What are your thoughts on this? The Steem Foundation is a community resource and, if I understand correctly, it is set up as a not-for-profit organization, meaning it exists to support the Steem platform's end goals and can't pursue profit. (Someone please provide the Foundation's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws so we can verify this.)
The Steem Foundation could be paid by the Steem Proposal System to hire Steemit, Inc. employees, so that they will have ongoing job security and they will be accountable to and serve the community. We know that Steem developers are a key asset, probably much more important than the Steemit, Inc. stake. So if the community hires them (and if they find the prospect and offer desirable), the community will have this critical asset, which gives it the ability to determine its future direction. It will also give the community a huge advantage in negotiating the partnership terms with any for-profit corporation.