Wrights in Vodcasts eating Dogfood
How I'd conduct a BitCoiny interview with the inventor of BitCoin himself
Jerry Seinfeld conducts HIS interviews in cars on the way to overpriced coffee venues. However, he SHOULD be conducting them on stools in a smoky room, and in front of a red brick wall drinking nothing but water from a pitcher shared amongst his fellow comedians. That's how I'd do it, and that's what I'd do if I interviewed Craig Wright on behalf of the BitCoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) community. I mean this figuratively, not literally, of course.
I'm referring to a term called "dogfooding", which is a SillyCON Valley-adopted turn-of-phrase for saying the old idioms "practice what you preach" and "eat your own cooking". The principle applied to BSV: USE BitCoiny apps to help them along in their young stages of growth. This works ONLY when new "greenfield opportunity" products apply the principle of "Release Early; Iterate Often". This is EXACTLY the principle BSV startups should be applying now. It's different from a principle of product-release mature tech startups should deploy: wait to release perfected (as much as possible) products which can compete immediately with those products which preceded them. Let's use two examples EACH from the two most successful companies in world history: Apple and Amazon.
"Release Early; Iterate Often"
In 1976 computers were only in the offices of large corporations and buildings of government agencies because those were the only entities able to afford them. That changed when Wozniak and Jobs hand-built the Apple I kit-computers and sold them for $666.66 each. No screen, no mouse, and not even a keyboard-- customers supplied their own. In fact it wasn't even housed, the most famous Apple I is typically shown in its home-made wooden box-- the owner likely constructed himself. The PC era had offically begun, and it was ugly AF. This was 1976, and Apple only increased sales to a few hundred Apple IIs (the fuller successor to the motherboard Apple I) when their computers finally included stock housing and keyboard. This is quite the different scene versus Apple in 2015 (40 years later! )-- the Apple which current BSV startup coders probably would like to emulate.
"Halt and Catch Fire"
In 2015 Apple released Apple Watch, and right from the getgo it was a feature-complete beautiful watch. It still wasn't perfect, just like the Apple I was FAR from perfect, but it certainly LOOKED perfect. In less than 2 years, Apple Watch became the biggest selling watch in the world, beating out a >100-year old rival Rolex. Simply an incredible feat. Is your BSV product, application, or company hiding right now like Apple Watch was likely hiding for YEARS before releasing? Do you think Apple first came up with the idea for a computer-watch in 2015 and quickly released it? Are you a LunaTik?
Only LunaTiks  were working on wearable computers in 2010-- 5 YEARS before the release of Apple Watch. Scott Wilson made OODLES of money well before Apple Watch, in 2010, bootstrapping his company Minimal Inc and his LunaTik product with KickStarter (raising almost $1 million) by offering to create a watch-band housing for Apple's 6th generation iPod Nano. The 6th gen iPod Nano was the smallest iPod ever with a screen. When it released in September 2010 he saw a watch where Apple saw a clip-on. Scott Wilson was more visionary than Steve Jobs for awhile. More importantly he was willing to embarrass himself because he had nothing to lose as he had no competition in this little Apple iPod Nano accessory niche.
Apple took notice, QUICKLY. Before Apple released their overly-perfected product, many others took advantage of the void-- even Apple itself. Take a look at the video above, doesn't the product look like a "kit-computer" of sorts? If you're thinking for the long term, and need to double-jump over the legacy competition, and are up against a 100-year old strong company like Rolex with a still-sterling brand name and reputation, and already have a product which is 80% of the way there, AND you're company is already making tons of cash-flow from other products-- then sure-- wait until your product is PERFECT before releasing it. Otherwise, get your clunky BSV product out to market as cheaply and quickly as you can and start amassing embarrassing complaints.
"Release Early; Iterate Often"
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon as a geezer, he was 30 years old and working at a Hedge Fund. He simply saw the next revolution coming, and figured he had just enough technology expertise and just enough banking expertise to meld a techie product built on the not-yet-popular internet with a company which soon set records for raising money without a profit. What was his first brilliant product? A book store, online. Get a load of this...
Frankly, Amazon is still more function over looks. It did get more sophisticated with every iteration. But all Bezos built was a platform for books, not "EVERYTHING" like Amazon does today. Amazon books wasn't rocket science, that was something to which Jeff aspired later using the profits from his smallish total-addressable-market (TAM) books contraption. Using books, he then sold similar CDs, then DVDs. This was called "BMV" back in 1999 when Bezos began touting Amazon as the place which was going to sell EVERYTHING. What's amazing is Amazon doesn't even make money from selling things-- it never has. Greater than 100% of it's recent profits can be attributed to the PLATFORM Amazon built to house it's stores-- now called Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Amazon Web Services
"Halt and Catch Fire"
If you're a coder, you know EC2 and SSS, and if you're not a coder you've heard of "cloud"? Amazon conceived the first popular "cloud" for the internet in 2002 to save his highly unprofitable company from demise. Do Amazon's newest products still release looking like the clunky website pictured above?
