@NFD - Nomination 7/2023

Personal Information

Discourse ID: @NFD

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Non_Fundribble

Nomination Statement

Concise statement on why you are running for the Special Council

Having spent the vast majority of my professional life in highly regulated TradFi institutions, including being a committee/board member responsible for the governance and oversight of regulated platforms, I am keen to bring my years of experience within operational frameworks to web3 - my passion.


Details on your motivation for becoming an ApeCoin DAO Special Council member

I have seen the good that the ApeCoin ecosystem has done and continues to do. My vehement belief is that we are only scratching the surface in terms of how and where ApeCoin can be utilised and I wish to be part of an esteemed group of councillors helping to facilitate meaningful initiatives for the broader community.


Share relevant experience and skills that will bring value to the ApeCoin community

I have many years experience sitting on Oversight Committees, Diversity and Inclusion Councils and Leadership Councils for some of the largest names in finance. These positions - of which I am tremendously proud to have held - have shaped me into the objective, fair and balanced decision maker that I am today. I believe that I can, in conjunction with fellow Council Members, deliver meaningful, transparent and trust-based outcomes for the ApeCoin community.


Further describe relevant experience, including crypto and governance participation, and/or ideas for DAO improvement

My time served as Oversight Committee Member (a voting position) saw me involved in governing the operations of an MTF ( a regulated trading platform) on behalf of it’s members. A relevant example of governance would be receiving product enhancement requests from members and following the proper decision making framework for delivery (acceptance) or not (rejection). Alternatively, I’d often receive proposals from regulators and industry bodies with recommendations that could impact our member base - again, this would require careful consultation and due process.

I am drawing parallels in this example between running a venue on behalf of members and running a DAO on behalf of holders.

Concluding Statement

Summarize your statement as to why you are the best choice for Special Council

I believe I am the best candidate to fill a vacant seat on the Special Council because my real world experience gained over many years is uncommon in the web3 space. We are indeed ‘still early’ and where innovation and entrepreneurialism shines through in this wonderful web3 world of ours, governance, decision making frameworks and ethical leadership are relatively scarce.

I can help bridge that gap and would also love to be the face for MAYC on the council.


Additional information about me and my candidacy can be found here: https://twitter.com/Non_Fundribble/status/1663184882632122371?t=zZqouz4A7flMRu4NWRn2Lw&s=19

Hear my takes during this Mocaverse Spaces:

My latest views expressed in this ApeComms spaces. I appear at the 38 minute mark for those that don’t have a spare 4 hours:

My interview with The DAM Show:


Round of applause for my :uk: bro here :clap:

You’ve got my vote :heavy_check_mark:


You got my vote, NFD! :muscle:


Offering my support for your candidacy. LFG NFD! :white_check_mark:


Hey NFD, great you’re putting yourself forward. What do you think your main $APE related priority would be if you received a place on the special council?


Hi @Balou , thanks for the question. At the risk of potentially sounding like a broken record, I would like to champion proposals that create new use cases for $APE. Right now the token ebbs and flows based on Yuga updates and I would very much like to see us move away from that and support initiatives that bring greater meaning and purpose (and subsequently value) to $ape.


You have my vote NFD


Appreciate you, H3ctor


Thank you @vngrd and welcome to Discourse :+1:


Thanks a lot Line, your support means a lot :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Go ahead, buddy! You can do it ahah! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Appreciate the support @75andre40


Could you highlight a bit more on how your personal experience differentiates you from the other nominees?


Hi @_Luke, appreciate the question. My experience is quite unique, not just among the nominees but more generally. I have extensive sales/growth leadership experience but owing to the regulated nature of those positions, I also have a long history of dealing with lawyers, regulators and compliance stakeholders covering multiple jurisdictions.

My sales/growth/partnership experience will be pivotal in helping drive engagement with new Apecoin partners (creating new real world use cases) but my red-tape experience will also be put to good use in ensuring an orderly functioning of the foundation’s business.

This application is based on real experience gained through sensitive roles within complex corporate structures; not based on Twitter follower count.


My number one question I am asking to all nominees is, in your opinion what is the biggest hurdle we’ve yet to get past in the DAO?

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Thanks so much for that answer! I’m excited to see your experience used to further the DAO, you have my support!

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Great question @phibacka31. I think there will always be ways of improving operational tasks and reducing friction within the foundation. The DAO is still in its infancy and as with any new business or organisation, it is an iterative process.

However, the greatest challenge in my opinion is two-fold:

  1. There is a clear need (as I’ve said before) to move away from initiatives that exhaust DAO resources without a mechanism or plan that advances the DAO and/or ApeCoin more broadly.

  2. A silent force that is growing in the background is how DAOs are recognised legally and how various jurisdictions are outlining plans to regulate those entities. If recent digital asset guidance serves as our nearest reference point and as a way of testing the regulatory temperature, it is not far fetched to imagine that DAOs will be regulated not just by their home state (Cayman) but also may be beholden to rules imposed by their host state regulatory regime too. A good example of this wrap around regulation can be read in the UKs future guidance. Whilst this is not a foregone conclusion, we should be aware of the shifting regulatory sands beneath us.


Thank you for the response NFD. I agree that there is still so much unknown and being prepared for the is imperative. Good luck on the election process!


NFD - best of luck! Loved co-interviewing you for ApeCoin Radio. No doubt about it - you’re a qualified candidate. But if not elected, I’d so love for you to stay and continue bringing your smarts, wisdom, and passion for decentralized finance to this DAO in one role or another.

Once Treasury WG is approved (if it is), it seems that could be also a great place for someone with your skillset.