Community Announcement

There has been an ongoing dispute between Robin and Team Nimiq that has now been made public. This announcement is intended to disclose this dispute, to avoid speculation about it and to provide full transparency to our community and stakeholders.

Team Nimiq
Jan 8 · 8 min read

What has happened?

A disagreement about the way to further develop and market Nimiq erupted between Robin on one side and the entirety of the team on the other. This led to Robin removing himself from several responsibilities (namely vision and marketing) and focus solely on research. Upon Robin’s request, an agreement with the intention of providing funds and discretion to pursue research was signed in August. Unfortunately, Robin to this date failed to provide a plan about his research or his intention to spend these funds.

Team Nimiq disapproves his uncoordinated action to involve the public. In his now proclaimed effort to be transparent to the community, he failed to disclose that he in fact is demanding a substantial portion of the project’s funds. Going public in this unprofessional fashion was one of many attempts and threats to pressure the team into giving in to this demand.

Although Team Nimiq appreciates and values Robin’s skills and opinion, his actions over the majority of 2018 have been perceived as harmful to the project. We therefore heavy-heartedly announce that Robin is no longer considered a part of Team Nimiq and his views and opinions do not reflect or speak on behalf of the project or its members. Not because he was excluded but because he chose to exclude himself.

What is the controversy about?

JavaScript, Node.js, and Rust

However, we share Robin’s opinion that using a native, typed language offers advantages for performance and code quality. Thus, we started implementing a Rust client, as soon as the Mainnet was running stable and we felt WebAssembly support for Rust was sufficiently ready.

Proof-of-Work and Mining

Decentralization

The current state of the network: The nodes form a decentralized network which on its own can be used to make transactions. In order to also decentralize the entry point to the network, we added an easy way for anyone to provide and use community seed nodes. The network is commonly accessed via the Nimiq Safe and Keyguard, which are open source and can be hosted by anyone and thus do not depend on a single domain. Moreover, we are investigating whether IPFS can serve as an alternative to hosting on nimiq.com. However, since IPFS would currently still require the usage of a centralized web gateway, we do not gain a significant advantage yet.

AccountsTree vs. UTXO

Cashlinks

Marketing

Evolutionary development vs. perfect from the beginning

Robin’s opinion was that it is unrealistic to evolve the protocol in such a way and that it is better to build a new blockchain from scratch that would have all the features he envisioned ready from the beginning and that this tech will then drive adoption.

We still believe that both opinions lead to the same goal of a scalable blockchain, just using different means to achieve it. Hence, we supported Robin in independently starting his own research, leading to the restructuring agreed upon in August 2018.

Why not disclose this conflict earlier?

There were many attempts to solve the differences: from countless personal conversations to trusted third parties as mediators, to the Nimiq Research agreement stated above. We may have kept this internal conflict private for too long in hopes for a constructive solution. Team Nimiq has always been collaboratively aiming for such a solution. This has become more and more difficult given that Robin began to act in a way that was perceived by the entire team as increasingly irrational.

Robin’s latest posts to Reddit are an example: Team Nimiq is of course responsible for the project’s performance — for achievements as well as shortcomings. To state that the team alone is responsible for the decrease in market capitalization is not valid, given the unarguable influence of external factors. Additionally, he downplays his own responsibility by being absent from the team as well as the Nimiq community.

What does this mean for Nimiq?

Efforts like the new roadmap, the brand redesign and the new marketing strategy happened entirely without his involvement. On the business side, promising partnerships are being formed, new exchanges and potentially the first NIM-to-fiat swap are in the pipeline. On the product side, the design team finished a complete overhaul of the Nimiq Safe and onboarding experience, and a new website is on the way. The Core Team just recently published the prototypical implementation of a full-node in Rust. There are even first research results (in review), as this field as well has been taken over by the members of team Nimiq.

On top of that, strategies on how to foster mass adoption in challenged communities have been released and a set of professional marketing experts and agencies have begun their work. All of them receive a part of their payment in NIM to go easy on the project’s resources.

In line with that, there is an ongoing effort to reduce overall spendings. Some of the team members even stepped forward and reduced their compensation on their own and an effort to establish a project-wide and vested NIM compensation is already happening. The accusation that anyone is solely interested in financial gains is just not true.

Moving forward.

On Friday the 11th, at 4 pm CET Team Nimiq will hold a Reddit AMA to answer all questions that may remain in the community, commenting on the Robin situation but of course being open to all technical and product focused questions as well. With this ongoing conflict now coming to an end, we will be able to share more open and transparent communication in the future.

Team Nimiq is more motivated and committed than ever to push forward and to change the world with the most accessible and censorship-resistant payment system.

Go Nimiq and Pura Vida!


DISCLAIMER: None of the statements must be viewed as an endorsement or recommendation for Nimiq, any cryptocurrency, or investment product. Neither the information, nor any opinion contained herein constitutes a solicitation or offer by the creators or participants to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments or provide any investment advice or service.

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