We ask developers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space for their thoughts on the industry…and throw in some random zingers to keep them on their toes!
This week, Our 6 questions go to John deVadoss, head of development at Neo – an open source blockchain development platform – and board member of the Global Blockchain Business Council, an industry association for the blockchain technology ecosystem.
I’m proud to say that I built the best developer tools in the blockchain industry for N3. I also develop the tools for the Token Taxonomy Framework as part of the Global Blockchain Business Council, where I serve as a board member. In addition, I am co-chair of IEEE Blockchain.
Previously, I co-founded the InterWork Alliance, which is now part of GBBC. Prior to that, I was General Manager at Microsoft for almost two decades, building the architecture for .NET v1, Visual Studio Tools, the Microsoft Application Platform, Microsoft Digital (which I’ve scaled to a billion dollar P&L), and more . I led the early service-oriented architecture and cloud architecture incubation initiatives for Microsoft that led to Azure.
1 – Which people do you find most inspiring, interesting and fun in this area?
That’s a wonderful question. I find the young men and women in our community and industry most inspiring. The young people I meet and get to work with have boundless energy and enthusiasm and are not willing to take no for an answer. They come in with no constraints, no baggage of what can or cannot be achieved, and no preconceived notions of what should and shouldn’t be. They have no chip on their shoulders, nor do they have any sense of privilege or lack thereof. They just want to build – and I get tremendous energy (confidentially speaking) from working with them.
2 — What does decentralization mean to you and why is it important?
Decentralization is primarily about individual sovereignty. Individual sovereignty, whether from a natural rights perspective (bestowed by God, nature, or reason) or from a legal rights perspective (as enshrined in the United Nations Charter and subsequent international treaties), implies individual autonomy.
Understood as the ability to choose for oneself and to follow a course in one’s life, individual autonomy implies individual self-government. And self-government is what decentralization means to me, and that’s why it’s so important. In practice, this can be an asymptotic trace; However, striving for self-government at an individual level is our mission as a community and as an industry.
3 — Do you subscribe to the idea of Bitcoin as a means of payment, a store of value, both… or neither?
Bitcoin is a store of value. You can use bitcoin as a means of payment; However, you will regret it.
Compared to other stores of value, Bitcoin empowers you to own your keys and avoids the counterparty risks typically associated with other stores of value, including gold and silver. (Remember that your assets may not really be your assets if they are someone else’s liabilities.)
With this basic perspective, it is important to understand that Bitcoin is also a protocol – a set of rules, restrictions and schemes used to transfer value and ultimately settle accounts within the Bitcoin network. And all in a secure, tamper-proof, uncensorable and fully transparent way.
4 – What is the most unlikely thing on your bucket list?
Perhaps the least likely thing on my wish list is to become a rice farmer.
I have aspirations – perhaps visions – that I will play a role in bringing agriculture back to its core principles. Never say Never.
5 — What was the most interesting place you have ever visited and why?
The Oracle of Delphi is probably the most interesting place I have ever visited.
Why? Because the oracle couldn’t tell you anything in advance. You had to ask the question and word it in a way that the oracle could answer yes or no. I find the principle that it is up to us, you and me to formulate and ask the question, humbling and uplifting.
In today’s world we rely more and more on “experts”, man and machine. I believe that the parable of the Delphic Oracle teaches us how to work with “experts”.
6 — If you didn’t need sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
If I didn’t need sleep, I would write more. There is so much to write and so little time.
I want to write about economics, philosophy, anthropology, biology, psychology, mathematics, cognition, astronomy, history and more. It’s all in my head; I can visualize the ideas and sometimes even the words themselves, but I need the time to put them on paper.
A wish to the young, up-and-coming blockchain community:
To build! Your future is yours!
https://cointelegraph.com/magazine/2022/03/20/6-questions-for-john-devadoss-of-neo-and-the-global-blockchain-business-council 6 Questions for John deVadoss from Neo and the Global Blockchain Business Council – Cointelegraph Magazine