What qualifies Huaqiang Wen to lead EOS Labs?
Huaqiang Wen emerged as a prominent figure in the EOS community, recently taking the helm as the leader of the EOS Labs initiative. Wen’s association with the EOS community is deep-rooted, and his expansive experience within the blockchain industry positions him as a force to be reckoned with.
Wen’s journey in the EOS ecosystem began back in 2018 when he was part of the eoshuobipool block producer team during the EOS super campaign. Here, he took on responsibilities related to node operations and voting agents. Over the years, Wen has notched up a series of achievements and affiliations that are a testament to his deep involvement and expertise. demonstrating his proactive contributions, he was instrumental in launching the Kylin testnet and co-founding BOScore, an Antelope based blockchain. As a founding, and current ENF board member, Wen has played a significant role in the organization’s undertakings. In addition, he has been instrumental in the formation and operation of EOS Network Ventures.
With a career that spans many years in the blockchain sector, Wen’s familiarity with the exchange and mining pool business is unmatched. His position as former CTO of Huobi pool allowed him to deeply understand the intricacies of the blockchain space. Since 2020, his focus has been sharpened on the development of Ethereum DeFi and the public chain ecology of exchanges, leading him to launch several DeFi products.
How will EOS Labs be funded?
Initially, the ENF has pledged to reallocate 25% of its funding (.5% inflation) to EOS Labs. We will invest funds in the incubation of the project team, and let the community and BP continue to supervise. In the future, should the Block Producers approve, we will appeal for a programmatic .5% of inflation to be directed to EOS Labs through eosio.saving.
Are there plans for KPIs to be tied to funding of the EOS Labs to assess the value add?
Right now the ENF is doing a lot of this work but is limited in what it can do and how it can do it because of its structure, similar to how the ENV is limited to investments. EOS Labs would be the bridge between, taking over many of the functions of business development from ENF. KPIs would be similar to how the ENF tracks them. We believe there would be better efficiency in budget, in the way that we’re running these programs, by separating out the roles. EOS Labs would, as an independent organization, be accountable to the Block Producers, in the same way that the ENF is.
For EOS Labs we have KPIs internally, TVL is a very important indicator. The daily user number and daily trade amount are also critical for us to track. We will mainly be focused on the metrics tracking overall ecosystem growth.
How does the mission of EOS Labs relate to, or overlap with the mission of EOS Network Ventures?
EOS Labs is more focused on incubation and research whereas the ENV is more focused on making investments. The separation of these roles is a compliance design. The ENV cannot perform all roles, such as business development. Some tasks, such as market research, overlap with the ENF, so Labs can take on some of those areas where deemed appropriate.
Will EOS Labs tend to develop a comprehensive ecology or is it more inclined to develop a certain sector first, such as NFT, DeFi, or GameFi?
Overall development is the target for the long run but currently EOS Labs is focusing on DEXs. Trading is the most important application and EOS Labs will be developing comprehensive data for DeFi, and will also continue developing GameFi.
Will there be a focus on EOS EVM or EOS Native development?
Given that the majority of DeFi development and associated deal flow is built around the EVM, EOS Labs’ initial focus will be on the EOS EVM. While the priority is on EOS EVM, Native EOS application development will also continue. EOS offers a trustless bridge allowing anyone to connect seamlessly between EOS and EOS EVM, so the choice is on the customer.
Concerns have been expressed that EOS Labs’ focus on the EOS EVM means giving up the development of the original EOS ecosystem and giving up the advantages of Antelope—this is not the case. In the near future, EOS Lab’s work will focus on EVM, because there are more developers and protocols in the EVM ecosystem, and for the moment, EOS needs them the most. The performance advantages of EOS EVM are undeniable, and it is precisely because of the powerful underlying layer of Antelope that one can understand the entire EOS EVM as a native APP on EOS. EOS EVM’s growth is also the growth of EOS Native.
Who will lead EOS Labs? What resources are required?
Huaqiang Wen will lead EOS Labs, along with a team of about five people, plus researchers and specialists. EOS Labs is currently welcoming referrals of those who are familiar with DeFi and GameFi, and soliciting resumes for positions in technical research, business development, and product management.
Is EOS Labs planning to take equity in exchange for investment, similar to a pre-seed VC? Or is it still more akin to grants?
In this formative stage it is too early to give specifics. EOS Labs will work to disclose more information around this topic as it becomes known.
How will EOS Labs be better than competing systems that are already available?
EOS Labs will attract more professional people from investment institutions, CEXs, media, etc. At the same time, Labs is data-driven and can quickly iterate solutions based on analysis of the latest information.
Are there any projects that EOS Labs has in mind for funding?
Yes, there are some projects EOS Labs is negotiating with. However, specific project details will remain confidential at this time.
Where will EOS Labs be incorporated, and what kind of entity will it be?
EOS Labs is still in the process of determining the most optimal structure to serve the needs of its mission.
How does EOS Labs intend to return value back to the EOS ecosystem?
By connecting web3 companies with crucial resources, insights, and infrastructure, and strengthening their prospects for success, EOS Labs will play an instrumental role in building bridges for more projects to launch on EOS and help to create a more prosperous EOS ecosystem.