AIP-133: Boring Security - For The Long Haul!

Proposal Name

Boring Security - For The Long Haul!
Previous Proposal: AIP-9: Boring Security - Ecosystem Fund Allocation

Category

Ecosystem Fund Allocation

Abstract

Boring Security is a not-for-profit DAO that provides free classes, resources, and a place for everyone in NFTs and web3 to go to learn the things needed to stay secure. Boring Security answers the question in the space of “Where can I go to get high quality, vendor neutral, unbiased security information in the web3/NFT space?”.

Motivation

Boring Security has found success, but continued staffing, professionalization, and focus is needed. Admittedly, attracting Yuga asset and Apecoin holders to our ecosystem to consume our learning material has been challenging. Despite that however, Boring Security has grown from a handful of contributors teaching a few classes every now and then to a platform we believe the ecosystem really needs. We want to address these problems head-on and be able to fund the DAO’s efforts stress-free!

We also believe the existence of Boring Security has an extremely positive effect on the Apecoin and Yuga brands, which align well with the Apecoin DAO’s overall goals. We want to keep building, but we also want to build ourselves a treasury strategy that will allow us to cover our expenses in perpetuity. This will shield us from ever having to request funding from end users of our platform, ensuring all of our classes, content, and resources stay free forever. Voters should vote in favor of our proposal if they want Boring Security to be a permanent fixture of the Apecoin & Yuga ecosystem, and continue to play an integral role in allowing people to confidently and safely navigate web3 (and have apecoin to thank for it!).

Two of our contributors, Quit & Noohp, grinding away in the basement, keeping the club safe!

Rationale (Success of AIP-9)

We requested 6969 Apecoin in our initial grant proposal to help facilitate our first 3-6 months of operations. Since then we’ve built up strong partnerships, picked up amazing contributors, and have our sights set on being an integral part of web3 education for the long-term. So far, we think we’re off to a pretty strong start! We have executed several partnerships, as well as plans to expand our content to five languages by the end of the year. We have a guiding principle of inclusivity and diversity, and want web3 to be built and enjoyed by everyone, not just those with expensive monkey jpegs!

Partner Reel: A subset of our partners and some promotional material used for them.

Following the 6969 (~$35,000) $APE grant, Boring Security has:

  • Amassed 5000+ twitter followers
  • Educated over 600+ NFT holders
  • Grown the Boring Security discord community to 2300+ members
  • Inducted 450+ Boring Security token holders who passed a test demonstrating competent security knowledge into the Alumni Circle
  • Partnered with 20+ communities
  • Recruited 20+ contributors
  • Translated our classes into two other languages: Spanish and German
  • Launched our Boring Security Supporter Grid DAO NFT w/ MurAll’s help.
  • Written 10+ articles on our newly launched CMS platform (October Launch)

Promotional Material from our Spanish class taught this month

With this funding, operationally we were able to:

  1. Setup Coordinape and fund it with a portion of our Apecoin each month. DAO participants were paid out every month, based on their effort into the DAO and the perceived value of other contributors in the contributor bucket.

  2. Hire (1) staff member out of a legal entity already created to facilitate this effort. This staff member has been doing outreach, tracking attendance to courses, website content updates, issuing our BS101 NFTs, coordinating volunteer and partner activities & classes, Coordinape payout handling, tracking our metrics, and more.

Coordinape: The lines represent votes for compensation of our Coordinape Budget. We’re Growing!

Of the 6969$APE grant (and 4.5ETH Seed Funding provided by Feld), Boring Security has spent:

Recipient Category $ Total % Total Description
@fancyrats.eth Staff -$5,194.35 18.44% Web Dev
Feld Contributor -$3,494.51 12.41% Instruction, and paying contributors external to the DAO
og69.eth Art -$2,387.07 8.47% Boring Security Neon Sign
@AlexMarks3D Contributor -$1,930.57 6.85% 3D Design
noohp Contributor -$1,673.43 5.94% Resident Discord King
Kentasi.eth Art -$1,650.00 5.86% MurAll (Supporter Grid) Art
Partner Assets Partnership -$1,509.49 5.36% Various collections found in opensea.io/boringsecurity
@quit Contributor -$1,426.71 5.06% 102 Classes and 102 coursework, plus more
@mattborchert Contributor -$1,411.39 5.01% OG Instructor
crypto_kfx Contributor -$1,160.05 4.12% OG Instructor
Premint Tools -$1,149.81 4.08% To handle enrollments
WiiMee Contributor -$968.74 3.44% German Instruction, English Instruction, Content Creation, Discord helper
Sheftali Contributor -$897.75 3.19% Web Dev
subversieve Contributor -$747.63 2.65% Scheduling, Partnerships
@Asherah Contributor -$513.00 1.82% Instruction
Bored Ape Craftsmanship Club Art -$500.00 1.77% Art for 102
Ethereum Network Gas -$380.86 1.35% Gas
freekycrypto.eth Contributor -$346.88 1.23% Modding & Spanish Class Instructor
simonartonline Contributor -$263.18 0.93% Instructor
(L) Contributor -$256.50 0.91% Initial data & outreach
PopPunk Contributor -$212.94 0.76% Instruction
@Airicly Contributor -$48.67 0.17% Modding
Elisa Contributor -$45.63 0.16% Community Management
Total: -$28,169.15 (April 12th ~ October 11th, 2022)

