I just spoke to a couple of non-crypto people.
Talked about bitshares for about an hour with not much to show except confusion.
Then we went to https://wallet.bitshares.org/
and I asked them sign up for an account.
I sent them 50 cents each, and got them to send 25 cents to each other. The whole process was done in less than 5 minutes and light bulbs were going off all over the place.
The web wallet is a must use sales tool for non-crypto and is actually an easier sale than crypto people. Crypto people struggle to get over the stable currency thing. Non-crypto people never think to ask. Futures contracts, derivative markets and delegates never get mentioned.
I cant wait to have a phone app without the delegate and markets tab to promote.
edit: I should mention I have done this same process for bitcoin many times over the years and the difference is huge. Bitcoin still left them confused because what is a bitcoin worth? This is infintely more powerful. When they send 50 cents.... they get it. No more question other than... Can we do it again?