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1. Since you are running for your first term, please introduce yourself to the community. Tell us a little about your background, prior experience, and personal vision for Elastos and Cyber Republic.
My real name is Ryan Collette. I’m from the United States — originally from New Hampshire and currently residing in Colorado. Last month, I completed a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, but somewhere along the way, I found crypto, and it really became a passion. Although the skill set overlap between my field and the crypto space is minimal at best, I decided that I’d rather take the risk and go full-time for Elastos rather than spend another day doing something I don’t truly enjoy.
I found Elastos in mid-2018 and resonated with Rong’s vision for a fairer internet, as was so eloquently written by Zach (I highly recommend folks go back and read those). From there, I decided to run a supernode with some friends and new acquaintances from within the community. This was my first foray into the tech world, and from there, I picked up some programming skills, which have proven to be more valuable to me than all my years in the academic research world.
I see Elastos as a uniquely authentic project that is built with users in mind. We may still be small and saddled with the constant demands of the crypto space, but there is no other place where the community can shape the creation of the new internet. Elastos is the peoples’ internet. To make it a reality, it will require a strong community filled with contributors and active participants. This should be the primary focus of the Cyber Republic: build out and support our community. Without community, there is no Elastos (a notion people often seem to forget).
2. Would you say the design of Suggestions and Proposals, and the CRC in general has been effective? What could be improved?
I would say the overall process is effective if the suggestions are well written, and follow-through occurs. There are several successful proposals from the previous term that showcase the ability of CR to come to a consensus on critical topics.
That said, we can always do better. There are a couple of areas I’d like to see improvements made:
1 – Transitioning suggestions from the community to people willing to execute them. I’m not sure we’ve figured out how to handle this properly. To this point, the only successful proposals have come from individuals who plan to implement the proposal themselves. As a council, we need to do better at bridging the gap between what the community wants and how we can actually make it happen.
2 – Proposal status tracking seems hit or miss. Sometimes we get good follow-through; other times, we’re left wondering what the outcome of a particular proposal was. This is critical if the proposal process is going to be taken seriously. The community needs to be able to view and be made aware of the results.
3 – There were several issues last year regarding the failure of council members to chain their votes, resulting in rejected proposals that would have otherwise passed. This is not acceptable, and we need to work together to make sure it doesn’t happen moving forward.
3. What contributions to the Elastos ecosystem as a whole have you made? What does your unique background lend to the CR Council?
- Created elanodes.com to aid the community in the DPoS voting process and other valuable tools such as the rewards explorer and rich list.
- Built the ELAnodes app in elastOS for voting and rewards tracking. Unfortunately, this will likely be deprecated due to the recent shift to Elastos Essentials.
- Built the front-end for our Shadowtokens cross-chain bridge by cooperating with the Elaphant team.
- Successfully wrote and passed a proposal with the help of TI and FirstClass to provide liquidity for the wrapped ELA token on Uniswap.
- Set up an email validation service for Vouch, allowing users to attach a verified email credential to their DID.
- General tech support for the telegram community with wallets, tokbridge, staking, DeFi, etc.
My background is in engineering and research, so I’m familiar with what a professional and a thought-through proposal should look like. I also believe I have a good relationship with the community and can help drive their ideals forward.
3. Why should the community vote for you? Please share your near-term goals for the CR.
I have one singular focus for this year: bring DeFi to Elastos and help make the Elastos sidechains an attractive destination for crypto users. In my opinion, we’ve been approaching the user problem backward. We should first make our existing supporters and users happy, and then we should expand into how we can get users from outside the crypto-space. It isn’t easy to achieve adoption in a vacuum. Our community can help if we provide them with some encouragement.
I believe that DeFi is the best way we can support the adoption of Elastos tech. We have a unique opportunity to merge DeFi with DIDs. Combined, these two tools will make for some genuinely innovative use-cases. As a follower of traditional finance and the macro-economic landscape, I am certain DeFi is the foundation for the future of finance, and Elastos needs to not just be involved but become a leader in this sector.
With that said, it is not a requirement that I make it on the Council to help make this a reality. I will be focused on developing a project for the DID 2.0 sidechain regardless, but it would make it easier to help push this development focus forward if I were to have a voice on the Council.
A couple of concrete deliverables I hope to tackle:
1. Clarify DID 2.0 as the chain to build on. I believe it will be an inefficient use of our resources as a community if we have some teams building on the existing smart contract sidechain and others building on DID 2.0. If we want to cooperate and link our applications, we need to do it on the same chain. DID 2.0 has the same capabilities as the existing sidechain but with DIDs…so it sounds like a no-brainer to me, but we need to get everyone on the same page. Throughput and scalability are not a concern at this stage. We should be so lucky to encounter such problems in the future.
2. Get the Elastos network available on popular cross-chain bridging platforms such as AnySwap or mulitchain.xyz. This is an essential step in Elastos becoming a relevant destination. There are many L2 scaling solutions available for Ethereum already, so awareness and ease of access are essential if we hope to compete with the existing chains. I am hopeful that Feng’s recent relationship with Fusion and the AnySwap team can help us get our foot in the door, but it may still present a challenge getting Elastos added, given our relatively unknown status.
Once DID 2.0 and a robust cross-chain bridge are in place, then we can build in earnest. This will be the staging ground for Starfish Labs’ first real project.
4. Who else would you endorse for being on the Council with you?
If there’s anyone who deserves a seat on the Council, it’s Orchard. I don’t think anyone can question their commitment to the project and the community.
I’m also pleased to see some fresh faces such as Jennifer Zhu, Brittany Kaiser, and Rebecca Zhu running. I can’t speak for them personally, but I would welcome the chance to get to know them better and work together to help make Elastos the go-to name for data ownership solutions.
I also would like to see individuals such as Shijun from the Elaphant team, Benjamin from the Essentials team, and any number of people from Tuum Tech on the Council. These are our builders, and they would bring a degree of pragmatism and technical expertise to the proposal process.
And I would be remiss not to mention long-time community stalwarts such as TI, Michael, and the Strawberries.
5. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Being an Elastos community member for the last several years has been trying. We’ve dealt with a lot of uncertainty, unsavory individuals, and constant self-doubt, but we’re still here, and there are some fantastic people involved. If you’re reading this, I request that you look past Elastos as simply an investment and think about how YOU would like to benefit from the smartweb. And then let’s think about how we can make that happen. The goal for this year really needs to be the adoption of tangible products. Our success depends on getting our foot in the door of the web3 narrative before it gets too big.