Season 6 Nominations: Grants Council

Grants Council Self-Nomination Template

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

Council sub-committee:
Optimism Mission Reviewer

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)


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.)

It’s 100% on both Snapshot and Agora right from day 1 (initially i delegated to @olimpio, which does not reflect in the data. )

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.)

My voting rationale is shared on each individual proposal voted on Agora.
My opinions are also scattered across social media.

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

I’m a non-coder. I was a Senior Grants Reviewer for Polygon for over a year (from scratch to sunsetting) having reviewed over 500+ applications including 200+ applications of gaming dApp. 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 and gamefi 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 500+ proposals (average of 35-50 proposals a month) which also includes 200+ gaming dApps disbursing cash grants to the tune of >1 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. 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 in India.

My onchain identity is of sterling quality. Here are the details:-
1.) Regen score :- 2620
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2.) EAS Attestation :-
(Address 0x110B8b6717C4Da32d86A8D3ef78964d44f9D61F0 - Ethereum Attestation Service)
3.) Gitcoin Passport score:- 56
4) Forum interactions: Profile - Derbygold.eth - Optimism Collective

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, Mode 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 :-

  1. Clear Milestones with specific achievements
  2. CCT (Clear, Comprehensive and target based) token distribution plan incentivization.
  3. Retention and encouragement of old and new applicants within the ecosystem.

I believe in these 5 principles out of my experience as a Senior Grant Reviewer : -

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

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

  3. Formalization of a suitably detailed grant arrangement.

  4. Recommendations of an intermediary organization for expert services.

  5. Realizing the limitations of grant compliance.

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

My years of experience in crypto since 2012, entrepreneurial experience in building successful business, I would like to see Mission Requests that make the following segments more easier, relevant and attractive for users through Optimism and Superchain:

  1. Gaming
  2. Speculation Markets
  3. DeFi especially focusing on restaking markets

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.


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.