  • $20,591 on Human Capital
    • $16,904 on our Coordinape Contributors (Instruction, Art/Design, Scheduling, Recruiting, etc.)
    • $3,687 on our developer team (Website)
  • $3,877 on set up fees for Boring Security across different platforms
    • Premint Creator Pass (1ETH)
    • Discord Bots
    • Boring Security Neon Sign
  • $2,387 on promotional materials
    • Art made by Kentasi, Bored Ape Craftsmanship Club, and Bejado
  • $340 on partnerships
    • When partner NFTs are cheap, we buy them to promo (oftentimes Feld pays out of pocket for more expensive ones).

When we did our last proposal, Apecoin was trading at $20+ - by the time we received it, it was down to less than $5, so… Boring Consulting has been keeping the party going😅:

Category Amount Notes
Human Capital $13,600 Web Development (MurAll)
Community Manager $2,500 One month salary
Business Setup Fees $9,208 Web Domain, Business Registration, New Employee Setup
Business Tools $454.10 Productivity Tools, Subscriptions, Storage, etc.
Marketing $347.31 Stickers
Total $26,109.41 Yikes, lol.

Part of the raise will be to pay back the amount of money paid by Boring Consulting to keep the DAO going and sprinting towards all these recent milestones! Boring Security still has funds leftover, but we wanted to get more funds before paying them!

For a full breakdown of every single transaction made from Boring Security and on Boring Consulting for Boring Security, check out our Google Sheet here:

We also have a transparency page up on https://boringsecurity.com/transparency

Key Terms

Coordinape - This is a tool that allows for folks to coordinate and recognize their efforts made towards the DAO. We use this to vote on how 50% of the fixed burn-rate costs will be used.

Liquidity Pool - A liquidity pool in DeFi is where two or more assets are deployed into a smart contract, that allows folks to use them as liquidity, and while the Liquidity Provider earns passive income on fees generated by those transactions.

Impermanent Loss - Impermanent Loss occurs when a liquidity pool position would have been better off simply holding their assets. A prime example of this is imagine you are providing liquidity between apecoin and usdc. If the price of apecoin rises, that means the liquidity provider is selling more apecoin than they are buying. As the price continues to rise the fees generated + the price difference of what apecoin is now, means that we would have been better off holding apecoin in terms of portfolio balance. More info on impermanent loss by a fellow mutant here: What Is IMPERMANENT LOSS? DEFI Explained - Uniswap, Curve, Balancer, Bancor - YouTube

Specifications

What platforms and technologies will be used, and what is their purpose?

Discord - To organize, teach, announce, and otherwise communicate with our community

Twitter - Twitter things.

Coordinape - Defined above.

Our Website - We have a Content Management System with articles and partnerships with Ledger Question, etc. to bring the best security education content in web3.

Bankless DAO Bounty Board - This will be for our vetted contributors to be able to earn $APE from the DAO coffers. We believe it will mobilize our contributors in a very measured and definable way. https://bountyboard.bankless.community/

Ledger Quest (Not yet released) - To expand our reach beyond just teaching live classes.

Uniswap - To manage our treasury Liquidity Pool positions & revenue source for the DAO

Snapshot - voting tools for the DAO to help direct treasury funds

Steps to Implement

What are the associated costs, manpower, and other resources that will be required in order to fulfill your proposal?

With the accumulated expenses from Boring Security and the out-of-pocket expenses from Feld, we can make an estimate of our monthly burn rate to keep things up and running.

Estimated Monthly Burn Rate: $10,000 - 11,000 minimum

  • $5,000 on Coordinape to pay contributors
  • $2,500-3,500 on WebDev and other maintenance expenses
  • $2,500 to Boring Consulting for Community Manager salary

One of our biggest failures as it pertains to our mission is our critically low enrollment of BAYC/MAYC holders (estimated to be around 100 total). With our recent acquisition of our community manager, and our systemized structure, attracting BAYC/MAYC holders will again take a large role in the DAO. We believe that it reflects poorly on the entire space when the most sophisticated NFT influencers and players spread misinformation by lack of understanding of basic ethereum functionality and smart contracts. Outreach to apes will be back on the table - and we’re working with Apecoin and other partners to make this happen!

