Steemit EXCLUSIVE: Witness Tim Cliff Talks SBD & STEEM, Succeeding on Steemit, More!

in dtube •  11 months ago


Huge thanks to witness @timcliff for joining me tonight for a half hour conversation about Steemit, Steem, witnessing, rewards, curation, blogging, and the outlook and underlying mechanics of both STEEM and SBD.

Also a major thank you to @meno for helping to line up this interview.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments, as well as suggestions for which other Steemians you'd like me to interview!

Please give a follow to my Steemit partners/recruits @big-lou @hannahlaurel and @samseder


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Lovely! There are huge amount of info for us to know more about steem and sbd! Thanks!

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Thanks @Timcliff and @davidpakman! It was very informative, especially the SBD fundamentals part!

You mentioned practically all people buy SBD tokens for speculative reasons but I would like to point out that many Steemians use Booster services that are paid in SBD. I have no idea about the total size of this demand but as I check out the wallets of these booster services I feel it's around 1-10k SBD per day they receive. (depending in size of booster service and only taking the few big ones into account.

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Great point! I forgot about those.

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it was a pleasure having you and hearing your insights! thank you again for doing it.

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thanks for this detailed interview, really helpful and inspiring for newbies like me. I find that there are many people who have put 6 months to 1.5 yrs of effort into steemit and are now reaping the rewards from that. do you think it will take more or less time for those who are joining now?

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That’s a great question. I think once communities are released, it will be a lot easier for new members who are adding value to get discovered.

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Great! Can't wait for that time to come.. @timcliff please I really wanna have a chat with you, I tried the Steemit chat but the registration isn't just working out for me, I also tried communicating through your blog this is the only way I found, pardon me if I offended by this.. But please I really need a chat with you to learn more, if you ask me I would suggest facebook so we can really digest alot of things am yet to understand. Please do well to reply to me, thanks

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If it isn’t anything private just reply to one of my old posts. I’m also on discord if Steemit.chat isn’t working.

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OK, thanks

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Thanks for your kind response

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i love your work
fantastic
and congrats!

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Congratulations on your success with Steemit. I like your persistence.

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Thanks!

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Quedo muy satisfecho con esta entrevista, aclaró muchas dudad que tenía. 100% agradecido hermanos. Saludos!

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thank you for your information!

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My pleasure. Call me any time

I find most of such crypto interviews cringeworthy and unwatchable, but this one as great. An expert interviewer and a wise interviewee. Well done, hope to see this on your YouTube channel soon, and subsequently more of your YouTube subscribers on Steemit soon!

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thanks very much!

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Yeah, many people even on Steemit are talking about crypto in ways that demonstrate they don't know anything about it. Just trying to sell something or make a quick buck. It's refreshing to see someone actually talk about something of value.

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Hey bud, I realize you are very new... But vote begging is only going to work against you. Consider adding to the conversation or simply working on your blog, and I say this in a friendly way..

The interview was insightful, to say the least. When @timcliff mentioned how $250 was a medium sized investment allocation for him when he first joined Steemit, I reflected on how far he's come since then and it definitely puts things into perspective.

Tim noted that when he first bought steem it was trading around its previous highs of $4. From a technical analysis viewpoint, what we're seeing now with steem having definitively broken above the $4 level is a blue sky breakout. I recently wrote a post about this and consider it a bullish indicator in setting the tone for 2018.

Admittedly, I have had my frustrations with steemit as a platform, but after listening to the interview I can see that it was Tim's focus on its underlying goals and the potential of the steem blockchain that saw him through the ups and downs in steem's value. His resolve in being a part of advancing its success is an admirable quality for a witness.

My follow up question for Tim: since SBDs may be viewed as trophy tokens within the steem network, perhaps there is in fact no ceiling to cap their price potential?

Regarding the value of SBDs, on page 12 of 32 of the Steem White Paper, it's said that, "We fully expect there to be a narrow trading range between $0.95 and $1.05 for SBD under normal market conditions." Per: https://steem.io/SteemWhitePaper.pdf

For over a month now, it's been clear that market forces have managed to sustain the value of SBDs far above the originally intended peg noted in the white paper. Could this simply demonstrate that it is impossible to set a floor value to anything or create a "stablecoin," and that ultimately buyers and sellers in the free market will set the price? If so, then maybe the best intervention is no intervention. If market forces continue to sustain the price of SBDs in this manner, Steemit Inc may then need to reconsider how SBDs are explained to users and the broader crypto investment community moving forward.

