No need to be a board member or employee. As SNO I am one of their stakeholders and their service is built on top of the service I am providing with 6000 others. As a SNO I make decisions like buying hardware that’s getting shared with my nodes or upgrading my internet connection that is getting shared with my nodes. So my interest to hear what is going on is legit and it is viable for Storj to keep SNOs entertained and informed.
Yes, and there is not much from that. But that is not all from what I am judging. I am also judging visible marketing efforts. Just one example: Do you remember the headlines about NASA and their problems with AWS storage? It was all over the news. Even if there was probably zero chance to get NASA to sign up with Tardigrade, from a marketing perspective it would have been a great chance to hit them up on Twitter or write some kind of “open letter” offering help to solve their problem. Surely this would have been all over the news as well. But as far as I know there was no action at all from Storjlabs. They missed out on that opportunity to gain more recognition totally.
I am also judging from the response on that returning topic here in the forum, which is almost zero, suggestions to potential customers, response also zero, response to personal emails, which is zero as well. It appears there is zero interest even in having customer referred to them. At least at this point. From my side I will refrain from referring customers to a company that shows so obvious lack of interest in acquiring customers.
Storjlabs could do better. Development wise, Storjlabs is performing extremly well compared to other projects I have looked at. Speed and communication for technical matters is above par. But as good as they do their tech stuff, as bad is the marketing side of things. But this is common on tech driven projects and I have seen such a pattern a lot: Too much focus on the tech side of things and neglection of the sales side. A lot of tech entrepreneurs believe all they have to do is to provide a superior product and customers will somehow magically going to use it. This is as far from reality as it could be. If it was true, Windows was extinct and Linux desktops would rule the world.