Delegate Commitments

GM!

Name : Griff Green

Address or ENS: griff.eth

Discord username : griff (:purple_heart:, :purple_heart:)#8888

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): https://twitter.com/thegrifft/status/1522142269259853824

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process:
Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment:
Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

Scaling Ethereum is needed if we are going to bring to life the things I am dedicated to building with Giveth and Commons Stack. I organized a Scaling Now conference and interview series in 2018 and worked with Hermez (Now Polygon Hermez a public goods focused rollup) on and off over the years. I would like to get deeper into the scaling community!

Optimism is very aligned with my values of solving Public Goods funding issues with novel economic driven win-win systems. I would like to help in any way that I can, and given that I am a Delegate for ENS and Gitcoin this seems to be the most obvious way to help. Also, I LOVE experimental governance systems and as a delegate I will get to be on the forefront of how we tune parameters as a community, and I love that stuff!

My view on the Optimistic Vision :

“Positive impact to the collective should be rewarded with profit to the individual.”

This is exactly what I spend every waking hour working towards.

“We imagine a future in which the Collective expands beyond the digital realm and into the physical world.”

I work towards this future everyday with Giveth, bridging web3 incentive models to meatspace is the dream and we are doing it! Giveth is going straight into the physical world, but Commons Stack (as well as Gitcoin) is also taking the pragmatic approach and starting with areas that are relevant to our work (Token Engineering) and building solutions for that. I agree with starting with Public Goods in the Optimism and Ethereum space and then venturing out as we grow.

I have never been as aligned with a vision of a crypto project that wasn’t one I helped to found.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

Love the humble Experimental approach, 4 years is definitely enough time to come to a steady state solution. I like the citizen approach, I couldn’t find the on-boarding or off-boarding info for Citizens, but that will be an interesting experiment, that OP has already prototyped in their first Retroactive Public Goods Funding Round.

As far as the Cayman Islands thing, that’s cool. Thats similar to the set up of ENS, but at the same time, I’m a little sad to see it cause I remember when OP launched, it was a B-corp and honestly I was really hoping they found a repeatable way for a B-corp to tokenize with delegated governance! Expectations are the root of all disappointment. I haven’t read the charter for the foundation (couldn’t find it), but hopefully its board is beholden to the decision of the governance system, otherwise the governance will be a farce, and the board are a shadow third check not stated in the design (just being real here).

Really excited to have methods to tune parameters as a delegate, I hope we have some cool dashboards to play with and take some lessons learned from other projects that do similar like mstable, TEC, 1inch, etc.

My Web3 interests:

DAOs, Economics, Governance, Identity, Social impact

Languages I speak and write:

English and a little Spanish

My skills and areas of expertise:

I’ve been a contributing member of the Ethereum community since 2015 & received a masters degree in Digital Currency in 2016 (first degree of any kind ever given in digital currencies).

As community manager for Slock.it and TheDAO, I helped form the community around TheDAO and led every angle of the crisis response effort following TheDAO Hack.

I co-founded the White Hat Group, which secured the at-risk funds (10% of the total supply of ETH) during TheDAO hack and one year later rescued $210 million dollars worth of crypto assets following the Parity Multisig Hack. I also audited Aragon and MakerDAO systems with the WHG.

In 2016, I co-founded Giveth, a donation platform similar to Gitcoin, we have the best donation platform in the world giveth.io where 100% of the donations go to the project and we have the web3 version of a tax-deduction where our token $GIV is given to the donors, it is a web3 public goods lego that i hope optimism can use for their own public goods funding approach (free tokens on top of your donation, why not?)

I co-founded DAppNode in early 2018 to ensure the p2p world has true hardware decentralization.

I co-founded the Commons Stack in 2019. The Commons Stack is the natural progression of Giveth’s efforts to build the future of giving from a Token Engineering perspective with a goal of creating Public Good focused economies. Our first Commons, the Token Engineering Commons, launched earlier this year and we did a lot of interesting community parameterization.

I also co-founded a project still in stealth mode called General Magic which is a sort of a Service DAO like Raid Guild but focused on supporting Impact DAOs.

I have contributed to dozens of other projects as well, most notably, iden3, Hermez, and brightID and continue to support all 3 in an advisory capacity. Hermez (now Polygon Hermez) is especially relevant as it is also a public goods focused rollup.

I also lead 2 crypto focused burning man camps, Decentral and Blockhaus :wink: Look me up if you want to burn with THE crypto camp on playa.

My favorite Web3 projects:

Of ones that I didn’t mention above (these are 3 that I neither founded, advise, or steward):

  • Grassroots Economics
  • Panvala
  • 1hive

I am very excited to take a deeper dive into Optimism Governance and support this incredible ecosystem!

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Name: Reverie.

Address or ENS: reveriegov.eth

Discord username: Larrys#0571

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): https://twitter.com/hi_reverie/status/1522323306350891010?s=21&t=HlqSpL6WXPOIPx7fFZu94A.

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes.

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes.

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: Reverie is a full-time governance activist. We’ve worked with projects like Compound, dYdX, and Uniswap on several high-impact initiatives (e.g., DeFi Education Fund, running an auction process to hire an auditor for Compound, and the dYdX Grants Program. As part of our work, Reverie is an active voter in the governance processes of projects we’re involved with. We believe great projects need great governance. Our motivation to be a delegate is simple: we care about governance, are excited about Optimism, and as a result, want to be involved in the governance process!

My view on the Optimistic Vision 11: For better or worse, the easiest way to get great people to do great things in a capitalist system is to pay them. As a general matter, we’re very aligned with the idea that (i) money is a thing that can be used to get great people to do great stuff, (ii) the more money (profits) you have, the more great people you can get and the more great stuff you can do, and (iii) public goods can generate a profit, and that profit can be re-invested into more public goods (read: great people). It won’t all be rosy (there are plenty of private, rent-seeking actors masquerading as public goods entities), but with the right people sitting at the “profit allocation table,” we believe the goal is an achievable one.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution: We think it’s fair to say we don’t know exactly what Optimism will look like in three to five years. As a result, we don’t think it makes sense to have rigid rules around governance — a rigid constitution around a fluid and emergent technology/community would significantly slow the growth of the ecosystem. To that end, we really like the idea of fluid governance.

My Web3 interests: Governance, DeFi, Economics, and DAOs.

Languages I speak and write: Members of our team speak English, Russian, Italian, and French.

