BUIP 138: Fund BU's Chief Scientist Proposer: Peter Rizun Submitted on: 2019-11-10 Status: draft
For many years, I have contributed to Bitcoin Unlimited in my spare time
as an unpaid volunteer. In September, I decided to “go pro” so that I
could take a more active and hands-on role in research & development. It
would be helpful if I were to receive a salary to partly compensate for
the income that I am forgoing by not working elsewhere.
This BUIP authorizes up to $100,000 USD a year (paid monthly in crypto)
to fund my work. (This number was chosen in consulation with Andrew
Stone and Andrew Clifford and is inline with the other BU developers).
The majority of my work will focus on research & development towards new
technology to allow blocks beyond 25 GB to be validated on low-cost
hardware. I intend to release the first preview of what I’ve been
working on towards the end of this month.
Funding this position will also make it easier for me to continue doing
what I normally do, which is write articles to explain BU technology and
initiatives, collaborate with other developers, carry out experiments,
and organize workshops.
Neither Bitcoin Unlimited, its members nor its officers have any claim
of ownership to intellectual property that may result from my work on
bitcoin, beyond that which I explicitly assign to BU. (This applies for
all BU developers, but I wanted to state this explicitly)