Most compelling blockchain innovation has started with open source projects. Frequently developers don't directly benefit from the open source projects they contribute to, which is why sometimes it helps to have incentives involved. Additionally, open source projects are in need of support from a vetted network of developers that know how to develop successful platforms and protocols. This is even true in the blockchain space, as more and more projects emerge the need for open source developers has never been greater.
Kevin Owocki, the head of the Gitcoin project, has been a part of the startup scene in Boulder for years, so it's no surprise that he's launched a project designed to incentivize open source software development in the blockchain sector. Gitcoin is one of ConsenSys' many spokes and is working to help incentivize and grow open source innovation within the Ethereum ecosystem. In this interview, Kevin and I talk about the importance of open source development for decentralized systems, how to encourage open source development, and what the future of open source looks like.
What you will learn in this episode:
- How blockchain is changing the way software is developed.
- How you can leverage platforms to find better open source developers.
- Why open source projects are frequently better than privately funded efforts.
Kevin Owocki: @owocki
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