[WiiCollaborate LLC] Troy Wiipongwii (Updated)

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This is an update as promised.

About Me:

I am Troy Wiipongwii. I have an eclectic academic and professional background. I have a bachelor's in mathematics, a masters in public policy and statistics and currently pursuing my PhD in Data Science and Technology. My expected dissertation defense date will be in August of 2022. My research will cover issues in data ownership, decentralized ownership and its impacts on trends in hospitality and tourism sector. This research is incredibly relevant due to its attempt to apply blockchain to the sector, while dealing with the complexity and heterogeneity of the hospitality and tourism industry. In short the space is a complex ecosystem that requires unique governance and management structures to support an evolving sector that employs 10% of the global economy.

I am currently the Director of the William & Mary Blockchain Lab, where I support and fund 6 research teams across 4 departments, conduct independent research, and support student researchers. In addition to research management, I am responsible for developing external partnerships, and I am responsible for applying for grants.

Academically, I have published 3 academic papers: 1. Ten Things You Should Know About Blockchain Today: A Guide for Court Managers, 2. Blockchain and International Development, 3. Blockchain and COVID-19 in Indian Country.

I have also worked on two fourth-coming papers, both which relate to Factom governance. The first is on the application of principal agent theory to factom governance, the second is on the role of data analytics to support decision-making in the factom ecosystem. I will share the second paper in a few weeks.

In addition to my academic work, I have worked on both conceptual and technical components of blockchain projects: 1.
The Digital Reserve, 2. Reforest to reunify. In the Digital Reserve, my role was to design a machine learning algorithm for credit scoring microloans in collaboration with several credit unions in Liberia. For Reforest to Reunify, my goal was to design a sustainable reunification project that could help support and improve sentiments between gen x,y and z on reunify the Korea's. The project was designed to be a carbon-trading project that would generate income for those who invest in the planting of trees as well as the north Korean farmers who would maintain the trees and sell products like ginseng on the open market. I have written blogs on both the economic and legal consequences of different types of projects aimed at international development.

In my entrepreneurial tenure, my most successful company was DebtLESS Community. This company was designed to build a symbiotic relationship between local/state governments, local businesses and community members to leverage their collective power to help bolster local business and subsequently collectively pay down debt. My role required me to work closely with each group to look for appropriate incentives for all. I have also served on the board of several non-profit organizations

A more complete bio can be found here and my Linkedin is here.

Reason for putting in my name

The common thread between all of my professional and academic work is a strong focus connection between social sciences and technology, the impacts both have on each other, and the understanding of the need for identifying strong stakeholder alignment. I believe that I can help support the efforts of delineating between governance and management and supporting a more sustainable ecosystem that can also be interoperable at the social layer with external stakeholders.

I have not been as active as others like: WB, Mike B, Niels, etc.. I believe there any of these would be great contributions to the community council! I was asked by several members to throw my name in, and would be more than willing to get the ball moving the best of my ability if elected.

I do believe that my election will help to further legitimize a partnership with the W&M Blockchain Lab and provide more opportunities for better leveraging our network to support the direction of the protocol.

If elected, I would like to explore how traditional analytics in marketing, operations, hr and accounting could better support efficiency at the protocol. In particular supporting the efforts to formalize decision support systems that can help:
1. Keep track of internal and external communication will drastically reduce the need manually audit different communication channels to understand thematic and sentiment changes.
2. While not a traditional business, people data that can be collected and tracked across channels can give insights that have proven to be helpful for analyzing performance of existing and potential performance of new talent entering as developers, ANO's an guides
3. Operations research models will help with optimization and decision making under uncertainty and help to establish good policy on when, where and how to spend collective pools of money.


I have stated before the edit that I believe 1000 FCT/MO would be sufficient for the role at current price. The caveat being the time commitment, accountability and exploration of performance based rewards rather than solely static salary. I would be more than willing to negotiate that range within reason or donate FCT back to the protocol in some way if certain monthly expectations were not met.

Conflicts of interest

I am the Director of the W&M Blockchain Lab, however I do not see a conflict of interest in supporting this council position

I want to thank everyone for their time. I am excited to see the future of this governance and management revolution regardless who wins. There are some great names applying! Good luck everyone.
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This is a question I will ask everyone:

Given the council is primarily responsible for the mission statement and oversight and thus operates more at a tactical level can you give me some examples or experience you have in this area or something that as closely resembles this role?

Basically why are you the right person for this job?
This is a question I will ask everyone:

Given the council is primarily responsible for the mission statement and oversight and thus operates more at a tactical level can you give me some examples or experience you have in this area or something that as closely resembles this role?

Basically why are you the right person for this job?
Thanks Niels. I would be happy to answer this question. The first thing I would like to say is, I think this role is both strategic and tactical. Being responsible for the mission statement and vision is definitely a large part of strategic planning. The specific steps it takes to achieve that is the tactical part. I have been involved in both processes in my most previous role of the Lab, and have filled this role at several organizations previously. I will use the Lab as an example for brevity.

Strategic Planning

Prior to the creation of the Lab, I established a proposal on the potential direction of the Lab. This included identifying:
  1. The relevant stakeholders.
    1. Why? You need buy-in from the executive committee to implement new projects.
  2. Establishing the mission and vision.
    1. How? This required an in-depth understanding of the current blockchain research lab market, and an understanding of the intellectual resources available at W&M.
    2. Knowing the W&M is a strong liberal arts university with its own mission to increase multi-disciplinary research, I focused my attention on ensuring that the Lab will help maintain that standard as well as promote that agenda.
    3. This meant identifying specific areas of the blockchain space that W&M could excel in. Supply chain, governance, regulatory, and social impact research were all areas that W&M had existing expertise and could merge with the emerging blockchain realm. While W&M has a strong CS and Math program, it does not have many cryptographic researchers, so focusing attention on super technical components would have served little benefit at the time.

Summary: During this process I discovered who was needed, what the mission was, and what the objective and goals were. In March. 2020, I was given the opportunity to explore exactly what this would like to achieve the goal.

Tactical Planning

During the tactical planning stage, identifying the resources, timeline, and actions were addressed. Working with the Entrepreneurship Center and the Global Research Institute, we employed the Objective and Key Result (OKR) framework. This helped to identify grand objectives and very specific metrics to measure our success. With each objective there are measurable tasks that can be quantified, creating bite sized successes and moving the meter on the key results.

For the Lab we continue to operate on 6 month sprints and choose several objectives which we believe can be supported during that time period. We also have a task list that would support each OKR. Refer to PDF for a snapshot from the Lab and a task list. The task list is related to the OKR by assuming that there is a causal relationship between our actions taken achieving the objectives. In the example provided in the PDF, we believed that establishing an advisory board would help with increasing Lab exposure and helping to raise funds, two objectives of the Lab. The hypothesis held.

Additionally, most research in the business management realm deals with the appropriate identification of a business problem. This problem is usually the consequence of an existing gap between the mission statement and business outcomes. Our goal in this research is about how a new intervention, whether it be governance or a new technology, will realign the mission, vision, objectives and outcomes. While this all sounds self-evident, what we are honestly after in research and for the protocol is an algorithmic way of achieving direction or realignment.

To answer the last question about whether I am the right person for the job. I certainly believe that I have all of the professional tools, but I think that WB has better captured the heart of this community and also has the professional chops. For that reason, I am certain that the community will not see me as the right person for this particular job, but I will support this new governance body in whichever way you all find appropriate.

Thank you for your time and consideration!


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