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Indeed, that's an important long term question if SBD will effectively remain significantly higher than the $1 range

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My follow up question for Tim: since SBDs may be viewed as trophy tokens within the steem network, perhaps there is in fact no ceiling to cap their price potential?

There is really no ceiling to cap the price potential of STEEM or SBD :)

There are a lot of new SBD tokens being created each day though, as the blockchain generates new author rewards. As the supply increases, that can push down the price. It is all a matter of what there is more of - supply or demand.

For over a month now, it's been clear that market forces have managed to sustain the value of SBDs far above the originally intended peg noted in the white paper. Could this simply demonstrate that it is impossible to set a floor value to anything or create a "stablecoin," and that ultimately buyers and sellers in the free market will set the price? If so, then maybe the best intervention is no intervention. If market forces continue to sustain the price of SBDs in this manner, Steemit Inc may then need to reconsider how SBDs are explained to users and the broader crypto investment community moving forward.

There has been a lot of discussion about this in various channels. The consensus is that the mechanisms in place allow us to set a reasonable 'floor' (of pretty close to $1 USD), but there is not a lot that can be done to push it back in the other direction. The risk of the coin being above $1 USD, as well as the continuous supply of new tokens, was expected to be the main driving force to push it back to $1 USD if it went higher.

The education part is an interesting point you raise. Obviously having good education and understanding of what the currencies are is important, but one question I have - who is being harmed by not being educated about the deviation away from the stable coin? I am not saying it is with zero impact, but I think it is safe to say that most Steemians (even if they didn't know SBD was worth more than it was) are actually benefiting from the high prices - whether they are educated about the mechanisms of them or not.

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That's great to definitively know that there is no cap on the price potential of SBD. Thanks for that clarification, Tim!

In regards to SBD, is there a cap on how much new SBD is created on a daily/yearly basis by the steem blockchain as new author awards are generated? I ask because the supply on Coinmarketcap is currently listed at just over 5M, which is considerably less than the amount of steem and may be contributing to the sustenance of SBD's recent price ascension: https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/steem-dollars/

In regards to the consensus that the floor value of SBDs should be maintained at $1 USD, I think this further reinforces the stability of it as a trophy token uniquely distinct from steem; essentially, if my understanding is correct, witnesses and other key stakeholders in the blockchain's success have agreed to "buy the dip" if SBD were to ever pullback to below the $1 USD level again and that with steem there is no such agreement. However, it seems that given the recent rise in SBD's valuation, its "plunge protection team" may no longer be needed. At least one can hope!

Therefore, tying into the education reference, I was thinking that a clear distinction between SBDs and steem can be reinforced to all users by rephrasing the way SBDs are described in our wallets. Currently it reads: "Tokens worth about $1.00 of STEEM, currently collecting 0% APR."

In light of SBD's sustained price rise to well above the $1 USD value initially outlined in the Steem White Paper, it's evident that free market forces have demonstrated that this characterization of SBD is constrained and outdated. Perhaps it should read something like this: "Tokens issued by the STEEM blockchain as new author awards are generated. Price per token fluctuates on the free market, just like STEEM. Note that via consensus, $1 USD has been set as the floor price for SBDs." Thoughts?

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The Steem blockchain has approximately 9% yearly inflation based on the USD marketcap of STEEM.

Of that, 75% goes to the rewards pool.

Approximately 75-85% of that goes to authors. (The rest goes to curators.)

Approximately 40-50% of those author rewards are paid in SBD. (The rest goes to SP.)


The description in the wallet is technically not wrong. SBD are technically still worth about a dollar worth of STEEM based on the blockchain rules.

You are right that they are also worth more. I don’t know an easy way to explain it all in one sentence that won’t actually confuse users. There are a lot of people that have so little idea about crypto currency, that going into all of that actually makes it worse.

Also, your definition of the floor is technically wrong. There is no guarantee it won’t go to zero.

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Thanks for clarifying how SBDs are generated per the yearly inflation rate of the steem blockchain. That is helpful information to keep note of.

