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A Look at OpenMinter: Q&A with TQ Tezos Senior Project Manager Gregory Rocco

Following last week’s TQuorum with TQ Tezos’s Gregory Rocco that featured a discussion on NFTs and an exclusive look at OpenMinter, we caught up with Rocco to discuss the project, where it’s going, and his passion for Tezos. Check out the Q&A!

What is OpenMinter?

OpenMinter is an open-source tool that allows anyone to create, manage, and use tokens on the Tezos blockchain. At the core of OpenMinter is a philosophy that pursues a commitment to enable any non-technical user to use blockchain-based tokens, and enable any developer to bolt in a token creation engine. At the moment, OpenMinter supports the creation of non-fungible tokens via IPFS image uploads, new FA2 contract origination, and wallet connectivity. A user using a vanilla implementation can create a token by filling out a handful of fields and paying for the transaction. 

How OpenMinter come to be? How long has it been in the works?

OpenMinter was started as a means to bootstrap an easy way to work with FA2 contracts and get both users and developers tokenizing on Tezos. In order to fulfill a demand from teams building platforms that require a means of letting users tokenize, and giving non-technical end-users the ability to easily create digital assets, OpenMinter is built to fill that gap. OpenMinter has been in-development for the last 2 months, and is currently roadmapped to continue to add basic infrastructural support such as additional wallet connectivity, TZIP-16 support, and fungible and semi-fungible asset creation.

What drove you to work on Tezos? Why not work on another blockchain project?

Tezos’ vision was the true driving force for me in particular, combining the growth of a strong community and a focus on building a high assurance system. Its on-chain governance has proven itself to work well considering the number of upgrades the chain has gone through, and its diverse validator set lends itself well to decentralization. 

What three things are you most excited to see built on Tezos?

I’m personally excited to see DAOs, games, and digital identity (because I’m biased) built on Tezos. In some ways, all three of these primitives can be combined in order to govern community-run games with a high-degree of confidence in who is part of the decision making.

Additional Ecosystem Updates:

Below are updates from around the ecosystem:


What projects/goals will the 2 new team members be working toward specifically? They seem like great folks to bring into the fray, well done.

Anil Madhavapeddy and Chris Wright have been appointed as non-executive Council Members of the Tezos Foundation. Specifically, that means that they will have an advisory role with tech teams working on the protocol, and attracting developer talents to the Tezos ecosystem. We are very excited to have Anil and Chris on board. They each bring over 20 years of software development experience to the Foundation Council, and will provide invaluable technical expertise as we continue to execute on our mission to foster the growth of the Tezos protocol.

What is the status of the Ukraine CBDC and has there been any communication updates from Societe General in regard to the French CBDC experiment?

Hadrien from Nomadic Labs has given more information about Société Générale-Forge partnership and about CDBC in our last weekly update. With regards to the Ukraine CBDC question, we pointed this out on Reddit but Tezos Ukraine is leading that effort.

Can you share some information about Tezos Gulf Technologies Ltd. and what its main focus is? Has it made any business inroads in the region?

The mission of Tezos Gulf is to support the growth of the Tezos ecosystem of people and products in the Middle East region. As we see it, there are three clear areas of focus for the region:

  1. Driving adoption of Tezos
  2. Building Partnerships
  3. Growing the Tezos community

Here is a recent announcement on Tezos receiving Shariah Certification.

When will The Tezos Foundation become more liberal with their spending and retool the grants program to allow developers greater flexibility in what they build and a longer runway to innovate and pivot if necessary?

Our priority is always to balance long-term efficiency with short-term effectiveness. We’re always trying to improve our processes and are learning from past experiences to make things more effective going forward. To this end, we have released the first version of our new grants platform, and it is now live for existing grantees so that we can gather feedback.

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