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Exclusive Interview with Evan Duffield

Evan Duffield, Crreator of Dash

This exclusive interview with Evan Duffield, creator of the anonymous cryptocurrency Dash, was recorded in Amsterdam for Bitcoin Wednesday on 14 October, 2015.

Excerpts from this interview were screened in their world premiere in the cinema of the Melkweg concert hall during The 2nd Annual Bitcoin Film Festival.  Some impressions of the film festival are now online.

Evan and a few key members of the Dash team, Daniel Diaz, Robert Wiecko and Balázs Király gave presentations in Amsterdam during Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 October 2015. It was the first time that their geographically distributed team came together to talk to the public at one event, and it gave the world a first, in-depth glimpse behind the scenes at the world’s most successful anonymous cryptocurrency.

That one look wasn’t enough, and we had a rare opportunity to sit with Evan a week later at a small hotel near the Rokin in Amsterdam to capture this candid dialogue about his early experiences launching Dash.  It gives a slightly more personal view into Evan’s personal motivations, some of the early challenges and controversies he faced, and some of his plans for the Dash in the future.

A video of Evan’s keynote presentation during Bitcoin Wednesday’s Conference on 7 October, 2015 can be found here.

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  • Today we received the following criticism to Evan Duffield’s interview.

    The dialogue is published here in an only very slightly edited form for the benefit of our readers.

    Bitcoin Wednesday welcomes and encourages debate on issues such as these and invites others to contribute ideas that they feel would contribute to the conversation on topics that are relevant to progress in the sector.Today we received the following criticism to Evan Duffield’s interview.

    The dialogue is published here in an only very slightly edited form for the benefit of our readers.

    Bitcoin Wednesday welcomes and encourages debate on issues such as these and invites others to contribute ideas that they feel would contribute to the conversation on topics that are relevant to progress in the sector.

  • Dear Bitcoin Wednesday,

    I’m sorry to say so, but I think you just squandered your credibility… The least of research would have told you that Dash is a total scam… These issues were not addressed in the interview as they should have…

    Some help:

    masternodes: mostly run on amazon servers –> centralisation + creating dash-aristocracy + NSA loves amazon…
    X11 is just stupidity, the more hashing algo’s you link, the more vulnerable it becomes… experts are saying this
    Dash isn’t peer reviewed
    and so forth…

    Please, in the future, do some research… this coin is a real shame for the cryptoscene and you just gave them a public forum to sell their snake oil…

    Must say i really liked bitcoin wednesday, i’m very disappointed…

    Oh now I get it…

    “Bitcoin Wednesday aims to be editorially objective, supported by sponsors, donations and the hard work of many volunteers.”

    http://www.bitcoinwednesday.com/mission/

    seriously… You pretend to be an objective organisation and then this, you’re a shame…

    best regards

    best regards,
    TiboDear Bitcoin Wednesday,

    I’m sorry to say so, but I think you just squandered your credibility… The least of research would have told you that Dash is a total scam… These issues were not addressed in the interview as they should have…

    Some help:

    masternodes: mostly run on amazon servers –> centralisation + creating dash-aristocracy + NSA loves amazon…
    X11 is just stupidity, the more hashing algo’s you link, the more vulnerable it becomes… experts are saying this
    Dash isn’t peer reviewed
    and so forth…

    Please, in the future, do some research… this coin is a real shame for the cryptoscene and you just gave them a public forum to sell their snake oil…

    Must say i really liked bitcoin wednesday, i’m very disappointed…

    Oh now I get it…

    “Bitcoin Wednesday aims to be editorially objective, supported by sponsors, donations and the hard work of many volunteers.”

    http://www.bitcoinwednesday.com/mission/

    seriously… You pretend to be an objective organisation and then this, you’re a shame…

    best regards

    best regards,
    Tibo

  • Dear Tibo,

    Thanks for your these comments. I personally respect and appreciate them.

