Grant Council Reviewer Nominations: Season 3

Council sub-committee:

Builders sub-committee

If you are a delegate, please provide the link to your delegate commitment:

If you are a delegate, please indicate what % of votable supply is delegated to you:

520,425 OP, 2.22% of votable supply.

If you are a delegate, please indicate your voting participation rate in OP governance to date: 62% (Delegates of Optimism DAO), we have missed some votes, yet now we have a role among our team (me) dedicated solely to governance activities, so future participation would be rather close to 100%.

Please link to your voting history and any voting rationale you’ve shared:
Previously we’ve been providing rationale for specific votes inside relevant voting proposal threads. From now on we’ll be summarizing our participation in the delegate communication thread as well as on our social media (to spread the word about Optimism Governance outside of this forum).

Please outline any other contributions to the Optimism ecosystem to date:

L2BEAT is by definition ingrained in the L2 ecosystem. We’ve been early fans and supporters of Optimism. On our website we present detailed information about Optimism (OP Mainnet – L2BEAT) including project milestones, live TVL and activity tracking. We have created the risk framework for both L2s and Bridges so that first of all we keep the users informed about the risks they’re taking but also we push the protocols (including Optimism) to strive for a better, decentralized, permissionless and trustless future. We are running an Optimism node in a validator mode and we’re actively monitoring if everything is running correctly.

Do you have a technical background? If so, please elaborate:

Yes, I am fluent with code and software architecture. I used to be a developer and sysadmin a long time ago. I also have a UX and product management background. For the last 15 years I’ve been working as a product manager/product owner. I am used to scheduling and planning IT projects and working with the development teams. I’ve been responsible for project delivery in various projects ranging from ecommerce through financial services to AI systems.

As L2BEAT we have a very experienced technical team with deep expertise in L2s and crypto development.

Did you serve on a committee in Season 2? If so, please specify which:

Yes, the Tooling Committee ([DRAFT] S02 Committee Proposal: Tooling Governance Committee)

Please demonstrate any experience you believe is relevant to this role:

I have a decent experience with non-crypto granting programs (mainly EU and government funds), both from the perspective of grant receiver as well as grant operator, I believe this might be useful in this role. No matter if I get elected or not, I’ll be sharing my input on how to facilitate proper grant distribution.
As L2BEAT we have a good overview of existing tooling in the L2 ecosystem and we have some vision of what’s lacking and what would be interesting to have. We will be sharing those views as RFPs and will engage in discussions to help the relevant teams deliver best results possible.

Please demonstrate expertise relevant to your Council sub-committee:

I have lots of experience in working with teams to properly plan and schedule projects. While reviewing the proposals I will be working closely with proposers to make sure their proposals are both realistic and focused on delivering the most value to the Optimism ecosystem. I’ve been already working on the Tooling Committee in the previous season and been engaging in productive discussions with the proposers, hope to continue this in the upcoming season.

I believe that the grant council should be more involved in the discussion with projects while fine-tuning the grant proposal so that the proposals are either abandoned early or are written properly so that they are more likely to pass. Especially that going forward we won’t have an open voting but just a Grant Council approval, it is crucial to have a healthy and open discussion on what are the Council’s expectations and goals.

Members of L2BEAT team have been involved in the development of many web3 tools, including DethCode (GitHub - dethcrypto/dethcode: View source of deployed Ethereum contracts in VSCode), TypeChain (GitHub - dethcrypto/TypeChain: 🔌 TypeScript bindings for Ethereum smart contracts), ethTx (, TokenFlow ( and others. I believe that we have necessary experience and knowledge to make a valuable addition to the Builders Sub-committee.

Please describe your philosophy on what makes a good Governance Fund grant:

A good grant is one that is deliverable in the proposed schedule and budget. I prefer smaller budgets and timeframes with a specific plan for execution. It’s easier to pivot and adapt on a smaller scope than on the very ambitious, multi-month project.

It is essential that all proposals include clearly defined and quantifiable key performance indicators (KPIs). This will enable the evaluation of the project’s impact in the future and provide future grantees with valuable insights and lessons learned from the execution of previous projects.

When it comes to software, we are firmly committed to the use of open-source, decentralized, and permissionless systems that prioritize the security and privacy of the users. While we acknowledge that certain compromises may be necessary in certain cases (such as with most Layer 2 solutions today), we will always give preference to proposals that align more closely with these values when presented with multiple options.

What types of grant applications would you like to see or what RFPs would you create?

Regarding the type of proposals that we are looking for, we feel that there is a lot of space to innovate in terms of:

  • User-facing apps with exceptional user experience (like wallets, but also specific smaller feature-apps)
  • Governance tooling, especially all kinds of projects that facilitate control and transparency over distributed funds or that allow for better process management in terms of Optimism governance
  • Advanced developer tooling (like more sophisticated block explorers, etc.) that enhance developer experience and makes it easier to build, test and deploy software on Optimism
  • Tools and resources that facilitate maintenance of Optimism rollup, like tooling that helps run an in-house Optimism validator node and monitor for the issues, in the future the possibility to submit fraud proofs
  • All kinds of educational resources to promote not only the mechanics but also values of the Optimism ecosystem

Please disclose any anticipated conflicts of interest:

I don’t think there are any existing personal conflicts of interest. If there are any during my tenure, I will immediately reveal them.

As L2BEAT, we are running a research and analytics platform for the L2 ecosystem ( so obviously any competing project could be considered as posing a conflict of interest. However, in all cases I will work closely with the projects for their best interest and best interest of the Optimism and Ethereum ecosystems.

Furthermore, as L2BEAT we might be applying for Optimism grants as well - in such cases I will abstain from voting and will not engage in the Council discussions on this specific proposal.

Please verify that you agree to abide by the delegate code of conduct 1: Yes

Please verify that you understand KYC will be required to receive Council rewards at the end of Season 3: Yes

Please verify that you are able to commit 12 hours / week to reviewing grant applications and other Council operations: Yes