The fact of the matter is, AWS took 5 YEARS to get to the point it could be released as a product. While it wasn't released until its technological shoulders were broad enough and strong enough to handle large customers at scale (like #2 video firm Netflix eventually), it was perfected internally with dogfooding and iterated often. Amazon could AFFORD to hold back the release until it felt perfection had been achieved, because by 2001 it had well over $1 billion in revenues and had already tapped Wall Street for additional funding several times. These are conditions BSV startups are not finding themselves in 2020-- so they shouldn't try to be heroes and delay product release. MVP in coderSpeak stands for MINIMUM viable product-- it's the first state a product can achieve when it can be released to some trial customers. In other words, BSV is such a new sector startups can afford to release an ugly imperfect version if real-customer testing and usage can benefit the acceleration of the product. I'm not here to preach, I'm here to dogfood myself-- for good reason.
SLictionary is for Visionary
Much like 2009 Bitcoin miners, visionary Word$miths (and "Patron-Investors" soon) will gain first-mover advantage and reel-in money from very little effort as the product matures. Why? Because we've massively shortened the time it takes to enter a RICH definition by including a simple button to record audio-files related to your words on our smithing page.
We've added a simplified UI such that Word$miths can SEE the picture or GIF they've uploaded to make definitions POP!
We knew our first iteration was rushed out the door, and quite simple, but we had good strategic reasons for this. Our MVP was very small-- a kernel to get definitions up and running. It's worked! We've doubled our word count 9 times already since the Spring, and we have a product map which will increase the speed of definition-smithing. We could have populated our dictionary with a free database of definitions, but then our product would not be a dictionary for the people BY the people, and important incentives ruined.
We needed to get SLictionary into the hands of those who could see our vision as good as we do, or better. We have. We are rushing to improve the product as fast as we can, and it's not fast enough. If you could only see how much will be built on top and to the side of our little dictionary platform-- "it's just a bookstore, online"-- "it's just a dictionary with BSV".
But we want to dogfood EVERYTHING. This is why we contact our winning Word Bounty
Word$miths using BAEmail.me. This is why we're planning on socializing our site using twetch.app 's API. This is why our persnickety insignificant and sometimes profitable marketing blurbs are conducted on powping or snuck into articles on BitPost or sandwiched inside videos on
We're dogfooding BitCoin like MoFos, and so should you genteel BSV fans. There's a way to dogfood no matter who you are or where your talents lay.
Creative word-nerd folks who can teach others the meaning of words using new modern techniques such as GIFs or pictures or using a clever audio file. Why can't a blind foreign-language-speaker HEAR the cockle-doodle-do of a chicken rather than READ what it is? This is the job of artists and specialists who know a word because they deal with it every day. Who better to define "BitCoin" than Craig? Who better to define "venture" than Ken? Who better to define "button" than Ryan? Who better to define "entrepreneur" than Calvin? What if Xiaohui's definition of "script" is lacking a picture? Or Ken's "venture" lacks an audio file? (but it does!) Then maybe Paul or Jack or Alex would like to compete for the 70% of seek revenues from "likes" the definitions will get in the future as billions of clicks occur in 2030 or 2040 from the embedded dictionary of the BSV-browser?
The price of word seeks on SLictionary won't go up in satoshis in future, only down. This will fulfill the vision of Satoshi-- advertising & privacy-violations removed in favor of micropayments per click. Sometimes you won't find the word you came to solve, but alas we apply your penny to getting a FUTURE definition from a Word$mith or allow you to apply the penny to try your own hand at definitions. But SLictionary exists today so you can dogfood it-- and EVERY transaction improves the Self Learning in SLictionary. Who knew just clicking could contribute to the growth of a BSV mustard seed app? In a future iteration we will incorporate eLearning games so that seekers truly gain knowledge as they click thru the platform.
Word Bounty currently allows the monied-class to contribute and dogfood too. For now, they can sponsor a word, which is like Patreon or GoFundMe but for a Word$mith. 100% of Word Bounty revenues go to our Word$miths, and 0% to SLictionary. Instead of giving out BSV for nothing, post a word for bounty on Word Bounty for as little as 1 penny or as much as your kingdom of wealth allows. In our next iteration, we will post the paymail monikers of our >$1.00 sponsors into the definitions themselves-- the definitions the bounty helped form-- right next to the Word$mith's name. After that, we'll introduce Patronage, which is INVESTING in defintions. Patrons will contribute $2 or higher and get to determine what percentage of the revenues those defintions he will get vs the Word$mith. Investing in stocks? How about investing in words in the dictionary? Maybe you'll own "Jesus" or maybe you'll buy "quill" or "bonny"?
