The VeChain Foundation
The VeChain Foundation, founded July 2017 in Singapore, is the overseeing body of the VeChainThor Blockchain and ecosystem. The Foundation acts as a governing body for real time decision making and is responsible for the growth of the platform. The VeChain Foundation envisions a trust-free and distributed business ecosystem to enable transparent information flow, efficient collaboration, and high-speed value transferring.
Even though decentralization is the cornerstone of Blockchain technology, complete decentralization has been proven to have obvious defects in every applied method, including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Idealized decentralization is an Utopia even to the crypto and Blockchain world.
We believe in the balance of decentralization and centralization on which the platform’s governance model is designed. The balance between centralization and decentralization will vary as the ecosystem matures, with a more centralized structure at the start to enable rapid development and adoption, while slowly giving more and more power to the community as the ecosystem matures.
The stakeholders of the VeChain Foundation are the owners of VET as well as Smart Contract Owners. The voting authority each stakeholder has depends on their role and VET holdings. Stakeholders vote on important decisions such as the election of the Steering Committee, or modifications to the VeChainThor blockchain like the consensus mechanism or technical parameters.
Voting is done on the VeVote platform. Learn more about VeChain’s Governance model by reading the VeChain Foundation Governance Charter (Dec, 2019).
The Board of Steering Committee
The Board of Steering Committee is the governing body of the VeChain foundation. It represents the interest of all of VeChain’s stakeholders. The Steering Committee defines the strategy of the Foundation and selects the team leads of the various operational teams. The Committee currently consists of 7 members including the Founders as well as members from PwC and DNV GL. Every two years all stakeholders can vote on who takes place in the Steering Committee.
The Advisory Board
The role of the Advisory Board is to give advice to the steering committee and help them with the design, implementation, and vision of VeChain. The Advisory Board is selected based upon their wisdom and experience they can offer to the Foundation. Current members include Partners from PwC, Deloitte and members from Breyer Capital as well as Fenbushi Capital.
The VeChain team
The VeChain team currently consists of over 100 full-time employees of which half are blockchain developers. VeChain currently has 8 offices located in Asia, Europe and the United States. The VeChain team is expected to hire an additional 100+ employee’s in 2019.
You can read more about the VeChain team here.