I'm in the BitShares offices up in Virginia with Dan and the devs today. I had lunch with Dan and we discussed the exciting new chapter BitShares is starting in 2015. However, my own chapter with BitShares is now coming to a close. I've made the decision to resign any sort of official role with the organization in order to persue other opportunities.
I can say without a doubt that some of the new marketing talent that's come on board recently with BitShares and the grassroots marketing team have incredible plans in the works to take the community and business to the next level. I'm thrilled to see what they can do in the upcoming year.
I believe not only in BitShares but in the ideals of this community and those who lead it. It's been an exciting and wild ride over the last year or so and I am so incredibly proud to have been a small part of it. Thank you for the passion and energy you all have brought to this project and for those of you who went above and beyond to put your blood sweat and tears into it.
I can tell you one thing is for sure about this organization: The level of integrity, commitment, and talent with those I worked with are second to none. I trust these people fully and consider them my friends and truly amazing people. I encourage you to continue investing your time, money and energy in this grand vision that is BitShares.
Wishing each and every one of you the very best in all you do,
I wanted to add the following information. Brian has done a great job at what he is good at: conferences. Because of his efforts I had many speaking roles and interviews that I would not have had without him. Brian and I are friends and will likely work together in the future when his new venture integrates BitShares.
I have retained the team Brian was working with and they will be showing some of the fruit of their labor this week as the first BitShares book is published and BitShares.tv launches. I have informed this team that they need to market themselves as well as BitShares and you will be seeing more of the value they bring to the table in the short term.
Brian will not be receiving any additional payments from the AGS funds which has freed up over ~15M BTS of earmarked bonus funds. These funds will be redirected toward covering the costs of gaining new users.
I have asked Brian's team to provide measurable statistics regarding their contribution to the marketing effort. I have commitments with these guys and have full faith in their abilities.
I will not be replacing Brian nor establish an official marketing team. Everything will be community/delegate driven from here on out. Adam will be working in his industry to bring people to BitShares. We need leaders who take charge and get things done and don't depend upon me or anyone else to tell them what to do. Bitcoin doesn't have official marketing nor funded marketing. Anyone who can get and maintain a delegate position is "official".
Lets work together and change the world!