Whether you are creative, have a small amount of money mixed with a thirst for knowledge, or you're wealthy and looking to invest in BSV the INFORMATION commodity, SLictionary has something for you to dogfood in BitCoin Satoshi Vision. But there are others.
BAEmail me, Twetch a meme, videos for Streamanity, ping a pow, play a game with your peer Sato, miser some BSV in a Volt, Scrypt a script, or hand over some cash. Eat the BSV dogfood like a hungry Marine in the Great Santini.
The seed of this article
A kind social media person asked if I would interview CSW. Who could say no to a conversation with the creator of potentially world-changing contraption which apparently is so complicated many other smart people can't even COPY it correctly!? I'd also love to talk to Thomas Edison or William Rowan Hamilton or the Great Northerner J.J. Hill. So yeah, sure I would, there's simply too many questions I still have. But I'd want to do it in the most BSV way ever. I'd wanna eat BSV-brand dogfood with Craig Wright.
How would I interview creator-Craig?
I'd ask him the most important questions about BitCoin which haven't been asked already-- particularly about the long term FUTURE AT SCALE. I'd challenge what we're allowed to know about the forward research and future products of BitCoin as envisioned by the founder and Chief Scientist of nChain.
I'd give him the questions in advance so the answers to important questions aren't off-the-cuff and can be well prepared if need be.
Ignorance is not B(liss)SV
Would work to clarify the answers, as Craig has said many times he expects you to ask questions if you don't understand what he's teaching. Expectation would be to look ignorant and sheepish if required. Riddles are not the accepted currency of the knowledge-hungry, but zero-calorie fiat of the foolish.
The interview should be where BSV-ers can see it, for a small TOKEN of appreciation. Not paid to me however, altho Craig himself could claim whatever percentage he'd like and do with his cut whatever he sees fit. The money would'nt be for profit, it would be for priviledge of learning about BitCoin from the horse's mouth. I'd think of it like the micro-payment version of Metanet.ICU subscription. But if there's a revenue streamanity, where should it go? The first place would be to Streamanity, for hosting the content. Streamanity needs the support or it will be taken away, and Streamanity is good-- it's where advertising and snoopery go to die. Give unto LiuJack what is LiuJack's. But do what with proceeds after that?
Tame the blaring music Beast
The Diamonds in the Rough platform would be used, which means the main them song "Aussie Man Bad" by Luke Wenceslas Mayernik of BlareCast would need to be paid a single digit percentage, which can be dogfooded using Streamanity's new parsing payment mechanism.
Food for the Dogs
Word Bounty by SLictionary is an open protocol for paying for creativity, and 100% of revenues go to the community member who does a definition "proof-of-work." No ASICs required, just a computer and your brain. Every dollar earned would be posted into a word bounty, open to anyone to COMPETE to earn the bounty by being the most creative person. Word Bounty would be a trove of payments for work done. BUT, the work done continues paying for as long as the definitions are ranked highly by those voting on them-- the knowledge seekers. For as long as the video would make revenues, the watchers of the video could simply write the word down in the Streamanity video's comments, and that word would be posted with a dollar.
A Dog's Happy Ending:
The Wealthy Man asked the Master
"How can I best follow you?"
The Master said
"Give up all your belongings, and follow me;
also, if you have any dogfood recipes please bring them my way"
"Whatsoever you give, to the least of my BSV brothers, THAT you give unto me."
"Give unto Caesar, that token which is Caesar's"
And the master then fed us all with the manna.
"Heaven's to BITsy" you've reached the end.
Full Disclosure from the author:
The author loves mushroom soup, has eaten off the floor once or twice, and has eaten more than one type of pet food out of curiosity, but never Alpo (gross, too squishy) and he'll never admit that horse feed smells way better than it tastes.
John Pitts: https://twetch.app/u/462
DITR Twetch: https://twetch.app/u/16605
Define YOUR World, SLictionary: https://twetch.app/u/13328
REFERENCES & FOOTNOTES:
 The Age of Wearable Computers
The hottest-selling wearable computer in the world was first popularized in 2015 by the same company which first popularized the personal computer in 1975: Apple. 40 years, or two generations, later.
 LunaTik's sales topped out north of $10 million, and it wasn't even tech. It's products were just Apple accessories which figured out how to make an Apple Watch, from an Apple product, 5 years before Apple did!
 Amazon internal memo from Bezos to his lieutenants-- the most profitable "dogfooding" document ever produced (present article excluded-- hopefully!)