Yes, that’s right.
There’s this parachain Phala. It used to be quite active in the last year, make some demo cases on the dot events, even launched a grants program, and then they went quiet.
The founders don’t really attend major events this year, aren’t enthusiastic about integrations within the ecosystem, etc. Zoe, who happens to manage the event bounty budget, is the one usually sent to these events. And by “manage,” I mean that teams often wait several months for a response. Some requests have been hanging for half a year without discussion.
It seems as if Phala has gone dormant. But that’s not the case. They’re now focusing on Polygon/Lens and the classic EVM infrastructure (check X). They’ve simply given up on Polkadot. If you visit their website, you can see a lot of logos of Polygon, Lens, Filecoin, TheGraph, Ethereum, and even BNB! Try to find DOT logo on their website!
Funy part: While Polkadot’s whales valiantly combats all manifestations of AI and LLM in the treasury (4 projects have already been penalized), the Phala team integrated LLM and took it to Lens and Graph.
And yes, they’re active with events (even with founders)
They recently had a major joint project with DeveloperDAO, showcasing use cases with Polygon and Lens.
I’m sure the team will do well. They’ll still formally attend Polkadot events they’re invited to, retweet about how awesome they are (it’s good and free, why not). Then, they’ll intensify their focus on cross-chains, add some LayerZero stuff, raise funds, and live happily (just like Manta).
But all this is “post-Polkadot”: they’re developing the EVM ecosystem and have chosen the centralized Polygon over the glorious and free Polkadot. Their use cases are outside the system, and their work focuses on other L1 and L2s.
Every successful parachain has cost the Polkadot ecosystem 10-15 unsuccessful ones (at least). Who will replace the successful ones? Where are the 10-15-20 new teams with fresh ideas?
Hence, the only crucial questions to discuss are “Where are the new teams and why is no one coming?” and "How can we retain those who’ve miraculously stayed?
Do you think we should introduce a section titled “#GONE” or “#DEADECO”?