First Major DAPP on Tezos Rebranded: VIAZ.io (Re-Branded from Skynetworld.org)

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It happens. People have arguments. It’s rarely about who wins or who loses because it’s never that simple. To a greater or lesser extent everyone involved gets hurt if the fight is allowed to continue. There are far better ways in which to resolve differences. It would appear the re-branding of Skynetworld.org is just such a case.

On Sept 25, 2018, Skynetworld.org made a public announcement on CCN informing the world of its existence. Within twenty-four hours of this breaking news, all hell broke loose. The highly anticipated and so-called first major DAPP on the Tezos blockchain was immediately assailed by the community of the similarly named Skynet Open Network. Amidst allegations of plagiarism and a desire to ride on the coattails of an already established brand, Skynetworld.org was compelled to reassess its own branding decision.

Notwithstanding Skynetworld.org’s own internal investigation which found it had registered its Facebook account named Skynetworld.org on May 21, 2018, compared to Open Singularity’s registration date of July 3, 2018. Skynetworld.org nevertheless decided to stand down. Skynetworld.org registered its Twitter account in May 2018. Open Singularity registered its Twitter account in July 2018.

Skynet Open Network registered its Telegram account one day before Skynet Community did, on July 5, 2018.

Open Singularity Team opened its Reddit account on March 15, 2018. Skynet World opened its Reddit account on May 22, 2018.

Clearly, everyone was scrambling for names, although with no malice intended. In other words, it would appear that at that point in history the name was not the issue it would subsequently become.

According to P.S.M., the C.E.O. of VIAZ,

“Some challenges are more benign than others. In the end, it’s always about respect. You can win a battle but if you lose the war, what’s the point? Personally, I try to respect everyone with whom I come into contact. Some people were obviously upset over the name we chose. We were not that far into the marketing aspect of our business plan. We had concentrated our efforts along a critical path which rightly put that second to the technology. It was a no-brainer to respect the efforts of those who objected to what they felt was a transgression on our part and step aside gracefully and quickly. Which is what we did. Case closed. We wish them well, as I’m quite sure they do us. We would also like to thank the communities for their understanding and support as we worked together to resolve this issue. It was really nice to see that.”

It would appear Skynetworld.org never attempted to hijack the name. In fact, it would suggest no small amount of class on their community’s part that they so quickly and willingly relinquished the name so both VIAZ and Skynet could continue in their endeavors to make this world a better place.

In light of the rebrand, we asked P.S.M. about the future of VIAZ.

“Firstly, I absolutely believe the future is now. I think this kind of forward thinking keeps the team focused on the job at hand. There isn’t some kind of magical switch you flip and presto! You suddenly arrive at your destination. Anything worthwhile is a long and sometimes arduous process. There’s a lot of hard work and long hours that many people must spend on a given project to bring it to successful fruition.”

“I can’t say enough about the talent which comprises VIAZ. They are extremely gifted and driven people. And it’s not just the core, either. There are actually more people coincidental to the successful implementation of the VIAZ protocol. Subcontractors, if you will.”

“It’s absolutely amazing what we’ve been able to accomplish in a relatively short period of time. But that’s what successful team building and talent working in concert can accomplish, so the progress we’ve made to date is really not all that surprising to me. And it’s nothing compared to what’s coming. I’m really very proud to be working with such a great concept and the high caliber people who are involved in it.”

It seems the future for VIAZ IS now. Of course, time and no small amount of hard work will go a long way in determining whether or not the VIAZ (viaz.io) vision becomes reality.