Since Bitshares is a subsidiary of I3, your positions with Bitshares and Bitcountant doesn't generate a conflict?
Not accusing anything, just wondering.
Bitcountant has been serving Bitcoin entrepreneurs since July of 2013. Angelina Pluzhnyk is the principal, and I assist with finance and write the occasional R script to calculate capital gains for day-traders. Clients who need help negotiating with the IRS can be referred to our third partner, who is conversant in Bitcoin but not active here.
If BitShares replaced Bitcountant with another accountant, it would be disappointing but not devastating. As I indicate above, there really isn't all that much to do for BitShares. AGS contributions come in; BTC and PTS get spent. There isn't much to it.
When people here start generating revenue with BitShares DACs, Bitcountant is available for them, as well.
My role with BitShares is to analyze the economics of what Dan and the other developers are creating, and to document various aspects of DACs from the perspective of accounting and finance. Standard textbook models to not reflect DACs very well, and it is a rare opportunity to be on a first-name basis with the leading names in a truly new industry.
As Stan put it, it seems if Bitcountant were replaced by Deloitte, would the new Bitshares Chief Economist be Salzberg or someone else employed by the firm? Seems strange to me if this were the case.
I've heard the phrase Gig Economy used to describe today's labor market. Not since the 1960s has lifetime employment with a single, large firm been the norm in the USA. Today, we are moving beyond the serial-employer career to the parallel-client career of the itinerant professional.
These days, my time is taken up predominantly by BitShares with the odd consulting job here and there.