My skills and areas of expertise: Our team specializes in governance (we’re governance activists after all), investing/capital allocation (prior to this, half of our team worked in investment roles at crypto VC funds), and speaking when we’re called on (i.e., doing the work we’re supposed to be doing!).

My favorite Web3 projects: afraid of responding to this; the projects we don’t name will get mad at us :slight_smile:

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Name: Blockchain at Berkeley

Address or ENS: CalBlockchain.eth

Twitter: @CalBlockchain (verification will be posted here)

We have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

We understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

our reasons for wanting to be a delegate: We are active delegates for Uniswap, Compound, AAVE, Tribe, and DYDX - we believe we have the infrastructure and experience to contribute to Optimism governance. We see Optimism governance as a bold step for the L2 space, governance structures, and Ethereum as a whole - we hope to contribute greatly to the conversation.

Our view on the Optimistic Vision: Blockchain at Berkeley, as a non-profit, student organization focused on onboarding individuals into the crypto space through a technical-first value driven approach, supports the Optimistic Vision. We see the failure of our market to reward individuals based on collective impact, which we want to steer the Web3 community away from. Furthermore, we see the need for the Web3 space to scale in terms of values. The crypto space emerged due to philosophical ideals of anonymity and decentralization, and has grown to value composability, forming communities, and defining ownership. We want to see these values strengthened throughout the space, and the Optimistic Vision aligns with this by supporting public good projects that reward impact.

Our view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

  1. We are confident in the OP collective’s ability and determination to define itself. We are committed to pushing the boundaries and being experimental with OP governance for the goal of developing a well informed permanent constitution when the collective is mature. We see the need for a more rigid structure overtime - but hope to contribute greatly to the collective’s experimental years of self-determination.
  2. We believe OP’s bi-cameral system will be the force that ensures positive impact is profitable. Simple fungible token governance can create unhealthy dynamics - decisions made based on token price, consolidation of voting power, buying votes for selfish reasons, etc. Onboarding citizens who care about the success of the protocol - and not attaching a price tag to their vote - will help defend against these trends we have seen play out in other protocols. The dynamic between $OP holders and OP Citizens will create a system of checks and balances that we believe will be equilibrium of digital governance.
  3. We view progressive decentralization as a necessity in our space - and we are grateful the Optimism Foundation will oversee stewardship of the Collective in its youth. We trust as the Collective matures and decentralizes its voting power, control over Optimism will be handed over. We hope to help aid in maturing governance.

Our skills and areas of expertise: Smart contract development, full-stack development, DeFi, teaching and creating educational content, external/community generating!

Our Web3 interests: DAOs, DeFi, Infrastructure, Social impact

Our favorite Web3 projects: Gnosis Safe, Tribe DAO, Compound

Languages we speak and/or write: English, Mandarin, Turkish, Telugu, Punjabi, Hindi, French, Spanish, Farsi, Armenian, Odia, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Gujarati, German

If you have any questions before delegating to us - feel free to contact our organization on twitter @CalBlockchain or me personally @DevenMat

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I’m also happy to answer any questions anyone from the community may have.

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Name: Blockchain@Hopkins

Address or ENS: blockchainathopkins.eth

Discord username: vibing#7820

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Twitter Verification
I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: I understand

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: I understand

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

gm! We’re Blockchain@Hopkins (@blockchain_jhu on Twitter), the student blockchain club at Johns Hopkins University for all of our schools (undergraduate, graduate, business, even medical!). We’re currently a group of over 100 members, with a core unit focused exclusively on contributing to protocols in the form of governance, development, and white-hat.

As a student-run club, we take decentralized governance very seriously and think of ways to be a crypto-native as possible. Via our governance team, we’re piloting an internal governance token, built on Polygon, which is an attempt to provide our club members and university students globally with a chance to learn, and contribute to our own club and manage our treasury and consequently fund public goods that contribute to the club such as educational courses, events, hackathons, outside development, white-hat, etc. By actively contributing to the club mission, members earn the erc-20 governance token, which gives club members voting authority on the treasury allocation and more. One of our main focus areas (both in research teams and in practice via our development team) has been projects such as Gitcoin. We are excited to further this interest by contributing to the OP Ecosystem both from a policy perspective and a technical one.

Our (planned) Optimism governance committee is composed of 2 Cryptography PhD Students (focused on rollup technologies), The 3 other students major in Computer Science, Economics, Sociology and International Relations. The governance committee works very closely with the research team to analyze emerging trends in DAOs and tokenomics. We are also advised by Prof. Matthew Green, Ph.D. (part of the founding team of Zcash) and Prof. Jim Liew (Prof of Finance and Cryptocurrencies)

It is imperative that in order for the Collective to be equitable and democratic, it needs to be inhabited by people from a diverse background that possess general proficiency about the strengths and limitations of web3 technologies and have the passion and drive to actually participate in the governance process. We believe that – for reasons we already elucidated – our student body is fit to advance the Collective to that direction.

My view on the [Optimistic Vision]

First and foremost, we love OP’s idea of retroactive incentives. While retroactive incentives with clear and definite deployment are rare in a worldly context, in the context of the information age, we agree that retroactive incentives can be implemented fairly, using blockchain and other web3 technologies.

We also believe that the Collective is well-equipped to accomplish this task of deploying capital for public goods, in an ideal democracy. That’s why a lot of us got into blockchains – To participate in a more perfect meritocracy with impact aligned profit.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

We are encouraged by the nature of the Constitution being elastic. As we were piloting our token, one of the most important things we had to do is iteratively work on not only the guiding principles but also the tokenomics and implementation of agreed-upon proposals. As OP’s collectively growing, we think it’s important to be flexible.

The bicameral structure of OP’s governance is one of the most interesting experiments in the blockchain governance space to date. Assuming that there is a proper accountability practice in place, adding an additional ‘house’ that isn’t bound by the market condition of the governance token is surely going to align with the longer term goal of the Collective. We are excited and optimistic (heh) to see it come to fruition.

We love that the eventual goal for the foundation is to be decentralized. We believe that while it might be easier to strategically start with a more centralized model (as we initially started), we are true believers that at scale, decentralization is fundamental.

My Web3 interests: DeFi, Developer Tools, Security, DAOs, Infrastructure

Languages Our club’s governance committee has members who speak English, Spanish, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin.

