New names at Bitcoin Foundation. Lesson learned?

March 13, 2014 10:30 UTC

Yesterday I published an article in which I posed some questions to the Bitcoin Foundation: It may well turn out that I have wronged them and to this end I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Today, Tuesday, the foundation moved to announce two new appointments: DC veterans Jim Harper and Amy Weiss have joined the foundation.

Jim Harper served as director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute for almost ten years and Amy Weiss is a former White House deputy press secretary and currently runs the strategic communications firm Weiss Public Affairs. These appear to be well thought out and considered board appointments. Clearly people of this calibre will bring strategic planning and media relations to the Bitcoin organisation. Two areas that have been sadly deficient. Accountability would be nice too but maybe I’m looking for too much and the areas of strategic planning and media relations is at least a start.  Jim Harper will be joining the foundation as the new Global Policy Counsel, a role previously held by Patrick Murck. Jim has previously advised companies as diverse as VeriSign and Paypal.  Jon Matonis the executive director of of the Bitcoin Foundation stated:

“Bitcoin is rapidly maturing and we are actively building a world-class team of highly experienced professionals. Jim’s experience with Cato and past experience with Paypal in addition to Amy’s experience with the United Nations Foundation and The White House are invaluable to our efforts around the world and in DC.”     Rousing Stuff… What?

Remember Jon Matonis is the man that said (2012): Under the title of “What I hope the Foundation will accomplish“, Matonis stated: ” There’s a huge amount of support for the Foundation from many of the people who matter to Bitcoin’s future: Charlie Shrem, Mark Karpeles, Gavin Andersen and Jon Matonis are all starting out on the Board of Directors.”  Hmmm…

But there we go, Two significantly more capable people, Harper and Weiss, than the Foundation has brought on board up to this point. There is a little point that our new strategic visionaries might strive to address: What exactly does the Foundation do and why does it appear to be attempting to centralise a currency that is, by definition, decentralised by design?

I assume that the two new appointees will receive some remuneration for their efforts and indeed I wish them both well. If there is a third vacancy, however; I would be willing, selflessly, to serve. Of course, this would only be if I was called upon. Having spent some time studying the Mt Gox system of financial management I feel that I am now superbly qualified  to serve and would be content to cost the Foundation significantly less than Karpeles. This humble hack, having some knowledge of the two noble fields of Accountancy and poultry management, would be willing to survive and eke a simple living, by only extracting the golden eggs when they had been laid and would, to this end, give an undertaking, to attempt to be one appointee not to kill the goose.

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@P.J. Delaney@delboyir

Masters in Public Administration, Bachelors in Mgt., I live in Ireland, I have a bit of a background in Economics and lots of opinions on everything else.