Delegate Commitments

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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Name : Muiris

Address or ENS: muiris.eth

Discord username : lowfawn

Verification https://twitter.com/m_muiris/status/1524188770265878528

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

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

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I believe the best future for humanity is limited centralized power.

My view on the [Optimistic Vision: A powerful first step to empowering the community to take responsibility for their own self care and well being.

My view on the first three articles of the [Working Constitution] I think a permanent constitution will take several years to flush out. As with previous governing documents, the best documents are thoughtful, reflective of history and a embracement of current realities.

My Web3 interests:
DOAs, Economics, Social impact, privacy

Languages I speak and write: EN

My skills and areas of expertise: finance
My favorite Web3 projects: ETH, MKR, TOKE

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Name : Butterbum
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ENS: butterbum.eth
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Twitter handle: @waterproofETH
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Discord username : Slasher#8325
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Verification :Tally ID- YWJLJ4
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I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Confirmed
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I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Confirmed
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My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
Optimism being EVM equivalence sets it above the rest, it is a major factor in me applying for a delegates roll and wanting to help the Collective achieve fair decentralization. I have spent a few years learning and interacting with the EVM and have witnessed and participated in many DAO’s. I truly have a deep love for Ethereum and its values and would like to make a contribution in helping build a Collective Optimism. It’s fantastic to even have this opportunity to participate in such an amazing adventure.
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My view on the Optimistic Vision:
With this new governance structure, it will be interesting to witness how the retroactive funding for public goods allows Optimism to grow and in turn how it can empower Ethereum to flourish. Being able to experiment gives Optimism more freedom and a better chance in getting a DDP (Digital Democratic Governance) to work…properly!
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My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution:
The main takeaway would be that Optimism shares Ethereum core values and aims to achieve complete decentralization in the future. I am intrigued by the Working Constitution in this everchanging, face-paced, environment. I feel having the right principles and philosophy, will be key to the growth of Optimism and that is what I have experienced in the Optimism eco-system. It’s a challenging road ahead balancing the Token House and the Citizens House, with a “system that will evolve as the Collective grows.”
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My Web3 interests:
DAOs, Governance, NFTs, Data & analytics, Gaming
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Languages I speak and write:
en
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My favorite Web3 projects:
Ethereum, Dopewars, Pickle Finance
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Name: Linda Xie

Address or ENS: 0x5e349eca2dc61aBCd9dD99Ce94d04136151a09Ee

Discord username: linda#4622

Verification: 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 further support the important work that Optimism is doing on scaling. I’m also passionate about public goods funding and governance experimentation.

My view on the Optimistic Vision 17: I align strongly with the vision. I’m excited about the new model focused on optimizing for positive impact and providing retroactive incentives for public goods.

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

  1. Agree, I think the collective should be open to experimentation and be dynamic in the early days as we grow and learn
  2. Agree, I’m supportive of checks and balances
  3. Agree, I’m glad to see the Optimism Foundation be a steward of the collective early on

My Web3 interests: Accessibility, DAOs, DeFi, Governance, Identity

Languages I speak and write: English (en)

My skills and areas of expertise: product (previously product manager at Coinbase), governance (delegate for Gitcoin and Element DAO), writing / creating educational content, operations, strategy, DeFi (advisor of 0x and investor in many DeFi projects), investing (co-founder of crypto fund Scalar Capital)

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Name : Zeng Jiajun

Address or ENS: zengjiajun.eth

Discord username : zengjiajun.eth#2669

Verification : Twitter

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 help more people on board using Ethereum. Optimism is one of the best choices right now. Also, I want to provide my unique perspective to the Optimism community based on my past experience in China, moderation, and social media for diversification when it comes to public good funding.

我想帮助更多的人加入使用以太坊的行列。Optimism 是目前最好的选择之一。同时,我想根据我过去在中国,内容审核和社交媒体方面的经验,为 Optimism 社区提供我独特的视角,以便在涉及到公共产品融资时实现多样化。

My view on the Optimistic Vision: I agree and am excited about the first time there is a built-in governance structure at the protocol level for public good funding. I’m looking forward to participating in and experiencing the soulbound citizenship governance experiment. The public good is good and most importantly, can be sustainable.

