Delegate Commitments

Name: Bankless

Address or ENS: 0x3D6CdfaFbfB3B76DC02BbEe72564dD3160eACb8a

Discord username: Ben Giove (bg999#6547)

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

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

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

  • Bankless believes in the ethos of Optimism’s solution for MEV. It’s Bankless’s belief that the recycling of MEV back into the community is perhaps THE big unlock of the science of cryptoeconomics.
  • If the above statement is true, Bankless would like to help steer that that power into the future which maximizes its potential. Bankless believes that every significant technological breakthrough has a small window of opportunity to turn that neutral discovery into a positive discovery, and therefore it is imperative that we get rights right, early.

My view on the Optimistic Vision 96:

  • Bankless believes that the bull case for Ethereum is the scaling of public goods by aligning financial and monetary upside with the betterment of public goods.
  • Ethereum is the handshake between Public goods :handshake:Veblen Goods, formalizing the relationship between human values and the market value of the assets.
  • We see Optimism as a testbed for projects that have the potential to expand beyond Optimism to greater Ethereum. If they can expand to Ethereum, we can expand it beyond Ethereum.

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

  • Optimism’s working constitution is a document that illustrates the current state of the science of human political organization. The emphasis on the working part of the working document implies that we are using the current state of human organization as a checkpoint, with the intention to develop and iterate on that state with the cool new technologies being developed in the crypto space.
    • Decentralized identity
    • Web-of-trust capital flows.
    • Programmatic, contract-based governance (when applicable).
  • The Working Constitution resembles the base foundation upon which humans can innovate and evolve humanity greatest problem: governance.

My Web3 interests:

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

Writing, Economics, Identity, DAOs, Infrastructure.

Languages I speak and write:

English!

My skills and areas of expertise:

  • Distilling complex topics into simple and digestible communication
  • High reach and ability to broadcast that communication across the cryptosphere.

My favorite Web3 projects:

  • Ethereum
  • Bankless DAO
  • Gitcoin

Was I dream reading or there was a delegate proposal from David from Bankless here ?

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Name : Justin

Address or ENS: jmarx.eth

Discord username : jmarxhere#6765

Verification (Tally profile): https://www.tally.xyz/profile/0x09a60649F4d29Abf919dc130E7D517352f988087

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

I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Being a delegate is a significant responsibility. I have voted on all Phase 1 proposals so far, have studied all of the proposals listed, and provided many comments and questions that I hope assist the current delegates in evaluating proposals.

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: The Optimistic vision tells us that “We’re presented with an opportunity to reinvent the way we organize in this digital age.” Sign me up!

My view on the Optimistic Vision: Retroactive public goods funding is obviously paradigm-shifting. Providing individual rewards and recognition for positive impact to the community is a highly efficient allocation of capital and a structure that incentivizes good actors and outcomes for everyone. The ideals are, well, beautifully idealistic and we will have a lot of hard work to do to make the Optimism Vision a reality. Stay Optimistic!

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

Article 1 - The “working” part of the Constitution sets us up for a really interesting experiment. Did the founding team leave us all with enough guardrails? I’m looking forward to finding out!

Article 2 - The bicameral structure is an important innovation to avoid the plutocratic character of much of the crypto space.

Article 3 – the Optimism Foundation should publish opinions and guidance. Maximizing decentralization is an important aim, but guidance will help empower small OP holders to get involved alongside the handful of large delegates that are effectively controlling voting so far. In evaluating all of the Phase 0 & 1 proposals so far, I have put in significant energy trying to align my voting with the spirit of the founding team, however it would be very nice to know more about what they think. We need something similar to the Federalist Papers.

My Web3 interests: Governance, DAOs, DeFi, Economics, Legal

Languages I speak and write: English

My skills and areas of expertise: Writing, designing incentive structures and communicating are the throughlines of my career so far. I trained as a lawyer but have spent a couple decades running a food distribution business. I spend most of my time on marketing and promotion design, but am fluent in financial and economic concepts and practice. I’ve spent most of my free time lately voraciously reading and studying everything that relates to Web3 and feel that I understand the ecosystem very well from a non-technical perspective. I am eager to contribute to the Optimism ecosystem, principally through an energetic analysis of the flood of proposals that work their way through the governance system.

My favorite Web3 projects: Mean.Finance, Superfluid, Aelin

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I think you were dreaming :rofl:

It would be nice to have him as a Delegate!

