The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, held an exciting experiment where people he followed could ask him questions. The result was some interesting insights into his view of his past at Ethereum and his biggest regret along the way.
What was the most difficult lesson Vitalik learned at Ethereum?
The 268 people he follows had the opportunity to ask anything they wanted, whether it had to do with crypto or non-crypto. Emin Gün Sirer, Cornell professor and founder of Ava Labs, the team behind Ethereum competitor Avalanche, asked Buterin about the hardest lesson he learned from his experience at Ethereum. Buterin replied, “People are harder to tightly coordinate in small groups than I expected. You can’t just get everyone to sit around in a circle, see each other’s inherent goodness and get along, especially when huge incentive conflicts are at play.”
One user also asked Vitalik about his biggest regrets in his journey at Ethereum, and he replied, “The whole “8 co-founders” thing (and choosing them so quickly and nondiscriminately )”
Vitalik is referring here to the fact that Ethereum was co-founded by Anthony Di Lorio, Mihai Alisie, Jeffrey Charles Hoskinson, Jeffrey Wilcke Amir Chetrit, Gavin Wood, Joseph Lubin and Buterin himself. Of the eight founders, only Joseph Lubin, who founded Consensys, has remained closely associated with Ethereum. All the other founders have gone their own way. Charles Hoskinson , for example, had not left the crypto industry but decided to start his blockchain project Cardano. The same goes for Gavin Wood, who founded Polkadot.
Ethereum depends less on Buterin than ever before
Despite the fact that Vitalik is still the central figure of Ethereum, he pointed out that the blockchain has never been less dependent on his contributions than it is right now. He explained, “The good news is that I feel like Ethereum depends less on me than ever did at any previous point in history! Amazing people like @dannyryan, @drakefjustin, @dankrad, @pipermerriam, EF administrators, and many others keep taking over tasks that before I had to do myself.”
Buterin also admitted that he was surprised by the emergence of NFT technology and that he had underestimated the time it would take Ethereum to transition from proof-of-work consensus mechanism to proof-of-stake.