Jokingly said: I suddenly had a good idea, the AE Foundation should set up a development department, the community provides advice on what to develop, the development department is responsible for implementing it, and the assembly line produces high-quality code. It is better to set up another publicity department, and each country recruits a member to publicize the products of the development department.
I think you mixed up AE Foundation with AE Ventures. Each of these is covering a different part of the ecosystem and is independent. Foundation supports developers and core protocol development mostly funding DEVELOPERS. AE Venture funds STARTUPS that build businesses that use æternity blockchain to build their product.
The list from above is not accurate. It contains incomplete companies and some companies that are listed here were NOT supported or funded by AE Ventures and let me explain why you probably misunderstood it.
In AE ventures we have a 3 step process when we support / invest in teams. We do this trough Starfleet accelerator for startups (https://aeternitystarfleet.com/)
First, we gather all the startups worldwide to apply to our program. Then we filter them and analyze to figure out which ones are the best. We invite up to 20 startups to join us for 1 week of “boot camp”.This boot camp is called the Genesis week and it is used to do a deep analysis of everything: their idea, product, team, technology, business model, token economics, its impact on aeternity ecosystem etc. It is structured as an educational program and they work their asses off for 12+ hours in that week. In the background, we scan them to identify their flaws, red flags and decide who do we focus on.
After this first week, we do a Demo Day where they present their startup and their progress and we select only the best ones to continue. Usually 5-7 teams out of 20. We work closely with the teams that passed for the next 4 weeks helping them even more, they have targets they need to achieve, milestones to cover and we track their progress using our Startup Framework.
After 4 weeks we organize another public Demo Day and we select the best from them (usually between 2 and 4 startups) to receive support and they start working hard on their businesses.
The list you have posted is a mix of startups from all of the above evaluation phases, some of them we dismissed and decided not to support, some of them we selected to support but they dropped out during the negotiation phase and some of them we invested and support until today.
The startups that we did support are alive and continue building their business using æternity blockchain. Almost all of them were instrumental to giving feedback to the core development team on all the SDK’s, tools and proposed or developed improvements on them starting from BEFORE the main-net was live (November 2018) until today. Some even developed tools that help others to build on aeternity.
So when you say that no information has been shared about them… that’s not quite true. We regularly post updates on all of these things on our blog, here on the forum on our youtube or via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media, we even had all of them on our Blockchain from the Block podcast last year.
The last two were supported only recently but they are performing very well, and we have a few more (2 or 3) in the process of negotiation from Starfleet India. Some of the startups from above have been hit hard by the corona crisis (i.e Abend etc) some of them were helped by corona (i.e Crypto task)but all of them are focused on their business and working hard and surviving. Startup space is a tough world and yes some of them will not make it in the end but in the process, they contributed already greatly to the ecosystem in various ways with shows their dedication to æternity and the ecosystem.
Out of 4 startup programs we organized we had only 1 Chinese company applying for support. Out of several hundred for each batch, we would have loved to support more companies from China but none applied and we even had teams from Venezuela and Iran. Hopefully, sometime in the future, the community will organize Starfleet China to support local teams but that’s another story all together
Adding on to @lukaskywalker.chain points above, Our startup Hypermine. are yet in the negotiation but still we are trying to support the community as much as possible because we really like Aeternity Technology
You can see all our updated on this forum starting with some bug fixing on the State Channel.
We are also doing a 1 week training program for University students complete training is here
Just thought its good to update everyone in the community.
Also as Luka suggested AE ventures is separate entity itself, and not all the startups are bound to use blockchain depending on the Use case, but I see most of them are trying to integrate with the main net.
Hope my comment is taken in a positive way
But I do really like the fire in the our Chinese community and all the amazing AEps they are developing.
For a second I thought I wrote this, it even covers most of the points I have talked about before.
when will governance aepp be used in reality? version 2 hasn’t been used for any vote, so we have literally no precedent to say it actually works. in theory it does. in practice we don’t know.
when will white paper be finished? never. Software is always evolving, or it is obsolete. the white paper should be also. but don’t get me started on this yani, if something that has no changes is obsolete then by definition pow is obsolete and PoS is the new thing that is evolving. so be wary of your own words. how long ago did you guys made any changes to the pow algorithm in the core node? so I guess that’s obsolete now.
3 bri funds should be spent on community voted features and development to be made by the ae core team. yes, it was voted was meant for development, internal development, but you getting control as to what is implemented how it is used and when it is used is not what the community had in mind.
4 ae core team should be transparent on what general area the funds were used for. I said since this was an ico it would would be beneficial to know how much was used in rents, salaries, food, legal fees, marketing, etc. not how much each person got, that’s beyond the point.
5 I don’t really agree with this one, I think the ae foundation is doing a good job
6 I don’t have an opinion on this one, I am in favor of using resources from the foundation to motivate, incubate and impulse development.
I’m just interested in seeing where this thread goes