I agree and in fact it’s a topic of recent discussions in the office. Not so much price, but it is a bell-weather of sorts. The biggest issue we have in my opinion at the moment is we have not made it clear what we are doing. Creating a secure autonomous network is huge, it has probably world changing potential for many industries, changes security paradigms, ownership paradigms and just simply has never been done. It’s a mammoth task and we have not vocalised this enough. We are going to change that though.
As we don’t describe “the impossible network” or really explain what a secured autonomous network is then people think, oh it’s like sia or storj, tor, ipfs, bittorrent etc. and that’s a shame, It’s also our fault. Many of these projects are terrific, I don’t judge them publicly (as that is not my job). Just yesterday we were talking about this and I think we did this to ourselves. We got caught up in the decentralised story, a decentralised network, to us meant secure autonomous, self authenticating, self healing anonymous network. Then many others start with federated servers or known ip location services or just ignore security to start with etc. and say they are decentralised, while true, it’s not what we meant.
So we will now start to differentiate ourselves and make it clear, we are talking about a very different network here. A network of unknown nodes (not hosted servers, but home computers) that are securely rewarded to provide services for people. A network that ensures data sharing and publishing is secure and persistent. A network where nodes run and configure themselves without human intervention past running a program. A network that calculates price of the service to the users dynamically and at the lowest possible cost, in perpetuity. A network that …
We need to get out of the “me to” decentralised network chatter, our vision and network gets lost there and it does deflate us when some comparisons to some other networks are made. It’s like taking a skin on top of an app and calling it a decentralised network makes a competing product to us, it does not ! ( I am not trying to dis any project here). Or using a public ledger to store data is the same as us, it’s not. Or having nodes identifiable or controlled by humans is like us, it could not be further from the case for us.
So we will make the differentiation clearly as we move on, especially as we can prove claims much more easily when we are at alpha 3, This is another issue we face though, proof through showing the products or tests, rather than white paper == product == amazing, mentality that we sometimes see in this space. I don’t see us changing much there mind you, demonstrations are great and kill so much FUD, we will probably keep on that path, but we will need to let folk know the path we are actually on.
Anyway early morning coffee ramble, I hope it makes sense