Please choose from the [ISO 639-1 1] list

My skills and areas of expertise: [optional]

Smart contract development in Solidity and Rust, Full-stack development across TS, JS, Go, Python, C, and C++, modern cryptography (consensus algorithms, verification systems and rollups), DAO Governance.

My favorite Web3 projects: Syndicate Protocol, Synapse Protocol, Gitcoin

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Name: Matthew Bunday

Address or ENS: zencephalon.eth

Discord username : Zencephalon#0949

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): https://twitter.com/zencephalon/status/1521983754809528329

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I felt very impressed when I saw the governance structure that Optimism intends to setup and the care that went into the initial airdrop claim selection process. As someone involved in social benefit DAOs (FreeRossDAO and UkraineDAO) I’d love to see more public goods and social benefit DAOs flourishing on L2s and Optimism feels aligned. I also work as an engineer at PleasrDAO and would love to see NFT activity moving on L2s in order to spread adoption to larger audiences.

My view on the Optimistic Vision: It feels extremely important to me to continue showing the world that public goods can create profit for all stakeholders. I believe Ethereum has made a great start and would love to see Optimism carry that forward and onboard the next billion users.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution: I appreciate the framing of the constitution as a working document, love the basic two house structure, and agree with anti-plutocrary as a guiding function. Governance minimization also seems wise to me.

My Web3 interests:

DAOs, DeFi, Governance, NFTs, Social impact

Languages I speak and write:

English (en), Mandarin Chinese (zh)

My skills and areas of expertise:

Defi, Solidity, web3 React, DAO governance / diplomacy.

My favorite Web3 projects:

UkraineDAO, FreeRossDAO, PleasrDAO

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Name: Katie

Address or ENS: 0x75536CF4f01c2bFa528F5c74DdC1232Db3aF3Ee5

Discord username: katiegarcia#4914

Verification (Tally profile): Tally Profile

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: As a long time member of MakerDAO and former employee of the Maker Foundation, I have extensive interest and experience in governance. I thoroughly enjoy participating in governance and learning new ways in which it can be improved. I feel very aligned with the Optimistic Vision and I believe I would be a valuable asset to the Optimism Collective.

My view on the Optimistic Vision 2: I love the analogy of building a town that focuses on community and public goods. I believe that the Web 3 community is at an inflection point, and it’s critical to build communities that bring positivity (and optimism!) into the space.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

  1. Iteration is crucial to governance. Without consistent experimentation and learning, it’s impossible to improve and move forward, which is essential to the success of any community.
  2. I find the model of the Token House and Citizens House super fascinating. This is not a governance model I have seen play out and I would love to participate.
  3. As the Operations Manager at the Maker Foundation from 2018 until dissolution, I am very familiar with the purpose of a Foundation and its role of bootstrapping governance. I understand the Foundation plays a critical role in enabling a community to fully decentralize, and I would be happy to provide any insight or knowledge where needed.

My Web3 interests:

DAOs, DeFi, Events, Governance, Identity, Music, Privacy, Security, Social impact, Wallets, Writing

Languages I speak and write: English

My skills and areas of expertise: Operations and governance are my main areas of expertise. I also like to bring positive vibes :smiley:

My favorite Web3 projects: MakerDAO (kinda bias lol), Tokemak (super rad UI and overall community), Element (love their governance model)

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Name: :fire:_​:fire: & The Wildfire Infrastructure Pod

Address or ENS: fire-infra.pod.xyz

Discord username: sergioarizav.eth :black_flag:#3536, profishional#7147, ceresbzns#4276, dexa_#3743, blockchainJames#1665

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): https://twitter.com/wildfire_dao (twitter going live mid May with the Wildfire governance forum posts)

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

Wildfire is a new initiative spun out of :fire:_​:fire: (Fire Eyes DAO) which aims to provide highly aligned, informed, and engaged governance for communities and systems across the Ethereum space.

We believe that Optimism represents an important public good within the Ethereum ecosystem and as such, must be governed in a careful and considered manner. Wildfire and :fire:_​:fire: have made thoughtful and effective contributions to many governance systems including ENS and Gitcoin. We are excited to bring this context and experience to OP governance.

My view on the Optimistic Vision:

Wholeheartedly agree. The OP vision is the vision of Ethereum; fostering a layer two ecosystem which is value-aligned with Ethereum and the ethos of public goods is of utmost importance. Wildfire believes that Optimism is the L2 which has both the technical and directional capacity to provide the much needed scalability to the Web3 community.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

1. "This is a “Working” Constitution"

Wildfire believes that taking the first step of governance by establishing a working constitution is not just prudent, but necessary. Good governance requires flexibility and forethought, especially when it comes to a nascent space such as ours.

A commitment to experimentation also means a commitment to improvement, and we at Wildfire agree wholeheartedly with this approach.

Finally, the four-year limit on the working constitution also demonstrates a thoughtful beginning for the Collective, by enabling a regular review of decision-making power and how it flows in the Optimism Collective. Wildfire fully concurs.

2. "OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective."

If Optimism Collective wants to accomplish the task of retroactively funding public goods and driving sustainable growth in the decentralized ecosystem, it is critical that its government does not become a tokenized plutocracy.

We strongly support the fact that Optimism has proposed a governance model that aims for equality and for putting checks and balances in place for the different bodies involved in decision making. :fire:_​:fire: and Wildfire are excited to play a roll in both sides of the Optimism Collective.

3. "The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model."

At Wildfire, we are confident that the Optimism Foundation will protect the interests of the ecosystem when it has to be involved in decision making.

My Web3 interests:

Economics, Governance, Infrastructure, Privacy, Security

Languages I speak and write:

English, Spanish, Persian (Farsi)

My skills and areas of expertise:

Economics, governance, technical development, product development

My favorite Web3 projects:

ENS, Gitcoin, Optimism

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Name: Jen Senhaji

Address or ENS: jensenhaji.ens

Discord username: Jenn#6356

Verification (Tally profile or tweet) Tally | 47VDZY

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

I want to see “web3’’ continue to be something really transformative and not just fade into legacy traps because of greed and centralization easy mode. I really appreciate how Optimism is using technology for positive social impact, putting purpose and not just profit front and center and fostering public goods development for the long term benefit of everyone. This is refreshing and equally reassuring at this point in the crypto adoption cycle.

