Season 6 Nominations: Grants Council

Season 6 Nominations: Grants Council


Please post your self-nominations for the Season 6 Grants Council here, according to the template and process outlined here.

Nominations must be posted on this thread by 19:00 GMT on Wednesday, June 5th.

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Grants Council Self-Nomination Template

Please keep your answers as concise as possible while conveying all relevant information.

Council sub-committee:
Experiments
Milestones and Metrics

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

If you are a delegate, please indicate what % of votable supply is delegated to you: (voting power can be referenced here)

N/A

If you are a delegate, please indicate your voting participation rate in OP governance to date: (You may link to your profile on Karma 7, if applicable.)

Please link to your voting history and any voting rationale you’ve shared: (You may link to your Snapshot and/or Agora profile for voting history. You may link to your delegate communication thread, or any other medium you use to communicate with your delegators, to share your voting rationale.)

https://snapshot.org/#/profile/0x110B8b6717C4Da32d86A8D3ef78964d44f9D61F0

https://gov.optimism.io/t/derbygold-eth-delegate-communication-thread/7031

My opinions are scattered across social media.

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

I was a Senior Grants Reviewer for Polygon for over a year (from scratch to sunsetting) having reviewed over 1200+ applications. My understanding on technical background with respect to reviewing grants is the knowledge of understanding the entire spectrum of crypto space. I am not a developer or a coder but I understand the dynamic structure of web3 that helps me in evaluating project’s needs. My reviews were highly valued from ecosystem and business perspectives for impact, leverage and ecosystem growth for public goods as well since I hail from financial markets with 16+ years of expertise. I understand Defi at expert level since I am a market maker(manual), arbitrageur, hedger and delta trader.

Please demonstrate any non-Optimism experience you believe is relevant to this role and/or your sub-committee:

I was a Senior Grants Reviewer for Polygon for over a year (from scratch to sunsetting) and had an opportunity to review in total of 1200 proposals (average of 75-90 proposals a month) disbursing cash grants to the tune of >2.5 million $ along with triple the value in non-cash components.

Reviewing applications to determine whether they meet the stated criteria for the grants program.

Mentoring and hand-holding Junior Grants Reviewers.

Understanding the needs of applicants to determine eligibility and need for services.

Evaluating each applicant’s proposal against the stated criteria and scoring it accordingly.

Reviewing an applicant’s financial records to determine whether they are able to support themselves.

Making recommendations to the Dao on which applications should be funded.

Communicating with applicants to provide additional information on their applications or to answer questions about the application process.

Recommend the range of financial grant that can be provided after careful scrutiny.

Recommend the range of non-financial support along with monetary grant (if applicable) that is useful for the grantee and ecosystem.

Being a senior grant reviewer and my skills of risk management, risk mitigation, quantum, applicability, impact, sustainability and beyond. These skills worked as a great combination to evaluate projects keeping in mind the goal and purpose. My background being 16+ years as Professional Market Marker, Arbitrageur in stock markets and 8+ years in web3.

My expertise of attention to details, risk management, applicability, market reach and sustainability, impact evaluation with minutest details.

Have you previously served in a representative (appointed or elected) role in the Collective? If so, please specify which: NO

Please outline your contributions, and their impact, to the Optimism ecosystem to date:

I conducted a meetup which was attended by 186 High-Networth Individuals (HNI’s) out of which 118 HNI’s bridged live to Optimism mainnet in South Africa. Since, I hail from financial markets with 16+ years of experience, I am able to leverage my network of high volume traders and investors to Optimism. These are first time Optimism users. These traders & investors are still active even during last year’s bear market which is evident from their unique wallet activities. My team created a mini ecosystem for Optimism here at South Africa as well as in India.

My onchain identity is of sterling quality. Here are the details:-
1.) Regen score :- 2620
(https://regenscore.vercel.app/share/0x110B8b6717C4Da32d86A8D3ef78964d44f9D61F0 )
2.) EAS Attestation :-
(Address 0x110B8b6717C4Da32d86A8D3ef78964d44f9D61F0 - Ethereum Attestation Service)
3.) Gitcoin Passport score:- 56

Multiple praises on “PRAISE BOT” testifies my relentless hardwork for Optimism.

I have done thousands of transactions along with providing huge liquidity which is verifiable on-chain which includes OP mainnet as well as various superchains like Rari, Base, Pgn, Zora etc…

I have supported the Optimism ecosystem as co-grant donor and have donated to more than 125
projects building on Optimism ecosystem through OP Co-grant, Gitcoin, Octant and Giveth.

Active and diligent participation to OP governance through 100% voting till date both on Agora onchain and snapshot offchain.

Spreading the word about Optimism in Investor community and creating interest to explore globally
through perpetual trading, governance participation and protocol use.

Please describe your philosophy on what makes a good Mission Application:

On good Mission Application specific to web3:- I believe in these 5 principles out of my experience as a Senior Grant Reviewer with Polygon: -

Evaluating and assessing your grant recipients vulnerabilities during initial stages(MVP).

Enumerating short-term commitments (or long-term ones in short segments).

Formalization of a suitably detailed grant arrangement.

Recommendations of an intermediary organization for expert services.

Realizing the limitations of grant compliance.

What types of Mission Requests do you think will help achieve the Season 6 Intents?:

Creation of transparency and accountability for grant recipients and governance participants.

Initiatives to be taken to educate the broader community about Optimism governance and RetroPGF.

Concrete steps to increase the resiliency of core governance infrastructure.

One single portal with enhanced user-friendly interfaces to interact with governance programs.

Promoting and maintaining a welcoming governance community for wider participation.

Steps to educate the understandability of the governance system for new entrants.

