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January 2016 update
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:09:14 pm »
Well it’s finally time for the update.
So many things were up in the air in the last 6 weeks it was impossible for me to say anything with certainty. Now that the dust has settled I can fill you all in on what we are currently up to.

Let’s me start off by letting those that didn’t know yet, that MUSE was upgraded to the level where BitShares is at today. So many if not all of the known-issues have been taken care of. Upgrade here: https://github.com/peertracksinc/muse/releases/tag/v1.0.160115

OK moving on to the bigger picture.
I won’t bullshit you guys, the last weeks were the darkest times in all of PeerTracks history.

We had some issues with developers and lost a lot of development time over it. (All settled now though!)
MUSE was still running out of date, bug-ridden code, which caused a lot of issues on many fronts. Development was stalled for a while and we had to rethink of a lot of our strategy. More on this below.

Meanwhile, those that follow that kind of thing must know that the tech bubble is deflating. The last quarter of 2015 showed huge decline. VC money is drying up, down rounds for many start-ups and some companies sold for less than the amount they had raised in the previous round of funding.

Luckily we had planned for this! There were plenty of obvious signs both present and historical that this was to happen. Which is the main reason why we kept our team external and didn’t want to hire our own internal employees. We wanted to survive the pop. What a great move that was given the circumstances!

We are weathering the storm with super low expenses right now.

Tech companies and start-ups are going belly up, downsizing and letting a lot of people go. Many tech start-ups that got a high valuation went apeshit with the funds they raised and got huge, luxurious and expensive office spaces and offered tons of extravagant benefits to their staff, thinking the boom would last forever.

So here we are, ready to buy (hire) when people are panic selling (firing).

Which is great timing since our new approach is to have a distributed and cross-trained developer team. We were much to dependent on external firms building out what we required. So incentives and expertise is migrating to our side of the fence. We can and will still work with everyone we’ve worked with in the past; it’s just that now we will have our own internal devs doing most of the heavy lifting.

(If you know anyone with coding skills, blockchain and Graphene knowledge, that you can vouch for, point them our way. PM or email me. We are looking for badasses!)

Now regarding VC funding drying up. There is one hell of a silver lining to it all.
It was recommended (by more then a few people) that in 2016 we raise funds Kickstarter-style.
The campaign would hit four birds with one stone. The goals are to:
  • On-ramp non-crypto people into MUSE
  • Sign up stars to our platforms
  • Get mainstream attention
  • Raise funds for PeerTracks inc.

Venture Capital is drying up, but individuals still have plenty of funds to contribute to support this unique project set to change the entertainment world.

Finally, our marketing firm has begun its work!
First thing on their list was to get a clear understanding of both platforms we are building (TroopeerS and PeerTracks) so they can create the image they wish to portray of us in order to make the biggest splash.
We are to be branded as tech entrepreneurs creating a revolutionary new way to engage with stars and artists. These super cool cats will be releasing two products, TroopeerS and PeerTracks the music app.
People roll their eyes at music start-ups. Even the show Silicon Valley (a must watch) starts off with a joke about this.
I cannot disclose what is down the pipes with this marketing firm, you’ll have to wait and see.

The short term goal is to get MUSE's marketcap to rise.
We are confident that our presence in the mainstream media, accompanied by screenshots and footage of both Troopeers and PeerTracks, will get the outside attention MUSE needs to rise. A bigger marketcap means a bigger community, more developers, possible worker proposals and the beginnings of a muse_USD market.

TL;DR

Survived dark times thanks to our boom and bust timing (:
We have begun hiring now that everyone is firing
Our marketing firm is branding us as tech entrepreneurs with world changing products Troopeers and PeerTracks
We will be releasing Screenshots of TroopeerS in February
We will be making multiple videos
We will be Crowdfunding to:
  • Raise funds for the corporation
  • On-ramping non-crypto people in MUSE (NO dilution!)
  • Sign up stars, celebs and artist to our platforms and getting their Tokens trading on MUSE
  • Getting exposure among the non-crypto people

Anything said on these forums does not constitute an intent to create a legal obligation or contract between myself and anyone else.   These are merely my opinions and I reserve the right to change them at any time.

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2016, 08:50:41 pm »
I know this wont be a popular comment.

I think you should switch to ethereum honestly .   Much easier for developers to learn and get up to speed on. 

There are very few developers with graphene knowledge except the ones you guys already know about.  What are the reasons to stay with graphene? 

Do you guys have a CTO or someone like it that can advise you?  Maybe ask [member=4308]toast[/member] what he thinks about it.  I see him doing development on ethereum now.




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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 08:57:52 pm »
Thanks for the tl dr
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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2016, 09:07:43 pm »

Thanks for the update Cob. Glad brighter days are here at last :). Onward!

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2016, 09:20:52 pm »
Thank you, behind this project 100%.

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2016, 09:21:08 pm »
I know this wont be a popular comment.

I think you should switch to ethereum honestly .   Much easier for developers to learn and get up to speed on. 

There are very few developers with graphene knowledge except the ones you guys already know about.  What are the reasons to stay with graphene? 

Do you guys have a CTO or someone like it that can advise you?  Maybe ask [member=4308]toast[/member] what he thinks about it.  I see him doing development on ethereum now.

Why would they switch now?  They wan't fast tps and graphene gives them that.  They are not trying to entice outside dev's to build apps and business's on the muse blockchain.

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2016, 09:25:40 pm »
I know this wont be a popular comment.