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Name: Dan Wang

Address or ENS: naturesbounty.eth

Discord username : Psychedelli#7867

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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 was super impressed by Optimism’s governance structure and how it can be a game-changer among other L2s. I was involved in multiple DAOs including LunchDAO, Constitution DAO, FreeRoss DAO etc., and I would love to see more varieties of DAOs flourishing on L2s like Optimism. I also look forward to assisting with NFT migration on L2s.

My view on the Optimistic Vision: Public goods is key to survival in decentralized communities and thus requires optimal governance models in order to create profit for all stakeholders. Very glad to see Optimism taking the 1st step.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution: The model of the two Houses is bold and fascinating. It ensures value aligned with Ethereum while generates value for L2 ecosystem. Guidance from dedicated contributors and leaders is also critical to maintain the framework towards self-sustainment.

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, Web3 React, DAO Governance

My favorite Web3 projects:

ConstitutionDAO, MoonDAO, PartyDAO

Name: Jack Anorak

Address or ENS: jackanorak.eth

Discord username : jack-anorak#6505

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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

At their core, delegates have one main immediate function: direct Optimism’s administrative capacity to best aid the ecosystem’s growth and health. That means actively attending to the capacity as well as finding good things to do with it, and there’s a ton of work embedded in that. I want to do that work.

I see in Optimism an opportunity to play out my core belief that broadening stakeholder participation in a way that advantages growth is going to supplant legacy organizational models. Impact = Profit isn’t just about aligning incentives so that an entire community benefits from policy and private activity. It’s about reconsidering how we relate to one another, dropping zero-sum habits and aiming for growing overall bounties.

In addition, as a founding core team member of Velodrome (2nd largest protocol on Optimism by TVL) and a long-term player in crypto, DeFi, and NFTs, I offer deep perspective in helping shape this direction. What’s good for Optimism is good for my protocol; what’s good for my protocol is good for Optimism. Velodrome can help to enact Optimism policy, and I intend to be one of hopefully many protocol liaisons to the Token House.

More generally, I want a front row seat with a genuine attempt to explore new forms of governance that can be applied well beyond the scope of DeFi, etc.

Becoming a delegate isn’t just about promoting core ideals, however: I’m also very competitive, and I want Optimism to win. Within Optimism we may aspire to be positive-sum, but in order to play this out completely, we need to demonstrate that we can also just work better than current alternatives in the market. So we need to win, and I want to help us get there.

My view on the Optimistic Vision

Reading through the other statements I’m struck by applicants’ enthusiasm about the possibilities of where correct digital democracy can take us: aligning stakeholders onchain and offchain; dodging the tragedy of the commons; provisioning and providing accessibility to underserved corners of societies; and so on.

I share this enthusiasm, and it’s what initially drove me to study and pursue alternative organizational models away from traditional corporate structures.

Less attended to, however, is, ironically, the defining phrase of the Collective:

  1. a new model of digital democratic governance,
  2. optimized,
  3. to drive rapid and sustained growth of a decentralized ecosystem.

It’s not enough to be satisfied with calling ourselves a new model — to me this statement is one of obligation. We need deliberate but rapid iteration – the optimization — which requires serious debate and decisive, data-driven action to make sure that this decentralized ecosystem will grow quickly and sustainably. Delegates need to be putting in the work here; weekly up/down votes are simply not enough.

To do this work correctly, we need greater participation from protocols — which are extensions of our democratic model — to ensure our ideals are getting translated into action. This means that protocols should contribute to governance while being accountable.

I’ve written elsewhere that many questions about DAO governance are fundamental organizational questions that have been grappled with over ages. We can build on previous knowledge in many cases, and I think that’s in part what I can offer here, having been an economist by training and profession.

To summarize, we’re all here because we agree we want the things outlined in the Vision. That’s the given, and it’s not enough for a delegate just to want this. Optimism’s core work – the thing that delegates need to be laser-focused on – is how to use administrative, social, and market levers to make Optimism as a going concern last long enough and thrive well enough to even have a shot at achieving these things.

My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution

Virtually all of the responses to this segment say something like “This is great and I like this.” I do think this is great, and I do like this. But in the spirit of working beyond the commonly understood, I’ll add some additional thoughts.

