New executive director and board members of the Ethereum Foundation signal a fresh start for Ethereum

One of Ethereum’s strengths is its decentralized nature, which gives it a broader, more stable base. There are Ethereum project teams in different parts of the world including Amsterdam, Berlin, Switzerland and Brazil. (For example, Geth was used by the Amsterdam team, while Eth was produced by the Berlin team.)

If there was a center for Ethereum, it would be in the beautiful city of Zug in Switzerland, home of the Ethereum Foundation, which oversees the project’s finances, manages the funds raised in the Ether sale, and sets the long-term vision and direction of Ethereum.

Stephan Tual, Chief Communications Officer of the Ethereum Project, told Bitcoin Magazine that the new CEO and board members represent a fresh start, a way to restart the organization.

“[W]We had a very clear goal of recruiting people from a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing, IoT, education, politics, healthcare, finance and more, ”he said. “Basically everywhere where Ethereum could be embedded and make a difference.”

The foundation’s new executive director is Ming Chan, a Swiss-born Sino-American MIT graduate in computer science and media arts who has extensive experience working with educators, scientists and inventors to create and develop innovative new business ventures .

The new board members are Vitalik Buterin (CEO), Lars Klawitter, Vadim Levitin and Wayne Hennessy-Barrett.

An “executive” is responsible for the daily decisions, consisting of Stephan Tual, Gavin Wood and Jeffrey Wilcke, supported by Aeron Buchanan, Jutta Steiner, Kelley Becker and Frithjof Weinert.

How has the launch been going so far?

The start is going much better than expected so far. The main block chain of Ethereum is in play and users can already access their pre-sale wallets, mine Ether at the full reward rate and use or provide decentralized applications in the main network.

“We are pleased with the stability of the network to date as the results have exceeded expectations and more and more developers are generating the Genesis block and joining the network,” said Tual. “Real-time statistics on the network status can be viewed at https://stats.ethdev.com”

“So far, Frontier’s launch has been exceptionally smooth, largely due to our intensive Olympic testing phase and our robust user manuals and tutorials written by dedicated members of our community,” Ethan Wilding, resident Ethereum philosopher and co-founder of Ledger Labs told the Bitcoin Magazine. “However, this is a development release so readiness to use the command line is required.”

“Most of the questions we’ve had since that launch have come from general users who want to learn how to mine ether and get wallet access on the Ethereum platform from the command line. We’re always happy to help, ”he said. “As our platform continues to be tested and made even more robust, we will continue to improve the user experience by introducing our graphical user interfaces for such operations in a future version.”

Bitcoin Magazine will continue to follow this story and keep you informed of any new developments.

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