I admittedly am not a subject matter expert in crypto currency from a technical standpoint. I can say though that there is a prevailing sense of confusion when I introduce others to the steem blockchain. One of the first questions I am asked is what exactly are SBDs and how can they only be worth about a dollar of STEEM if they are in fact trading higher than STEEM and higher than a single US dollar.

As public interest in the steem blockchain grows, there is a marketing dilemma that remains unaddressed as it pertains to the distinction between steem and SBDs in simple layman's terms. The sustained price ascension of SBDs since the end of 2017 further accentuates that.

Allow me to use an analogy from the health care field: when a doctor prescribes a generic drug to a patient, he/she confidently does so knowing that it has been shown to be bio-equivalent to the brand name product. Nonetheless, the generic and brand name products are still required to be marketed under distinctly different names to ensure that it is clear which is a generic and which is the brand.

With this analogy, I would contend that Steem Blockchain Dollars may not be an appropriate name for the token generated by the steem blockchain. It should perhaps simply be called a Steem Blockchain Token since the dollar nomenclature suggests that it has parity to a single US dollar in value, when in fact this is not so.

As for the price floor, it is implied by the wording of the Steem White Paper when it states: "It is our belief that these rules will give market participants confidence that they are unlikely [to] lose money by holding SBD purchased at a price of $1.00."

Last year, Dan even suggested, "I think all witnesses need to pro-actively manage the price feed such that a Steem Dollar never falls below $1.00 for more than 1 day per week."

What the free market has demonstrated since the end of 2017 is that the peg as originally explained in the white paper is not a proper characterization of how SBDs can actually be expected to fluctuate in value in the real world. Accordingly, now more than ever before, it may be warranted to reevaluate the manner in which they are marketed to users and advocates of/investors in the steem blockchain.

Just my two cents - I appreciate you taking the time to hear me out!

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You are absolutely correct, and I agree with what you say. I don't know what the solution is though :)

Also, regarding the 'floor' - the way you presented it in your latest comment here is accurate. What you said before: $1 USD has been set as the floor price for SBDs is not, because it implies it will not go below $1.00 USD.

Congratulations on your success with Steemit

Thanks for bringing us the interview David. I was not aware of @timcliff before but I'm now following him. He seemed like a very level headed and rational guy and it was great to hear his story of how he got into Steemit. Many people in his position would have sold out for a loss but it just goes to show the power of sticking with your convictions. I've been in a similar position where STEEM went down for months after I invested but I never lost faith in the platform.

Hi @timcliff great interview.
I don't think what you are saying about the value of SBD is quite right.
According to Dan it was designed not to go below 1 USD there is nothing at all to prevent it from being higher.

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That's what I think I said ;)
There are things we as witnesses can do to push it up. Also, if it falls below $1, it is likely traders will but it up and resell at $1 (pushing the price back up).
We don't however to have much as far as mechanisms to push it back down, so if it goes above $1 USD, then there isn't much to prevent it.

[Edit] One thing to add though, is there is a continued increase in supply as new SBD is generated, so that is the main market force that adds downward pressure.

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Do you think that SBD could be stabilized and pegged more closely to the dollar by treating it more similar to how Bitshares treats the BitUSD?

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Yes, although if that is the goal, I am more in favor of just allowing reverse conversions (STEEM->SBD).

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Would you be up to making a post on this topic when/if you get the time? It would be very interesting to hear this laid out from a witness perspective; how the two ways of management differ, what are the down vs upsides for you in your work, for Steem as an economic system and how it would ultimately affect the "product" that the "consumer" then utilizes for storing wealth in, transfers to others or (still in both cases I would assume to some degree) speculates in.

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So much happening around here that apparently I forgot that I had already read it. Will re-read it though. Thx.

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Hey thanks

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Thank you for interviewing @timcliff I truly enjoy his insight so much. I like the key takeaway and that is the idea that with persistence and commitment to the @steemit platform it eventually becomes more profitable and in the meantime you are essentially shoved into the people who will ultimately become your best friends. Thanks @davidpakman for your interviewing skills.
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I like that he admits the fomo and glad he hodl that all the way. Well done.

Great interview, enjoyed the whole thing! I missed out on posting a possible question when you requested earlier... but if you have any further witness interviews at some later date, I'd love to get a bit of discussion on just how much conversation and decision making witnesses have amongst themselves and with Steemit Inc. and what kind of form that's been taking. We often hear of the details of hard forks being discussed and brokered with witnesses, but those conversations aren't readily available. I'm curious what most witnesses feel about the working relationship among their peers and the developers.

