When will the next biannual report be published?
We are in the early stages of preparing the next biannual report (see past reports here), and plan to have it published by the end of August.
TF made a big push towards STOs throughout the entire last year. In addition to applications like STOs, what other categories of app development is TF currently focusing on? Are there partnerships or acquisitions in DeFi, gaming or other sectors lined up for this year?
As highlighted in a previous FAQ, Tezos is open and inclusive infrastructure for financial applications and a wide variety of other use cases, some of which likely have yet to be imagined. In addition to Tezos as a cryptocurrency (and programmable money), digital securities emerged as an initial strategic area of focus for the Foundation, but they by no means define our belief of what Tezos is. While we are not able to announce any specific partnerships or acquisitions at this time, the Foundation and other community members have ramped up efforts to grow the DeFi and gaming ecosystems on Tezos, along with other use cases. For example, we are excited about projects such as Dexter, tzBTC (and future wrapped assets on Tezos), QuipuSwap, and others that are in development and will launch on Tezos in the future. A primary focus for the Foundation has been to support development teams building tools and infrastructure that make such applications possible – we are pleased to see these tools and infrastructure mature, make Tezos development a more accessible and seamless experience, and pave the way for end-user applications.
When will the winners of the last funding round go public? When does the next round start? Why is this process so long?
The current process is designed to give the Foundation adequate time to perform due diligence on both existing and new grants to ensure that the deployed resources add proportionate value to the Tezos ecosystem. That being said, the Foundation is constantly evaluating its grants process to ensure that grants work to promote the long-term success of the Tezos project. We have progressively seen an increase in the number of proposals submitted over the last few application periods, which has required more and more time to perform due diligence on prospective grants. We will be announcing the latest cohort of grantees within the next 1-2 weeks. That announcement will include information about the next application period.
When will you start doing something about broader awareness about Tezos in the crypto sphere (marketing and such)? It’s a way to adoption.
The Tezos Foundation has prioritized the funding of entities around the world who focus on marketing and driving awareness for Tezos. Tezos Commons, Tezos India, Tezos Southeast Asia, and TQ Tezos, are prime examples. We believe coordination of marketing efforts across the ecosystem will not only help scale, but better position Tezos as the premier blockchain of choice for developers and teams building on a blockchain in the future. That said, if you have a specific marketing idea that you would like to get funding for, please reach out to us at [email protected].
Why is the developer activity for dapps non-existent even after two years? Even if most dapps on Ethereum may not make sense, there are hundreds of experiments taking place there and Tezos seems to have none of it. What kind of incentives is TF creating so similar experiments can take place on Tezos as well?
While much of the Foundation’s early focus revolved around tooling and infrastructure development, we have been encouraged by the development of the dapp ecosystem as tooling and infrastructure have matured. Significant resources have gone to teams that contribute to the infrastructure layer to help make Tezos development a more seamless experience. Furthermore, we are committed to supporting teams that build end-user applications using this infrastructure. For example, the newly announced Magic and Beacon SDKs will make it easier to connect Tezos wallets to dapps on Tezos, Truffle will make it easier to develop, test, and deploy Tezos smart contracts, Dexter will enable decentralized asset exchange (which is a critical decentralized financial primitive), and projects like tzBTC will bring a wide range of assets to Tezos and facilitate novel financial applications.