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RightMesh AMA Answers

Thank you for your interest in our project and for submitting questions over the past week for our first AMA!
 
Please see below for our answers. Question thread available here. If you would like further clarification on any of the below, please join our Telegram channel to speak directly with the team.
 
The RightMesh Team
 
 
 

I like you guys the most because you're a BCORP with a great purpose, but what does your organization do better than the competition? Thank you.

 
Thank you for your kind words about our B Corp status, it’s something we pride ourselves on at Left and RightMesh! For those who are not familiar, Left, the parent company of RightMesh, is a certified B-Corp and has won numerous awards for community engagement and corporate culture. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. As a certified B Corp, Left is committed to doing business “right” – for the good of all. There are over 2,400 B Corps in over 50 countries, covering 130 industries. Some notable B Corps include Ben & Jerry’s, Warby Parker, Patagonia, Etsy, Plum Organics, and of course, Left!
 
We believe there are several differentiating factors about RightMesh, spanning from our organization to our technology. These include:
 
 

Culture & Values:

 
Left’s founders, Chris Jensen and John Lyotier, had a dream to create a company built on core values and an anything-is-possible attitude that can make this planet a better place. We have been recognized as the “Best Employer in BC (British Columbia, Canada)” by Small Business BC, and we are a two-time winner of the BC Tech Community Engagement Award. All employees get to participate in our “Dream Program” in which the company supports us to fulfil our personal dreams and ambitions, and we are given unlimited work hours for volunteering in our community.
 

Team Expertise:

 
The RightMesh team consists of over 100 PhDs, Scientists, Developers, Entrepreneurs, Business Strategists and other experts who have in-depth expertise in Mesh technologies, blockchain and building successful businesses.
 
RightMesh has offices in Vancouver, Canada and Khulna, Bangladesh. We also have project contributors and partners working from Zug, Switzerland and Los Angeles, United States.
 
A key differentiating factor is the fact that our team has strong experience in scaling teams which will be extremely important to the success of RightMesh in the future following our TGE.
 

Executive Team Overview

 
John Lyotier, Co-founder and CEO  
Co-Founder & CEO, RightMesh. John is one of the co-founders and is a key contributor to the global strategy, vision, and technology roadmap for RightMesh, its parent company Left, and all its subsidiary brands. John is an entrepreneur and a successful marketer with more than 20 years of experience in promoting, launching, designing, and jumpstarting new businesses and products through innovative marketing concepts. Under his leadership, the parent company, Left, has gained a national reputation as being a “Best Workplace” award winner while being the first back-to-back recipient of the BC Tech Association’s Tech Impact Award for Community Engagement, recognizing the best company in BC for balancing “Work, Life, and Play”. With RightMesh, he is focused on bringing connectivity to the next billion.
 
Chris Jensen, Co-founder and COO  
Chris began his career in the UK working for multinationals and banks and continued in the banking and brokerage industry upon moving to Canada. He has a strong understanding of the finance markets and has lived the pain of raising capital for early stage companies during the beginning stages of growth, from 25 to 80+ employees. He has founded several start-up companies in his career. In his role as CEO for Left and COO at RightMesh, Chris thrives on understanding the big picture and on moving the levers that drive the company forward. This includes financing, strategic partnerships, and corporate development. Chris holds a BSc (Honours) in Economics and History from Queen Mary University of London.
 
Dr. Jason Ernst, CTO and Chief Networking Scientist  
Jason holds a PhD in the field of Mesh Networking and Heterogeneous Wireless Networks as well as a M.Sc. on Scheduling Techniques for Wireless Mesh Networks, both from the Applied Computing faculty at the University of Guelph. An adjunct professor at the University of Guelph, Jason has more than 30 published papers on wireless networks, cognitive agents, FPGAs, and soft-computing topics and has presented his research at international conferences around the world. Jason is the only Canadian member of the ACM Future of Computing Academy and a member of their executive committee. Prior to joining Left, Jason was the CTO of Redtree Robotics, which designed robots that made use of multiple radio technologies to ensure pervasive connectivity to each other and their operators.
 
