Blockchain not Bitcoin, NFT not Art

The origin of value, what NFTs are, and what comes next I was baffled by the rise of NFTs for quite some time. Why would people spend such exorbitant amounts on jpegs? The art is not even that good most of the time. If people wanted beautiful art, isn’t it more sensible to spend far less on local artists who will most likely produce much better art? Physical art, that is, not jpegs that anyone could “right click and save”....

September 26, 2021 · 12 min

I don't want toast

Recently, I have realized that all the mistakes I’ve made in the past, and is still making, have been caused by a single type of error: mistaking expedience for desire, for a call to action. When I am looking to make a purchase, say a toaster, I look for a “good deal”. The toaster can’t have a significant number of bad reviews. The price can’t be too low, such that the toaster is bound to break down in a month; but it also can’t be too expensive, such that the purchase becomes exorbitant....

July 8, 2020 · 3 min

What can a DAO do for John Doe?

The privileged don’t need DAOs As someone who’s spent months thinking about DAOs and governance, I knew there was a problem when I asked myself “Do I, personally, have need for a DAO today?” and answered “No”. To me, DAOs, or Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, are tools for collaboratively producing work. For instance, a software development startup could set up a DAO to handle its finances and decision making, in place of a corporation or a Limited Liability Company....

May 19, 2019 · 3 min

DAOmesh: Large-scale collaboration through a network of small DAOs connected by bounties

Or: World Wide Web for a collaborative economy 1. Intro Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are organizations where members collaborate through a smart contract enabled blockchain. Compared to traditional organizations, DAOs are much cheaper to create, their immutability and transparency makes them more trustworthy, and their programmability enables a wide variety of features. It is possible that DAOs are the next evolutionary step for corporations, which makes up most of today’s world economy....

May 17, 2019 · 16 min

Why Voting Tokens Are F**king Horrible, And 4 Ways to Fix Them

When I first read this tweet thread about the Aragon governance proposals voting on a rainy afternoon walk a month ago, my first reaction was blurting out “I’m sorry, but what the actual fuck?” Were I not in public, I would’ve bursted out laughing. Aragon is one of the most promising governance projects in the space, with more than 20k token holders, 70k Twitter followers, and a $14M token market cap....

February 24, 2019 · 18 min

Self-sufficient virtual organizations, and how to build them up

I believe one of the most, if not the most, important applications of blockchain and smart contact technology will be the establishment of self-sufficient organizations that are completely virtual: They will use virtual currencies like Ether and ERC-20 tokens to handle all transfers & storage of value. Their collaboration & making of crucial decisions will be handled by smart contacts. Their members will consist of pseudo-anonymous individuals from around the world who collaborate mostly remotely....

October 8, 2018 · 5 min

Short Crypto Rant

Disclaimer: No one in the world wants what I said in this post to be false more than I do. One  ConsenSys is not all rainbows, sunshine, and unicorns. (to the surprise of no one) The flat governance structure is something that definitely makes ConsenSys unique and enjoyable to work at: everyone treats you as equal, snobby dicks are rare, and no one tells you what to do at work everyday or when you go to work....

August 16, 2018 · 5 min