I’ve contributed to MakerDAO’s mission since 2018, being part of the Foundation team and now (after being part of the Foundations dissolution) a contributor to the DAO on the Maker Growth Core Unit. I believe it’s incredibly important that everyone has the optionality into DeFi. Affordable and secure transactions are key to bring decentralized services to people everywhere.This is why I want to participate in Optimism.

My view on the Optimistic Vision 9:

Building public goods funding and creation into the mechanism design of Optimism and by default Ethereum, gives us the best chance to create a system that inherently gives back to its users in a net positive way. Intentionality creates positive momentum and incentives help keep that momentum. I’m all for reshaping behavior in this area!

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

  1. This is an honest and realistic design approach. New models need time to be tested and emerge from theory to practice. It’s not easy stuff.
  2. Having two key focus areas to orient action and decision making seems like a logical way to avoid distractions and minimize inefficiencies.
  3. Like anything in its infancy, having guidance from a Foundation and dedicated “caretakers” is crucial to create the right frameworks for the Collective to operate in and eventually become self-sustaining (“fly from the’'nest”)

My Web3 interests:

DAOs, DeFi, Identity, Infrastructure, Social Impact, NFTs, Privacy

Languages I speak and write: English

My skills and areas of expertise: Business Development, Decentralized Governance, Strategy

My favorite Web3 projects: Maker (current contributor :), Maple Finance, Async Art

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Name : Michael Vander Meiden

Address or ENS: shrub.eth

Discord username : vandermeiden#0645

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally | 1X6NPY

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
I believe in the Optimistic Vision; that the new governance by The Optimism Collective in combination with RPGF has the potential to grow beyond the digital realm and solve some of humanities biggest problems.

That said, I don’t think it is guaranteed. This is an experimental form of governance which needs strong execution in order for the vision to be realized. I would like to aid in the realization of this vision, and I believe that my broad background (Product Management, Machine Learning, Economics/Game Theory, Communication & Finance) makes me well-suited to the task of guiding the Optimism Collective while communicating to my delegators at each step.

My view on the Optimistic Vision :
The Optimistic Vision is important because it’s a guide to introduce positive externalities into the incentive systems of a community. “Impact = Profit”. By retroactively rewarding those who create public goods, we make the “good” decision the rational one. This is an amazing concept, and The Optimism Collective combined with RPGF is the best chance humanity has had so far to make it work. Let’s summon that phoenix. :triumph: :heart_on_fire:

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:
1: This is such a novel coordination experiment, that I don’t think there is any other way than to have a “working” constitution. I’m looking forward to the experimentation of The Optimism Collective.
2: I also believe that both are necessary, but I think there are other ways to describe this than just “short term incentives vs long term vision”. The Token House is the home of economic incentives and The Citizen’s House is the home of community incentives (positive externalities).
3: I accept the necessity of this article, and I am confident in the current members of the Optimism Foundation based on their record.

My Web3 interests:

Economics, Infrastructure, DeFi, Social Impact, Wallets

Languages I speak and write: en

My skills and areas of expertise: Software Engineering, Machine Learning/Robotics, Economics, Finance, Product, Education

My favorite Web3 projects: Optimism, Gnosis Safe, CowSwap

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Name: Srikar

Address or ENS: srikarv.eth

Discord username : n/a

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally ID | 42NPPY - https://twitter.com/SrikarVaradaraj

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

I have been closely following the research around optimistic and zk-rollups since 2017, and met several initial core contributors of Optimism as it was starting out. The application ecosystem on Ethereum was raw and practically unusable then, but we’ve seen the beginnings of broad societal reach now.

It is evident that scaling Ethereum with a community-aligned effort is critical today. Optimism is widely accepted as the most EVM equivalent optimistic rollup and any decisions made (eg. retroactive distributions, grants, protocol changes, decentralization of sequencer) need careful consideration from delegates who care deeply about their short and long term tradeoffs.

I co-founded Spectral, which creates a score for users based on historical user activity (specifically with lending and trading protocols currently). Our goal is to encourage users to care about their actions on-chain and be good actors, while allowing protocols to be more capital efficient and user-sensitive. I’ve also helped build, incubate and made critical protocol decisions with several projects in the space that include: a widely used AMM, a decentralized basis trading protocol and a payments management tool for projects. Not too long ago, I was working towards a PhD in computer science focused on applications of zk-proofs before deciding to build in web3 full-time.

In order to onboard every person on Earth eventually, we will need scaling solutions to be governed thoughtfully with a long term future in mind. I believe active governance over Optimism will lead to a community that fosters values which promote public goods with strong incentive alignment for contributors. I want to be part of this active governance and deliver value to the Optimism and Ethereum ecosystems simultaneously.

My view on the Optimistic Vision 3:

Growing up seeing Wikipedia ask for donations every few months in order to keep operating was jarring given the impact Wikipedia has had on the world. On the other hand, we’ve seen time and time again, with platforms like facebook, that the mandate of generating profit for shareholders skews incentives in a way where users and platform contributors are no longer the main beneficiaries. In the long run, the societal impact of primarily profit-seeking platforms has been largely negative.

In the face of all this, Ethereum has been an incredible demonstration of the premise that Impact = Profit. While it was not clear initially that ETH would accrue value, by attracting millions of developers and users who built open-sourced applications and tools considered public goods, the holders of ETH greatly benefited from a community formed around shared beliefs.

The Optimism ecosystem is in a particularly challenging position, where given the EVM-equivalence, most public goods built for/on Ethereum can benefit Optimism and vice-versa. As a scaling solution to Ethereum, it is important to balance value accrual towards OP and ETH so that the ecosystems are symbiotic in the long run.

“The Optimism Collective will dispel the myth that public goods cannot be profitable”. This is a statement I am fundamentally aligned with. Optimism has the opportunity to carefully craft incentive structures around distributing OP and rewarding public goods given a large percentage of these incentives across User Airdrops, RetroPGF and Ecosystem Fund have not been distributed yet.

My view on the first three articles of the [Working Constitution]:

  • Working constitution:
    • A commitment to experimentation - Creativity and experimentation seem to have stalled a bit in the space, especially in regard to economic incentives for contributors. The deluge of liquidity mining incentives and retroactive airdrops have led to very predictable project trajectories that often don’t accomplish the goals of the project. I would like to see experiments and improvements on Quadratic voting, soulbound NFTs and using cryptographic tools to enhance private voting. I would also want to see more tools being built around self-sovereign identity as public goods, leveraging a lot of the recent work from the zero-knowledge community.
  • OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective:
    • Will have to see how things play out. Every project has large idealistic goals and dreams but often times economic incentives overrule everything else. Both houses need to be designed with this in mind, to allow for sustainable growth.
  • The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model:
    • A normal starting point. With progressive decentralization of all aspects of the Optimism ecosystem, it remains to be seen how Foundations can remain at once hands-off (in allowing creativity and freedom while not picking “winners”) and nurturing (in providing specific support) to contributors.

