This week in DAOs - Feb 2, 2023
A roundup of the most exciting developments in the DAO space.
🎙 In the latest episode of DAO or Never, Logos co-founders Geoffrey Arone and Isaac Patka discuss the latest in web3 schemes and scandals, new privacy proposals, important allies helping DAOs scale, and more. Available on Apple and Spotify.
🚘 Web3 Wheels - Automotive giant Toyota is exploring DAO tools and blockchain integration to improve company operations as part of its involvement with a web3 hackathon for DAO developers.
👟 Web3 Wearables - Global sportswear behemoth Nike has launched .SWOOSH, a platform serving as the epicenter of Nike’s web3 endeavors. .SWOOSH will showcase the brand’s NFTs and virtual apparel projects while offering creators opportunities to co-create and reap benefits from digital products.
📡 Telecom Transformation - Seasoned telecommunications company Emeldi Group is preparing to disrupt their own industry by developing a suite of telecom apps built on the blockchain. Beyond the appeal of an all-in-one decentralized communications product, Emeldi is betting that a blockchain-based product can reach underserved communities faster and more affordably than traditional technologies.
🇯🇵 Web3 Leadership - Japan is proactively developing national guidelines and policies for stablecoins, NFTs, and DAOs. The country is positioning itself as a leader in web3 by creating a digital ministry DAO, recognizing web3’s potential to resolve social issues, revitalize local communities, and stimulate the economy.
🛑 Scam Stopper - Following rise in digital asset malfeasance, or simply to make web3 and crypto a better place for all, Coinbase has integrated a suite of new safety features to its wallet app, making it easier for users to spot and take action on potential scams.
🚨 NFT Security - Millions in digital collectibles have been lost in recent scams and attacks. While there are steps that can be taken after a hack, here are some tools and best practices to protect you from becoming a victim in the first place. Still in the dark about NFTs? Start here.
Show Me the Money
🔬 DeSci FTW - Congrats to VitaDAO on securing $4.1 million in funding, led by Pfizer Ventures, Shine Capital, L1 Digital, and longevity enthusiast Balaji Srinivasan. VitaDAO is a decentralized autonomous organization dedicated to funding research in the field of longevity science. Side effects of VitaDAO include democratized science for all, and cooperative ownership for many.
🤑 Web3 Social - Congratulations to Plai Labs on your $32 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Tech veteran-founded Plai Labs is harnessing the power of web3 and generative AI technology to provide the ultimate social experience.
🛍️ Secure Shopping - Congratulations to Spatial Labs on securing $10 million in seed funding led by Blockchain Capital. Spatial Labs aims to revolutionize online shopping by enabling users to buy and sell consumer goods and track the item’s provenance and history with a blockchain-enabled microchip for a trusted and secure buying experience.
Read, Listen, Watch, Learn
🧭 DAOs 101 - The DAO Handbook, a tactical playbook for DAO building, shares stories from the world of DAOs, from record-breaking crowdfunds for charities, to the thornier side of hacks and regulation. Author Scott Fitsimones identifies how the principles of DAOs innately lower barriers to ownership and enable users to build better communities and create fairer organizations.
⚖️ Legally Speaking - In The Web3 DAO Dilemma, Miles Jennings discusses the importance of DAOs in web3 and the challenge of categorization. Is it business or software? Jennings sheds light on how policymakers can design safeguards to address this question, and offers governance design tips to enable compliance.
🚀 Launching DAOs - On Structuring a DAO // Origami DAO Launcher, City DAO’s Eric Gilbert-Williams speaks with Origami’s co-founder Matt Voska. The two discuss how Origami helps ambitious communities create and support valuable DAOs.
🎧 DAO Investment - On Tekin Salimi on Managing $125M Through A DAO, The Defiant’s Camila Russo speaks with dao5 founder, Tekin Salimi. They dive into the biggest DAO drama from the past year, why Tekin is so bullish on DAOs, the dao5 investment fund, and its plans to convert into a DAO.
🎥 Future of DAOs - In The Ultimate Round Table: Insights on DAO Governance, Devika Khandelwal of DAOLens hosts a panel of leaders in the DAO space. They discuss the most pressing DAO problems and share ideas for practical solutions, giving shape to the next generation of DAOs.
Deadlines and Events
🗣 Apply to Attend/Sponsor/Speak at ETHDenver 2023
🏔 February 24-March 5: ETHDenver 2023
🍊 February 27-March 5: Web3 Week, Miami
🔬 Apply for VitaDAO Funding
♀ March 13-15: Women in Blockchain Talks
🥐 March 20-24: Paris Blockchain Week
🎓 April 2-4: DAO Harvard
🇦🇹 April 3-6: EDCON
🤠 April 26-28: Consensus 2023
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