What I find a bit unsettling is how under the radar the whole project is.
When you read threads on reddit or hacker news about decentralized storage, people talk about sia, storj or filecoin (what the hell is that ?) but don't even mention Maidsafe. Maidsafe-related content might get you downvoted on generic altcoin forums.
The community is great here. People are dedicated and very helpful, but the community is maybe too much self-centered. No focus is given to advertise the project to the masses, which is a lost opportunity when you consider the amount of newbies in the crypto world pouring their money over the last couple of months. (anyone can call me a noob btw, I don't get easily offended )
Look for instance at PIVX which is definitely a clone shitcoin, and see the amount of hype they have managed to gather through social networks, or look at DASH and understand most of their credibility was acquired through youtube videos animated by a semi-attractive journalist explaining in layman's word what the blockchain is.
All blockchain projects are beta/not fully functional at the moment. Even matured project like Ethereum are still experimental, so Maidsafe is not really an exception.
I understand the philosophy of @dirvine which is to keep a low profile until we have something serious to show. I respect and admire this approach, and as a value investor I can say that it is one of the elements that have driven me to invest here. On the other hand, credibility in this market is also a matter of valuation. Losing the top 10 rank on coinmktcap is somehow losing a bit of credibility. But it is not just that, it also means losing potential funding if we need to raise more, losing potential adopters, losing visibility and new money inflows.
If you ask me at this stage, if it is better to hire 2 new Rust engineers, or just one AND an Amanda B. Johnson for marketing purposes, I would say the latter. Probably 90% of users here would disagree, and hey, who am I to give any pieces of advice? But anyway, it's good to have a censor free forum to convey my opinions.