RE: A look at Steemit.inc delegation philosophy.
While I understand the general presence of your post, I feel it's somewhat contradictory.
@curie are such an excellent asset, and they have supported my Engagement league for months. However, I don't feel they are a key element in attracting users to Steem - retaining them to a certain extent, yes.
Delegations to the likes of utopian-io, fundition, dlive, dtube, steemhunt, and recently steempress-io have the potential to bring users who blog, vlog, fund raise, and develop, at present on the WWW to Steem. (I'm also hoping that @oracle-d get a look-in for delegation as this project has the potential to bring in a different category of account as to those above - investors).
Again, I support @curie and @comedyopenmic with witness votes, delegation, and votes where I can, but if feel it is the applications that are developed on the Steem blockchain that have the most potential to attract new users and investors - and if the content/rewards are in-line with expectations, they will stick around. So based on that, I have no real issue with how ned has spread over 16 million SP out thus far.