我同意并为第一次在协议层面有一个内置的共产品融资的治理结构而感到兴奋。我期待着参与和体验 “灵魂绑定” 的公民治理实验。公共产品是好的,最重要的是,要是可以持续的。

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

  1. Agree. We’re in the frontier of the mix of protocol governance and public good funding. We should be open to experimenting and try to find a good balance to move forward.
    同意。我们正处于协议治理和公益资金混合的前沿阵地。我们应该对实验持开放态度,并试图找到一个良好的平衡点来向前推进。

  2. Agree. Having both OP holders and citizen governance design is an effective way to balance the short-term interest and long-term development. A similar design in ENS governance shows an effective result when there’re turbulence occurs.
    同意。同时拥有OP 代币持有人和公民治理设计是平衡短期利益和长期发展的有效方式。当发生人事动荡时,在 ENS 治理中的类似设计显示了有效的结果。

  3. Agree, having the Optimism Foundation as a steward is a great beginning for the governance process and implementation.
    同意,由 Optimism 基金会作为管家是治理过程和实施的一个好的开端。

My Web3 interests: Infrastructure, Identity, DeFi, Social impact 基础设施、身份、DeFi、社会影响

Languages I speak and write: English (en), Chinese (zh)

My skills and areas of expertise: Product (Previously product manager at Bytedance/TikTok, Meituan)

My favorite Web3 projects: Gitcoin, Proof of Humanity, Curve.

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Name: Boiler Blockchain (Purdue)

Address or ENS: 0x2345F4E0CdF00D427D773413Dd4617d0156c29A9

Discord username: Andrew Chen#4259

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tweet

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:

Boiler Blockchain is Purdue University’s student-run blockchain organization. We have forty active members in our first semester on campus, and we’re rapidly growing as this exciting space comes to the forefront of technology.

We’re interested in pursuing the vision that has been laid out by the Optimism Foundation, and followed by the Optimism community. We have both the technical and human capital necessary to contribute to the Optimistic future: our dedicated research team publishes articles on ambitious blockchain projects like Helium and Radix DLT, and we currently manage a governance delegation from a16z for dYdX.

My view on the Optimistic Vision:

We see public goods funding, and more generally the manifestation of selfish incentives through human-controlled power structures, as the root issues which cause many of the symptoms seen in modern society. Blockchains and similar decentralized technologies enable the redirection of human incentives in a way that no technology has enabled in the past. We must capture this opportunity to reinvent society for the better, and ensure that the technology does not fall into use for evil.

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

The initial governance period will be highly dynamic. Progression towards a stable system is natural and necessary for long-term governance. We would like to see and/or contribute to a more fleshed-out definition of what “bedrock” constitution means, as we do not believe four years will be quite enough for a stable governance system to emerge. (This period covers only a single Bitcoin halving cycle: from a macro perspective, we cannot hope to capture all cyclical effects on society in just four years.)

We believe in progressive decentralization as the path forward in web3. We are hopeful that blockchains and similar technologies will lead to a fairer and more equitable system for all, and we are eager to contribute our efforts to that future.

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

Languages I speak and write: English (en), Spanish (es), Chinese (zh), Hindi (hi)

My skills and areas of expertise: Smart contract & full-stack development, web3 content creation and curation, blockchain course instruction and consulting

My favorite Web3 projects: Bitcoin, Lightning, Ethereum, Starkware/ZKSync etc, DID

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Name : Yoav Weiss

Address or ENS: yoav.eth

Discord username : yoavw#6661

Verification 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: I care deeply about the Ethereum community and I believe rollups are the future of scaling it. I have a good understanding of the Optimism network, and as a delegate I believe I can apply my knowledge to best represent the long term sustainability of the network and the safety of its users.

My view on the Optimistic Vision:

I’m a strong proponent of retroactive public good funding. I participated in the first experiment as a badge-holder and engaged in conversations about taking it to the next level. I’m thrilled to take part in the next steps.

My long term vision goes beyond cyberspace. I see retroPGF as the perfect way to bring the power of the free market to make the world a better place. In particular I would like to experiment with retroPGF in the field of medical research, where the current incentive structure is broken and retroPGF could align it perfectly.

If the Optimistic Vision proves successful, I hope we can replicate the model to kickstart similar ecosystems where they’re needed the most.