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We talk a huge amount through private channels with both Steemit and other witnesses. I am very happy with the working relationship I have with both. The discussions can get quite heated, because the group is very passionate and everyone has strong feelings about what is best, but a lot of good ideas come out of the conversations. Reaching consensus can be quite difficult at times, but one thing that I always know is the group that I am discussing with cares deeply for the platform and wants to do whatever we can to make it a success.

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Thanks so much for the insight. I’d expected as much and heard only good things on the heels of Steemfest 2, but when there’s long stretches between forks or major announcements it’s just nice to be reassured there’s a frenzy of activity beneath the surface!

Great Interview David, I thought @timcliff did a A+ job explaining SBD's for us steemians, and the story behind his rise (i know that sounds dramatic, but it's not necessarily exaggerated) serves as the much needed inspiration minnows need to hear.

This might make me a Steem cheerleader, but who cares...

Steem to the moon!!

Thanks for the interview. What do you suggest I do with 11 sbd in my wallet?

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Right now it is pure speculation. If you think it will go higher, then hold until then. If you think it will stay where it is or go lower, I would recommend selling. You can sell for STEEM, or some currency to cash out (like BTC, LTC, ETH), or some other alternate currency on an exchange that you think has potential to go up.

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I'm wondering how much inflation there is currently in SBDs. If the "up pressure" that comes from speculation boosting price did not vary and was in fact a fundamental economic parameter, perhaps estimated in "deflation", how fast an inflation of the money supply do witnesses estimate would be necessary to zero it out and thus break this hypothetical fundamental trend? Again, if the underlying pressure remained the same and was not actually driven by speculation beyond a fundamental paremeter. Speculation can of course in reality pick up and vary either direction in spite of any fundamentals and is as such not in your control.

No need to present me with anything here if there's no such information currently, but it might be interesting to consider. Also, merely having the current calculated inflation presented on the sites in our wallets could help with the education part and drive price closer to it's intended range around 1 dollar.

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The Steem blockchain has approximately 9% yearly inflation based on the USD marketcap of STEEM.

Of that, 75% goes to the rewards pool.

Approximately 75-85% of that goes to authors. (The rest goes to curators.)

Approximately 40-50% of those author rewards are paid in SBD. (The rest goes to SP.)

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But is there not in fact a way to cause more inflation to the SBD? I thought witnesses could tie up more Steem and thus create more SBDs, hence causing inflation past that point.

Edit: I think I'm confusing myself now. This was likely in fact what was talked about implementing.

Happy I'm not a witness currently. You guys have a lot on your plate.

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What you describe is not supported.

We have a way to increase SBD production by using a bias on our price feeds (telling the blockchain that the marketcap is higher than it actually is) but a lot of witness including myself are against doing that.

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I can see why. Nevertheless, I hope this topic does not rest and that we at some point get a human group consensus as to a solution or that we decide simply that it's not worth keeping SBDs in the form they were attempted to be implemented.

If nothing else, we should make sure everyone knows (through UI, wikis, updated white papers and otherwise) that their price could fluctuate wildly.

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Thanks for the answer.

Very informative. I'd say I have a decent following which i'm trying to bring over, but I'm not the most well known person in my scene at all. I mostly want to achieve something here, then show them that they should be doing it top.

Great interview, I love how timcliff was here from beginning and did not give up on steem when crash happened. He deserves to be witness.

Thanks for this awesome interview. @timcliff is a top notch witness.

Love this interview and the professionalism shown by David and Tim. I’m hoping interviews like this will lead to more interest in the blockchain and how it operates.

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That's my hope as well. If you have suggestions for other interviews, please don't hesitate to let me know

David - thanks for the great interview. Very informative.

It's amazing how you go about the interview I mean so sharp, so direct and very professional, it couldn't have been better, thank you.

@davidpakman An easy way to describe distributed databases/the blockchain to a typical person I think is like this -> "It's a group of databases that are all synced together. It's like a "group chat" for databases, so when one database gets a new message, they all get the new message. A witness is a person hosting one of the group's databases." Edit it as you please, but that's the way I like to think about it.

