Hey all, I’m putting this up out there as I intend to be a delegate in the DAO.
Some background about me for those who aren’t aware:
I’ve been involved with API3 since before its inception. I’ve mainly taken up the role of community management but I’ve also been involved with marketing as a whole, business development, early investor stuff, and hiring. With regards to community management, I’d been involved in the setting up and cycling of different teams in charge of it - starting off with the founders who were moderating the Telegram in the initial stages, to the team of stewards that moderated the same for the remaining period while I handled Discord and Reddit, to finally, the current full time team of community managers that was distilled out of this, which handles every social channel of ours. Ofc I have also been directly involved with this (being the most active on the tg) as you’re prob aware
Re: biz dev - been handling the majority of inbound dApps and passing them over to Dave to sort out after the initial calls. I’ve also ended up taking up a hiring role by sending in a lot of the connections I’d built over the years I’ve spent in this space to not just the CM team, but nearly every team aside from Burak’s at this point.
As such, I have the unique perspective of being at the convergence of all these different groups of people that comprise and interact with the DAO, which also provides me visibility on what’s happening across the board, that most people aren’t aware of. It also allows me to intervene if I’ve found that there seems to be an inefficiency or miscommunication between different verticals, especially since this sort of information cannot quite be presented to the public due to the manner with which the DAO is structured.
As a testament to these points, I have managed to secure the backing of other team members whose views generally align with my own, and they will be delegating to me soon after this post goes live.
I would obviously act in the best interest of the organization because of this, ensuring that there are checks in place before different proposals are enacted. One of the reasons behind any team member putting themselves out as a delegate is to showcase the level of support that those in alignment with them have for them, as even among the internal team, there tends to be a fair amount of disagreement as to the direction to be taken on various things - which illustrates that the 30% token share that comprises the founding team is not one monolithic entity that agrees on all decisions, as others have mentioned before.
However, even though I have stated that my intent is to act independently, there is no guarantee to an outsider beyond the reputation that I’ve established that I’m bound to do so, and so I’d recommend that they instead seek out either VCs or notable community members to delegate to, if they’re looking beyond team members for the reason I’ve just stated. (I should add that I’d personally place university groups at a lower ranking than any of the other groups due to the relative opaqueness around them)
But yes, if you’re looking to put your vote behind a more public-facing team member who does not have the highest of voting power, I’d ask that you pick me - my voting address is midhav.eth.