Dr. David Wang, Applied Research Engineering Scientist  
Dr. Zehua Wang is the Chief Micropayment Scientist at RightMesh. He received Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. He received his master and bachelor degrees in Computer Engineering and Software Engineering, respectively. He holds a research fellow position in UBC. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed book chapters and papers in topics of mobile ad-hoc networks, blockchain technology, the Internet of Things, and the fifth-generation wireless networks. He has expertise of using optimization and game theories to solve economic problems. He was a recipient of Four-Year-Fellowship and awarded the Graduate Support Initiative Award at UBC. In industry, he has about 10 years experiences of software development. In academia, he served as the technical program committee (TPC) Co-chair of IEEE International Workshop in Smart Multimedia and TPC members in many international conferences, including IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, and IEEE VTC, etc. He is a member of IEEE.
 
Saju Abraham, Chief Product Officer  
Saju is a seasoned professional in the realm of mobile and wireless technologies having worked with customers, partners and teams across 19 countries in organizations such as Lucent Technologies, Movius, NEC, OnMobile and Telefónica. His passion for building great products stemmed from his multifaceted experience as a software engineer, architect and product manager, and he currently thrives in bringing multiple cross-functional and cross-cultural teams together to cohesively execute the product strategy for RightMesh. His credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a Postgraduate degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
 
Melissa Quinn, Corporate Development Manager  
Melissa’s passion to empower people to be their best selves is why she has immersed herself in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and mesh technology world. Heading up Corporate Development for RightMesh, Melissa works closely with the team while constantly seeking Partners, Advisors, and other game changers who are aligned with our vision. She has a BBA from SFU, a background in HR, and a strong desire to put innovative technology at the forefront of doing business as a force for good.
 
Rakib Islam, Co-Founder and CTO of Left  
In his role as CTO, Rakib sets the pace for Left’s application development initiatives, including key recruitment of engineering and mobile technologists. Rakib leads Left Technologies Pty Ltd, Left’s ISO-9000 certified subsidiary in Bangladesh. An active member of BASIS (Bangladesh Association for Software and Information Services), he frequently travels abroad to present an example of the ‘new’ Bangladesh and speak about economic empowerment. Rakib’s credentials include a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Applications from Pune University, India, as well as being a participant in the US Department of State Professional Fellows Program for Young Entrepreneurs at the University of Oklahoma.
 
Tracy McDonald, Director, Talent & Culture  
With over 10 years working with people to grow their potential, Tracy is passionate about creating dynamic teams that facilitate business growth and positive culture. As an early Lefty, she was instrumental in scaling up the team to over 80 people, without losing the culture that makes Left special and unique. Tracy’s coaching and development work with the Lefties has been recognized with many awards including “Best Workplace in BC” and Community Engagement Winner from the BC Tech Association. Her dedication to making Left a premier workplace, was further recognized when Left became a certified B Corporation. Tracy’s belief in the potential of people allows her to lead with compassion, integrity, and trust. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University.
 
Dana Harvey, Chief Communications Officer  
Dana harnesses the power of words and technology to engage audiences and compel them to action. As a communications professional with 25+ years’ experience in global markets, Dana combines strong strategic skills with out-of-the-box thinking and the unique ability to craft omnichannel content that resonates and inspires. She has helped large corporations like Nortel, Motorola and IBM develop new markets, managed an international advertising agency, and guided multiple businesses to success through her own communications consultancy. Dana is also an experienced public speaker, passionate about sharing her knowledge and motivating audiences. As an advocate for the full participation of women in all communities, she is especially interested in exploring the positive social and economic impacts RightMesh will bring to women in developing nations and around the world. Dana is co-founder of the Women’s Collaborative Hub, an organization that empowers youth and women from diverse backgrounds. Her credentials include a BA (Honours) in Communications and a Post Baccalaureate Masters (Dean’s List) in Asian Management.
 
Alyse Killeen, Executive Strategist  
Alyse is Managing Partner of StillMark Co. and StillMark Capital, and is one of the very first traditional venture investors to participate as an investor and advisor in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems. In 2015, the UN Foundation named her a Top 70 Bay Area Digital Leader, and in 2016, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), a university under the ambit of Singapore’s national Ministry of Education, appointed Alyse as a Fintech Fellow. In 2017, International Business Times (IBT) recognized Alyse’s contribution to the development of the blockchain ecosystem by including her in the 4th position of IBT’s “VCs Powering the Blockchain Boom” List, following Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, and Naval Ravikant of AngelList and MetaStable. Alyse has presented internationally, been featured in many reputable publications, authored a book chapter in the award-winning Handbook of Digital Currency titled “The Confluence of Bitcoin and the Global Sharing Economy”, and in 2017 contributed to the next book in the series, Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion (2017), co-authoring “Global Financial Institutions 2.0” with Dr. R. Chan of the World Bank. In her role as Executive Strategist, Alyse consults with the executive team, including on the development of the team’s network within the blockchain community and introduction to ecosystem leaders.
 

