6 Questions for John deVadoss of Neo and the Global Blockchain Business Council – Cointelegraph Magazine

We ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes!


This week, our 6 Questions go to John deVadoss, the head of development at Neo — an open-source blockchain development platform — and a governing board member at the Global Blockchain Business Council, an industry association for the blockchain technology ecosystem.

I am proud to say that I build the best developer tools in the blockchain industry for N3. I also build the tools for the Token Taxonomy Framework as part of the Global Blockchain Business Council, where I serve as a governing board member. In addition, I serve as co-chair of IEEE Blockchain.

Previously, I was a co-founder of the InterWork Alliance, which is now part of the GBBC. Earlier, I was a general manager at Microsoft for close to two decades, during which I built out the architecture for .NET v1, Visual Studio Tools, the Microsoft Application Platform, Microsoft Digital (which I scaled to billion-dollar P&L) and more. I led the early service-oriented architecture and cloud architecture incubation initiatives for Microsoft, which led to Azure.


1 — Which people do you find most inspiring, most interesting and most fun in this space?

This is a wonderful question. I find the young men and women in our community and industry the most inspiring. The young people I meet with and have the opportunity to work with possess boundless energy and enthusiasm, and they are not willing to take no for an answer. They come in without any constraints, without any baggage of what can or cannot be accomplished, and without any preconceived notions of what should or should not be. They have no chip on their shoulder, nor do they have any sense of privilege or lack thereof. They just want to build — and I get tremendous energy (selfishly speaking) from working with them.

2 — What does decentralization mean to you, and why is it important?

Decentralization is first and foremost about the…


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