I think you should switch to ethereum honestly .   Much easier for developers to learn and get up to speed on. 

There are very few developers with graphene knowledge except the ones you guys already know about.  What are the reasons to stay with graphene? 

Do you guys have a CTO or someone like it that can advise you?  Maybe ask [member=4308]toast[/member] what he thinks about it.  I see him doing development on ethereum now.

Why would they switch now?  They wan't fast tps and graphene gives them that.  They are not trying to entice outside dev's to build apps and business's on the muse blockchain.

Because they need to hire developers to build muse/peertracks/troopers.  I think they are going to have issues finding anyone outside bytemaster's crew that could do what they ultimately need done.  Not sure why they even need fast tps at this point.  they have no product and no developers working with them.  The developer community is clearly much stronger and greater in ethereum thus it would allow them to attract the talent they need to actually build a product.

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2016, 09:32:07 pm »
I know this wont be a popular comment.

I think you should switch to ethereum honestly .   Much easier for developers to learn and get up to speed on. 

There are very few developers with graphene knowledge except the ones you guys already know about.  What are the reasons to stay with graphene? 

Do you guys have a CTO or someone like it that can advise you?  Maybe ask [member=4308]toast[/member] what he thinks about it.  I see him doing development on ethereum now.

Why would they switch now?  They wan't fast tps and graphene gives them that.  They are not trying to entice outside dev's to build apps and business's on the muse blockchain.

Because they need to hire developers to build muse/peertracks/troopers.  I think they are going to have issues finding anyone outside bytemaster's crew that could do what they ultimately need done.  Not sure why they even need fast tps at this point.  they have no product and no developers working with them.  The developer community is clearly much stronger and greater in ethereum thus it would allow them to attract the talent they need to actually build a product.

According to a few coders that have come to these forums, it should take an experienced programmer around 2 weeks to familiarize himself with the graphene code.  It's just C++, it's not rocket science.  I'm betting the learning curve for ethereum is going to be around the same amount of time.  Remember they are talking about hiring programmers from failed startups, not necessarily blockchain specialists.  Plus they have access to CNX for support in some way i'm sure.

Unless Cob wanted to set this project back another year or more... I don't think he would even entertain the idea.

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2016, 09:36:39 pm »
I know this wont be a popular comment.

I think you should switch to ethereum honestly .   Much easier for developers to learn and get up to speed on. 

There are very few developers with graphene knowledge except the ones you guys already know about.  What are the reasons to stay with graphene? 

Do you guys have a CTO or someone like it that can advise you?  Maybe ask [member=4308]toast[/member] what he thinks about it.  I see him doing development on ethereum now.

Following your logic, why would anyone use graphene then? Or any other chain that's not ethereum?
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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2016, 09:54:52 pm »
I know this wont be a popular comment.

I think you should switch to ethereum honestly .   Much easier for developers to learn and get up to speed on. 

There are very few developers with graphene knowledge except the ones you guys already know about.  What are the reasons to stay with graphene? 

Do you guys have a CTO or someone like it that can advise you?  Maybe ask [member=4308]toast[/member] what he thinks about it.  I see him doing development on ethereum now.

Following your logic, why would anyone use graphene then? Or any other chain that's not ethereum?

Obviously every project is different and what platform they choose is dependent on their project.  Which is why i asked cob what his reasons are.  If they are sound reasons then sure they should do what works for them. 

I am voicing this opinion because I have watched them build nothing for over a year and its clear they have developer problems.

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2016, 01:20:21 am »
well,cool

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2016, 01:41:29 am »
I am voicing this opinion because I have watched them build nothing for over a year and its clear they have developer problems.

Ethereum is very young compared to Graphene. The tool sets are still being developed and there are issues, bugs, and features missing from Solidity. This isn't a knock on Ethereum; it should be great. It's just not really usable in its current state.

Graphene on the other hand is almost a tailor made platform for what Muse/Peertracks is building. Xeroc's efforts on documentation are fantastic and the code itself is very well documented internally.

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2016, 04:08:11 am »
Thanks for the update. Looking forward to getting this project started in earnest!

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2016, 05:35:03 am »
I know this wont be a popular comment.

I think you should switch to ethereum honestly .   Much easier for developers to learn and get up to speed on. 

There are very few developers with graphene knowledge except the ones you guys already know about.  What are the reasons to stay with graphene? 

Do you guys have a CTO or someone like it that can advise you?  Maybe ask [member=4308]toast[/member] what he thinks about it.  I see him doing development on ethereum now.

Why would they switch now?  They wan't fast tps and graphene gives them that.  They are not trying to entice outside dev's to build apps and business's on the muse blockchain.

Because they need to hire developers to build muse/peertracks/troopers.  I think they are going to have issues finding anyone outside bytemaster's crew that could do what they ultimately need done.  Not sure why they even need fast tps at this point.  they have no product and no developers working with them.  The developer community is clearly much stronger and greater in ethereum thus it would allow them to attract the talent they need to actually build a product.

AFAIK all/most blockchain things required for MUSE (smart contracts) already implemented in MUSE by bytemaster's crew. So [member=2216]cob[/member] crew need Troopeers and PeerTracks web developers which can integrate Graphene blockchain into these web portals backend.

In this case how Ethereum can help MUSE?

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Re: January 2016 update
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2016, 07:42:27 am »
Thanks for the update cob. I hope the vision for setting artists free remains strong. These are challenging times, just keep going. Your efforts are very much appreciated.