DAOs Wrapped 2021

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Chun
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Julia Rosenberg
Julia Rosenberg
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Gresshaa Mehta
Gresshaa Mehta
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December 22nd, 2021

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2021 has been one of the most interesting years so far for DAOs. As DAOooooors, it is important that we take proper time to look back, reflect and introspect. Maybe we missed out on an airdrop here and there, maybe we burned a bridge or two. But DAOs have shown us their unstoppable power to bring people together, who otherwise would never meet, to build innovative products and grow wholesome communities. We would like to shine light back on some of these memorable moments.

Choose Your Fighter

Who are the DAO operators putting the valuable work?
Who are the DAO operators putting the valuable work?
  1. @futurealisha - protector of the .eth world
  2. @_jamiis - chief pleasr and team no sleep
  3. @alexxzzhang - 24/7 community scaffolder
  4. @MonetSupply - keeping us safe, one DAO at a time
  5. @nkennethk - eth servitude, needs a vacation grant gratitude
  6. @thattallguy - vibe guru and largest web3 onboarding vortex
  7. @HelloShreyas - DAO diversifier + undervalued memer
  8. @frogmonkee - rare species: part-govinator, part-frunkee
  9. @flexxchapman - co-captain and MVP
  10. @Pepperoni_Jo3 - he knows the two pizza rule

Themes

Popping themes surrounding DAOs this year
Popping themes surrounding DAOs this year
  1. Govonomics: decentralized governance was THE theme of the year from token weighted voting (@compoundfinance governor) to vote delegation and everything in between.
  2. Big trend of working groups popping up: @MakerDAO Core Units, @iearnfinance yTeams, @synthetix_io Spartan Council, @OrcaProtocol pods :)
  3. Compensation with bounties, streaming, circles, oh my! @Coordinape, YIP-57
  4. M&A’s activated this year with @FeiProtocol/@RariCapital, @Keep_Project/@Nucypher, @GnosisChain/@xdaichain
  5. Successful completion of grants programs by @uniswapgrants, @compoundgrants, @AaveGrants and many others
  6. The power of protocol owned liquidity was demonstrated by @FeiProtocol and @OlympusDAO
  7. Let’s buy stuff together! @constitutionDAO, @prtyDAO, @pleasrDAO, @KrauseHouseDAO, @cityDAO
  8. Fiery discussions about licensing and IP law @CurveFinance, @Uniswap and @AaveAave
  9. Two of the (spoiler alert) cutest DAO airdrops this year, $GTC and $ENS, rolled out with required vote delegation
  10. As always, security issues and exploits were a bit of a thing: @SushiSwap, @compoundfinance,@RariCapital, @AlchemixFi, there may also have been one or two on @BinanceChain 🤷🏼‍♀️

IVOs: Initial Vibe Offerings

Some of our favorite DAOs: vibes are immaculate, but their proof of work is even better
Some of our favorite DAOs: vibes are immaculate, but their proof of work is even better
  1. @FWBTweets - unlimited houseplant alpha
  2. @banklessDAO - breaking the bank
  3. @IndexCoop - every owl deserves a home
  4. @OlympusDAO - the birthplace of (3,3)
  5. @pleasrDAO - In Doge We Trust
  6. @FingerprintsDAO - Right-Click, Save As = ngmi
  7. @KrauseHouseDAO - we are all jerry
  8. @templedao - still trying to figure out if !verify does anything
  9. @scribeDAO - which one of you will summarize this?
  10. @squiggleDAO - a DAO draped in rainbows

Top DAO Moments

wagmi
wagmi
  1. @ConstitutionDAO: Raising $41M from 17,437 contributors
  2. @PleasrDAO Inception: The birth of pleasrDAO and the first of many historic bids
  3. @dhof’s Loot governance experiments: AGLD vs. mLoot: One of the most interesting NFT phenomenons this year that also became a testing ground for gov experiments
  4. Clutch @samczsun: Legendary white hat hacker samczsun in a DeFi thriller
  5. @awrigh01’s WY DAO bill passes: But don’t forget to add “-DAO” at the end of your DAO’s name

Top DAO Crowdfunds

Purpose, degeneracy, memes
Purpose, degeneracy, memes
  1. @ConstitutionDAO: An experiment for a DAO with one single purpose: to buy the Constitution of the United States
  2. @KrauseHouseDAO (#WAGBAT): Crazy people that are going to buy an NBA team
  3. @EthereumFilm: Funding a character-driven documentary film on the challenges and rewards of building a new world
  4. @PrtyDAO: PartyDAO enabled degens to purchase NFTs as a collective of degens. Including @sirsuhayb’s Crypto Cookout, a community campaign to buy black cryptopunks, ongoing bid for The Smoke House
  5. @FreeRossDAO: The founder of Silk Road received a prison sentence of two lifetimes plus 40 years. In solidarity for Ross, FreeRossDAO gathers funds to buy Ross Ulbricht’s Genesis Collection, and protests the injustices of the American prison system.