    Bitcoin Wednesday’s aim is to present all sides of the various debates, and we therefore extend an open invitation to critics, opponents and competitors — to further the debate on issues like these and to ask any hard questions that may have been missed.

    The particular criticism concerning the Dash pre-mine was brought forward after Evan Duffield’s talk during Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 October. Have you already seen it?

    Just as stated on Bitcoin Wednesday’s mission page to which you linked:

    While Bitcoin Wednesday may open the stage for short presentations by a diversity of organizations, the program implies no direct endorsement of any of the concepts or projects being presented. In fact, if you have an alternative view that you feel has not yet been sufficiently represented in the programming, we’d like to hear from you.

    If you take the position that there are more points of view and more questions to be answered on this subject, then I completely agree, and I’d be very open to talk more with you on how to give more exposure to
    those ideas.

    We’re looking for ways to increase objectivity and the diversity of information, so let’s discuss how we can do that at your earliest convenience. You can mail us here. Dear Tibo,

    Thanks for your these comments. I personally respect and appreciate them.

    Bitcoin Wednesday’s aim is to present all sides of the various debates, and we therefore extend an open invitation to critics, opponents and competitors — to further the debate on issues like these and to ask any hard questions that may have been missed.

    The particular criticism concerning the Dash pre-mine was brought forward after Evan Duffield’s talk during Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 October. Have you already seen it?

    Just as stated on Bitcoin Wednesday’s mission page to which you linked:

    While Bitcoin Wednesday may open the stage for short presentations by a diversity of organizations, the program implies no direct endorsement of any of the concepts or projects being presented. In fact, if you have an alternative view that you feel has not yet been sufficiently represented in the programming, we’d like to hear from you.

    If you take the position that there are more points of view and more questions to be answered on this subject, then I completely agree, and I’d be very open to talk more with you on how to give more exposure to
    those ideas.

    We’re looking for ways to increase objectivity and the diversity of information, so let’s discuss how we can do that at your earliest convenience. You can mail us here.

  • Yes, I saw the full mission statement. Claiming you want to be editorially objective but at the same time being sponsored by one specific coin doesn’t do much to your advantage. Especially if said coin has a shady history (pre-mine, re-branding, suddenly lowering the the block emission 100x, lower the total coin supply (this is essentially breaking the contract and smells like central banking)). In the interview I was referring too none of these issues are being addressed. You claim to want to increase transparency and debate, but you don’t say a word about the mentioned issues… sorry, I think you failed at honoring your mission.

    I don’t think it is necessary to discuss the subject in more detail. Next time, just ask Evan the right questions:

    – What about the premine, why didn’t you relaunch te coin, why did you claim you wouldn’t start mining and started anyway?
    – Why did you lower the coin supply from 80 million to 20 million, why did you break this social contract after you instamined 1.8 million coins?
    – Why did you try to hide the instamine, why no mention of it on the OP or the website? Why being this shady about it, if it was an accident, why not admit it so your possible users are informed correctly.
    – Why the two rebrandings, did you want to hide something, did you want to hide the history of the coin?
    – what about masternode blinding, why didn’t you live up to your promise?

    I saw http://www.bitcoinwednesday.com/impressions-from-bitcoin-wednesday-7-october-2015/

    And it’s addressed by someone not part of the bitcoin wednesday organisation, but this doesn’t cut it… there’s talk about an ‘early distribution of Dash tokens’, sorry, but this is a giant eufemism for anyone who has researched the emission of coins carefully… It’s blamed on some special risks and controversies in launching crypto… come on, please read this: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=999886.0
    Further on it is implied that the person asking the questions has some fued with Dash because he’s handing out monero flyers… (disclaimer, I’m invested in monero too, but I have nothing against other crypto’s, I just can’t stand a scam in a scene that sould be about liberty and transparency…)
    Then there’s a comparison to the traditional financial sector which is also plagued with fraud and unfair distribution. Well, here’s the thing, cryptocurrency should be about the exact opposite of that. About freedom, decentralisation, no favouritism, no central banking where there’s messing with the currency supply… Satoshi would turn in his grave when reading this, cryptocurrency should be a movement away/against the traditional financial system… Manipulating price in markets by whales is of a whole different level then messing with currency supply…
    And no, it’s not inherent to capitalism, it’s inherent to the crony form of capitalism central banks created by printing currency and bailing out gambling banks…
    Then you say it doesn’t justify anything, but all the paragraphs before that are just that, justification…