We believe that our current staffing is sufficient to sustain the next phases of the mission. IF we ever wanted to monetize parts of the business (such as Discord Security reviews or Smart Contract reviews), those aspects of the business will sustain themselves, and feed back into the treasury.

The main steps to implement would be as follows:

  1. Sell our Supporter Grid NFT: https://boringsecurity.murall.art is the mint site (in progress)
  2. Fund the DAO multisig wallet treasury through this apecoin grant (in progress)
  3. Implement Treasury strategy outlined in section 10 (Pending)
  4. Implement DAO management tools (Bankless Bounty Board & Snapshot (Pending)
  5. Fund security education initiatives proposed and voted on by our community that make Boring Security and Apecoin DAO and the Yuga ecosystem look good :sunglasses: (Pending)

For a more detailed breakdown of costs, see section 10.

Supporter Grid artwork featuring our contributors in our satellite offices outside the swamp

Timeline

For those curious we more or less knocked the Phase 1 and Phase 2 portions of our first proposal out of the park, minus the shortcomings discussed throughout this proposal. We are shifting gears a little bit on Phase 3 as hiring multiple developers and the like would be a cost this DAO is not willing to bear, as we want to maintain a lean cost structure. Please review our previous proposal for more information: AIP-9: Boring Security - Ecosystem Fund Allocation

Next steps:

Phase 4: Q4 2022 & Q1 2023

Summary: (Boring Security) DAO-mode - Engage

Milestones:

  • Get ApecoinDAO funded & treasury online through grants and Supporter NFT sales
  • Deploy our DAO tooling (Bounty Board & Snapshot, etc.)
  • Have engagement across our proposals and fund at least three initiatives outside the DAO (that benefit Boring Security and Apecoin holders) submitted by our Supporters.

Phase 5: Q2 2023 - Q4 2023

Summary: Partner Everywhere & Metaverse expansion.

We want security education to be ubiquitous, incentivized, engaging and high quality. In “boring” corporate web2 jobs, everyone remembers having to do lame Security Awareness training every year. Boring Security wants to have its content everywhere and even be able to reward apecoin token holders that consume it!

Milestones:

  • Integrate our curriculum and learnings into a minimum of 10 major partners (Think: Ledger, other blue chips, 10ktf, other quest P2E models).
  • Build out a library of engaging content that can be consumed asynchronously.
  • Build out another 25-50 partnerships with other projects across the space.
  • Deploy our learnings and availability across metaverses such as Otherside, Sandbox, and others where applicable when the time comes!
  • Build out a “user journey” experience where people can come to our website, describe their knowledge, desires, and responsibilities, and have a customized curriculum built out for them.

Overall Cost

Over the next year, we believe that Boring Security will become the central security hub for people in the NFT, crypto, and web3 communities. We have etched out a rough outline of how we believe we will be allocating the funds, along with what we will do with the proceeds. Although our DAO structure will, in time, allow for the voting and direction of some of these funds, our initial budget has the breakdown of the requested funds as follows:

[Funds Requested from Apecoin DAO] [Funds Expected from Supporter NFT]

$420,696.9 Estimated Proceeds $170,000

:arrow_right: ~$590,696.9 :arrow_left:

Funds Requested from Apecoin DAO Breakdown (~$420,696.9):

  • $380,000 for UNIv3 Deployment Strategy
  • $26,109.41 to pay back Boring Consulting (Feld) for out-of-pocket expenses
  • $13,987.49 Immediate Partnerships and promotion use (Ledger, etc.)

We plan to reach out to other communities and partners to generate funds from our Supporter NFT (more information on supporter (grid) NFT can be found at https://boringsecurity.murall.art). These funds will be added to UNIv3 and bring the total funds for our deployment strategy to $550,000.

Treasury Strategy:

We will be deploying a 3-pronged liquidity provision approach to our strategy that keeps us heavily aligned & exposed to $APE. We believe that liquidity across DeFi is important, and Feld is a proven DeFi expert and liquidity provider with Apecoin, having managed $10mm+ position with the ApeDAO and $500k-$2mm positions personally. Feld’s current Apecoin liquidity position is one of the top all-time performers for a wide band position.