  1. This is a “Working Constitution” - That the constitution ought to be reconsidered does **not mean that community members and delegates can arbitrarily present standards as given without inviting serious pushback. The Constitution is still a foundational framework, and deviation or elaboration on this framework needs, at minimum, a paper trail.
  2. OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective - We’ve seen in history that bicameral governance structures allow a specialized minority Guardian class (here, Citizens) to hold disproportionate sway over broader policy. I think this frees up more space for the OP Holder class to allow for some more vote concentration, and ironically current fears about excessive concentration at the hands of protocols risk Optimism’s early direction being managed by a minority of incumbent Delegates. We shouldn’t be afraid of getting more OP tokens delegated.
  3. The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model - Until the Citizens take hold, it’s probably acceptable to lean more on the Foundation for their guidance (where they’re able to provide it), and as a Delegate I’d work to incorporate more of their expertise into my own thinking. I’m not sure to what extent Delegates have access to Foundation members, but they’ve been thinking about these topics for as long as anybody in this thread.

My Web3 interests

Economics, Governance, Accessibility, DeFi, Infrastructure

Languages I speak and write: en

My skills and areas of expertise: economics, finance, organizational strategy, prediction markets

My favorite Web3 projects: Information Token (member), Gitcoin, Maker DAO

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Name:

Gabagool.eth

Address or ENS:

Gabagool.eth

Discord username:

gabagool#0592

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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:

Governance only works if those in charge of voting are informed and invested. With Velodrome being the second largest AMM on OP, I believe that I am more invested in the long-term success of Optimism than most people.

I have staked my entire web3 reputation on exposing bad actors and lifting up good projects. I live in this ecosystem full time, 24/7, and am ready to help shape Optimism into the best L2 it can possibly be.

My view on the Optimistic Vision 112:

“The Optimism Collective will dispel the myth that public goods cannot be profitable.”

I have been saying this for a very long time. Public goods can take many shapes and sizes, and through retroactive public good’s funding they can be profitable and investable by Angels and VCs.

The weak link in all of this is us, and that’s why I would like to be trusted as a delegate to vote on behalf of OP holders. If we are too tight or too loose in what we fund today, we can destroy this experiment before it even has a chance to gain traction.

I want to help steer OP funding towards the most projects that will do real good both for the OP ecosystem but also the world at large.

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

  1. This is a “Working” Constitution.

  2. All successful forms of government should be fluid and ever evolving. But what OP needs right now is a set of “founding Anons” to help not only steer the creation of this living document but also protect it from corrupting forces.

  3. OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective.

  4. This is the most innovative part of the OP governance structure and one that I am most excited to see play out in the long term. I also believe that this structure will allow us to balance short-term incentives with its long-term vision. And I hope to help shape how Citizens are chosen to represent their side of the government.

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

  6. One reason to have delegates over the traditional model of governance is to ensure that we lean towards long-term growth vs. short term thinking. The overall mission of the Collective is lofty, and quite frankly, difficult. With the right people in place, I believe we can both listen to, and help educate the crowd towards creating true public goods.

My Web3 interests:

DAOs, DeFi, NFTs, Writing, Visual Art, Security, Social Impact, Accessibility, Economics

Languages I speak and write:

English - en

My skills and areas of expertise:

DAO Founder (Information Token)

Web3 Strategy & NFTs (WILDxyz - in stealth)

Writing NFTs (Writing Token)

veTokenomics & General DeFi (Velodrome)

Leading teams & building in Web3, DAO governance, on-chain investigations, DeFi investing, Twitter Shitposting & Community Engagement

My favorite Web3 projects:

Velodrome
Information Token
Sudoswap

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Name: Crypto A S

Address or ENS: 0x406eb55A7636Cd2782fCDfaD8Df6BD767D13Cbf1

Discord username: Crypto A S#5253

Verification (Tally profile or tweet): Tally | 0x406e...Cbf1

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:

Delegates provide a critical role in maintaining a healthy governance system/process. I’d like to actively contribute and support Optimism governance in any way that I can. Seeing how passionate and committed the Optimism community is toward bettering the governance process, proposing new ideas, and providing feedback on critical topics has been inspiring. I’d like to join the ranks and become a part of the Optimistic crew that pushes the OP ecosystem to get better / grow.

My view on the Optimistic Vision :

" The Optimism Collective will dispel the myth that public goods cannot be profitable . The Collective will consistently provide massive retroactive incentives for public goods which benefit Optimism, Ethereum, and the Collective as a whole.