My Web3 interests:

Identity, Privacy, Economics, Social Impact, Accessibility

**Languages I speak and write: en

My skills and areas of expertise:

Skills: Identifying societal/technological trends and building projects with collaborators.

Expertise: Doing research in math/computer science. Thinking through economic incentives and ideating on web3 project initiatives.

My favorite Web3 projects: iden3 + tools (circom), Gnosis Safe, zkEVM (from the EF+contributors @ Scroll)

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Name: Srikar

Address or ENS: srikarv.eth

Discord username : n/a

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally ID | 42NPPY - https://twitter.com/SrikarVaradaraj

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

I have been closely following the research around optimistic and zk-rollups since 2017, and met several of the initial core contributors as Optimism was starting out. The application ecosystem on Ethereum was raw and practically unusable then, but we’ve seen the beginnings of broad societal reach now.

It is evident that scaling Ethereum with a community-aligned effort is critical today. Optimism is widely accepted as the most EVM equivalent optimistic rollup and any decisions made (eg. retroactive distributions, grants, protocol changes, decentralization of sequencer) need careful consideration from delegates who care deeply about their short and long term tradeoffs.

I co-founded Spectral, which creates a score for users based on historical user activity, encouraging users to care about their actions on-chain and be good actors, while helping make protocols capital efficient and user-sensitive. I’ve also helped build, incubate and made critical protocol decisions with several projects in the space that include: a widely used AMM, a decentralized basis trading protocol and a payments management tool for projects. Not too long ago, I was working towards a PhD in computer science focused on applications of zk-proofs before deciding to build in web3 full-time.

In order to onboard every person on Earth eventually, we will need scaling solutions to be governed thoughtfully with a long term future in mind. I believe active governance over Optimism will lead to a community that fosters values which promote public goods with strong incentive alignment for contributors. I want to be part of this active governance and help deliver value to the Optimism and Ethereum ecosystems simultaneously.

My view on the [Optimistic Vision 3]:

Growing up seeing Wikipedia ask for donations every few months in order to keep operating was jarring given the impact Wikipedia has had on the world. On the other hand, we’ve seen that time and time again with platforms like facebook, the mandate of generating profit for shareholders skews incentives in a way where users and platform contributors are no longer the main beneficiaries. In the long run, the societal impact of primarily profit-seeking platforms has been largely negative.

In the face of all this, Ethereum has been an incredible demonstration of the premise that Impact = Profit . While it was not clear initially that ETH would accrue value, by attracting millions of developers and users who built open-sourced applications and tools considered public goods, the holders of ETH greatly benefited from a community formed around shared beliefs.

The Optimism ecosystem is in a particularly challenging position, where given the EVM-equivalence, most public goods built for/on Ethereum can benefit Optimism and vice-versa. As a scaling solution to Ethereum, it is important to balance value accrual towards OP and ETH so that the ecosystems are symbiotic in the long run.

“The Optimism Collective will dispel the myth that public goods cannot be profitable”. This is a statement I am fundamentally aligned with. Optimism has the opportunity to carefully craft incentive structures around distributing OP and rewarding public goods given a large percentage of these incentives across User Airdrops, RetroPGF and Ecosystem Fund have not been distributed yet.

My view on the first three articles of the [Working Constitution]:

  • This is a “Working” Constitution :
    • A commitment to experimentation - Creativity and experimentation seem to have stalled a bit in the space, especially in regard to economic incentives for contributors. The deluge of liquidity mining incentives and retroactive airdrops have led to very predictable project trajectories that often don’t accomplish the goals of the project. I would like to see experiments and improvements on Quadratic voting, soulbound NFTs and using cryptographic tools to enhance private voting. I would also want to see more tools being built around self-sovereign identity as public goods, leveraging a lot of the recent work from the zero-knowledge community.
  • OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective:
    • Will have to see how things play out. Every project has large idealistic goals and dreams but often times economic incentives overrule everything else. Both houses need to be designed with this in mind, to allow for sustainable growth.
  • The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model:
    • A normal starting point. With progressive decentralization of all aspects of the Optimism ecosystem, it remains to be seen how Foundations can remain at once hands-off (in allowing creativity and freedom while not picking “winners”) and nurturing (in providing specific support) to contributors.

My Web3 interests:

Identity, Privacy, Economics, Social Impact, Accessibility

Languages I speak and write: en

My skills and areas of expertise:

Skills: Identifying societal/technological trends and building projects with collaborators.

Expertise: Doing research in math/computer science. Thinking through economic incentives and ideating on web3 products.

My favorite Web3 projects: iden3 + tools (circom), Gnosis Safe, zkEVM (from the EF+contributors at Scroll)

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Name : MinimalGravitas

Address or ENS: MinimalGravitas.ETH

Discord username : MinimalGravitas :black_flag:#7064

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally ID: 1E0EZ1

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Read and understood

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Read and understood

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: While I’ve been playing with Ethereum since 2016 it was only in 2019-20 that I really started to ‘get’ the potential of it as a coordination tool. Then in quick succession (not sure which was first) I read a Bankless article on Moloch (and then the Slate Star Codex article that it references) and the book Ministry for The Future, in which one of the key components in saving the biosphere from global warming is a complete overhaul of the financial world through a crypto currency called Carbon Coin. Great book, go read it.

From that point on this idea that Ethereum was just an interesting tech project to learn about or a valuable investment seemed almost quaint. I’ve been enthralled by projects like Gitcoin, Klima, and now Optimism. The concept of Ethereum’s Phoenix, using the incentive structures of retroactive public goods funding to encourage behaviours with positive externalities seems completely revolutionary, it might well be what we need to overcome the Great Filter of climate change that we are barreling towards, and even if it’s not then it will almost certainly be the Schelling point around which the people who do develop even better mechanisms converge. I want to be as involved as I can.

