I wonder if fast-moving private units could form around projects such as the EVM, Ethereum 1x, usability, privacy, etc. with investors and experienced startup leads.
These units would be structured in the same manner to reduce confusion. The work, kept proprietary, with a legal agreement that regular releases are made to public under an open source license in 3 years.
Hence, “3 Years To Open”, or 3YTO.
Ethereum ecosystem teams e.g. EF-funded projects, ConsenSys projects, etc. could get preferred access to the work, but have to pay far more than if they had granted full funding early-on.
3YTO units would be free to sell access to the work to anyone, including Ethereum competitors, but the 3 year open source release rule would have to be maintained.