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Kevin Owocki is the Founder of Gitcoin. The Ethereum-based platform leverages the open source community to incentivize and monetize work, remunerating developers for pull requests made to projects. Gitcoin was itself built using Gitcoin and is today facilitating bug bounty payments for dozens of blockchain projects. Today, over 200 projects have used the platform to distribute over $340,000 in bounties to developers. As Gitcoin continues to grow, the goal is to expand its reach to the broader open-source ecosystem.

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  • The current state of Blockchain
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How many open source projects are active members of Gitcoin ecosystem?

Checkout https://gitcoin.co/results for more stats

Since its launch in November 2017, Gitcoin has helped 251 funders reach an audience of 15,223 developers. Gitcoin has facilitated 2,212 complete transactions to 633 unique coders.

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How many US dollar worth Gitcoin tokens have been distributed to Open Source Projects till date?

Gitcoin is not a token! I knew I was going to get this question, but I had it coming since I named the project Gitcoin. Gitcoin is a place where you GIT coins, not a token itself. Checkout https://gitcoin.co/not_a_token

Also checkout https://gitcoin.co/results -- we've distributed about $400k this year to OSS devs.

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Why did you start Gitcoin?

open source powers billions of dollars a year in economic activity yet has little to no financial support outside of corporate sponsorship. our mission is to grow and sustain open source. heres a little sales-ey page we typed up about this http://gitcoin.co/mission

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Do you think with better projects have started to come to the Blockchain ecosystem? What's your opinion on the current state of decentralised apps?

Do you think with better projects have started to come to the Blockchain ecosystem?

what do you mean by 'better'?

What's your opinion on the current state of decentralised apps?

i think we're in the first inning of a 9 inning game. its been forever since i played baseball, am i saying that right ? :)

one thing that needs to improve is UX. theres too many steps to get fiat into ETH and to backup your seed phrase / etc. my friend and colleague, austin griffith, who just joined gitcoin as director of research, is working on this => https://twitter.com/austingriffith/status/1060926859116916737

one question i have is whether users will interact with their private keys or if itll all just be hidden behind a web 2.0 interface. will blockchain be in the front of a browser or in the back? will users have to learn key core primitives, like how when the web came around we learned about the back / home buttons... will users learn what a private key is and how to send coins right in their browser? do they care about decentralization?

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Do you plan to accept any other currencies besides Ethereum for bounties?

we support any ERC20 (ethereum - based) token.

in the future, i'd love to integrate other blockchains, starting with bitcoin. one nice property of ethereum is that gitcoin core never has access to your funds, because they are locked into a smart contract. gitcoin doesnt want to be a money transmitter, so if we can figure out some sort of chain abstraction layer that can do something similar with bitcoin, that'd be preferable.

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