Why is there not one developer in the foundation council? Do you not think it is important to have someone with deep technical knowledge to be in the leadership and not just in an advisory role?
Absolutely. TF is actively recruiting at least one additional council member with deep technical expertise. We are currently in the final stages of the selection process and expect to have this completed by the end of September.
Can we get an official wallet with dapps and relevant node and staking info? If possible, even a conversion system in wallet to convert imported coins directly into Tezos without relying on a separate exchange?
Given that Tezos is a decentralized project, there isn’t an “official wallet” for the Tezos ecosystem. There are a number of software and hardware wallets built exclusively for Tezos that are currently available to use including Galleon, Magma, and Kukai. Tezos users are also able to use a variety of other wallets for Tezos including Ledger, ZenGo, and Trezor. That being said, we are always evaluating our funding priorities and have allocated further funds for additional wallets to make Tezos even more accessible.
Can TF fund projects to bridge ERC20 tokens to Tezos? Cardano is already trying to do this.
Yes, the Foundation could absolutely fund projects like these and welcomes such proposals. We continue to fund the Madfish Solutions team with a project to make it easier for developers to migrate Solidity (Ethereum) smart contracts to LIGO (Tezos). Visit this page for more information on this project.
Has the foundation had any applications for CDP smart contracts? Something like MakerDAO. Has the foundation funded any of these projects?
Yes, the Foundation has received grant applications for projects similar to MakerDAO and other popular Ethereum-based DeFi applications. We recognize the importance and potential of these novel applications and are eager to support the very best teams building in these areas. As discussed in this Tezos Agora thread about gas costs of contract interactions and the recent audit of DEXter by Trail of Bits, such applications like these are non-trivial to develop scalably and securely on Tezos today. As such, our current approach is to support teams improving core infrastructure necessary for such efforts and be selective and continue to search for top teams to support in this category.
One of these projects that we have funded and are super excited about is DEXter by the camlCase team. DEXter is a Uniswap-like decentralized exchange protocol that will facilitate automated asset exchange of Tezos and Tezos-based assets (tokens). For more information on the camlCase team and DEXter, check out this recent TQuorum session with founder and team lead, Tyler Clark.