Decentralized Voices Program - Kutsal (kukabi) | Helikon

Hello everyone. I’m Kutsal (kukabi), and I would like to announce my candidacy for the Decentralized Voices program.

I am the founder of Helikon, a crypto-native software development, validator and infrastructure services company based in Istanbul. We are a member of both Kusama and Polkadot Thousand Validators programs, and the IBP (Infrastructure Builders Program).

I hold a computer science background with 20 years of professional experience in the software industry. My career spans leadership and development positions across sectors such as fintech, defense, enterprise/B2B and GIS. I can confidently state that I have a strong intuition for project management and evaluation.

I joined the Polkadot ecosystem in early 2021 and have been actively engaged in development and governance ever since. Helikon’s software products and services alongside the related grants are:

  • SubVT (Substrate Validator Toolkit)
  • Chainviz, a real-time blockchain visualizer and early-stage block explorer, delivered under W3F Open Grant #1254.
  • Chainsynth, an early-stage real-time audio-visual synthesizer operating on live chain data.

I’m especially interested in supporting initiatives that involve:

  • Early-stage protocol and tooling development.
  • Research in various fields including software, business and marketing.
  • Creation of original, high quality educational and promotional content.
  • Artworks and creative coding.

What I seek in proposals are:

  • A convincing Return on investment (ROI) proposition.
  • A proven track record, especially for medium- to large-scale projects.
  • Transparency, accountability and measurability.
  • High levels of professionalism.

I consider nepotism and populism to be very harmful to the ecosystem, and I have been one of the first individuals to alert the Kusama community about the risks associated with a depleted treasury.

My goal is to bring a beneficial voice of experience and reason into governance through the Decentralized Voices program, and I’m looking forward to further contributing to the ecosystem.


Voting accounts:


Note: Voting accounts listed in the above post are going to delegate the Helikon parent accounts on both Kusama and Polkadot going forward. Please use the parent accounts below in case of delegation:

Polkadot: 15fTH34bbKGMUjF1bLmTqxPYgpg481imThwhWcQfCyktyBzL
Kusama: Cb3ZF5tmeTEDR44MRLAPH3agiv5ntLG6VMZ2U5x8QM3XkGY