    You too must realize that all of this smells a lot like defending/downplaying the shady sides of dash… And if that person wouldn’t have asked these questions, there probably wouldn’t have been any mention of this at all…

    Great to hear you’re looking for ways to increase objectivity and diversity of information, so please, start researching Dash and next time ask the right questions, so these interviews won’t look like the ones we see every day on our propaganda-machines called tell-a-vision…
    Cryptocurrencies are great, there’s a possibility they help us get away from a more and more unfair and oppressive financial and monetary system. New users should be supported and guided so they too see the inherent fairness that’s possible with this new technology. Guiding them to things like Dash will do this cause no good I fear

    Anyway, I’ll leave it with that,
    Best regards,
    tibo
    Yes, I saw the full mission statement. Claiming you want to be editorially objective but at the same time being sponsored by one specific coin doesn’t do much to your advantage. Especially if said coin has a shady history (pre-mine, re-branding, suddenly lowering the the block emission 100x, lower the total coin supply (this is essentially breaking the contract and smells like central banking)). In the interview I was referring too none of these issues are being addressed. You claim to want to increase transparency and debate, but you don’t say a word about the mentioned issues… sorry, I think you failed at honoring your mission.

    I don’t think it is necessary to discuss the subject in more detail. Next time, just ask Evan the right questions:

    – What about the premine, why didn’t you relaunch te coin, why did you claim you wouldn’t start mining and started anyway?
    – Why did you lower the coin supply from 80 million to 20 million, why did you break this social contract after you instamined 1.8 million coins?
    – Why did you try to hide the instamine, why no mention of it on the OP or the website? Why being this shady about it, if it was an accident, why not admit it so your possible users are informed correctly.
    – Why the two rebrandings, did you want to hide something, did you want to hide the history of the coin?
    – what about masternode blinding, why didn’t you live up to your promise?

    I saw http://www.bitcoinwednesday.com/impressions-from-bitcoin-wednesday-7-october-2015/

    And it’s addressed by someone not part of the bitcoin wednesday organisation, but this doesn’t cut it… there’s talk about an ‘early distribution of Dash tokens’, sorry, but this is a giant eufemism for anyone who has researched the emission of coins carefully… It’s blamed on some special risks and controversies in launching crypto… come on, please read this: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=999886.0
    Further on it is implied that the person asking the questions has some fued with Dash because he’s handing out monero flyers… (disclaimer, I’m invested in monero too, but I have nothing against other crypto’s, I just can’t stand a scam in a scene that sould be about liberty and transparency…)
    Then there’s a comparison to the traditional financial sector which is also plagued with fraud and unfair distribution. Well, here’s the thing, cryptocurrency should be about the exact opposite of that. About freedom, decentralisation, no favouritism, no central banking where there’s messing with the currency supply… Satoshi would turn in his grave when reading this, cryptocurrency should be a movement away/against the traditional financial system… Manipulating price in markets by whales is of a whole different level then messing with currency supply…
    And no, it’s not inherent to capitalism, it’s inherent to the crony form of capitalism central banks created by printing currency and bailing out gambling banks…
    Then you say it doesn’t justify anything, but all the paragraphs before that are just that, justification…

    You too must realize that all of this smells a lot like defending/downplaying the shady sides of dash… And if that person wouldn’t have asked these questions, there probably wouldn’t have been any mention of this at all…

