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The Ethereum Foundation
The Ethereum Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered as
‘Stiftung Ethereum’ in Switzerland whose mission is to:
Promote and support Ethereum platform and base layer research, development and
education to bring decentralized protocols and tools to the world that empower developers to
produce next generation decentralized applications (dapps), and together build a more
globally accessible, more free and more trustworthy Internet.184
The Foundation’s job is to manage the funds raised in the Ether pre-sale
in any way that furthers Ethereum. Mainly it pays the core development
team a salary, but it also offers grants to developers to tackle specific
problems. For instance, in March 2018, grants were awarded to fund
projects that provided scaling and security solutions to Ethereum185.
Vitalik Buterin, known as the creator of Ethereum, sits on the council of
the foundation, and the foundation has a great deal of influence into the
roadmap of Ethereum. In theory, Ethereum participants (miners,
bookkeepers) don’t have to implement any software changes made by the
Foundation, but in practice they do.
Ethereum Enterprise Alliance
The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance is a non-profit industry group
launched in March 2017 whose goal seems to be to make Ethereum
suitable for enterprise use. From their materials, it is hard to understand
whether this means businesses using the public Ethereum blockchain, or
if it means adapting the Ethereum code to make it suitable for industry
use cases.
The website186 says:
The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance connects Fortune 500 enterprises, startups, academics, and
technology vendors with Ethereum subject matter experts. Together, we will learn from and
build upon the only smart contract supporting blockchain currently running in real world
production—Ethereum—to define enterprise-grade software capable of handling the most
complex, highly demanding applications at the speed of business.
From the website the vision of the EEA is to:
• Be an open source standard, not a product
• Address enterprise deployment requirements
• Evolve in tandem with advances in public Ethereum
• Leverage existing standards
Unfortunately, I could not find any further detail as to what this means.
The mission of the Alliance states:
• EEA is a 501 (c) (6) non-profit corporation.
• A clear roadmap for enterprise features and requirements.
• Robust governance model and accountability, clarity around IP and
licensing models for open source technology.
• Resources for businesses to learn about Ethereum and leverage this
groundbreaking technology to address specific industry use cases.
Its members are an impressive list of large established companies as well
as new startups. The launch members were:

Members pay between $3,000 and $25,000 in annual dues for which
they get the following benefits:

The EEA website also explains why prospective members should join the
EEA:

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