Jorge talks about what excites him the most about Aragon, and the road ahead
I have interviewed my cofounder Jorge --- Aragon's Tech Lead --- and asked him about the Ethereum community, his workspace and the road ahead.
L: Hey Jorge, nice to be doing this interview. Can you introduce yourself for the people who don't know about you or Aragon?
Thanks Luis, this is a bit weird, don't you think? 😅
As you said my name is Jorge and I serve as the Technology Lead in Aragon, which basically means if something breaks or it doesn't work is probably my fault.
I love building stuff and I am very passionate about helping make the web this game-changing decentralized technology that will make the human race thrive, rather than what it has turn to be today, this centralized thing controlled by 5 companies that is being used for mass manipulation and sharing silly stories with filters.
L: Do you remember when we first met or what our first conversation was about?
I don't actually, but the Internet never forgets so let me look for the first time I tweeted at you.
Twitter search can find very embarrassing stuff 😲
So yeah, that was me 6 years ago when I was getting into tech, 'fan-girling' about Luis' resumé and his efforts with Asturix. We became friends talking over the internet about programming as there wasn't any people in our 'phisical' circles interested in tech.
L: You were pretty well known in the Apple community. What do you think about the Ethereum community and which one do you like the most?
I had been pretty involved in the Apple app developer community for 5 years and have made tons of friends through it.
But what I have been amazed by the Ethereum community is the amount of really interesting people that are debating over tons of very important ideas. The barrier of entry to the community is very low and I have personally felt pretty welcomed all the time.
I'm having more fun that I have ever had in my career, because the most important discussions are not about what is The Correct Way™ to write a JSON parser, drawing buttons on a screen or to know the difference between a Monad and a Monoid, but is people discussing about how do we build new societal structures for the next century using this awesome piece of tech.
L: We have been working for many years together now, to the point that we are extremely productive. What do you think are key tips to get products and tech built very quick?
I think the most important thing that makes us so productive is trust and respect for each others work. We don't revise or micro-manage each other work because we know we always make our best. In case something needs modifying, we don't let pride get in the way and ideas are taken at their face value.
I would also say we are pretty pragmatic. We don't do too much early optimizations and try not to over-engineer. Even though we love technical correctness, product and function always come first.
Also letting ourselves to self-organize, set priorities and work at our own pace without scrums, meetings, retrospectives, estimates, budgetting or bureaucracy makes the workplace more dynamic and productive. We will have to adopt a bit more of structure now that we are growing the team, but always respecting these values.
L: There's a lot of work to do. What are the things you cannot wait to work on?
I can't wait to ship all the work we have been doing on Aragon Stories. It will allow you to see what your blockchain friends are working on today, what are they researching about or what are they hacking. It is very exciting. Can't wait for all the people at r/bitcoin to join Aragon Stories, the trolling will be so much human and fun!
Sneak peek at Aragon Stories 🚀
Joking aside, the thing I'm most excited about building is the Aragon Modules system so organizations can plug-in frontend or backend (contract level) modules that will make their organization work exactly as they want.
Aligning the incentives of module developers and users is going to be a very interesting problem to solve, but if we manage to get tons of people building things for Aragon, the things that could be created would be great.
Some things that could be built would be frontend plugins, like a Multisig interface or even Aragon Stories (I'm afraid we wont be building it ourselves😿). At the contract level, much more interesting things can be done such as creating different governance mechanisms or making components that make Aragon useful for running specific types of organizations such as non-profits or asset management firms.
L: Why do you think what we're building is crucial for the world?
Aragon enables people in remote and depressed regions of the world to enter the new decentralized world economy.
It is not just about making business more efficient, having automatic accounting or giving people the power to decide where/whether to pay taxes, which are all great.
It is about allowing people that are marginalized by race, gender, their origin country or their age to enter the global economy and transact as a 'first class world citizen'.
L: You have a kick-ass workspace. Can you share it with us?
Thanks dude, sure!
My tea making facility and my dartboard are key to keeping me focused during the day
I use a triple monitor setup powered by a 2015 15" Macbook Pro which is a tremendous piece of hardware. My main monitor is a Dell U2515H which has great pixel density and the mate screen is amazing. I use an old 1080p Samsung display for auxiliary tasks.
The great thing about this setup is that I keep everything in just one machine I can take with me when I work out of the office, without compromising too much on power.
My desk is the IKEA Skarsta manual standing desk which I really like for working while standing for a couple hours in the afternoon.
I love coffee but I will drink just one in the morning and then I drink green tea during the day so I don't get too jittery.
L: I know we work a lot, but when having fun, which are the things you enjoy?
My drone workshop
I find FPV droning very exciting and I build my drone own drone and race it sometimes. The feeling of putting the First Person View goggles on, lifting off the drone you have built and start racing it at more 80 km/h with the feeling that you are piloting in the cockpit is quite awesome (and very dangerous).
I enjoy running and reading too, which are two sources of high-level ideas that are hard to get if you are just too busy working.
Regarding real fun, I love Ibiza and I would love to help organize a crypto conference there.
This was Jorge, Tech Lead at Aragon. Follow Jorge on Twitter.