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Excellent analogy!

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Good analogy :)

I'll add one thing, which is that the witnesses are the only ones that have write access to the database. Everyone else has read access, and relies on the witnesses to write their transactions into the blockchain.

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Thanks. I wondered what a witness was and your analogy put things in perspective.

So are witnesses are system admins for Steemit?

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For the Steem blockchain, yes. There is also some good info on what we do in the FAQ.

Thank you @timcliff for great interview you look like you have a lot of experiences in steemit, I got many things. And thanks @meno for your help.

I just love people who are passionate. Thanks for all the great things you guys do for steemit and keep up ALL the good work! You both change the life of many people here. God bless you

Thank you for interviewing @timcliff I truly enjoy his insight so much. Thanks for all the great things you guys do for steemit and keep up ALL the good work!

Great interview, extremely informative about Steemit in which I was too lazy to read posts about them so having it on dtube was great haha.....

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I read better than listen video(((

David, as a new steemer I'm grateful for your presentation of Tim Cliff. There is so much to absorb from this presentation that I'm going to turn it over to my subconscious to process. Over time the pieces will unite in a rational way and become very applicable. Thank you.

Great interview @davidpakman! I also learned a lot from @timcliff! This makes understanding steemit a little easier for new ones like me.

Gratitude with this amazing interview.

Wonderful! Anyways I'm not too surprised because @timcliff is my master, he holds my very first vote in Steem witness when I joined this platform. Great interview @davidpakman, and great job @timcliff you never disappoint me...long live Steem!!

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Your always welcomed

Now, I'm following both you and @timcliff!

The information you provided in this DTube will help many people learn how to become effective at using Steemit and has encouraged and motivated me to think of new ideas I can bring to the table.

I appreciate you guys!

I am still learning steemit and try to engage and figure something new out each day. I have come a long way for someone with little understanding of computers, but still have even further to go. I have not used any videos or dtube yet but would like to some day. I think it is very cool what your doing. My only suggestion is for there to be some sort of countdown timer for steemit posts. I made a post about how the platform needs one but it didnt get much attention.

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My only suggestion is for there to be some sort of countdown timer for steemit posts. I made a post about how the platform needs one but it didnt get much attention.

Curious what you are suggesting here. Can you send me a link? I'll review.

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Thanks for the reply Tim I learned a lot about the witness role on steemit from this talk, here is my post about a countdown timer need and my issues trying to make one on a post https://steemit.com/steemit/@isteemithard/steemit-count-down-timer-needed-but-for-now-i-have-a-solution-do-you

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That is actually a really cool idea. I don’t think it will be supported for a while though because allowing that type of html to be rendered poses a security risk. It may be something to add eventually though.

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the main suggestion is a count down timer that will show up on the actual post so that any user that sees the post will see exactly how much time is left for whatever the person posting wants to set a timer for. That way they don't need to do calculations of time zones or wait to say this ends when post pays out.

I really enjoyed this video. Gave me a lot of insight on steemit especially since I am brand new to this whole community! Watching this interview just got me even more excited about steemit. Thank you for sharing!

You guys are great, it is a good thing to have people like you around to put us through and keep us informed and abreast of developments.

Great interview @davidpakman. Highlighting the realities of how Steem works and reminding users that might be interested to have a clear mind going into it. A pleasure to listen to!

The interview was so much helpful for our new steemitians. Thank you for suggesting a right path :)

Nice interview. Tim is a very good and active witness.

Thanks for sharing these tips.

Succeeding on Steemit is really exclusive.

very nice

You are a good interviewer, great questions. It also is helpful to understand that people have been on this platform for about 18 months before getting real gains. It helps a newbie like me look forward to the future. I'll keep working and be patient.

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very important to note, thanks!

wow! Really cool would like you to interview @jerrybanfield

As a new member (third day) this was a very useful interview. I liked the way @timcliff answered questions frankly and gave me confidence to give him one of my votes. Thank you both.

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thank you, I enjoyed doing it!

Sounds like a great guest! Can't wait to hear it :D Best wishes to all.

Interesting conversations
which I wanted to hear about SDB and STEEM.
Thanks!

The video is very laggy - otherwise a ok interview. Thanks

nice interview ;)

I hope this platform will be very successful. I really enjoy being a member of it and participating in it's growth. Thanks for all the info.