    Great to hear you’re looking for ways to increase objectivity and diversity of information, so please, start researching Dash and next time ask the right questions, so these interviews won’t look like the ones we see every day on our propaganda-machines called tell-a-vision…
    Cryptocurrencies are great, there’s a possibility they help us get away from a more and more unfair and oppressive financial and monetary system. New users should be supported and guided so they too see the inherent fairness that’s possible with this new technology. Guiding them to things like Dash will do this cause no good I fear

    Anyway, I’ll leave it with that,
    Best regards,
    tibo

  • Dear Tibo,

    Again, thanks for the in-depth information. I invite you to be more involved because it is an issue that you care deeply about which means you would do a better job covering it than someone like me. It’s not that I don’t care, I care very much. But I’d like you to avoid underestimating how much work it takes to put on Bitcoin Wednesday, and how much we rely on volunteers like you to help us improve.

    Keep in mind, however, there is room and a lot of freedom for a balanced dialogue on all topics (even when we disagree), and even when certain individuals on the team (including me) can’t and don’t succeed in our implementation. We’ve even had Bitcoin skeptics on the program before with more to come in the future.

    I do think it’s necessary to pay more attention to these issues, and in this respect maybe I’m even more progressive about it than you! In any case, I completely agree that there is a lot to discuss here.

    Some personal background, for whatever it’s worth, long before I had any communication with the Dash crew, I had a long personal meeting with Monero in which we agreed that they would come talk at Bitcoin Wednesday. I hope that this will happen soon to put any false suggestion of favoritism of Dash vs. Monero to rest. I’m not saying that’s your only angle, but it would be excellent to have someone from the Monero team come and talk about the differences, advantages and disadvantages between it and the alternatives.

    In any case it’s truly not out of any kind of hidden agenda that some of the more critical questions weren’t asked. As far as I am aware, the perfect solution for self-funding or initial distribution in cryptocurrency projects has not been created yet, and until that time, at least, this debate can and should continue. Please contribute and help us get more of this into the program.Dear Tibo,

    Again, thanks for the in-depth information. I invite you to be more involved because it is an issue that you care deeply about which means you would do a better job covering it than someone like me. It’s not that I don’t care, I care very much. But I’d like you to avoid underestimating how much work it takes to put on Bitcoin Wednesday, and how much we rely on volunteers like you to help us improve.

    Keep in mind, however, there is room and a lot of freedom for a balanced dialogue on all topics (even when we disagree), and even when certain individuals on the team (including me) can’t and don’t succeed in our implementation. We’ve even had Bitcoin skeptics on the program before with more to come in the future.

    I do think it’s necessary to pay more attention to these issues, and in this respect maybe I’m even more progressive about it than you! In any case, I completely agree that there is a lot to discuss here.

    Some personal background, for whatever it’s worth, long before I had any communication with the Dash crew, I had a long personal meeting with Monero in which we agreed that they would come talk at Bitcoin Wednesday. I hope that this will happen soon to put any false suggestion of favoritism of Dash vs. Monero to rest. I’m not saying that’s your only angle, but it would be excellent to have someone from the Monero team come and talk about the differences, advantages and disadvantages between it and the alternatives.

    In any case it’s truly not out of any kind of hidden agenda that some of the more critical questions weren’t asked. As far as I am aware, the perfect solution for self-funding or initial distribution in cryptocurrency projects has not been created yet, and until that time, at least, this debate can and should continue. Please contribute and help us get more of this into the program.

  • I do believe your intentions were/are good… I’m truly sorry for calling you/your organisation a shame, that was undeserved…

    All of the things said in my mail you will find on the internet and on fora like bitcointalk, in the links I’ve referred too… I’m sure you can use these as references because they’re the original authors…

    Best regards and good luck in whatever you undertake,

    TiboI do believe your intentions were/are good… I’m truly sorry for calling you/your organisation a shame, that was undeserved…

    All of the things said in my mail you will find on the internet and on fora like bitcointalk, in the links I’ve referred too… I’m sure you can use these as references because they’re the original authors…

    Best regards and good luck in whatever you undertake,

    Tibo