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

This is a “Working” Constitution. - Definitely agree. Just seeing how much the ideas evolved in the past year, makes it obvious how much it still needs to evolve. I’m thrilled to see what it’ll look like in four years.

OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective. - I think this separation is a good start but I anticipate conflicts of interest that will require a more complex system. The bicameral system is a good way to start, but I expect it’ll evolve into something we can’t quite predict yet.

The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model. - I understand why it’s needed for pragmatic reasons, and the foundation model works well for other projects. I hope the foundation will maintain a high level of transparency and empower the bicameral governance system whenever possible.

My Web3 interests: Security, Infrastructure, Social impact, DAOs, Governance.

Languages I speak and write: he, en, basic knowledge of a couple of others.

My skills and areas of expertise: Security, Ethereum, bridges, rollups and other L2 networks, architecture, protocol & mechanism design. Oh, and I’m a human and tend to apply stoic principles.

My favorite Web3 projects: OpenGSN, Gitcoin, ENS

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Name : Alejandro Santander a.k.a. The Ethernaut

Address or ENS: theethernaut.eth

Discord username : Ethernaut#2991

Verification (Tally profile or tweet):

I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yep

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

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

I believe that Optimism has done an incredible job so far towards scaling Ethereum, and I want to make sure that it continues down it’s righteous path via it’s open governance. I believe that I understand which values need to be preserved, after being a part of the Ethereum community almost since it’s beginning.

My view on the Optimistic Vision:

I am a strong believer of public goods, and I think that we’re just starting to see the tip of the iceberg for them within Ethereum. I am strongly aligned with the vision that Optimism has, and I believe that it will be a big deal for the world in the next few years. We will start to see more and more things materializing in Ethereum that represent public goods for all humanity.

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

Totally agree with iteration and experimentation. We are not experts in politics, but we can experiment much faster than any physical entity can. We should also strive to achieve non plutocratic on-chain governance at all costs. Having a foundation with one foot in meatspace is also critical.

My Web3 interests:

Governance for better human coordination, DeFi for financial freedom, Tooling just because I am a nerd and I can’t help it.

Languages I speak and write:

English (en)
Spanish (es)

My skills and areas of expertise:

Smart contract developer.

My favorite Web3 projects:

Synthetix, Optimism, EthernautDAO.

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Name : Jonathan West

Address or ENS: 0x2fd8bD701461684957a9d6a9d15F9D5cBF17a58d

Discord username : jwest411

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): https://twitter.com/JWestJest/status/1525569498530594816
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’d like to see Optimism experience healthy governance

My view on the [Optimistic Vision: I think its great but the devil is always in the details.

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

I think the setup is conducive to a well functioning community but its hard to predict unknown unknowns. This would be a great exercise 90 days in. Personally, I lean a bit more towards users have rights than ++ test in production, but I am open minded.

My Web3 interests:
Economics, Defi, Events, Gaming, Governance

Languages I speak and write:

English, small Spanish

My skills and areas of expertise: Finance, Trading, Game Theory, Chess, Poker, Treasury Management

My favorite Web3 projects: Avax, Ethereum, Chainlink

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Name : Solarcurve

Address or ENS: solarcurve.eth

Discord username : solarcurve#5075

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally | YWGQZ4

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:

Optimism holds a special place in the Ethereum community. My motivation for becoming a delegate is to help promote a transparent, productive, and positive sum governance process. I’ve played a key role in shaping Balancer’s governance process over the last two years and I hope to bring that expertise to the Optimism Collective.

My view on the Optimistic Vision :

I am a strong believer in the importance of funding public goods and was quite active contributing to Gitcoin back in 2020. The Optimistic Vision represents a massive step forward in Ethereum’s commitment to public goods and I’m very excited to see it come to life.

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

It represents a refreshingly candid view on web3 governance - we don’t expect to get it right from the beginning and instead begin the journey with an open mind, ready to experiment. Balancer has been through a few experiments of its own and even recently created their new Foundation in the Caymans so I will bring relevant and constructive insights as Optimism starts this journey towards a governance system that truly serves the interests of the Collective.

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

DAOs, DeFi, Economics, Governance, and Writing

Languages I speak and write:

English

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