Bitcoin Foundation Redefines Role: Core Development Only

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NEW YORK (InsideBitcoins) — Coinciding with its change in leadership, the Bitcoin Foundation has announced a “pivot” to its primary mission. In a blog post today, Jinyoung Lee Englund, director of marketing and communications, says the Foundation is moving away from its multiple roles which have included shaping public policy, education and outreach to concentrate solely on the core development of bitcoin technology.

“Some of the practical steps that are underway as we change course are: shedding anything that does not support core development…”

Patrick Murck, new executive director, proclaimed just such an agenda in an October 30th blog post as well as during a Reddit AMA two weeks ago.

“When we started the Foundation we didn’t define ourselves clearly as any one of those things and so people expected us to do all of it,” Murck said during the Reddit sesson. “Now that there are other groups and initiatives stepping up to fill in some of these needs, we have an opportunity to focus our approach, in particular on #1 [a more formal approach to technical standards].”

According to Englund, the Foundation surveyed its membership and found:

  • 54.66% of individual members joined just to support the cause
  • 51% accumulatively believed core development is the most important work of the foundation
  • 57% were most worried about scalability

“Our members are signaling that it’s time to return to our roots and that is to focus on funding the ongoing core development to build out the critical infrastructure that serves as the foundation of this brand new digital ecosystem,” Englund wrote. “Some of the practical steps that are underway as we change course are: shedding anything that does not support core development, preparing to bring on at least one additional full-time developer for testing within the next several months, and launching at least four developer training and certification workshops around the world starting 2015.”

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