There is a large disconnect between bitshares and churches etc. For the most part, it would be in their interest to find a member and sell the shares back on the market. Where the shares are scooped up by the same group of guys who'd buy them from miners. It would make news, but thats about the only upside. Well, and charities realize the donation.
Marketing is about bridging the disconnect. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs sent computers to schools and libraries allowing people to access the Internet and learn about the personal computer.
Churches and charities live off donations. Endowments are often in the form of stock. Look at how the Gates Foundation does things. I think it's a brilliant idea to give shares to churches and charities. It also gives you the opportunity to reach thousands to millions of people strategically. People go to churches to get free food and clothing, and it would make news.
Strategic means bringing on valued partners. People who are already in the ecosystem and are past the initial cryptocurrency entry block. People who will USE the dacs. Share owners that become DAC users.
I think that is exactly the problem. Always bringing in the same people from the same network is exactly why the network has plateaued. You have to invite new people in who don't know much about Bitcoin or Bitshares but who would be able to benefit greatly from it. The Internet used to be mostly university students until an effort was made to spread it. Microsoft packed a copy of Windows on every personal computer.
Originally I said go with a large portion to BTC and I am still not all that against the idea. The reason in this. Out of all the people I led into cryptocurrencies, they all have a BTC wallet and only a BTC wallet. So I could naturally show them their interest in the world's first DAC.
People who have BTC will just buy it with their BTC like they do any other altcoin.
I think also a very very small amount of people have BTC out of the people who know about it. Many of those people just got burned because their BTC got stolen.
And now you have the core developers trying to kill altcoins entirely. If anything the alt chains should stick together.
I can't do this with other cryptocurrencies. You're going to get people who have just dipped their toes in the water. Don't think that everyone with a btc wallet has any opinion on altcoins.
Bitshares is bigger than cryptocurrency. That is why I said approach churches and charity. It's not enough to just think it's about Bitcointalk. Bitcointalk knows about it already.
One option instead of the claiming system, might be normalizing account amounts and make the shares untradeable. If they aren't readily tradeable then no market will develop. THen everyone is locked in. At some point in the future perhaps make them tradeable, but for now force everyone to hold.
I like the idea of just giving out some AGS. Do it in a smart way though, give it to the right charities, some churches, some unique altcoins, but not Bitcoin. I don't think Bitcoin needs to take value from Bitshares. It should give value to Bitshares.
Give it to Mastercoin, Nxt, and others.
Actually I would support something like the claim system but without the shares being trade-able. Claimers are then locked in as share holders. They can't just claim and dump. Nothing can go wrong with the market price making I3/Bitshares look bad. People will still be able to buy and sell Bitshares.
I agree with this. Angelshares aren't tradeable and these shares shouldn't be. This way you can give it to charities, churches, anybody who will accept it and they can't trade it until you make it liquid over the years. It gives them a stake in the idea itself just like we have.
Please do not give people the amount proportional to their accounts. You will end up centralizing ownership, because those with the higher account balances will have far more incentive to redeem their shares than those with lower balances.
I think different blockchains have different purposes. I think start with charity and work your way down. Charity not only is good marketing, it actually has the people who actually need the endowment. I don't want my shares diluted to go to some rich miners who have tens of thousands of stolen Bitcoins.