Title: Governator MVP Grant Proposal - S3
Authors: montgomery#8177, ivan7538🏴#4763
Squad: montgomery#8177, ivan7538🏴#4763, Tiki#0503, Joel🏴#9244, stradford#0364, ken#704617000
Date Created: Feb 2, 2022
Date Posted: Feb 8, 2022
Sum up this proposal in a few bullet points or sentences.
- Soft Consensus Governance (Guild elections & proposals, etc) is largely run by awkwardly public Sesh bot polls with minimal checks & no follow-thru automation
- Governator is a new software solution that implements automated secret polling to secure gated votes in an auditable, but private manner
- Long term, Governator will integrate with Web3, automatically run elections, handle role transitions, and potentially route funding
- This proposal seeks for initial bootstrap funding of 476,000 BANK and will deliver an MVP by the end of the Season.
Why are you making this proposal?
We are making this proposal to provide fair governance through the use of private voting on Discord. Private voting in elections guard against coercion (“positive” persuasion, neutral bias, and potentially negative consequences) and are essential to the integrity of the democratic process.
What problem or opportunity does this proposal target?
We have an opportunity to replace the need for Guild Organizer’s and Ops folks creating manual Sesh survey’s every season to run elections. (potentially add some details of the research we’ve accumulated about the manual process) Private voting will also encourage involvement in the governance process as the individual votes will not be visible to the majority. This fosters a fair and inclusive process to governance and is at the center of some of the issues we are tackling at the moment.
What are the driving factors behind why you think this is a good idea?
Fair governance and participation have been at the forefront of many of us here at BDAO. As our talent pool increases the need for more role holders will increase. The increase in role holders will require a more full-time/round the clock process to create voting polls, submit payment, change permissions and execute these in a timely manner. Being able to effectively manage this process will increase transparency which will encourage participation. Governator is not an answer to the greater opportunities we have in governance but it will create a simpler process that encourages participation in the process.
How does this project help the DAO achieve its mission and align with it’s values?
We need to automate governance systems to unlock contributor’s time and ultimately scale the DAO’s coordination mechanics. With a product dedicated to automating governance, we can actually look at scaling out.
Governator will help by creating a consistent, user-friendly governance automation tool to help people engage and discover the power of governance.
Explain the project in detail. You’re expected to have done your homework and the more exact numbers and implementation details, the more likely the proposal will be approved. Include squad details, including any positions that have yet to be filled (e.g., you need to add someone from the dev guild to the squad).
This project is currently in its infancy and has the potential to stretch in a ton of directions as we gather feedback & research over time. Our preliminary roadmap is as follows:
Phase 1: MVP & Research
Though our ambitions are quite large (automating elections as code :sweat-smile), we know that we first need private polling in order to do anything.
The MVP of the product will focus on the bones of the product:
- Frontend for creating & managing polls
- Discord Bot for participating in private polls & automatically showing results
These bones offer us a path in the future to pursue Poll Chaining automation which would allow us to codify and run an entire election from nominations to announcing the winner(s).
The MVP tech team requires Frontend, Backend, and Bot developers - all needs have been covered by the existing team.
While we construct the private polling MVP, we will push a research initiative to uncover:
- How guilds and projects are currently running their governance processes
- How Governator can aid them
This could shift how we prioritize roadmap items for Season 4+ and potentially influence how these teams govern themselves by asking the right questions and providing information & technology to support them.
The research initiative will be in partnership with the Research Guild and led by the active PM in the project.
Phase 2: V1 & Content
Once we have the MVP complete and research to aid us, we will double down on technical features to deliver governance automation solutions. The preliminary plan is to:
- Create Poll Chaining to automate a simple election from start to finish
- Attempt to orchestrate governance-as-code as a public standard
While we work on the tech, a separate team will spin up to form the brand & educational element. A huge portion of the product in the future is education! We must teach people about governance, the different options available to them in running elections, and how our product can help them achieve their ideal outcomes.
We will need education, content marketing, writers, social, and even Bankless Consulting!
This product may have a challenging monetization strategy through typical SaaS means.
Though we aim to pursue a classic Freemium model in which the product is free to use but certain features are gated, the TAM may be quite limited in the initial launch.
Where products like Sesh may be installed on 140k servers, they only bring in $200k in yearly revenue - other Poll services less. And Governator will not be applicable to this many servers as it pursues a burgeoning DAO marketplace.
So, in the short term (as we edge into the early market) this product may require public goods funding from Gitcoin and/or an Alliance of DAOs to support its work over time - even in combination with a light monthly fee for use. Perhaps in time the market will grow and Governator will be positioned very well to be a flexible governance solution for the mass market.
Include details about funding requirements. You must include a detailed breakdown that explains how the funds will be allocated. Funding will not be approved for proposals without a funding breakdown. This is where the squad can request rewards for their expected contributions to the project, including any work done to scope the project and create the proposal.
We request 476k BANK for this project in Season 3.
- Scoping Phase - 100k BANK
- 5 hours per week for 6 weeks = 30k BANK
- 5 hours per week for 6 weeks = 30k BANK
- Tech Research
- FE: 5 hours per week for 4 weeks = 20k BANK
- Bot: 5 hours per week for 4 weeks = 20k BANK
- MVP - 331k BANK
- 5 hours per week for 10 weeks = 50k BANK
- 5 hours per week for 10 weeks = 50k BANK
- FE: Pointed & buffered average = 126k BANK
- BE & Bot: Pointed & buffered average = 105k BANK
- DevOps - $0
- Branding (Perchy) - 5k BANK
- Research - 40k BANK
- Guild Governance Surveys [20k] x2
- Partnering with Research Guild
Total Ask: 476K BANK
If the project will use the Bankless DAO brand outside the DAO, explain in detail how the brand will be used and add a “Bankless Brand” tag to the project.
This product does not necessarily require the outward use of the Bankless brand, but it will leverage a Chippi as mascot and representative.
How will the project’s success be measured?
- A functional prototype will be created and available to the DAO by the end of the Season.
- Any DAO member will be able to create a timed, private Discord poll
- A stretch goal of creating a recurring, chained poll will be attempted, but not guaranteed
- In future seasons, the KPIs will shift to server installations and consumer usage as we pursue the replacement of Sesh polls
Immediate action items, should this proposal be accepted.
Once accepted, the GC will fund the team’s multisig wallet. The work is already in-flight in order to meet the aggressive 2 month target.
Who you are & disclose your interests with making the proposal
Jameswmontgomery.eth - BanklessDAO genesis member, prev Developers Guild organizer, ex-Grants Committee, and passionate DAO contributor. I have seen first hand the drain of manual governance and am committed to putting the A back in DAO by creating software that automates this labor.
Ivan7538 - AV guild contributor/Knowledge Session Contributor. I have 14+ years of organizational management skilled in bringing people together to collaborate and execute.
Tiki0503 - DEGEN bot mechanic / developer, experience with building discord bot features like first-quest bot and SquadUp. Passionate about living bankless and everything DAO and super stoked to help bringing this idea to life.
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Should we fund this product?
- Not yet