While early and unproven, decentralized startups may pose a serious threat to centralized startups. In a mature market, the former will be attractive to talented people, enabling contributors to choose which projects they want to work on without being tied to vesting schedules or exclusivity commitments and receive direct compensation (and potentially financial freedom) working on projects they truly care about.
Loyalty of talent. While vesting and exclusivity may be a disadvantage to talent, they’re a feature of centralized startups, incentivizing people to push through hard times. Many successful startups may not be here today if employment was as fluid as the shoes one chooses to wear each morning.