Handshake is building a pretty stellar community (unofficially)

Handshake Community

Tonight I had the chance to join a Handshake Directors meeting, I first heard about it through Mark Smith, who goes by @NamesakeMark on Twitter. Here’s the tweet:

HNS Directors Meeting

The topic for the call was super interesting, here’s a brief summary they provided:

Namer News

We’ll be brainstorming a rough draft for a community Code of Conduct that will cover behavior such as trademark name squatting and personal name sniping. You can help by sharing example Code of Conducts from other communities, highlighting specific behavior you’ve seen from the community that should be addressed, and coming up with a name for Handshake’s “Code of Conduct”.

(Source – Namer News)

This is a hot topic when it comes to Handshake and something I think is important to get right. One of my biggest fears with, and for Handshake has been that, without any regulation, it could quickly become known as a place for fringe groups and hate speech to thrive, which IMO isn’t what the world needs more of now.

I know this is a hot topic, and I know that some of you will say, “Morgan – stop trying to regulate things, blockchain and Defi is all about deregulation!” At the end of the day, yes – Handshake will definitely have a lot less regulation, and in a very positive way, much less interference from companies focused on just squeezing out profits for shareholders. That’s a good thing.

If most of what happens on Handshake is wonderful, inventive, and awesome things that thrive in this new environment, I’m all for it. If it goes in the other direction and becomes a new home for the darker side of the Internet, then I think the vision the Handshake team has now will be squelched.

I’ll be honest, I was blown away by the call, which is now becoming a trend for anything I do with the Handshake community. First – the group is smart, okay that’s an understatement, they’re freaking brilliant and it’s inspiring. Kiba Gateaux (@KibaGateuax) shared an awesome idea with the group at a level of detail that I think should qualify him as one of the top minds in Blockchain, IMHO.

This set the tone for the call and from there more people openly shared ideas, had a discussion about new things they’re building to help the community, and did what I all think we wish ICANN did more often, or ever – they talked about what they can do to make Handshake the best experience as possible for the user. And that’s what makes the whole crypto/blockchain/defi would so different, some projects have a team with a vision for creating a better system than exists today, and I think the Handshake team as the magic.

I don’t think I’m supposed to share exactly what was said in the call so I’m not going to comment more about the content except to say that it’s clear they’re really thinking hard about how to do this right. The combination of this attitude with the sheer number of brilliant people they have behind the project makes me even more excited about the future of Handshake.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to balance my own investment in Handshake, figuring out the right balance between the token, domains, and investing in companies in the space. I’m still not sure except to say that every time I interact with the community I feel like shifting more investment focus onto Handshake every time.

But it’s still early, and I’m still learning, let the journey continue. Thanks to Johnny, Mark, Kiba, Michael and all the other amazing people on the call, I’m looking forward to the next one!

Disclosure: I am an investor in Handshake.

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  • Galaxy April 29, 2021, 10:27 pm

    My friend you cannot share all the details because you are on the call for 25% of it.
    Main points:
    – Mr Kiba Gateaux referred to how handshake could value from other concepts thought of by other people. He did not think of them on his own for handshke.
    – Mr Tom from encirca was the smartest person on the phone. He talked about three points that were excellent. You should write about them. That was majority of call.
    – Namebase crew was mickey mouse. No leadership, all over place, not addressing points, misstating facts. The main guy said one point about bots and didn’t talk after. Mr MarkSmith/ turned red in face when Mr Tom talk about namebase shiling
    – No answer to major issues except for gift names. A platform to gift. What is this.
    – Mr MarkSmith/ made fun of yat and it was clear he tried to make fun of them on twitter. He try to play like it was misunderstanding and want to give handshake as apology to yat people

    You need to disclose you hold handshake HNS to readers like wall street journalists hold stocks.

    • Johnny Wu April 30, 2021, 7:36 am

      Hey this is really helpful feedback, I’d love to chat more to better understand your perspective and how we can improve! It’d be great to get your take on some of the issues you felt weren’t sufficiently addressed, especially at this early stage where your suggestions can strongly influence the direction of the Handshake community moving forward.

      If you’re up for it, I have a link to my Calendly on my dLink at johnnywu/ where you can pick a time that works best for you.

      Happy naming!

    • Morgan April 30, 2021, 8:54 am

      @Galaxy – thanks for the feedback, I joined for the first hour but holy moly, I didn’t realize it went on for four hours, that’s a long meeting! šŸ˜œ

      Good point re: Disclosure, added one to this post and will add it to previous posts as well, probably good to have it in there.

      I appreciate you reading my blog and sharing your thoughts in the comment section, keep it coming, feedback, good or bad, is always welcomed! šŸ™


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