@Sasha - Special Council Nomination 01/2024

Personal Information

Discourse ID: @Sasha

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NFTSasha

Country of Residence: United States of America

Educational Background:

(USA) B.S. in Computer Information Mgmt w/ minor in Business, Honors Program
(Ukraine) Valedictorian, high school

Professional Background:

  • 15 years - software development (from startups to Intel and Fidelity);
  • 5 years - CEO of esports team Gankstars (3x world champions, hired/managed ~100 people);
  • 6 months - venture partner/startup mentor at crypto accelerator for Stacks, a Bitcoin L2 chain (partnered for $168M follow-on funding)
  • 2 years - crypto/nft degen, an ex-ape/cool cat/etc.

Hobbies: writing a fantasy novel about nfts, working on an indie web2.5 game, traveling.

Nomination Statement

Concise statement on why you are running for the Special Council

Never minced my words, always championed transparency.

It would suck if this DAO failed completely. We need a special council focused on 1) attracting great devs/projects, 2) properly and timely communicating with ApeCoin holders, and 3) not snapping back at DAO participants who ask legitimate questions. This Ivory Tower bs has to end.

I want to be a plain-English point of contact for anyone passionate about the DAO and its potential. I believe the primary job of the Council - besides the obvious job of protecting the DAO/Foundation from legal/regulatory threats - is to help turn the trickle of talented developers into a powerful stream, cut expenses (our legal fees are out of control), and find a way for DAO to become self-sustainable.

It took Special Council two years to even issue a statement that projects can return money/profits to the DAO. This is unacceptable and a new sense of urgency is needed on the Council.

Yes, I will work full-time hours.

Motivation

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

As a long-time ecosystem participant (I received ApeCoin airdrop) who had contributed hundreds of hours to this DAO this year, I’m both concerned about the slow progress on the aforementioned issues and inspired by the hard work of some of the DAO participants who are trying their best to right this ship. I feel we mustn’t give up; we must do our best to turn around what is one of the best-funded DAOs in the space.

Rationale

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

I’m an initiative-taker and a mentor, having built software used by tens of millions and co-founded both a business (a 3x world championship-winning esports org where I hired/managed almost 100 people) and an accelerator (where I mentored 12 startups). I understand what builders need and how the DAO can best assist them because I’m a builder myself, not a politician (or, worse, a professional consultant).

I worked for both startups and multi-billion dollar multinational corporations. I’ve helped crypto startups find product-market fit, connect with lawyers, think about their tokenomics, prioritize features, and hire. I know how to think big, zoom out, and deal with complex issues.

In the evenings, I’m a regular degen who loves video games, memes, and making brief appearances in ApeFest moshpit videos.

Specifications

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

Other than my relevant experience in organization management I already described, you may look up my participation in the DAO to see detailed and thorough responses, sober analysis, and no-nonsense constructive criticism. Earlier this year I had the most likes of any forum contributor on a 12-month rolling basis.

Priorities

Help create a strong funnel of devs into the DAO
Who is responsible for cultivating this funnel in real, measurable terms? What are our goals/KPIs here? All of our salaries (SC, working groups, etc.) are self-serving unless we help the DAO finance many worthy projects.

DAO self-sustainability
Publish full & detailed guidelines on how projects can return money/profits to the DAO and focus on other initiatives that would make DAO self-sustainable.

Cut/reduce expenses to leave more money for projects/builders

Transparency
Actually talk to the community on all channels, answer their questions and concerns in a respectful way, and improve/create access to all key information about DAO operations.

Concluding Statement

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

Love you all! The nft community is my family and no matter the outcome of this election, I’m incredibly grateful and happy to be here and I wish whoever gets elected the absolute best.

Multiple qualified applicants and torn on how to vote? I’m sure we’ll have applicants who will only commit to working part-time, who will emphasize their connections or large followings. We’ve elected a few of those in the past.

If you feel they’ve done a great job - awesome, keep voting same people in.
If you do not - vote for me (or another candidate) who runs purely on experience, demonstrated passion for the DAO, a track record of participation, and caring for the DAO enough to commit full-time hours to what is one of the most important positions in the DAO space.

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Glad to see your nomination. You’ve rarely been seen on the forum lately. Your expertise and experience will definitely be useful

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Glad to see you back in action and running again :handshake:

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Not sure if he is running.

His post on x says he isn’t.

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Ahhh missed out on his X post

Hi @Sasha, I am asking all candidates the following same questions:

If elected, what is the one item you feel passionate about and would like to see accomplished during your tenure within the DAO?

What is an area of expertise that you will be bringing to the table?

Are there any factors in your life that may limit your time and ability to serve? (Running a business, extensive traveling, secret agent for the SEC, etc…)

What is your least favorite thing right now with our DAO in its current state?

Currently, many of the proposals are determined by large wallets, there are many grumblings about it though I stand neutral on this; if possible, would you change this? and if so, how and why?

Will you be an active participant in the DAO even if unelected?

Thank you and best of luck,

F/S

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Thank you, Zloj, and sorry for delay in replying! I took a step back to focus on my own project. I wouldn’t mind putting it aside for another year had the list of SC candidates been thin for some reason, so I submitted the app just in case. But the list is strong, and that’s great!

If my project doesn’t work out, I can come back to the DAO and maybe try my luck in the next election. Until then - I wish everyone here the best!! All of you putting hours of unpaid time into governance are heroes, and while the ship is slow, every little peck makes a bit of difference.

Have a great election and happy holidays! <3

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thank youuuu J, but see my explanation above. Hope you’ve been well.

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Yeah I just found out thru @bigbull and on X

Nevertheless we famz and always appreciate whatever you are doing

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

@Sasha has elected to withdraw their nomination. This topic will be moved to the Withdrawn Nominations category.

Kind Regards,

@moderators