadays. That results in a living ecosystem beside all the moon talk. Imo that supports and encourages innovation.
    With this point of view, the distribution of coins in an ecosystem matters.
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Dogowner5 in Xpring invested projects   
    I don't see that as a big issue. XRPL API is quite good documented and not that hard to learn. There isn't any exotic programming language *solidity**cough* I don’t see XRPL just as a playground for interested coders. It’s a platform like others you can use. With any idea I'm going to choose the environment which fits the best. I don't see any big issue here.
    The lesser incentive there is, the bigger the idealistic motivation must be. The ICO chess move was a great idea.
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Dogowner5 in Xpring invested projects   
    I think each entrepreneur has to decide him/herself, if an idea and the environment is good enough to give it a try. I understand the reason, why there shouldn't be an incentive to run a validator. But there are also negative aspects of that decision. Some were mentioned above. It's ok if someone doesn't want/can contribute. But... no incentive for those who could contribute also means people maybe invest their time and effort in other platforms :/
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Gilligan in Xpring invested projects   
    Great effort, top engagement! Just speaking for myself, I currently have to refuse to take such big risks in this space as you took. Wish you all the best and press thumbs for your success!
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Dogowner5 in Xpring invested projects   
    Great effort, top engagement! Just speaking for myself, I currently have to refuse to take such big risks in this space as you took. Wish you all the best and press thumbs for your success!
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from ced in Xpring invested projects   
    Today it doesn't matter. But imo the decision to enable ICOs attracted a lot of devs into the Ethereum ecosystem. There are a lot of independent Ethereum companies able to generate money nowadays. That results in a living ecosystem beside all the moon talk. Imo that supports and encourages innovation.
    With this point of view, the distribution of coins in an ecosystem matters.
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from yxxyun in Xpring invested projects   
    Today it doesn't matter. But imo the decision to enable ICOs attracted a lot of devs into the Ethereum ecosystem. There are a lot of independent Ethereum companies able to generate money nowadays. That results in a living ecosystem beside all the moon talk. Imo that supports and encourages innovation.
    With this point of view, the distribution of coins in an ecosystem matters.
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    Jerrybo reacted to ced in Xpring invested projects   
    Their is 2 opportunities that is see (specially for devs / integrator) :
    bootstrap new products / dev as early adopter of the technology (wiets, devnull). become "integrator" / consultant IF XRPL get traction, their will be a hudge demand for skills / service company on that fields. We are still in the really early age. When web application arrived, they was no skills on the market. Do you remember the famous bug of year 2000 (that never happenned), companies were so much in need for devs, that they were hiring non it people to train them in few weeks and get them to work.
    Still, your point is valid there is no insentive for XRP entrepreneur, but i do not see the difference with other crypto as developer / entrepreneur ?
    in wich way it is easier for ETH devs / entrepreneur or bitcoin ?
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    Jerrybo reacted to Caracappa in Criteria to become a “UNL” Validator   
    Agreed, and then we come back to whether that is good or  
    I think there are points of truth to both perspectives on it, but it is simply up to Ripple how they want to do this thing. No matter how 'decentralized' they want to make it appear to the world, they are in charge and decide the amount of potential anarchy/killer apps the network will carry.
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    Jerrybo reacted to DevNullProd in Xpring invested projects   
    To weigh in on my end (alot of good discussion since I posted!), I was the one to leave my full time job two and a half years ago (early 2018) to pursue Dev Null Productions full time. I'm a firm believer that there are no guarantees in entrepreneurship, and if it's obvious it would already have been done. Risk is part of the picture and I'm comfortable with not seeing the full path to profitability on outset.
    So we started up with limited resources working on things that I felt would give us the highest chance of success. At first this was data and analytics services (originally known as "Wipple" which turned into xrp1ntel which turned into xrpintel). The idea is for a truly decentralized network to flourish, external data sources are needed, traders, market markers, etc cannot rely of data from Ripple alone. Just like it's important to decentralize the operation and ownership of the network, it's important to decentralize the extraction of value from the network.
    So we built to the product and started promoting it at conferences and meetups left and right. Unfortunately we didn't get much if any traction, quite the opposite, we were scoffed at for choosing XRP as our platform (by this point you all know the "centralized shitcoin" narrative). But no big deal, as an early Bitcoin adopter (2012), I was used to individuals casting doubt / belittling these ideas, I feel most people are sceptical by nature, and when your involved with an early stage community / technology, it comes with the picture.
    Since you can only push so far on a given front, last winter we decided to pivot and focus on other efforts (still based on XRP as I am a believer in the technology & team driving it). Specifically Zerp Tracker was built to allow for users to setup notifications whenever their accounts are modified or any other activity they are interested in transpires. Again another "obvious" / "must have" piece of the picture for any technology claiming to allow you to "be your own bank". We also have a 3rd unannounced project that I alluded to earlier that we are still working on (to be released next spring).
    Zerp Tracker ended up taking alot longer than I had hoped, 100+ hour work weeks, 15 hour work days, 7 days a week from February to mid-June. But we got it done and it was released. The community support has been great but that's where it stands. Official funding would be of use and put to good purposes, but we also need official endorsement and partner referrals. In return we offer the perspective of a solid / independent developer shop with proven contribution. In addition to the projects above we've contributed code and amendments to the rippled codebase, have run the NYC/XRP meetup for over a year, run a full history node, and much more.
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    With Dev Null Productions, Ripple and the community can feel at ease knowing that their support of us will be backed with a solid team working on critical pieces of the ecosystem that are consistently delivered with the highest quality. We can and have added alot to the XRP ledger and are confident that given the opportunity we will prove to be an increasingly reliable partner, helping drive innovation forward and growing the footprint of these ground-breaking technologies.
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    Jerrybo reacted to Caracappa in Xpring invested projects   
    I'm also not saying it is a bad thing. The flywheel can start spinning by giving everybody acces to it (ETH for example) and hope some killer apps come from that. You however run the risk of someone developing CryptoKitties and clogging up the rails while at the same time you are giving a presentation to a big bank about your superduper network and failing because of that.

