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Deep Dive with Sid, Toshi Product Lead

Coinbase Toshi posted 11 months ago

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Ben Tossell
Toshi is available to rate and follow here: https://www.tokendaily.co/toshi

What are your favourite DApps? What do you want to see built that hasn't been yet? and what do Toshi users love about Toshi?! 😊
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@bentossell Hi Ben! Aah, I'm supposed to stay neutral but there's definitely some great DApps that I keep going back to.

Of course, there's CryptoKitties that started it all. They set the benchmark for a great user experience, creative concept, and execution at scale.

Some of my recent favorites - Peepeth, a decentralized Twitter alternative, which I check compulsively every few hours. The creator Bevan incorporated some great tweaks (like batching transactions and IPFS storage) to improve the user experience that other DApp devs can learn from.

DApps that are bridging the offline and decentralized worlds - book a vacation rental with CryptoCribs for example, or buy a coffee mug with your Etheremon printed on it with Cryptogoods.co

I also like the simplicity of Oasis Direct, the business model of RareBits and OpenSea (creating open marketplaces for digital goods.

Finally, I love platforms that enable people to earn crypto instead of having to buy it - Cent, ETHLance, Gitcoin, Bounties Network, and of course Earn.com are all great examples. I think these will help bring crypto to the masses.
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Gil Hildebrand
@bentossell @Sid_Coelho Thanks for providing some examples. Some of these I've heard of, others I've not. Going to look them up now.
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Richard Liriano
Hey Sid, glad to see you in a Deep Dive. Question, any plans to intergrate a users existing Ethereum (ETH) Coinbase wallet within Toshi and/or Cipher. Thanks.
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@rliriano Hi Richard, thanks for your question! We're always trying to improve the user experience on Toshi - that includes making it easier for users access their assets wherever they store them. That said, there are no concrete plans yet for a Coinbase integration, but never say never.
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Richard Liriano
@Sid_Coelho never say never indeed. Any plans for a Toshi NYC event for the public/community? Thanks.
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CallMeGwei
Cipher has features appreciated by more "advanced" users, with control over things like manual gas adjustment and testnets. Toshi is perfect for those just getting into the space. How will you reconcile the feature set difference? Will you scrap these advanced features from Cipher in the name of simplicity (hope not) or make the advanced features something that needs to be toggled under settings?

Maybe "Toshi pro" could be a possibility... ?
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@CallMeGwei I think you've nailed the value propositions pretty well. We're in the process now of deciding which features to migrate over from Cipher to Toshi. Our hope is to create an experience that is both easy to use for people new to crypto (similar to Toshi today), while also having advanced settings that make for a great power user and developer platform. Stay tuned, and as always we love your feedback as we roll out new features.
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Soona Amhaz
What is the ultimate vision for Toshi? What does the "best Web 3 experience on mobile" mean?
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@soonaorlater Hi Soona! Our vision is for Toshi to be the gateway through which users experience and explore the decentralized web. That means someone from a non-technical background should be able to open up Toshi and both understand this new world as well as find meaningful, lasting value.

Ultimately, our vision ties in closely with Coinbase's mission - to create an Open Financial System for the world. In addition to DApps focused on entertainment, we're also seeing DApps create opportunities for credit, borrowing, investing, exchange, commercial trade, and employment. And Toshi is a platform on which all of these come together.
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Ben Tossell
Could you give us a sneak behind the scenes of what happened with the Cipher deal and what excites you most about bringing them onboard?!
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@bentossell Pete is a phenomenally talented creator and a visionary in this space. We're really excited that the opportunity arose for us to join forces and work together on building a great product.

Pete and I had crossed paths several times while building our respective products. We'd even done a workshop together on building mobile DApps at ETHDenver! I think it became increasingly clear that both Toshi and Cipher shared the same mission - to create a great platform for the decentralized web and take it to millions (and eventually billions) of people around the world. And of course, there's no better platform to do this from than at Coinbase.
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CallMeGwei
Any plans to integrate multiple identity support from within Toshi?
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@CallMeGwei The identity space is evolving rapidly, although its still early days. We'd definitely like to help Toshi users access multiple addresses and wallets that they own to start with. Over time, we'll also see how the decentralized identity space takes off and would love to support any efforts there as well.
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Todd Goldberg
Hey Sid -- Great to see you on here. Few questions:

- What do you think is next for Dapp browsers and mobile wallets?
- Can we expect a desktop version of Toshi?
- What can we expect from Toshi for the rest of 2018?
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@Todd-Goldberg Hey Todd!
- I think you'll see dapp browsers and wallets keeping pace with the rapid evolution in the crypto space. We serve as developer platforms and so we will actively embrace any technologies DApp creators like you want to incorporate - be it sidechains, payment channels, identity solutions or anything other tech.
- Its definitely a pain point for users to have different wallets and browsers on web vs mobile. We'll have to see what the right solution is here.
- Stay tuned! We have so much coming.
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Alejandro Machado
Hey Sid, happy to see you over here too!