Our Advisors:

 
Our advisory team consists of advisors who believe in the long lasting success of the project. They have been carefully selected to help built RightMesh over multiple years of operation and are not involved solely for the token generation event.
 
Our advisors include:
 
 

Academic Research:

 
Academic research has been core to the design and development of RightMesh thus far, and will continue to be a key driver for us in the future. RightMesh works closely with Universities on academic research on mesh networks, blockchain technology, and payment channels. We are working on research with the University of British Columbia on density simulation and payment channel development. Since early 2017, we’ve been conducting research on mesh networks and connectivity in Arctic / remote regions with:
 
 
We've received grants from NSERC, MITACS and CIRA to support pilot programs thus far and are submitting a MITACS cluster grant to support over 100 graduate student units over the next 3-5 years. This research covers everything from how to design relevant mesh apps in the communities the mesh is operating in, to performance evaluation of the network protocols, to scalability of micropayment channels.
 

Technology:

 
It is also important how the mesh is designed for scalability reasons. Most mesh networking solutions are built around a store and forward and broadcast mechanism. This mechanism is not scalable and congests the network causing complete breakdown of the network. Even a small amount of devices can quickly cause exponential traffic resulting in extremely high delay and low effective throughput for apps running on broadcast protocols. In the RightMesh network, devices directly communicate with another device, and make smart routing decisions along the way.
 
RightMesh implements autonomous role topology/mesh creation layer - which means devices in the RightMesh network will autonomously detect each other and connect - user intervention in the network role is minimized .
 

Other key tech differentiators include:

 
We don't broadcast data. We compute a route between devices. Our protocol was built to use multiple paths (most use a single path and have long recovery times on a broken connection). The RightMesh network protocols can failover, or use multiple paths at the same time. RightMesh doesn't require the phone to be rooted. RightMesh doesn't require extra hardware. RightMesh can share existing Wi-Fi or Cellular Data, many others can only share Cellular Data.
 
 

Partners & Affiliations:

 
 
Answer provided by the RightMesh Team
 
 

Hello, First, congratulations on the big idea! I'm definitely a supporter. (1/2) My question is how far are you into testing your mesh network?

 
Thank you! We’ve spent the last 1.5 years or so building the protocol stack from the ground up, and so most of the testing that has been done has been around testing the functionality of the stack - including node discovery, single-hop and multi-hop communication, multi-path routing, forming mesh networks with heterogeneous wireless links, and app integration.
 
And over time, we steadily have been improving our end-to-end reliable communications protocol. The protocol originally achieved somewhere on the order of a few kbps when we first started because we did e2e acks on every packet. We have since moved to sliding window and selective ack mechanism which has allowed the performance to climb closer to the Mbps range. However, we still have more work to do in order to achieve the theoretical maximums of the individual links (and even faster if combining links).
 
In terms of testing of the scale of a RightMesh network, we've tested with up to 10 hops on a single path, but can likely support more. Right now the largest offline mesh we've had is 30 devices, limited only by the number of devices we had available at that moment in time.
 
Building a performance evaluation framework is one of our next immediate and important tasks, where we can evaluate the performance of the network under various test conditions - for example how the network behaves based on density, and how does the number of hops impact the response time and data that flows through the network.
 

(2/2) Can I assume I'll only be able to participate if I'm in the surrounding locations? For example: Someone in Indonesia is using RightMesh to try and connect to the internet. Is there a possibility for me to help them if I live in a different country? Thank you and keep up the good work.

 
To be a participant in a RightMesh network, you will have to be in close vicinity with another RightMesh powered node (smartphone) in order to be connected to a network. However, it will be possible for community members to operate devices that provide a “superpeer” layer. These would be fixed nodes with stable, reliable, and ideally fast internet connections. They would provide relaying between different geographically separate meshes - for instance between two neighbourhoods that are too far apart for one mesh to cover them both. They would be required to provide tokens in order to facilitate the channels that need to be made between the buyers and sellers. This would allow them to charge a fee for having their tokens locked up in the channels.
 
