"Exploring trusted data and attestations reveals the vital role of trust. Attestations, like digital gossip, rely on the credibility of the issuing party. Trust is key in this context, just as we trust credentials from reputable authorities over those from unverified sources. Blockchains also rely on trust for tasks like miner payments and node client updates. Trust holds great importance in attestations and blockchain environments."
“It depends on who you are and what you’re trying to use the technology for. We can program our values into our money, so what kind of monetary systems do we want to be involved in? If you’re abusive and manipulative, you can build ponzi schemes. If you care about the environment and social good, you can build a system that reflects those values. Similarly, if you care about strong cryptography, you can build systems to support that…”
"The Blockchain technology is powerful, but it doesn't stop someone or huge powerful people from using it and to increase more damages in society, so we're building a tool that can either provide a better or a worse Society ever..."
"We would like to see more Africans benefit from web3 and the Metaverse, whether it's DeFi or NFT marketplaces; we have artists in Africa, and we want to see them connected and benefiting from these Global Trends, and that is our desire."
- Felix Macharia
"Tokens have proven that they're effective at bootstrapping early days. They've not proven to be effective at not only retaining but evolving with their community. Oftentimes with DAOs, there is no endpoint, so at what point does it not make sense anymore to hold the token, oftentimes thats when they stop incentivizing you by effectively paying you with token incentives, and so we need more than that, whether that's relationship-building or other types of utility in a DAO, you just need more than the token I'd say."
- Kinjal Shah
"Gitcoin is now a DAO, and we're still evolving and thinking about what that means. But fundamentally, what we're trying to do is actually, by Conway's Law, run the organization the same way that we are trying to run the rounds. If we are going to use Quadratic funding successfully, then the organization should mirror the same democratic processes that the tooling aspires to allow for..."
- Scott Moore
"If you're not afraid of taking risks, that doesn't mean that you always take risks right; if you take risks when it is rational to do so when the reward for taking that risk is justified, playing against a player who is correctly calibrated in how much risk to take and when to take that risk is the most challenging thing as a poker player, and the same thing is true in investing. The first investment I've made in my career is not writing a check but deciding to pursue Crypto with my career at a time when not many people were doing that right. That's the biggest bet I could possibly make with my life..."
- Haseeb Qureshi
“In 2013, I started coding on Bitcoin. When Ethereum came, I was excited. Ethereum is developer friendly. I wanted to use this technology to create new things.”
— Simon de la Rouviere
“I’m one of the three founders of Kickstarter; we were inspired to allow creators to fund projects without a middleman’s approval."
— Yancey Strickler
"I'm into DAOs trying to make the world a better place and actually solve problems that other structures cannot solve."
— Griff Green
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