Thank you for asking the community.
I am not into the debate about Solid +/- Inrupt, I believe it is natural that we need to boost now after all the years that have passed since the project started. To bring John onboard, a experience done it before entrepreneur with ton of contacts, and finance some critical things that the community needs to be able to move beyond the academical world, is a big step forward. As long as everything related to Solid as a technology is open source and based on standards, I am all in.
Besides sharing the vision of Solid, that my data should be owned by me and be able to controll who/what access it and when, the community around Solid+Inrupt is one of the best communities I have ever volunteered in. Mr Tim answers me and others when we have questions on Gitter, together with the rest of the Solids, Inrupters, I take of my hat to that any day of the week. Not to mention Ruben, the one man army, that is always one commit ahead of my thoughts Mitzi is here and there all the time answering questions, gathering suggestions etc… I could name drop all day, so I just stop here.
I have no questions to Inrupt at the moment, I think that many things are going in the right direction, but I do have some thoughts/suggestions:
Involve the community more, we are many high skilled people that are just waiting to aid, for example advising, giving feedback on current things such as the new UI, Data Browser, before you release them.
Be more open with plans, thoughts etc, involve the community more, I understand that might be difficult in this early stage, but It might get some people to stop worry so much where things are going.
Create ambassadors, that can help to spread the gospel world wide in each country/continent.
Involve incubator, students, innovators, etc… into Solid and/or Inrupt projects.
Conclusion is that there is lot of heart from the community in what Solid could be, Inrupt is a must be according to me, but maybe not to others, what we could all agree on, is that more community interaction anywhere it is possible, can only be of good for the mission.