We will also open source the superpeer, so people will be able to work off our reference superpeer implementation and build their own custom superpeers. This would let them control the strategy the superpeer uses to allocate tokens into channels. We expect to have a release of the superpeer which supports payment channels by next week. At this point in time the solution is proof-of-concept stage, but some testing has been done to support two meshes communicating with each other through a superpeer where the data seller in each mesh is compensated by buyers in each mesh.
 
Answers provided by Dr. Jason Ernst, CTO and Chief Networking Scientist & Saju Abraham, Chief Product Officer
 
 

What do you see as the biggest challenge with taking your technology to market and hitting your usegrowth targets?

 
Density is the biggest challenge of mesh technologies, and one of the reasons why token economies are required to incentivize users to share their signal when it is available.
 
We are looking to bring in users into the RightMesh ecosystem through the work they do in the network, and provide them economic incentives that will encourage further action. What defines work? Being a part of a relay node in the network for instance - that reduces barriers to entry. Or incentivizing users for taking actions in the app or to consume content such as ads. The more opportunities there are for users to earn, the more people that will join, the more developers that will join the ecosystem, leading to more opportunities, and the network effects loop should grow stronger.
 
Answer provided by Saju Abraham, Chief Product Officer & Aldrin D’souza, Product Manager
 
 

(1/3) What is the theoretical maximum mesh size?

 
There isn't really a theoretical limit. We don't have any hard caps on devices in our code, however locally there may be limitations from individual phones. For instance, I've seen some phones in hotspot mode which only support 6 clients connected to it. On other phones sometimes, as few as 3-4 BT connections. So there are some constraints on the topology and the maximum number of connections one device may have, but it is limited more by the devices, the chipset and Android, rather than our software. We can also get around some of these limitations still using our switching technology, however, this will have a noticeable impact on delay.
 

(2/3) Does the transfer rate for users slow as the mesh size increases?

 
This is less a function of the number of users, or devices, and more a function of the demand on the network. A network with many devices and few users actually requesting traffic may perform better than a small network where all of the users are requesting lots of traffic. There is some overhead in the protocol to maintain the connectivity of devices, however this will be minimal in impact compared to the load of traffic from all of the devices. It also depends on where the traffic is going. If it internal to the mesh it may be possible with a dense mesh that RightMesh could support high throughput internally. The bottlenecks would likely occur in cases where there is lots of traffic which requires the Internet, and there are too few people willing to sell or donate Internet data into the network. Compared to other meshes howevever because RightMesh can support multiple paths, we can split the load across all available Internet connections rather than doing something more naiive like rely only on the closest one, for example.
 

(3/3) How do you plan to test a large scale mesh prior to launch?

 
There is lots that we can do with simulation, or combining simulations with some real devices. We also have a large team in Bangladesh that can help support field tests in some very different environment that we are used to in Vancouver.
 
Further, we are working with researchers at UBC and Guelph so that graduate students can apply some of the latest research methods in simulation and performance evaluation to RightMesh. (I myself have a PhD that relied heavily in this area, and we have several other PhDs on the team who can provide expertise to graduate students in this area. We are also working with some other top researchers in this area who will help in ensure we are straining and breaking the network as much as possible before launch).
 
To be more specific, it will be a combination of stressing various components of the system one at a time, along with tests that stress all of the components at once. We are also building software that can automate various scenarios to test how the phones and the library can handle different topologies and connectivity. Before we consider it ready for launch however, we'll need some wide scale tests with real devices and real traffic. This will likely happen by working with friendly partners who believe in the benefits of what the mesh can provide in very localized applications (think a train schedule app in a crowded city for example). This will inevetiably result in parts of the protocol breaking, which will iteratively repair.
 
Once we are satisfied that the network as a whole can maintain stability, tokens properly account for the data being used (verified on the public testnets), and that users of these early partner apps are having a good user experience, we will deploy to the public network.
 
Answers provided by Dr. Jason Ernst, CTO and Chief Networking Scientist
 
 

Have you had direct interest from large enterprise clients wishing to use the mesh technology in their apps/content strategy as yet, or are you having to reach out to them to generate interest?

