REN has an amazing first-mover advantage in the space, which will be solidified once it is fully decentralized. However, even the best technology can fail to corner a market if the business development and marketing is lacking. Look how CZ was able to flip Uniswap for a copy-paste job and leverage Binance’s existing user base.
Someone needs to be building out user-friendly how-to guides, evangelizing REN, getting A16Z to ask their CEOs why they haven’t been talking about RenVM integration, etc.
It occurs to me that one solution for this would be for the community to create a Foundation. A REN foundation could allow darknode operators and stakeholders to apportion some funds to build out resources to further adoption and understanding.