Uniswap position for mrbayc.eth (Feld) on revert.finance

A big part of this strategy is to not only allow the DAO to generate fees and provide valuable liquidity provision service to Apecoin, but it deleverages the DAO from price risk of APE & ETH respectively. Though this is subject to change, this is our initial strategy for liquidity deployment at the time of this writing:

UNIv3 Strategy - Initial Capital Deployment

UNIv3 Deployment $250,000 $150,000 $150,000
Asset #1 APE APE ETH
Asset #2 ETH USDC USDC
Range 150 - 350 APE/ETH $3.00 - $10 APE/USDC $1000-3000 ETH/USDC
Fee Tier 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Monthly Revenue ~$12,000 ~$2,000 ~$4,000
Backtester link (To assess Revenue) revert_ revert_ revert_

A majority of the Apecoin DAO funds we are requesting will be used to deploy our UNIv3 strategy, and the monthly revenue generated by the UNIv3 Deployment will be used to cover our maintenance costs. Of the ~$18,000 monthly revenue listed above:

  • $10,000 - 11,000 would be utilized for our estimated Monthly Burn Rate (broken down in Specifications)
  • Half of the remaining ~$6-8,000 leftover will be re-compounded back to the UNIv3 positions to account for impermanent loss and add to the long-term sustainability of the DAO.
  • The other half of the remaining funds, if any, will be spent on project initiatives such as MurAll, merch, referral and Alumni incentives, and other collabs.

A sneak peak at some of our upcoming drops. We plan to sell Merchandise (at a discounted price for Alumni) and use some of our extra treasury money to cover the upfront costs (and eventually make it back +some, we hope!)

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Ty Feld for building this from ground zero to being the reference today for security on WEB3 :clap:

Let´s take this to the next level all together! :pray:

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Boring Security has stayed very busy since their first proposal was passed. They have connected and helped many Web3 communities. By hosting classes and making partnerships, they’ve made a solid name for themselves. We as a DAO should be proud of what they are doing, and I think we should continue to support!

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Thanks so much for your support!

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This is absolutely amazing, and I love to see these LP strategies proposed as a means to create perpetual funding mechanisms for teams working with ApeCoin. Such a cool idea, and I’m so glad to see it happening in the DAO.

There are just too many benefits of this AIP, adding APE liquidity, funding an amazing team, helping educate web3 users and our own token holders on security practices, all of it. :raised_hands:

I’m very impressed with what Boring Security has been able to build since AIP-9! :clap:

I can’t wait to vote yes on this and see more teams start to think about how they can secure funding, while also increasing the depth of liquidity for APE. Great job, and thank you for keeping us safe!! :heart:

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Hi @Feld,

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- river

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Hey River! I think we’re good to move this to Draft, though I’ve made a few changes in the Google Doc I think should probably be reflected in the thread.

Should I make the changes here now or once we migrate it over?

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Finally, someone smart enough to use LPs to create perpetual funding efforts. I’ll vote for this just because of this.

I’ve been in the Boring Security Discord for a while now, and it’s helped to keep me safe. I am a firsthand beneficiary of their services. I’m in on this one for the great yield farm strategy and the known benefits. LFG

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Hey @Feld,

Either way is fine! If the topic is unable to be edited feel free to shoot a DM so we can edit it for you :slight_smile:

- river

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To be honest the (apecoin) DAO should be the sole benefactor of LP strategies. So it stands to reason that projects funded by it should look to capture some of that value, and in return are able to derisk slightly from the price exposure of Apecoin.

When running the strategy for $APED for the ApeDAO, the DAO itself was the largest LP provider. It didn’t make sense for anyone else to be. Since we anticipate our Supporter NFT sales to bring in 130+ ETH, that will lessen the amount of Apecoin we have to sell to get these strategies off the ground in the first place!

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Hey River, I can’t edit it - wondering if when we migrate this over to the Draft if we can make sure the small edits I made in the Timeline section get reflected. I also put a link to AIP-9 at the top for reference.

I still want to include the Google doc in the Draft just because I think its easier to digest.

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- river

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Boring Security has done a ton to bring personal security education across lots of NFT projects.

I’ve taken their class and learned a lot to help keep my assets safer, and the growing number of classes across NFT communities is really impressive.

Also, I am running ChainpPatrol, a venture-backed web3 security company, and am very interested in forming a partnership with @Feld and Boring Security

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Boring Security is amazing, thank you Feld for educating so many communities and keeping us safe!

I also love that classes are being taught in other languages like Spanish and German, having these resources in languages beyond English are so essential to adoption and helping newcomers feel safe in web 3- would love to hear about any plans you may have to add other languages in the future.

Excited to vote in favor of this!

-Halina.eth :cherry_blossom:

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I love the Boring Security! Would personally love to keep supporting them!

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+1 from me as well. @Feld Let me know if you need any support on video production, could create a series to onboard people.

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

We have sent a list of initial questions to the author

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Kind Regards,

- river

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

@Feld has responded to our questions and they are in our review once again.

Follow this Topic as further updates will be posted here in the comments.

Kind Regards,

-river

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

We have sent a list of follow up questions to the author

Follow this Topic as further updates will be posted here in the comments.

Kind Regards,

- river

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