First off, after reading the whitepaper I would like to say that I think Ethereum looks very promising and innovative, but I do have a few questions about the founders and the issuance. I have some concerns regarding the "fairness" of the issuance model with regards to the 12.5% cut immediately awarded to the founders. Given their privileged position within the Ethereum community they already have tremendous advantages regarding early accumulation with their knowledge of the software and ability to pre-design the most efficient mining possible. This significant advantage combined with the pre-allocated founder reward, and the additional ongoing rewards as part of the developer pool of funds, amount to a pretty significant accumulation advantage. The "founders" could individually control a significant % of the available ether in short order, possibly more skewed than distribution in Bitcoin, save for Satoshi. This situation potentially contradicts to the stated goals of the project within the whitepaper 'Currency and Issuance' section. Further to this, I would like to know more information about who the founders are before considering any involvement in this project, so if someone could point me to this information I would very much appreciate it.
I am hopeful that this project finds some legs and is not hobbled by inequity, either perceived or real. I would be interested in the thoughts of others in this burgeoning community.