Do users really care about decentralization? Industry figures clash

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Josh O"Sullivan14 hours agoDo users really care about decentralization? Industry figures clashEthereum’s Dankrad Feist and Helius Labs CEO Mert Mumtaz clash on X over the importance of decentralization, revealing differing views on the crypto market’s priorities.19789 Total views2 Total sharesListen to article 0:00NewsOwn this piece of crypto historyCollect this article as NFTJoin us on social networksEthereum researcher Dankrad Feist, known for his contributions to the concept of Danksharding, sparked a heated debate on the social platform X on May 19 by stating that Ethereum “actually realizes the crypto vision.”“Yes, it looks messy, but that’s because Ethereum is building for the real world. But it’s solving ALL the necessary problems and not a tiny subset.”

Feist’s post prompted a response from Mert Mumtaz, the CEO of Solana developer platform Helius Labs. Mert argued that the crypto market understands the “necessary problems” more comprehensively than a single entity can.Source: Mert

Mert suggested that market participants who value decentralization and censorship resistance would gravitate naturally toward Ethereum “if they think it realizes such a vision the best.” However, Feist expressed skepticism regarding the extent to which market participants actually value decentralization."The market cannot tell you whether you are realizing the crypto vision as far as decentralization and censorship resistance are concerned. For example, banks today obviously have good PMF without being decentralized in any way."

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Mert countered by explaining that the market dynamics are not homogenous and, as such, “you can’t know if they’re the correct” set of problems being solved.

Feist then reinforced his belief that the market does not “value decentralization that highly,” concluding that he would “never let the market be the ultimate judge.” This concluding statement sparked Mert’s final response and the last word between the two:Source: Mert

The discussion follows the controversy surrounding Ethereum Foundation’s Justin Drake taking on a paid adviser role at EigenFoundation. Already a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation, Drake’s new adviser role “comes with a significant EIGEN token incentive,” suggesting a risk of “conflicted incentives,” according to one commentator.

EigenLayer is an Ethereum restaking protocol that has already generated controversy surrounding its "life-changing" airdrop — and the restrictive conditions associated with the tokens. Unable to be transferred or sold until an undisclosed date, hyped-up users showed vastly differing emotions about the announcement.

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