Hi all Interim Ecosystem lead here.
We had an Ecosystem Jam on 10/15.
The main thing we jammed about was our near-term strategy for moving beyond the current state of our Ecosystem. If we were a traditional software company, this would essentially be our Sales strategy:
Do we have a marketing strategy? Should we be actively looking to shill SourceCred and acquire new “users” of SourceCred?
What is the process for handling inbound requests? What do we do when someone says “hey SourceCred is great, how do I run this in my community?”
We all agreed that Outbound Marketing should not be a priority at the moment. We should not be actively trying to convince crypto/open source projects to use SourceCred. Why?
We want a small group of projects using us, not a large group. This helps ensure that the few integrations we have are able to use us as successfully as possible. “This project tried using SourceCred and it’s just not usable yet” is a sentiment we’d like to avoid. It is not so trivial right now to go from looking at the SourceCred docs to actually turning it on successfully in a community. There’s a lot of friction still, and we need very motivated members from these external communities to do the work and in many cases integrate deeply with our own SC community. The current state of our 4-project ecosystem fits our Dev and Community bandwidths well. We could probably start to handle more than these 4 projects, but the combination of inbound requests and word of mouth will probably do more than enough to bring these potential new projects our way.
OTOH we have already started to receive Inbound requests. These take the form of DM’s to the community and public requests on the Discord/Discourse. For now, we thought together that the best way of responding to these requests was by sharing the How to Set up SourceCred doc, and inviting them to a community call. SourceCred doesn’t currently have the bandwidth to hold too many projects’ hand as they integrate. Participating in a community call helps us to see if they are value-aligned with us before we spend too many resources in trying to onboard them.
Under what circumstances would we prioritize growing our Ecosystem?
After validating and solidifying our economic model (tithing, metacred etc)
After answering “how do we deal with the tokens we receive from other communities”?
After solidifying our practices around the differences that accrue to a project that tithe 10% back to us versus 5%
- After solidifying our model of “keystone members/ambassadors” have infrastructure there to empower SourceCred community members to raise their hands and say “I can help this external community to integrate SourceCred successfully”
- Share docs
- Invite to a community call
Any thoughts, questions, input, disagreements, quibbles, and affirmations are welcomed and encouraged!