This excerpt really hit home for me. I have yet to see a similar vision elsewhere in the cryptoverse that aligns so closely with my own personal ethos. I expect my perspective to subtly shift over time as I continue my Web3 journey but I am fully certain that the base vision/foundation will remain grounded in this ideal. It does seem like a long leap from our current state to getting to a point of a sustainable system that can provide for human needs reliably, however, I do think we owe it to ourselves and others to do our best to make it a reality. I do think this vision will be challenged over time but in seeing how passionate contributors / delegates are already, I’m very optimistic that we can achieve something great together.

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

  1. This is a “Working” Constitution. It will be interesting to see how governance changes over time as delegates and community members help shift the roles and responsibilities. It’s a noble effort to receive and act on feedback. Experimentation is how things evolve and get better.
  2. OP Citizens and OP Holders will equally coexist within the Collective I believe this is one of the first attempts to utilize a bicameral structure for governance (that I am aware of). I’d like to be a part of it.
  3. The Optimism Foundation will be a steward of the Optimism Collective and its early governance model It is important for the Foundation to be aware of the status of it’s governance system but I also believe that it’s healthy to allow it to grow within guiderails (and not be overly directly involved). I was pleasantly surprised at how well this balance was achieved on the first Optimism Governance Call on 8/2/2022.
  4. Rights of OP Citizens and OP Holders I would be interested to review the process on how OP Holders can remove a director from the Optimism foundation. I do think it should require a majority vote from the OP holders (>66% approve), but not having seen the process I will reserve judgement until I conduct further research.
  5. Interpretation Fully agree.
  6. Always I’m Optimistic by nature, I hope I will fit in!

My Web3 interests: DeFi, Economics, Governance, Identity, Infrastructure

Languages I speak and write: English

My skills and areas of expertise: Business Development, Proposal Writing, Risk Analysis (Former Risk Manager), Strategy, Software Testing

My favorite Web3 projects:
Balancer, Liquity, Primitive

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ETH Address: 0xb62E762Af637b49Eb4870BCe8fE21bffF189e495

Discord Handle: ZER8🧠#9093

Statement of Intention: My name is Popescu Razvan Matei and I am a telecomm/electronics engineer and creative builder from Romania, although in the last few years I kinda became a decentralized citizen. I became an engineer to try to build systems that can help the world not the other way around and I really think that web3 is the future and the collaborative economy has arrived through it.

My short and inspirational web3 story:
Joined 1Hive in 2020, contributed a lot as a creative/builder and from marketing, support and onboarding standpoint. I had the public goods “clique” because of 1Hive in the begging, but Gitcoin DAO opened my eyes. After a year in Gitcoin DAO I can honestly say I am very happy to be part of this amazing environment in which all the people involved have such an amazing growth oriented, inclusive mindset and regen mindset. Becoming a Gitcoin Steward is a natural step I would like to take!

Your Web3 Qualifications / Skills:

Technical: Canoe, Matlab, simulations.

Management: Coordinated small teams remote and in field. I like to add a creative twist when leading small teams. Design thinking advocate.

Marketing: Experience in community building and inclusive growth marketing/hacking, social media marketing and memetics. Decent writer: HOW TO AGAVE 1: STAKING. A lending protocol created in a… | by ZER8 | AgaveFinance | Medium )

Creative: I love painting, designing and focus on conscious fashion in my spare time. Experienced in Illustrator, GIMP, aesthetics, fashion and creative direction. I love GUIs.

DAOs in which I am an active contributor:
-1Hive
-Gitcoin DAO
Launched the NFBees

Mission/Objectives: My personal goals are to ensure that creatives, builders and all people can actually use these new tools to improve life and help create a better present+ future for everyone. The third industrial revolution is here and we need to ensure that everybody at least has equal access to the next evolution of the web(equal opportunity is still far away) all while trying to preserve it’s security and values!

My work in DAOs has focused on inclusiveness, altruistic experimentation and creative building.

Present lead of GIA, FDD in GItcoin DAO. My responsability is to keep the Gitcoin Grants program free of fraudulent grants and curate all incoming grant applications. Curated over 2000 projects and helped protect considerable amounts of funds.

PS. GOT THE AIRDROP :heart_eyes: :red_circle: