I very enthusiastically support this proposal and look forward to seeing both teams and communities move forward with it.
(For context, I’ve been an investor in and advisor to Keep for several years, have been an active staker from day one of the September launch (got 99% of my ETH in there!) and read every post in Keep’s #general and several other Discord channels.)
The reasons I am so bullish on this collaboration boil down to:
Fortune favors the bold, and both teams are proposing to their communities a strong move that makes a lot of sense conceptually - knowing there’s a ton to be worked out over time. Each could easily continue on their paths, do great work and be rewarded by it. A protocol merger is even more ambitious, and the broader market is likely to respond to that - it’s already taking notice.
While trust-minimized Bitcoin on Ethereum is only the first app, it’s a huge - and hugely important - one, and our communities have a far better shot at growing the pie together. Credit to the centralized bridges for introducing the concept and getting such significant traction; now let’s show the world the right way to do it.
We are pioneering a new paradigm, not just in the technology and business models, but in the way we approach open source buidling. A merger of startups would be very different; a protocol merger that combines the strengths of two teams and two communities should yield a lot more than simply the sum.
I fully agree with the positive comments about the Keep team, and chandru’s statement captures my experience perfectly: “The KEEP team is one of the [most] honest/best in class in crypto and always pushing for full decentralization and thinking long term potential.”
While I have only started to learn more about NuCypher and check out their Discord, etc., I trust the Keep team’s judgment here, and further am impressed with what I’ve seen, including videos of MacLane, Tux and others, as well as their contributions on today’s community call.
Any partnership, no matter how aligned in spirit and mission, will have challenges; as does every team. There’s a lot to figure out here, on many levels.
But each of us was drawn to Keep and/or NuCypher by some form of the promise we see in crypto generally and in these protocols/teams/communities specifically, and my experience (notice the grey beard) tells me this has the hallmarks of a winning combination.
I am excited and honored to contribute what I can to accelerating our combined efforts!