What did you do before Free TON? What are your competences and skills?
I worked at a few large crypto companies and I also worked for a few startups. I was anything from CTO to lead developer to strategist, consultant for lots of apps, lots of financial apps and I’m also a musician. I have a pretty prolific song library. I’m a songwriter and I do all kinds of cover art and mixing and mastering for audio and I would love it if anybody would want to hear what I do and may be interested in the creative arts. But I think it’s important to say that people are not really that interested in the creative arts anymore at the stage we’re going through. It’s really just for me and my friends are or my close people who would like to appreciate. These are my competences.
I’m involved in a lot of DeFi SubGovernance and I just try to be like maybe the voice of reason or like “Hey, what about this, think about some stuff” and a lot of times it seems to stir up a lot of controversy. Somebody mentioned me as a redneck from Nowheresville. I don’t really understand what that means. I just think it’s funny that everybody’s different.
So I’m just trying to add something to the SubGovernance and just tried to help people think outside the box or think more positive or negative.
Why are you in Free TON, specifically in SG?
I really believe in the whitepaper, in the technology that Pavel Durov put forth.
I think that it’s really good and strong, and I’ve published a couple articles, but nobody really reads it, maybe because the Russian guys are really focused on development. I think if I were a spokesperson for the US crew or for the English speaking crew, maybe it would be a good thing, I’m not sure, and I’m just trying to put in the kind of effort that I can because and I believe in the project.
What is important I see Free TON and TON technology as a way for Pavel Durov to decentralize Telegram. So I see it as purely a messaging app and starting from there. And that’s what nobody has really done yet that I would like to see so that’s why I’m here.
What are you personally involved? Are working alone or with any assistance? Which tasks have you managed to complete? Which competitions? What are the results?
I have two other people who I worked with a little bit, one person, in particular, that’s really prolific with TypeScript. Shoutout to Chris and Will.
Have you participated in any contests in the framework on this SG and others’?
I’ve participated in a lot of completions; some of them essay competition like decentralize the DEX design competition. I just wanted to put it on my two cents in and sort of somebody who has a lot of experience because I’ve lost TONs of money and time fucking around with DeFi and Solidity and understanding like where the pitfalls are. So I was hoping to add some wisdom there like what can be done or not be done. I was in the Dev Tools contest like before the TON Labs was open-sourcing anything when I was just writing tons of bash scripts to try to get the C++ thing to work and also to compile binaries to Web Assembly, which was something that hadn’t been done out. I don’t think anybody else has done that. So I’ve done that.
What do like in your SG team? What do we lack to be more efficient?
I like that a lot of them are really frank. They just speak their minds. And I think that’s important. It is great that people are pretty objective in the group and they’re willing to listen to anything.
I think that it’s important to know that these guys are very objective. It’s one of the things that sets us apart from other communities. Yeah, it would be better if it were more decentralized. I think if they held more jury elections, or I don’t know if they would. It’s very tough to say because the communication is the key.
I want better communication. I would want more money going out to those volunteers, those people who want to translate, those people who want to help communication. And think it’s important that we pay them. And I’m one of those people who don’t get paid that much for what I do. Maybe I have a lot of hard skills, but I want to use my soft skills because I got other things going on. So I think that’s one of the things that I want to see it make it more enjoyable.
What would you like to learn and implement at Free TON?
What I would like to learn and implement is to see an integrated development environment or at least Visual Studio code plugins that help us with the bigger picture and more of turnkey systems for developers who just wanted to interface and that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I’d like to see more transparency from the TON Labs team, and I know that it is tough for them to do that, but I’d like to see that.
I’d like to learn a lot more about what they’ve done, the history of how it really worked and why they came to those decisions.
And I really want to implement that an integrated develop an IDE for developers and just for surfers and I want to implement some world examples. Because we were very close to that now.
Whom do you consider as a top professional? Anybody you would like to work with?
Mitch (Mitch Tabian) is a really strong example of somebody who’s objective and he has strong beliefs, and I can appreciate that. He’s a role model for me. And there are a few other guys: Itakura, Sergey Medvedev. I cannot pronounce the names properly, maybe.
But there are guys who are active in the chats. I would like to work with Mitch more closely and Ron Millow too. Ron had a great way of coming into the middle of all this and trying to be like a middle ground of communication and letting everybody know that everybody’s people too. I’d like to hear more feedback. I think that the negative feedback is really good. And that’s what we need or that’s what I need to do in order to excel in order to get better. Right and sometimes I get frustrated that people are not given that bad feedback. And it should be more.
It’s more that I don’t feel like I’m getting enough and I want more of that. And all of my teammates want that, we really want people to test our stuff. We have all this stuff in that I have nobody is giving me any feedback on this must be ten thousand, twenty thousand lines of code in like a year worth of work, you know, and nobody wants to say hey man, this sucks or hey why it sucks. What can I do better? So that’s what I’m looking for, that’s what I want to learn.
I’m so thankful and grateful for everybody’s participation. I have a lot more opinions and stuff. I mean, if you want to hear more stuff, I want to.
The interview was prepared by the team MOVETON.
Transcribing an interview into text – Adrian Chase.