Unstoppable DAOgenerates

Can't stop these degens from DAOing
Can't stop these degens from DAOing
  1. @Cooopahtroopa - fresh prince of web3
  2. @chaserchapman - mother of DrAOgens
  3. @patrickxrivera - crowdfund maxi
  4. @jacksondame - keep your friends close and your enemies closer
  5. @lsukernik - DAO wizardry
  6. @pet3rpan - slaying captain hook (moloch)
  7. @WillPapper - DAO mechanic
  8. @0xJim - value-add DAOoooor
  9. @divine_economy - shitposting one DAO at a time
  10. @TimshelXYZ - loot prophet

Most Contentious Governance Proposals

These were the most fiercely discussed proposals from some of the biggest players in DeFi
These were the most fiercely discussed proposals from some of the biggest players in DeFi
  1. Community-Enabled Analytics: Proposal to administer a $25M grant to Flipside to produce community-enabled analytics for @Uniswap. [FAILED]
  2. Facilitator Offboarding: @MakerDAO proposal to offboard the Facilitator of the Finance Core Unit. [PASSED]
  3. Treasury Diversification: Proposal to use 51M $SUSHI from the @SushiSwap treasury to onboard institutional investors. [WITHDRAWN]
  4. DeFi Education Fund: @Uniswap governance proposal to allocate one million $UNI to create and fund the DeFi Education Fund. [PASSED]
  5. Auditing: Invitation to audit firms to post their audit proposals after @compoundfinance’s Proposal 62 exploit. [PASSED]

Most Impactful

  1. @Gitcoin - make frens and git coins
  2. @Developer_DAO - onboarding our future buidlers
  3. @DreamDAO_ - training zoomers for future leadership
  4. @EcoDAO_ - minting NFTs to save mf trees
  5. @KomorebiFund - funding female and nonbinary crypto founders

DAO Thot Leaders

How we think about DAOs today has been heavily influenced by these people
How we think about DAOs today has been heavily influenced by these people
  1. @tracheopteryx - aping DAOvolution
  2. @gaby_goldberg - DAMN, she good
  3. @ljin18 - you have DAOr attention
  4. @JulzRoze - won’t stfu about pods
  5. @kaiynne - semi-benevolent dictator
  6. @Flynnjamm - learn to earn nerd
  7. @keikreutler - DAO historian
  8. @lex_node - gov 2.0 founding father
  9. @owocki - DAO cartographer
  10. @tobyshorin - squad wealth

Cutest DAO Airdrops

It's not about the money, it's about including our communities
It's not about the money, it's about including our communities
  1. $ENS: wagmi.eth
  2. $GTC: public goods goes public
  3. $dYdX: icymi, hope you’re enjoying at-home coffee
  4. $PEOPLE: we didn’t get the constitution, but at least we have each other
  5. $AGLD: who needs divine robes when you can have gold

Wise Words on DAOs

The best DAO and governance alpha of 2021
The best DAO and governance alpha of 2021
  1. A Prehistory of DAOs by Kei Kreutler
  2. The Eightfold Path to DAOism by Maria Gomez, Julia Rosenberg and Chun Poon
  3. Moving Beyond Coin Voting Governance by Vitalik Buterin
  4. Building and Running a DAO: Why Governance Matters by Tarun Chitra
  5. An Old Dictator Appears by Kain Warwick
  6. DAO Landscape by Cooper Turley
  7. A New Mental Model for Defi Treasuries by Hasu and monetsupply
  8. Turing-Complete Governance by Saffron Huang
  9. A Legal Framework for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations by David Kerr and Miles Jennings
  10. Unlocking the Treasury by Larry Sukernik

Help Is On the Way

DAO tools on the horizon in 2022, built by amazing teams
DAO tools on the horizon in 2022, built by amazing teams
  1. @OrcaProtocol - org management
  2. @Coordinape - compensation
  3. @rabbithole_gg - onchain credentials
  4. @wonderverse_xyz - project management
  5. @UtopiaLabs_ - payments and accounting
  6. @0xstation - onboarding
  7. @ParcelHQ - treasury management
  8. @0xCoinshift - treasury management
  9. @clarityteams - team workspace
  10. @agora_xyz - community gating

Closing Thoughts

Besides the people we mentioned above, contributors such as @rafathebuilder, @JuliaLipton, @spengrah, @stefdelev, @JonathanHillis, @raihan_, @jaesmail, @SpaceXponential and many others are tirelessly working to improve the DAOs we love. Whether it is finding an entry into social tokens through @ForeFront__ or learning how to start doing sh*t on @layer3xyz, we are all here to perpetuate the vibes and explore the ways that DAOs can change the world.

Web3 gives people ownership of the protocols they use and the communities they vibe in. While it is impossible to predict the technical and social innovations we will see in 2022, it is certain that DAOs will continue their path to unlocking the infinite power of collaboration.

Contributors

DAOs Wrapped 2021 was created by orcanauts.pod.xyz and orca-core.pod.xyz, with contributions from @MariaShen, @divine_economy, @eKRENZKE, @lsukernik, @MayaBakhai, @MitchellJHammer, @puntium.

About Orca Protocol

Orca Protocol makes governance accessible by creating tools around a DAO’s most basic primitive: people.

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