Really a nice conversation between you two,,, keep interviewing and inform the others steemians

EXCELLENT.
KEEP POSTING AND PLEASE TAKE MY VOTE
THANK YOU

Nice interview, I really learnt much
Thank you.

this is really great man , am thinking of making a post using Dtube , ive been seeing it for a long time now.

i love this

Wish you more success..!!

Well done!

I have a lot of hope for the Steemit system and steem to create a solid foundation of my economy

Great interview! Thank you for the valuable information! Looking forward to growing with this community...

Can you tell me how can I increase my steemit score .m new here and It will be a great help for me @timcliff @davidpakman

Nice piece

@davidpakman
please write in your blog the conversation between the two parties about stemiit so we can absorb more deeply about stemiit

Gratitude for such a wondetful interview... I love it ....and im saying congratulation to you @timcliff

Great interview , I am bit late to make it on steeemit but hopefully not too late :) Congrats .

Wow so cool and amazing
Wish you more success

Great article sir.Thanks for sharing with us.

Interesting post sir

I really really like you two talking about his, it opens people's eyes and makes them beware of these things

I really really like you two talking about his, it opens people's eyes and makes them beware of these things

I really really like you two talking about his, it opens people's eyes and makes them beware of these things

Interesting

You’ve done a great interview!
I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post @davidpakman

Wirklich spitze

You've posted pretty well

remarkable article sir.thanks for sharing with us. want you greater achievement..!!

You guys are amazing thank you for the information.

Congratulation for the success

Hey

I used to troll you during the Obama campaign on youtube, I would quote Alex Jones articles all the time.In a nice way you used to reply think we got on. You had a funny guy on called Louis. Think I would call you Packman for some reason.. Hats off to you David doing well on Steemit. Looks like your dominating in this land, So good for you.. Thats coming from Youtube comedy troll from London back 2012. Yeah well done.

Thanks so much for the heads up.. I'm new here though just learning the ropes.

David I think your youtube revenue can fade away compared to whats about to happen brother !

Love it here already.
What more could we ask for?

davidpakman!! Thank you, your Post.

thanks for sharing this
really enjoyful
wow!
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Excellent post good content for a change!

Yes...keep on steeming!

Thank ! I just follow

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similar but not the same, thanks for a very good post

Excellent interview. Tim is someone who believes in what he is doing and showing the way.
Thanks

great interview..... lots of info.... didn't get to see all of it but intend to finish it later for sure

Thank you for this video! As a newbie i learned a lot about what really is witness and their jobs! Have a nice day!

Nice apartment, Dave... which reminds me: TAKE KYLE SHOPPING HIS CLOTHES SUCK.

very good post thanks

it is a pleasure having you and hearing your insights regarding that

@timcliff ... number 2 in the witness line up. May as well go vote the dude uo to first place. ✌

Loved this interview. I'm poking around with the idea of creating a company specifically to host block production on multiple blockchains like Steem, EOS, bitshares, etc.

Anyhow I loved the note that producers can't be in it just for the money. Everyone wants enough money to live, but lambos and moon dreams are dangerous when you talk about block production in some of these communities. Steem, for instance, is more of an influence market, if Tim were to sell out today he would risk cratering investment into steem and could disrupt the market that allows it to be valued at nearly $10 per sbd. There's a responsibility as a witness to make sure you're making the platform better for everyone, not just in your balance sheet of sbd, but also as a person who can curate influence and make sure the right content is being promoted on the platform.

Point is, it ought to be more of a full time job than many people think. Lambos and moonpie just won't cut it.

In the distant future I can see sales of steem as large as his be negotiated from witness to witness like large companies. Instead of exchanging on the market and risk putting all of that influence in the hands of god-knows-who, wouldn't it be better for a witness to sell their influence to a peer who proved to be a trustworthy leader? At the same time it sidesteps the issue of crashing the price. To sell large amounts of this stuff on an exchange would promote volatility and risk hurting the network, to do it in a lump private sale might prove to be more of an easy process where the seller might get less, but would have power to put restricitons on the sale.

Just an idea. Great interview.

From the comments it sounds like a very interesting conversation, but the video is no longer available over IPFS.

@davidpakman could you re upload this video, im sure others will find it useful too. Thanks.