Please disclose any anticipated conflicts of interest: If you are a top 25 delegate in another ecosystem, hold an elected position in another DAO, and/or are a multisig signer in another community please disclose here.

None

Please verify that you understand you may be removed from this role via the Representative Removal proposal type in the Operating Manual:

Yes, I do understand.

Please verify that you understand KYC will be required to receive Council rewards at the end of Season 6:

Yes, I understand.

Please verify that you are able to commit ~20 hours / week to reviewing grant applications and other Council operations :

Yes, I will be able to commit 20 hours/week.

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Hello Community! I have been a top delegate with a 100% voting rate since the inception of OP governance. This would be my 4th season on the Grants Council and I would love the opportunity to serve again! Thank you for your consideration

Council sub-committee:

Growth Experiments, Super Chain Grants

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

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

1.27%

If you are a delegate, please indicate your voting participation rate in OP governance to date:

100%

Please link to your voting history and any voting rationale you’ve shared:

My voting rationale is shared on each individual forum post.

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

I don’t have technical expertise but extensive defi knowledge and experience.

Please demonstrate any non-Optimism experience you believe is relevant to this role and/or your sub-committee:

I worked at the Maker Foundation for 3 years and am now a partner at an investment firm where we invest in early stage defi projects.

Have you previously served in a representative (appointed or elected) role in the Collective? If so, please specify which:

Season 2 Lead on the Defi Committee

Season 3 Grants Council member

Season 4 Grants Council member and Communications Manager

Season 5 Grants Council member, Communications Manager, member of Anti Capture Commission

Member of the Citizens House and badgeholder for RPGF rounds 2 and 3

Please outline your contributions, and their impact, to the Optimism ecosystem to date:

My contributions are listed above and have helped grow the community, ecosystem and governance framework to where it is today.

Please describe your philosophy on what makes a good Mission Application:

The things I like to see the most in a proposal are very clear milestones that will hold the project accountable and a comprehensive token distribution plan that incentives long term use and brings new users to Optimism that will stick around long term.

What types of Mission Requests do you think will help achieve the Season 6 Intents?:

I am hoping to see more defi projects come to Optimism as well as RWAs, institutional investors and anything that brings in new users and improves user experience.

Please disclose any anticipated conflicts of interest: If you are a top 25 delegate in another ecosystem, hold an elected position in another DAO, and/or are a multisig signer in another community please disclose here.

Any of the projects within the UDHC portfolio would be a conflict of interest for me, which can be found here.

Please verify that you understand you may be removed from this role via the Representative Removal proposal type in the Operating Manual:

Yes

Please verify that you understand KYC will be required to receive Council rewards at the end of Season 6:

Yes

Please verify that you are able to commit ~20 hours / week to reviewing grant applications and other Council operations:

Yes, although it ends up being more than 20 a hour/week commitment :sweat_smile:

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What up Optimism Collective fam! For the last year I have be working at the Optimism Foundation as a contribution manager, mostly leading the Ambassador program.

I have since left the Foundation and I am excited to begin participating in governance again! You will notice that there is a gap in my governance participation over the last year due to the fact that Optimism Foundation employees are restricted from participating in governance.

Previous to joining the Foundation I was a delegate as well as the lead of the NFT and Gaming Committee during Season 2 of Optimism governance.

Council sub-committee:
Growth Experiments, Superchain Grants

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

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

0.17%

If you are a delegate, please indicate your voting participation rate in OP governance to date:

N/A - I was previously an employee of the Optimism Foundation and therefore restricted from participation in governance for the last year. You can however see my snapshot voting history here

Please link to your voting history and any voting rationale you’ve shared:

N/A - I was previously an employee of the Optimism Foundation and therefore restricted from participation in governance for the last year. You can however see my snapshot voting history here.

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

My technical skills are data science focused - SQL, Python, some machine learning. Here is a smol FIFA 2017 (video game) analytics suite I built using player data to help you draft your team in FIFA 2017 the video game.

Please demonstrate any non-Optimism experience you believe is relevant to this role and/or your sub-committee:

Before working at Optimism I spent 7 years as a data analyst and analytics product manager. As an example of the type of analysis I can bring to the Grants Council here is a smol FIFA 2017 (video game) analytics suite I built which includes a Player Comparison Tool and a Draft Pick Alternative tool (in case the player you want gets drafted before your turn)

Have you previously served in a representative (appointed or elected) role in the Collective? If so, please specify which:

Season 2: Lead for the NFT & Gaming Committee
Season 4: Alliance Lead - Thank Optimism Mission Proposal

Please outline your contributions, and their impact, to the Optimism ecosystem to date:

Optimism Foundation - Contribution Manager & Lead of the Ambassador program

RetroPGF2 recipient: Optimism Quest Tutorial Video Series (40k+ views)

Please describe your philosophy on what makes a good Mission Application:

I like an application that incorporates a data backed argument for why their token distribution plan incentivizes sticky behavior for users new to Optimism long after incentives have dried up.

What types of Mission Requests do you think will help achieve the Season 6 Intents?:

I would like to see Mission Requests that make it easier for gaming teams to onboard into the Superchain and quickly iterate on what they build as developing a “sticky” game with a good user retention rate requires a lot of trial and error.

Please disclose any anticipated conflicts of interest: If you are a top 25 delegate in another ecosystem, hold an elected position in another DAO, and/or are a multisig signer in another community please disclose here.

No conflicts of interest to disclose

Please verify that you understand you may be removed from this role via the Representative Removal proposal type in the Operating Manual :

Yes

Please verify that you understand KYC will be required to receive Council rewards at the end of Season 6:

Yes

Please verify that you are able to commit ~20 hours / week to reviewing grant applications and other Council operations:

Yes

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