Personally I disagree that anything needs to change and I very much doubt Troon Towers would be swayed by your points.
This is not a race or competition. VHS and betamax etc is comparing like with like. This isn’t ‘better’ tech, it is totally different tech that achieves different things in a different way. If SAFE were another blockchain then I’d agree with you, but it is so utterly different to every other project as to not be in a race with any of them imo.
SAFE hasn’t needed marketing and it doesn’t need investors to succeed. It doesn’t matter what the market cap is pre launch. Speculation is just that. Only utility actually matters. Eth is still minimum 2 years away from scaling with sharding, so SAFE will be getting active users and utility long before Eth DApps are ready for the mainstream. And as I said, SAFE offers something very different to the rest of them… security, privacy and freedom, all in one place and all from day 1. No blockchain required.
I’d love to imagine myself as the oil or gas in the engine, that would make me feel very good about holding. Sadly I don’t think that’s true. None of the hype or market cap makes its way to maidsafe directly. They aren’t selling a store of value that desperately needs network effect. They are creating something unique. Us selling or holding makes very little difference to them and developers have only just been able to start building their Apps, so there has been no point in trying to attract more of them before now. Marketing would have been a crazy way to prioritise resources imo. All the work necessarily needed to be done as ‘core’.since there are a lot of linked cogs in the machine.
Ethereum went straight for the jugular with smart contracts and they’re working backwards to scale. Maidsafe have done all the hard work first and will build out the community and developer base when the network is ready for them to actually use it.
I absolutely don’t think that Eth’s market cap relative to maidsafe’s somehow means SAFE will be made redundant before it gets it shot. More likely Eth will be made redundant before it finds a way to scale ;).
We are very close to the time when marketing becomes useful and important, but it would have been madness to draw attention before it was ready and spend resources they needed to get it ready.
And a little NB… One of the main reasons VHS beat Betamax was because the porn industry went for VHS. Perhaps we will find the same thing and the stuff human beings actually want will be what drives real-world utility… SAFEnet freedom would be a very powerful thing.