Dear Community Members,
Please find the answers, we have managed to collect so far:
Q: Follow up on the first one: Who is the best person (and by which medium) to contact for the following purposes: general developer questions, business integrations (may require discussion of fiat conversion options, legal/accounting, etc.), and technical integrations (how to technically integrate Dash, InstantSend, PrivateSend, etc., purely technical)? What is the estimated turnaround time for each?
A: The best method to get support is to contact [email protected]
. Estimated turnaround time is 2 business days.
Q: Several installments of "what's going on in Dash?" have alluded to some business integrations being placed on hold due to limited funding. Understanding confidentiality and redaction of sensitive information, has Business Development explored the possibility of separately funding specific integration arrangements, whether via separate treasury proposals, DashBoost proposals, or community crowdfunds?
A: Answered by Glenn Austin, CFO in the quarterly call, Q3 plans.
Q: Have critical price levels over the span of specific timeframes been identified that would be expected to have an immediate impact on DCG's operations due to insufficient funding? Is there a contingency plan for further unforeseen contractions in the market beyond the temporary buffer that is currently in place? Do MNOs have reason to be concerned about the continuation of DCG in its current state in the event of this bleak scenario actually taking place?
A: Answered by Glenn CFO in quarterly call.
Q: What is the status of the website refresh?
A: Answered by Fernando, CMO in quarterly call
Q: What is the status of the "massively overhauled" PrivateSend featuring "vastly reduced tx sizes" promised one year ago at https://www.reddit.com/r/dashpay/co...oadmap_through_evolution_and_beyond/dhfv29r/?
A: This was not promised or shared by anyone at DCG and I don’t even think we should be entertaining this question (Nathan). The person who did promise this also explained as much in the forum thread, although it wasn’t answered by DCG.
Q: Does the Dash Core Team have specific plans to attack the remittance market in Venezuela (or India, or anywhere), or would they prefer to see that come up independently through the proposal process?
A: Answered by Brad, Head of Business Development in the quarterly call, strategy and Q3 plans sections.
Q: Progress on the FanDuel partnership? When can we expect Dash to be usable on FanDuel?
A: FanDuel is not a DCG partnership. Please direct questions to Scott Farnsworth of DEMO Incubator Inc.
Q: Are there any updates from Dash Labs forthcoming and if so what are they?
A: Dash Labs is managed by Evan Duffield, and any updates on their work will be released by Evan directly.
Q: What is ASU currently researching and when can we expect more insights into scaling, block propagation, optimum node count etc.?
A: Answered by Darren, Research lead in quarterly call
Q: Can the Whats going on at Dash reports please be uploaded to a platform which can be accessed by everyone (i.e. Medium or Dash blog), not just in the forums. This has been asked many times but never actioned.
A: Yes. We already made the links accessible by anyone. So, the problem no longer exists. Additionally, we will be transitioning to a text version.
Q: There has not been any significant or major integrations or Exchange additions for a VERY long time. Can the core team explain if they are actively pursuing these opportunities? or only when they are presented to them?
A: Answered by Brad, Head of Business Development in the quarterly call.
Adjectives are subjective. We know DCG needs to get better at communication. We think Business Development is doing a good job on integrations. We consider Bitgo a major integration. And we are excited about upcoming partnerships we are working on. We cannot comment on specific ongoing business development discussions with potential partners. We will continue to announce these via PR releases, and we also are exploring other ways to provide more information to the community.
Q: How big is the current remaining marketing budget? What does core plan to achieve with these funds and over which timeframe do you plan to spend these funds?
A: For more details around the remaining marketing budget please refer to Fernando’s post from August 2018: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/advertising-proposals.40044/
Q: The dash treasury is currently under significant pressure. While Core is building significant buffers other important Dash businesses stand to go bankrupt. It is currently unclear if MNOs prefer Core having unused marketing funds over continuing other activities. Depending on your answer I might put in a proposal to request DCG to redistribute marketing funds to the highest ranked, unfunded and above 10% treasury proposals of the current cycle. Would you follow such instruction by the masternode community?
A: We welcome the dialogue on finding ways to relieve budget pressure. We are currently exploring options to increase our flexibility with unused funds; however, we have already made some existing commitments for a portion of the funds and will be seeking to reallocate unused advertising funding to cover certain business development activities. Please refer to the following link for more information regarding the marketing budget: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/advertising-proposals.40044/
Q: How do the core groups expenses vs deliverables compare to industry averages?
A: When you find a benchmark study, please let us know!
Q: Here are some questions regarding the core funding for salaries that have not yet been answered by Glenn Austin and which I posted in a thread regarding the core compensation here: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/core-team-compensation-september.39897/
- Development - 30 staff
- Leadership and Admin - 10 staff
- Project Management - 4 staff
- Strategy - 4 staff
- Quality Assurance - 4 staff
- Business Development - 3 staff
- Marketing - 3 staff
- Infrastructure - 2 staff
- Support - 1 staff
- Human Resources - 1 staff
- International Outreach - 8 staff (part-time)
Leadership and Admin - can you be more specific about you mean. Leadership of what? Admin for what? How many are leadership and how many are admin and what specifically are their roles?
Project management - for what? Is this project management for core development? Core marketing? Core business development? What?
Strategy - 4 staff. Strategy for what exactly? Development? Marketing? Business Development? Are the Strategy people working full time on strategy? That seems a lot - what exactly are these people doing?
Marketing: What has marketing specifically achieved with our 1200 DASH funds on the last marketing funding? What projects exactly are marketing working on? How is that funding being used? What are the proposed strategies for marketing? What role does core Marketing have with Wachsman PR?
How much money is going to each function of core e.g. for Marketing? Development? Project management etc. Provide a breakdown of funds for each.
How do each of the individual roles of core interact with each other, what are the dependencies of one function of core compared to another function of core. We need to know this so that we can determine what would happen if we wanted to replace or improve a function of core and what the knock on effects would have.
International outreach - where are these people situated? What are they doing? How much money are they receiving? How is compensation calculated for each of these people? When they say part time how much time is being spent? Is compensation calculate on an hourly rate? What criteria determine the amount of funding for each outreach person? What have the outreach people achieved? How is ROI determined on these outreach projects. Who does outreach report to in core? Who co-ordinates their activities?
Business development. What have their achieved since Bradley Zastrow took over? What inroads have been made and what direction is business development going specifically? What new and future business partnerships are planned that they can disclose? If they cannot disclose details can they disclose generic details so we have enough information to determine the efficiency of this team?
Are core prepared to split up each core function into separate funding proposals so that we can better ask focused questions regarding that function? If not why not?
There was mention of "benefits" being given out to core. How much in benefits to each person? What are these benefits and how much will these benefits be worth per year?
NOTE: These questions were all answered in the August compensation proposal comments on Dash Forum: https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/core-team-compensation-september.39897/
Q: On Dash Ventures: What would be the amount estimated in $ for the first initial contribution? When could it be operational? What would be the requirements and characteristics to access it? What criteria and how would decisions be made where to invest?
A: CEO provided update in quarterly call, and on recent episode of Dash Force News. It’s in the works, details are not finalized, and we don’t have an estimation of how long it will take to finalize the legal review. Could be a few weeks, could be 6 months.
Please note that some of the questions related to technical developments remain unanswered (except those already answered by Nathan). This is due to the fact that during last two weeks, Bob, Andy and developers were having on-site workshops and were working together on Evolution development and solutioning. The remaining questions will be answered as soon as possible.