    The alternative is to make it a little harder to get acces, let a commission decide who's in or not and get the wheel spinning with your hand on the pedal/brake. You will be attacked by people that you are not open source enough, but the network and application progress can be much more steered in the 'right' direction. Whoever decides that...
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    Jerrybo reacted to Julian_Williams in Xpring invested projects   
    Indeed, twitter is more confrontational and with the right people on a forum we can discuss with more nuance and in depth. 
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Dogowner5 in Xpring invested projects   
    I agree with you, there are issues to solve. But I want to take my opinion out of that debate. In my opinion it's a question of trust at the end. Currently, I'm trusting Ripple. "Dezentralization" isn't a black/white topic for me. There are multiple aspects to consider, what leads to a personal point of view. I respect opinions as long as they are supported by meaningfull arguments.
    I try to point, that without regular earnings out of a project, it's not in my interest to quit my current job and focus on XRPL (or any other cc of course).
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Julian_Williams in Xpring invested projects   
    Totally agree, ideas with almost a guarantee of success rarely exist. It's all about risk/reward. I'll try to explain, why I currently do not develop for XRPL. The risks just overweight expectable rewards by far currently imo. I'm currently working on a project in another space, where I see a better risk/reward balance.
    ICOs were an excellent opportunity to attract people to develop something. These times are gone. We don't have many of those dev teams in our community. Imo is much harder to get a foot into this now. Of course we can code something and hope for success. But I for myself prefer a realistic revenue model if it's not just for fun. And yea, until now it was always just for fun
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Julian_Williams in Xpring invested projects   
    I agree with you, there are issues to solve. But I want to take my opinion out of that debate. In my opinion it's a question of trust at the end. Currently, I'm trusting Ripple. "Dezentralization" isn't a black/white topic for me. There are multiple aspects to consider, what leads to a personal point of view. I respect opinions as long as they are supported by meaningfull arguments.
    I try to point, that without regular earnings out of a project, it's not in my interest to quit my current job and focus on XRPL (or any other cc of course).
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Julian_Williams in Xpring invested projects   
    Thanks, I'm flattered, but I'll try to explain another point. I already published some projects. From time to time I get in contact with Wietse and Ripple people to discuss about ideas. They are very encouraging and always take time to response, great! As said, I really like the XRPL network and the community, but that's imo not the question. The main question for myself is
    Do I have an idea that is realistically good enough to earn money and quit my current job?
    If the response is YES, I'm starting immediately. But if I'm not convinced the risk overweights the expected earnings. Therefore i can realise tiny projects only just for fun. Don't get me wrong, glory and honor of the community is great. The feedback is amazing. But for myself, at the end of the day I’m looking for a business opportunity. Currently, the risks overweight the possible earnings (of my ideas). Maybe my ideas just aren't good enough  
     