My view on the Optimistic Vision : We have seen in the legacy world that relying on charity and altruism is not sufficient to tackle the biggest problems we face as a species. By flipping the incentives to reward actions that contribute to public goods the Optimistic Vision changes the game from one where freeloading and exploiting the commons benefits the individual more than the shared community cost effects them, to a system where finding the ways to produce the most positive effect with your capital will end up being the most financially rewarding choice.

Starting with public goods in Optimism and the broader Ethereum ecosystem is like ensuring your own oxygen mask and your family’s are fitted first when an aircraft cabin loses pressure. In the long run though, my optimistic view is that we get to the cabin and take over from the unconscious pilot in time to avoid crashing to a fiery doom.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution: Articles 1 and 3 seem almost obvious at this stage of the collective. The first for exactly the reasons described in the constitution document itself and the third as a necessity for any governance organization in it’s infancy. It is entirely understandable that the roles taken on by the Foundation are not feasible to be managed by the Token and Citizen houses initially. It seems unlikely that the undefined ‘Take other actions that are conducive to its stewardship role’ will be exploited to, for example, buy Ben Jones a yacht…!

Article 2 is or course the most exciting part of the Optimism Collective’s Working Constitution. I am extremely interested to see how the creation of Citizens will take place and how Sybil resistance will be maintained, however the idea of having part of the governance control based on permanent members with long term incentives, rather than having all the power effectively purchasable through token trading is very appealing. I think that it is becoming increasingly well recognized that airdropped token governance is inadequate on it’s own. It is good to reward active participants in a project, but when many (most) airdrops get sold and governance power is then available to whoever can pay for it it is inevitable that we will recreate the plutocracy of the legacy world. By balancing this with OP citizens, issued with a single soulbound voting token the possibility for long term decision making seems much improved.

My Web3 interests:
Choose ≤ five from the following set. List them as comma-separated values as your answer, like: “A, B, C”.
DAOs, Economics, Environment, Governance, Social impact

Languages I speak and write:
Please choose from the ISO 639-1 list
en

My skills and areas of expertise: [optional] My main educational background is in physics and astrophysics, with a side of environmental decision making. While the specifics of planetary atmospheres and deceleration of spacecraft isn’t directly useful to crypto governance, the general skills of objective analysis and investigating problems that are beyond the current frontier of human knowledge seems to have a lot of crossover with what we’re building and discovering in this new field of coordination structures.
As a secondary interest I have worked on projects trying to understand and improve community resistance to manipulation in Web 2, assisting investigative journalists analysing Russian influence campaigns, constructing the ‘Web of Lies’ map of Cambridge Analytica’s spin-offs, funders, clients etc and building the Trollfare wiki of research on disinformation. If you check my Twitter you will see almost nothing crypto related – for that my social media of choice is Reddit, usually trying to answer questions and correct misunderstandings in r/ethereum and learning from the wise minds in r/ethfinance.

My favorite Web3 projects: [optional]
List ≤ 3 projects
Curve (for the 90’s style UI), Sign In With Ethereum (can’t wait for it to be the norm online), and GreenPill (what do you mean a podcast and a Telegram group isn’t Web 3…).

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Name : OPUser | L222

Address or ENS: hailvitalik.eth

Discord username : nono#1218

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I want to be blunt about one thing, I started exploring OP ecosystem because of possible airdrop and was excited when I was part of it but after going through the whole announcement, I stumbled upon the idea of a new governance model. The idea of The Optimistic Vision and bicameral governance system changed my opinion on how I used to look at a project.

This is what was missing from the web3 space, an idea of giving power to the users, not just the token holder but everyone. You can be a builder, contributor, community member and working toward building a better digital and web3 space. An idea to make public good profitable with retroactive incentives. This digital space is moving quite fast, from Vitalik’s whitepaper in 2013 to roll-ups and zkp in just 8 year, we have come a long way, from Bitcoin P2P idea to smart contract to metaverse to digital identity but we don’t see any impact of this movement in physical world. With public good, we can change this.

With my application to be a part of delegate community, I want to part of this movement, work together, provide feedback, seek guidance and the same time guiding and offering help. This is movement where a project can be more than just a token and I want to make it happen. Sure, we might fall at first, but iteratively, we learn, and we will succeed.

If I have to say this in one line, I would like quote Vitalik’s opinion on this Governance model as I totally agree with him “Possibly the biggest attempt at non-token-holder-centric DAO governance so far. Excited to see where this goes.”

My view on the Optimistic Vision: This is one of its of its kind approach to incentive users on the basis of fairness ratio, where public good leading to incentives which in turn going to impact whole web3 space. There was a need to bridge the gap between crypto and physical world, and I believe “Optimistic Vision” can be that bridge.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

  • This is a working constitution : “A commitment to experimentation”, this is what really motivates me, and I agree with this. Grow and evolve by doing experiment, iteratively.
  • OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective : This is yet to be seen, sounds good on paper but implementation can be challenging. Finding the balance between short-term incentives with its long-term vision would be a difficult task but again this a governance model of its kind, we need to see if we can do this with OP holder and OP Citizens. Four year is a long time in digital fast-moving space, and I am OPtimistic about it.
  • The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model : Yes, I agree with this, at this early stage some steering is necessary. Although, in long I would like to see a self-governing decentralized OP Foundation.

My Web3 interests:

DAOs, Events, Environment, Gaming, Governance

Languages I speak and write:

hi, en, de (intermediate proficiency)

My skills and areas of expertise: I am from TradiFi background slowly moving toward Defi and Metaverse. From past 6 year I am working in Project Management and IT Consulting domain. I manage and stir development of TradFi and Metaverse application along with doing market research on Gaming(Play to earn) and Metaverse.

My favorite Web3 projects: Decentraland, Metamask, Curve

edit 1:- changing name from L222 to my username on this forum(OPUser). Got some feedback that its causing confusion on the delegate selection page.

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Name: Joxes | DeFi LATAM

Address or ENS: joxes.defilatam.eth

Discord username: Joxes#9107 and Discord community for dedicated/internal discussions (channels > gobernanza > Optimism-op)

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): https://twitter.com/DeFi_LATAM/status/1523096228011065344

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes.

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes.

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I’ve been part of the DeFi LATAM (a top latin-american-focused community) since a year ago and we’re truly interested in the future of Ethereum and Web3. In many contexts, Latam has been behind the scenes (a vibrant adoption) but our participation as a regional community in formal instances has not been enough until now. At Latam we want to change that and insert in the best possible way all the talent that the users of our +20 Latam countries have.

