Nov 24, 2020
John Newbery, Bitcoin Core developer and founder of Bitcoin
Optech, announces an independent nonprofit organization to support
Bitcoin development, Brink.
In this episode, we discuss the formation and mandate of Brink,
as well as the developer funding context that we find ourselves in.
Covered in the episode:
- John Newbery's core developer story and how he came to found
- Why John left Chaincode and struck out on his own
- Brink's mandate and foundational purpose
- Lessons learned from the Bitcoin Foundation
- The future of Bitcoin Optech
- The state of funding for Bitcoin development
- The accessibility of Bitcoin protocol development today
- Does the existence of financial incentives cannibalize the
intrinsic motivation to work on open source?
- Why John works on Bitcoin
- Why ossification might be more remote than we expect
- Whether Bitcoin's developer funding model exposes it to
- The political implications of Bitcoin having a sole reference
- The importance of distinguishing the validation element of
Bitcoin Core from the other components
- Is Bitcoin protocol dev meritocratic or technocratic?
- Why the structurelessness of Bitcoin core dev raises the
barriers to entry
- Is Bitcoin protocol development adequately funded right
- Does developer funding equate to influence in the Bitcoin
- The dispersion of Bitcoin protocol development influence
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