What are the plans to strengthen the open Toshi community? I've noticed the Slack isn't as active as many others, and the bot documentation is sometimes out of date and could be better organized. I think nailing this is key to ensure Toshi's success!
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@alegw Hi Ale! Great to see you here :)

You're right - we could do a better job with community and developer engagement. That's a big focus for us this quarter. We want to make it very easy for developers new to crypto development to build DApps. We spent last quarter rolling out a ton of changes - a full token and collectible wallet, and a great DApp browsing experience. That meant we paid less attention to the developer docs. Expect to see changes there very soon.
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Alejandro Machado
Where can we see more of Toshi's roadmap? I want to build apps on it for developing countries, and I love that it's a very light and widely compatible install, but I'm missing key features like string internationalization.
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@alegw Hi Ale, internationalization is another priority for us. It's always been core to Toshi's mission that we make an impact in emerging markets, where crypto can make the biggest difference. I love the enthusiasm that you and other developers have shown to build for developing countries. I've had developers reach out from Ghana, Cambodia, Venezuela and many other countries, and we want to support your efforts as best we can.

I can definitely commit to making string internationalization happen soon. Hopefully that makes Toshi much more accessible.
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CallMeGwei
People often request native "apps" for dApps, but importing wallets into several apps seems less than ideal. What are your thoughts about blockchain identities (keys) being handled at the OS level or at least being able to delegate that function to a default wallet app?
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@CallMeGwei I think its probably a bad idea for native apps to handle private keys. There's too much scope for things to go wrong, and for users to have a bad experience and lose money. It will also create fragmented wallets, where users have different wallet for each app.

I think it will also be a while before OS's embrace crypto and incorporate native handling.

To me, the best solution is for native apps to delegate wallet functionality to a specialized wallet like Toshi.
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CallMeGwei
@CallMeGwei @Sid_Coelho To clarify, [native apps delegating to wallets like Toshi] isn't currently a possibility, correct?
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StoreOfValue Blog
What are the biggest challenges facing Toshi, and Ethereum, right now? What needs to be true for Toshi/Ethereum to see mass adoption, or is it even fair to expect mass adoption for these platforms?
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@SovCryptoBlog Frankly, most DApps today don't yet offer a compelling "Aha moment". As a result most users in this ecosystem are crypto enthusiasts and early adopters who are just checking out what's possible today. That's an inherently limited audience of a few million users.

I think real mass adoption will come when we see a killer DApp that offers users an experience that they could never have had outside of the crypto world. What that Dapp will be is of course the million (billion?) dollar question.

Another constraint is Ethereum's scaling. If that killer DApp comes along and the network is not able to keep up, that will also constrain the potential of this space. Luckily, there are tons of talented developers working on various approaches to scaling. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some great scaling news in 2018.
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Alejandro Machado
I've noticed that Toshi currently requires phone number verification on iOS, but not on Android. Is this a decision to make it more widely available? What's a good way to avoid spam accounts without this protection?
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Alejandro Machado
@CallMeGwei I think the main reason why Telegram, WhatsApp, and many others require phone numbers is to fight spam accounts. Someone who works heavily with messaging applications could answer this way better than me.
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CallMeGwei
@alegw May I ask what you mean by "spam accounts" ? Now that user ratings have been pushed to the foreground, I'm not sure I understand how spam accounts affect other Toshi users.
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CallMeGwei
@alegw Thanks for pointing that out. I completely overlooked the messaging side of things. Spam accounts were terrible when users were featured on the front page, so I was a little fixated on that.

Would love to hear the answer to this.
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Alejandro Machado
Are there plans to support location sharing soon?

(Pardon if I'm asking a lot of questions, I really am excited about Toshi's potential)
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Sid Coelho-Prabhu
@alegw Definitely, this is a relatively easy fix for us to do.
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Timothy ₿lack
What drew you down the crypto rabbit hole?
What do you think are the biggest challenges with wallets and how will Toshi be the best wallet in its' class?
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Kartik

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Kevin Mulcrone
@kartikhelps I'm curious about this as well!
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