Said this, as a delegate, we want to work with our communities to coordinate a credible representation of all those truly interested in the future of Web3 and Optimism from the perspective of our region, DeFi LATAM and other communities.

Scaling Ethereum is the most important topic to global adoption, and we are willing to collaborate so that there are no barriers in this part of the world and raise our voice.

My view on the Optimistic Vision: the internet has connected all the people in the world, and now we must do the same in the Internet of value. On the other hand, systematically we have seen the problem of public goods at the government level; but, under initiatives like this, things can definitely be different and we will be there to bring our vision. I personally expect to see criticism and contributions to the optimistic view based on our experience on this side of the world.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

    1. We believe that governance will mature over time while meeting its objectives. From our perspective, we consider 4 years is a good goal to start, but would not be enough in case new technologies arrive that change the paradigms and points of view, we need to be prepared for any scenario but always pursue a consolidation at 4 years.
    1. We have seen how the classic governance model is not sustainable over the time or makes it vulnerable in certain circumstances. This is critical when governance applies not only over a protocol but all a scaling solution and its protocols inside. A bicameral governance system is a first good step but we are looking to research on improving this aspect.
    1. By now this is a mandatory step but we are looking to expand and open the different roles as soon as feasible and then have diversity in the vision of the future of the protocol.

My Web3 interests: DeFi, Governance, Identity, Social Impact.

Languages I speak and write: Spanish (as native), English (improving over the time).

About us

We are an open and latin-american-focused community composed mainly by spanish speakers. For 2 years we have been pushing for education and adoption of Web3 ecosystem in our region, hosting events (online & offline), creating content and following the progress and evolution of decentralized technologies day by day in our conversation spaces Telegram, Discord and Twitter (< if you’re a spanish-speaker and you are reading this, consider join and contact us if you have more questions and wants to join forces).

ALL our content is free and we don’t do investment advice.

"Somos optimistas. No nos parece muy útil ser otra cosa."

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Name: Exosphere

Address or ENS:
exosphere.L2 (Optimism-native alternative to ENS)
exosphereL2.eth

Discord username: Exosphere#7302

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally | Y68384

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
I co-founded Layer2DAO because I knew that the future of the Ethereum network relies on the success of layer 2 solutions. But, like so many others, I felt frustrated by the slow adoption of these projects. In being a delegate I see another hands-on opportunity to grow the success of the ecosystem—in this case by helping guide Optimism protocol decisions. As the founder and owner of several technology businesses I understand the importance of having a strong advisory board, which I would consider myself part of for Optimism. One of my businesses is also a PoS validator operator, so I am already familiar with the responsibility of being delegated tokens and voting responsibly on behalf of my delegators.

My view on the Optimistic Vision: I believe the invention of blockchain technology and web3 will be one of the most important milestones in human technological progress. But only if the citizens of our young and fragile community can steer the technology into the right direction and keep it ahead of profit-driven corporations and bad actors. The Optimistic Vision lays out one such approach, and I would be honored to help guide the Optimism community into the right direction.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution: As someone already working to transform a relatively new DAO with 5,000 members into a truly decentralized organization, I am well aware of the need to iterate collective governance. It takes a steady hand at the steering wheel until the organization has learned to steer itself, and the Optimism Foundation’s role and leadership is critical until true decentralization is reached.

My Web3 interests: Infrastructure, DeFi, Governance, DAOs, Developer tools

Languages I speak and write: de, en

My skills and areas of expertise:

  • DeFi investor and rehabilitated degen
  • Founder of a software design business that also does dApp and Solidity development
  • Co-founder of a web3 infrastructure provider, operating proof-of-stake validators for several blockchains and already serving as delegatee for thousand of users
  • Co-founder of Layer2DAO, an organization focused on driving adoption of the L2 ecosystem and investing in promising projects

My favorite Web3 projects: Layer2DAO, Convex, MOBIX

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Name : Pat LaVecchia (OP: LAVEP)

Address or ENS: 0x1372eda77df5a048db8af4db3d8680ff56388824

Discord username : LAVEP#0823

Verification** (Tally profile or tweet): Tally ID: 4MD8M4

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes, read and understood

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes, I understand

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: To be additive to a protocol I am extremely excited about. I am a MakerDao OG and have seen first hand what works and doesn’t work and would like to apply my experiences to this exciting project

My view on the Optimistic Vision: 1. Really great team (the guys are super OGs working with Vitalik for YEARS) 2. The OP approach makes sense - to create an L2 (rollup) that is as close to Ethereum L1 as possible. Also to keep the changes to geth node under 1k lines of code. Less code = less opportunity for bugs. Very elegant approach. Using heavily tested infrastructure as geth = less bugs.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

  1. This is a working constitution : Completely appreciate it is a work in progress and that the community will amend multiple things; this is very exciting and hope my experience can be helpful
  2. OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective : Incentives must be aligned. Getting this balance right will be tricky to pull off and very intrigued on the initial end product and then the improvements based on actual feedback.
  3. The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model : As a Maker OG, I am a big believe in foundations and am supportive of and of the view that the Optimism Foundation will act in the best interest of the ecosystem.

My Web3 interests:
Choose ≤ five from the following set. List them as comma-separated values as your answer, like: “A, B, C”.

DAOs, Data and analytics, DeFi, Economics, Infrastructure

Languages I speak and write:
Please choose from the ISO 639-1 list English

My skills and areas of expertise: I was with Maker Foundation in Finance, etc. for over 2.5 years. I also have deep capital markets, structuring and economics background. Been involved heavily in Maker and DeFi for over 4 years.

My favorite Web3 projects: MakerDao, elemen finance, L2Beat
List ≤ 3 projects

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Name : wojtek

Address or ENS: woj.eth

Discord username : woj.eth#2887

Verification: https://twitter.com/wojtekwtf/status/1523652870158970881

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I first jumped into web3 because it offered a new system for digital identity, capturing the value generated by open source projects & communities and for funding charities / public goods in a more transparent way.

I’m working actively on these areas while building mazury

I believe the Optimistic Collective is a place that will help us move toward a future where open source is properly funded, contributors properly rewarded & public goods experimentation can thrive

I want to become a delegate to help those goals flourish & contribute to building a better web with optimism

My view on the Optimistic Vision : It’s the best & most impactful mechanism introduced to web3, soon to prove its place among slaying Moloch, quadratic funding and sovereign finance in general.

