Outspoken Blockstream CSO Samson Mow took to Twitter today to troll Ethereum production studio ConsenSys. Earlier today, ConsenSys announced that it was laying off 13% of its staff, and Mow did not waste the opportunity to fire shots at ConsenSys.
Mow quote-tweeted a tweet from CoinDesk describing how ConsenSys was laying off 13% of its staff as part of a “wider strategic shift.” In response, Mow wrote that, “Blockstream almost doubled in size this year” and is “still growing”.
Blockstream almost doubled in size this year. Still growing. https://t.co/XVy1BOFN01
— Samson Mow (@Excellion) December 6, 2018
The community was quick to jump on Samson Mow’s assertion:
“Going from 40 to 80 employees is a little different than having more than 1,000. Weird flex,” writes Larry Cermak (@Lawmaster), Head Analyst at The Block, in response to Mow.
Going from 40 to 80 employees is a little different than having more than 1,000. Weird flex
— Larry Cermak (@lawmaster) December 6, 2018
Those numbers, by the way, are pretty much spot on.
Blockstream was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. As Cermak claimed on Twitter, the company appears to have around 80 to 100 employees, up from approximately 40 employees one year ago.
ConsenSys, meanwhile is a New York City headquartered company founded by Joseph Lubin in October 2014 to develop on the Ethereum blockchain. It was revealed that the company had 900 employees in July 2018. This past week, ConsenSys confirmed that it was laying off about 13% of its staff – or around 115 employees – as part of a restructuring.
Ultimately, Samson Mow comes off looking a little petty here. If Blockstream and ConsenSys were the same size competing for the same goals, then it might be more accurate to compare the two. However, Blockstream is approximately 10% the size of ConsenSys, and the two are working on different projects.
Of course, Blockstream supporters have responded on Twitter with statements like this: “1000 employees producing less value than 40-80 is a weird flex too.”
1000 employees producing less value than 40-80 is a weird flex too.
— Alphonse Pace (@alpacasw) December 6, 2018
Blockstream supporters on Twitter are also pointing out that the ETH price in BTC lower today than it was in March 2016 before The DAO was launched – which is surprising and looks very bad for Ethereum.
Of course, the counter-argument is that Blockstream had little to do with the rise of bitcoin, and that bitcoin was already a full-blown phenomenon before Blockstream started contributing. ConsenSys, meanwhile, has played a crucial role in the rise of Ethereum.
These are turbulent times within the crypto community. Some companies will survive and others will fail. It remains to be seen whether Blockstream or ConsenSys (or neither) will be around ten years from now. In the meantime, we’ll watch these two duke it out on Twitter.