Former CTO of SushiSwap writes brief reflections on leadership errors at DEX

On Friday, Joseph Delong, former chief technology officer of the decentralized exchange or DEX, SushiSwap, published a brief reflection on his experiences during his tenure.

Delong unilaterally resigned two days earlier, citing internal structural chaos among the developers of the popular DEX.. To justify your decision, Delong cited failures in scaling operations, a lack of organizational capacity, problematic employees and poor communication as the main reasons. Delong received the most praise, both on Twitter and among blockchain personalities, for going public with his experience and learning from his mistakes.

According to Delong, he didn’t inform the sushi community when issues arose between the developers he led, nor did he engage sufficiently with users to forge a relationship with the project. In addition, Delong talked about using his personal Twitter presence to share his feelings about the SushiSwap developments. This was a decision that polarized the SushiSwap community. Some users praised him for being authentic with his feelings, while others described the move as unprofessional or inconsiderate to those involved.

Former CTO of SushiSwap writes brief reflections on leadership errors at DEX
Former CTO of SushiSwap writes brief reflections on leadership errors at DEX

Before joining SushiSwap as CTO, Delong was a Senior Software Engineer at ConsenSys. Thanks in part to his leadership, SushiSwap has become the 13th largest DEX by trading volume. However, the protocol has also faced setbacks.

Summing up the experience, Delong said:

I believe the imperfect birth of sushi has created additional problems and in my next project I will have the opportunity to structure an organization to empower contributors. Thank you for letting me run sushi during this time and I wish you the best of luck.

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