In my work as a delegate i’ll always be putting effort to ensure that we build the future where impact=profit

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution :

  1. Accepting and committing to working hard to ensure that we can further develop it in the right direction
  2. Agree. The duality of the system is yet another part of Optimism Collective that makes me excited about its future. I am excited about implementing a sybil resistant system in which we create a Citizen’s House that consist from actually caring participants & cannot be manipulated the same way the coin voting is being manipulated today.
  3. I agree and hope that Optimism Foundation will be the entity that doesn’t let us diverge from the mission. In my opinion, many web3 projects are quick to pursue the full decentralisation at a cost of innovation, speed of action action and integrity. While as a delegate ill be representing views of people that trusted me, i also believe that Optimism team deserves & earned their trust especially for the first few years to come

My Web3 interests: Accessibility, DAOs, DeFi, Identity, Social impact

Languages I speak and write: en, pl

My skills and areas of expertise: software engineering, recruitment, product management

My favorite Web3 projects: poap, snapshot & mazury

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Name: Scott Moore

Address or ENS: ceresstation.eth

Discord username: ceresstation#2350

Twitter: @notscottmoore (verification will be posted here soonTM)

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

~Public goods are good.

But really, I’ve spent the last 5 years putting my heart and soul into funding public goods as a co-founder of Gitcoin. Over that time, we’ve seen projects like Dune Analytics, Ethers.js, Snapshot, Uniswap, WalletConnect, Yearn, and of course Plasma Group (now Optimism) reach sustainability in a variety of ways that are only possible thanks to Ethereum. While I’m proud of the impact we’ve been able to have, I believe that to scale our work further it is crucial that we do more to dispel the myth that public goods aren’t profitable. Having connected with @optimistprime and others on the Optimism team so much over the years, and worked closely with them via Gitcoin, I’m confident that they will be able to help achieve this goal, both thanks to the sheer talent on their team and their broader values alignment.

My view on the Optimistic Vision:

Public goods are often discussed as goods that are non-excludable and non-rivalrous. I submit that a better framing might be to consider public goods as goods that create positive externalities. In that framing, we can find plenty of examples of projects in Ethereum, including many DAOs, that are critical for the long term sustainability of web3. These projects should be financially rewarded such that they can not only survive, but thrive, and we now have new coordination and incentive mechanisms to ensure that happens in a way that benefits all market participants. In short, I believe in the optimistic vision for the same reason I believe in playing positive-sum games.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:

1. "This is a “Working” Constitution"

Good governance means working flexibly and adjusting direction not only based on the will of the community but based on learnings that naturally happen as a DAO scales. Huge fan of this approach and especially a fan of the four year limit. Consensus > immutability.

2. "OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective."

Love the idea of checks and balances across different decision-making bodies, and strongly agree with Vitalik here. Although DAO governance is a powerful tool, we need to be careful, just in other democratic systems, to avoid implicit or explicit plutocracy.

3. "The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model."

I strongly agree with the idea of progressive decentralization and believe it’s only natural for Optimism to focus in on the foundation to start and slowly expand its values and goals out to the community. A DAO without direction cannot achieve its goals, and there needs to be a core group that sets the initial conditions for future direction / growth.

My Web3 interests:

DAOs, governance, economics, social impact, privacy

Languages I speak and write:

English, French

My skills and areas of expertise:

partnerships, governance design, economic modeling, community building

My favorite Web3 projects:

Gitcoin, Optimism, ENS

Let’s create a positive-sum world.

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Optimism Delegate Application

Name: GFX Labs

Address or ENS: gfxlabs.eth

Twitter Handle @labsGFX

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): GFX Labs Tally Profile

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes.

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes.

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: We look forward to leveraging our learnings from other protocols and the deep relationships our team has fostered across DeFi, TradFi, governments, and academics.

GFX has a record of rolling up our sleeves and getting work done. The GFX team has authored half of all successful proposals on Uniswap (including the first cross-chain governance proposal), listed multiple assets and developed the price oracle on Compound, and led efforts at MakerDAO to interface with regulators, lawmakers, and outside researchers. We actively work to find mutual benefits for protocols we cover to collaborate – such as the soon-to-be deployed DAI Direct Deposit Module for MakerDAO to plug directly into Compound.

Delegation to GFX Labs is a delegation to a governance team that is one of the most experienced in DeFi, able to facilitate partnerships, and with a track record of consistent engagement and delivery of results.

GFX Labs isn’t a fund. We don’t hold positions. We are a team of builders who love DeFi. Our participation in governance is rooted in a desire to see DeFi overtake legacy finance. We promise to be active participants. We’ll explain not only when we agree, but most importantly, when we disagree. As first-hand participants in governance, we know how frustrating it is to work on a proposal, receive limited comments, only to have the proposal shot down at launch. Our door will always be open to those who share the passion for DeFi that we have.

My view on the Optimistic Vision: GFX has a passion for building and optimizing protocols and the Web3 ecosystem generally. Our past record shows a commitment to the same ideals expressed in the Optimistic Vision – collaboration, coordination, and democratization of everything Web3.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:
Article 1: Experimentation is appropriate, but past experience at major protocols suggests experimentation should be done with specific goals in mind. An ability to experiment early on is worthwhile, but needs to be tempered with an ability to commit once a winning formula has been found.

Article 2: A bicameral structure should in theory provide a more robust set of checks and balances, but only to the extent that OP Holder and OP Citizens are representative of differing constituencies. Shaping the criteria for the latter will be very important to get correct.

Article 3: The Foundation-that-decentralizes-over-time model worked quite well for governing the Maker protocol. It will be important to have robust governance processes developed prior to the end of that journey, however, to insure institutional knowledge is retained and best practices continue after full decentralization.

My Web3 interests:
Choose ≤ five from the following set. List them as comma-separated values as your answer, like: “A, B, C”.

Accessibility, DAOs, Data and analytics, DeFi, Developer tools, Economics, Events, Environment, Gaming, Governance, Identity, Infrastructure, Legal, Messaging, Music, NFTs, Oracles, Privacy, Security, Social impact, Visual art, Wallets, Writing

DAOs, Economics, Governance, Legal, Infrastructure.

Languages I speak and write:
English, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin

My skills and areas of expertise: GFX staff have experience in DeFi governance, proposal creation & execution, regulatory interface, academic outreach, economics, financial systems & markets, cross-protocol collaboration.

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