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Julian_Williams in Xpring invested projects   
    I also believe XRPL is decentralized, but only measured by validators and not by independent dev teams. Don't get my wrong, that doesn't have to be bad. But in my opinion Ripple’s past decisions resulted in just a few encouraged (independent) teams.
    Imo, one of the biggest achievements in Ethereum's clever ICO-way is that it gave many teams the ability to generate money independent of the Ethereum foundation. Independent of the meaningfully/senseless project idea it generated money and therefore attracted developers.
    Despite I think xrpl is a great network, imo that attraction is (currently) missing.
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from Julian_Williams in Xpring invested projects   
    I think it is often easier for Ripple to create tools and minor projects by themselves instead of "outsourcing" them. And of course, ideas and plans can change over time. Thanks @TiffanyHayden  for these Twitter posts.
    In my opinion, funding a team/project is not that easy. I think you have to consider other points of view.
    I have many ideas for xrpl. However, I’m struggling to find a business model. Without a realistic business model, funding my ideas would just be nice for myself as long as funding money arrives. Of course, I could laser focus 120% on xrpl. Amazing! Great! However, what’s after the funding money is gone? From funder’s point of view (Ripple?), what do they get beside some cool community projects? In addition, would I really quit my current job for some nice & interesting months in xrpl development without a further plan for realistic earnings? Speaking only for myself... not really.
    On the other hand, if I could create a realistic business model out of a project idea I wouldn’t really plan to get a funding. I would try to fund it myself as long as posstible to get 100% of the expected earnings without giving a percental amount to a funder.
    TL;DR: XRPL doesn't have a big dev community, which earns enough money themselves without Ripple, such as Ethereum for example. Imo it's hard to change that. Throwing money into projects and hope doesn't really solve that :/
     
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    Jerrybo got a reaction from yxxyun in Xpring invested projects   
    I think it is often easier for Ripple to create tools and minor projects by themselves instead of "outsourcing" them. And of course, ideas and plans can change over time. Thanks @TiffanyHayden  for these Twitter posts.
    In my opinion, funding a team/project is not that easy. I think you have to consider other points of view.
    I have many ideas for xrpl. However, I’m struggling to find a business model. Without a realistic business model, funding my ideas would just be nice for myself as long as funding money arrives. Of course, I could laser focus 120% on xrpl. Amazing! Great! However, what’s after the funding money is gone? From funder’s point of view (Ripple?), what do they get beside some cool community projects? In addition, would I really quit my current job for some nice & interesting months in xrpl development without a further plan for realistic earnings? Speaking only for myself... not really.
    On the other hand, if I could create a realistic business model out of a project idea I wouldn’t really plan to get a funding. I would try to fund it myself as long as posstible to get 100% of the expected earnings without giving a percental amount to a funder.
    TL;DR: XRPL doesn't have a big dev community, which earns enough money themselves without Ripple, such as Ethereum for example. Imo it's hard to change that. Throwing money into projects and hope doesn't really solve that :/
     
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    Jerrybo reacted to TiffanyHayden in Xpring invested projects   
    Xpring has pivoted to become more of an engineering organization.
     
     
     
     
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    Jerrybo reacted to JASCoder in MGI, ODL, Bitso and a theory about the price   
    Hey friend, i saw your mention (sorry i'm way behind on discussions heh)
    The main block impeding my "scanning" efforts might have just been improved. At last, IG has contacted me to assist in beta testing their APIs for US imprisoned devs like myself
    So hopefully soon I have more research to report here.
    BTW - IMHO - The massive drop in ODL is most likely due to shifting to a new phase of deployment. Think about this, if you were an FI, and were about to commit your company to make a radical change and disruption to operations, you would want PROOF a new system will handle both spikes and sustained loads.
    IMHO Ripple proved it with the various ways we saw them gaming their process patterns.
    These dudes quite possibly know WTF they are doing, and are keeping the details internal "need-to-know" basis, why help potential competition eh ?
    Cheers m8 
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