There are three definitions for the word founder | ˈfoundər |.
- (n) a person who makes things from metal, operates a foundry
- (n) a person who establishes an institution or settlement
- (v) to fill with water and sink, break down, to succumb
Definition #2 is the one I'm talking about. Who will they be? How will their role evolve as the community takes on a life of its own?
We know they will have contributed 60+ NEO in the token sale. They will have advantage of taking the first crack at Niche ownership. They will receive a 10% bonus for any activity points they accrue (for the life of their account). They will also have exclusive access to the Narrative team, gaining more insights into the development and strategizing of the network as it goes to launch. (see white paper, p7)
I'd like to think that Narrative's Founders aren't all just the sum total of their 60+ NEO contribution. I'd like to think some of the founders are literally breaking the bank to invest deeply, because they believe in establishing an institution with a core set of beliefs built upon #newcontenteconomy thinking.
As the first Niche owners (potentially), the topics they choose to champion will bear the first fruits of the Narrative Network. Their recruitment, encouragement, and leadership will set the stage for whatever follows. Some founders, I'm afraid, will try to flip their coin as fast as they get it... they don't have the NRV to push in to the frontier. Their names will likely not go down in history.
But those that have the NRV to lead, what will history do with them? Will their faces be carved in pixels on the blockchain? Will school children give speeches in history class about the Founders of the New Content Economy? Will we brag about how our great-great-great-grandmother had the foresight, the nerve, to take a risk? Will they be parodied by pop-culture... Simpson's 239th Season?
They are teeing up for first shots... make it a good one.