Week of April 20 - Questions for the Tezos Foundation

If you have a question for the Tezos Foundation, please include below and we will do our best to answer in this week’s update coming out on Friday.

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Dear TF, I’m a tezos baker and I rely on tools such as Kiln by Obsidian Systems, and tezos-reward-distributor (TRD) for my operations.

In correspendence with engineers there I’ve learned Kiln’s funding has dried up and is currently in maintenance mode, and TRD’s inital grant proposal was rejected.

Could you please shed some light on how funding decisions are made?

What funding models are used? It appears like ‘one and done’ deals and not enough ongoing partnerships to develop software beyond an initial release. Eg. Tezbox and Kiln.

By what metrics are you gauging the performance of fund recipients? How are milestones and quality assessed? How do you ensure you’re spending the money wisely and giving the community what they want?

Lastly, as a priority can you please reactivate Kiln’s funding? This tool is tezos’s crown jewel in that it’s an easy to use graphical interface. It promotes decentralization by allowing non-technical users to run tezos. And the Obsidian Systems team have been impeccable professionals in their delivery. Frankly, I am shocked and dismayed to hear you haven’t been treating them well. And there seems to be a pattern forming given the state of other tools.

How are you going to improve in this respect?


The accessibility of baking is one of the key differentiators of Tezos Proof-of-Stake. It differentiates us from networks with capped validator sets that make some PoS open only to insiders and, perhaps just as importantly, open participation underpins the Tezos amendment process.

Kiln+Ledger is a big reason for our success in those dimensions so far. There are ~400-450 bakers and about 100 or so bake using Kiln.

Kiln funding has not been cut or deactivated and development has not been stopped. In fact, the opposite is true.

The pace of progress slowed in Q4 2019. Since then, there have been significant engineering efforts underway to make Kiln more accessible to new bakers, easier-to-use for current bakers, and developed as a more sustainable open-source project which has contributions from multiple different development teams.

Certain widely requested features, in particular MacOS support, are being prioritized (in fact we have it working already) and we expect will soon be entering QA.

And a number of other features/improvements are being explored or developed (in no particular order), such as improved UI, support for multiple signing devices (beyond just Ledger), integration with the Tezos Baker Registry, replacing the custom Kiln indexer with multiple options in wider use by the community, monitoring on mobile devices, Windows support, and more. Also, improving the UI based on well-known web frameworks to encourage more open source contribution.

Additionally, we’re interested in exploring baker participation projects based on NFT badges with other ecosystem entities to reward kiln bakers for their participation in helping decentralize Tezos.


Are they going to answer questions this week?

Copy-pasting the old questions, crossing out the answered ones.


  • Are there any plans to build a Stablecoin ? Are regulations a problem or do you “fear” coming regulations (speaking about the FSB 9 Paper)?
  • Did you speak with Coase (Kathleen) or Arthur about the state of Wallets and Tooling around Tezos? If so, why didn’tyou listen to what the two had to say?
  • Do you know what Arthur means with “veiled threats” ?
  • Ryan Jesperson will leave the board soon. Are there any candidates? How are the candidates selected?
  • Will one of the current board members fill Ryans President Position, if so who?
  • Why does nobody from the Foundation participate in Chats (Riot, Telegram)?
  • Are there any Plans to set-up a Community Treasury (for 3rd Party development funding decision making)?
  • Why didn’t you set-up 3 different Designs for the Tezos Foundation Website and let the community decide which design to use?
  • Who build the Tezos Foundation Website?
  • How does a “normal” workday at the Tezos Foundation look?


  • Any update whether you have any plans to help folks who can not locate the ICO password? The tool you have build is extremely slow and I doing will help anyone.
  • Recently the foundation announced they will settle an unrelated lawsuit for 25 million. We have been loyal to Tezos and not proceed it with a lawsuit but it is fair to be compensated at least what we invested. See what MakerDao foundation is doing with blackTuesday debacle. We deserve the attention of the foundation… any help is much appreciated!


The ambiguity around Arthur’s involvement with Tezos going forward is a concern. Will TF or him issue an official statement to clarify what’s going on?


  • What was the process for election of current board members?
  • What were the qualifications criteria for choosing the current board?
  • What method exists to ensure constant community voice in board decisions?
  • What in Ryan Lackey’s experience makes him qualified to be a board member and sit in 4/5 committees?
  • How much do the board members get paid?
  • How much of the board members pay is in xtz?
  • What measures have been taken to ensure no conflict of interest and/or self-sealing by each of the board members?
  • When will the next election process be communicated to the community?
  • Why has the community not been asked to participate or have any say/involvement in election of the next president?
  • What process has the foundation put in place to ensure a grantee is completing the work as promised?


  • Why doesn’t the TF create a roadmap or milestones that it wants to achieve? Not a roadmap over the whole Tezos ecosystem – just your “TF” roadmap. We want to measure your performance as well.
  • Why are there no job openings at the TF?
  • Why are there no job openings at Tezos/NL?
  • What happened to those 1,300 “Tezos dapp” developer? How many of them are actively developing on Tezos? At the end of the day, those are the numbers that matters.
  • Why are there no updates regarding BTG deal (STO)? Was it just a lot of noise (from a third world country) and not backed up by anything?
  • Where can the TF and the Tezos community improve?
  • Why is Arthur not giving talks anymore?
  • Is it right that DLS has not received their tokens from the ICO deal yet? If so, why?
  • How is TF’s relationship with Arthur lately?
  • btw Tezos.com 1 is outdated. Latest Tezos updates is from 2019! Hire someone to keep it updated. That is super important.
  • What happened to Marigold? Any updates? Results? Testnet?
  • Should Tezos in TF’s view rather scale on layer 1 (tenderbake, avalanche) or on layer 2? We are a bit exploring everything and wasting a lot of resources. Why not focusing on one or two things, but with all resources and be a leader rather than take the “wait and follow” strategy?
  • What are the results from the Ava Labs grant?
  • About what are you excited in 2020 Tezos related?
  • Are there any mistakes been made lately?


In the last bi-annual update, the Foundation stated it does not intend to sell any of its XTZ. At the same time, it has the single largest stack of any entity and keeps baking, making it only stronger on a relative basis. At some point the Foundation will be a central player with either enough to stop any proposals (basically filibustering) or even a majority holder, which clearly goes against the notion of Tezos being decentralized.

How does the Foundation intend to balance its XTZ holdings going forward?


How do you plan to move forward with those who can’t access their ICO wallets.?


Regarding the last announced 25M$ lawsuit settlement, can you explain with a clear guideline how the Tezos ICO investors can join and participate of this settlement?


Thank you!