Im genuinely curious. At first glance I cant see paying an individual or company ever being made lucrative enough. Its like the inverse of facebook, where individual monetization is small but only in aggregate is the system worth boat loads of money.
These new building blocks are facinating, but the whole model so far seems to be “we own lowest common denominator”
The model is supposed to be that you can pay to store data. But oddly, their site doesn’t seem to allow that any more (https://storj.io/faq.html). That may be new. The price last time I checked was 1.5 cents/GiB/month. This seems bad compared to S3’s 2.3 (<50tb) or 1.25 (infrequent). Or dropbox’s .8 ($100/100GiB/year).
So from a cost perspective it’s bad for the user and doesn’t match up with io (paying farmers 6 cents, charging users 1.5 cents). But it’s a good idea in principle. Would work better as an open source community or non-profit foundation or something. Setting up a ratio of something like share 5GiB to get 1GiB would be really useful for a personal backup service.
So I’m sticking with it as a user.