 
Yes, RightMesh has been receiving direct inquiries from major corporations and organizations every day. These companies are largely interested in reaching emerging markets and regions where connectivity is an issue, and has been inaccessible until now. Mesh technology, being so new, will enable new types of applications to emerge that have not previously been possible, so proof of concepts for both RightMesh and partners will be a key focus. We’re actively in discussion with companies who are interested in integrating RightMesh into mobile applications, dApps, IoT devices and other hardware products to develop pilot projects.
 
In addition to these inbound inquiries, we have an outbound strategy as well, where we’ve identified key verticals that would benefit from mesh enabled applications. In the near term, over the next year while we harden the RightMesh protocol, we plan to focus on working with partners who provide services like emergency communications, distance education, medical services, and messaging applications, to name a few.
 
We see the need to work with a variety of different types of partners from international NGOs to brand names in order to test various use cases (ex. emergency medical alerts or content distribution from content providers). Our partnership strategy will evolve over time as our protocol matures.
 
We will publish announcements as per our effective disclosure policy once anything is material.
 
If your organization is interested in discussing a partnership or collaboration with RightMesh, we'd love to hear from you! Please email us at [email protected].
 
Answer provided by Brianna MacNeil, Product Manager, Blockchain
 
 

First let me say this product is revolutionary, I know if availability is solved there is no reason not to use this. My question is regarding your choice of an erc20 token, wasn't it more suitable to choose something like IOTA for constant payment of internet access? Are you planning for the payments to be made every second per MB consumed or something like that? Thanks

 

Related question: How exactly to you intend to use microtransactions considering high Tx fees from the Ethereum network?

 
Thank you very much for your feedback!
 
First, for context, let’s explain why and how RightMesh is using blockchain technology. Firstly, the protocol is integrated with Ethereum to uniquely identify each node (smartphone/device) in the mesh network by assigning it a MeshID in a similar way that a MAC address is assigned an IP address. Secondly, participation in the network is incentivized through an ERC20 token, called RMESH, and the network uses a custom implementation of µRaiden to allow for micropayments of micro amounts of data in the network.
 
We are supporters of Ethereum and its strong development community. Scalability and reducing transaction fees are two of the biggest challenges that the Ethereum community is working on now. But, while that is happening, we have also been looking at our own protocol design to minimize the need of Ethereum transactions and tackle the problem of scalability.
 
Every microtransaction that occurs on a RightMesh network does not need to be secured on the blockchain - that is vastly inefficient. That’s why we’ve been relying on a payment channel design based on µRaiden that allow micro transactions to occur in the network between nodes without transaction fees, and not being dependant on the blockchain for every transaction. We think this has to be a joint community effort, and so we’ve published the work we’ve done in porting the µRaiden libraries to Java to be used in our Android libraries.
 
We also believe that being a part of the Ethereum community also means contributing to it and helping it to move forward.
 
We hope that the work we have been doing on µRaiden and porting the libraries to other languages - specifically Java so it could be used in Android applications - will benefit other projects who plan to use the Ethereum network for microtransactions: https://github.com/RightMesh/microraiden-java
 
Answer provided by Saju Abraham, Chief Product Officer
 
 

If Google/Alphabet succeed with Project Loon, will this damage RightMesh's market?

 
If Google’s Project Loon succeeds, it would be a win for everyone and the planet. The same goes for the SpaceX satellite initiatives, the OneWeb project, Facebook’s global internet initiatives, 5G networks, and the success of other mesh networking technologies in the blockchain space.
 
We each share the goal of bringing connectivity to the nearly 4 billion people who do not have access to internet and connectivity. At the end of the day, we, RightMesh, aim to lift millions out of poverty by providing them with access to the societal and economic benefits afforded by the internet and access to information. This is not something that can be solved by one entity. It will take the combination of different solutions and approaches to make this a reality.
 
One major strength of RightMesh is that we can solve last mile connectivity, which is incidentally complementary to many other projects in the space. There is a good opportunity for us to potentially collaborate with some forward-thinking wireless companies, MVNOs, and corporations working on global connectivity projects, to provide last mile delivery.
 
Answer provided by John Lyotier, CEO & Brianna MacNeil, Product Manager, Blockchain
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