Terms & Conditions
BLOCKS Terms & Conditions
Traditional (permissioned) DOs generally rely on conventional marketing efforts (coordinated between disparate parties) and depend on investment in developers to build applications—even when this is done on blockchain architecture. Decisions come from a system that looks very similar to the typical (hierarchical) corporate structure of management.
DAOs, on the other hand, make use of open networks; and rely heavily on open source development, which is generated by communities of individuals who coordinate via forums and blog posts. Such participants are primarily driven by research and intellectual curiosity. DAOs that facilitate a high level of engagement from a large variety of people and initiatives naturally hold higher degrees of self-propagation in design and direction. Moreover, this model has theoretically higher “bus factors”. That is: The points of failure / vulnerability are distributed, thus mitigating severe repercussions. Traditional organizations are subject to central points of weakness, middlemen, and unaligned stakeholder interests.
DAOs are the most efficient (that is: streamlined and cost-effective) business model ever conceived. Moreover, they are arguably the most fair. Due to the format of their governance, they are able to shore up the weaknesses of traditional centralized businesses; and even overcome the shortcomings of many blockchain projects. Otherwise sluggish processes can be expedited. DAO tooling like Gnosis Safe enables pseudonymous groups to pool and manage funds across jurisdictions; and do so within minutes. The equivalent process to establish a traditional joint bank account could take months; and in some cases, it wouldn’t be possible for individuals from different jurisdictions to jointly manage a bank account.
A true DAO has only a single interest to protect: that of the business itself. It requires no employees or executive managers, thereby providing a service without consideration of salaries and intermediaries, or even the constraints of haggling over financial forecasts. Businesses can survive on the most razor-thin margins imaginable, and only need to cover the cost of existing; nothing more.
DAOs are gaining a lot of steam as more and more groups start launching their own governance tokens. A variety of off-chain and on-chain tooling continue to advance the ability for these systems to elegantly distribute ownership and management. These systems offer the latest modes of human coordination. Consequently, they are blazing a trail for thousands of governance experiments to run concurrently.
More research needs to be done to further detail the extent to which specific DAOs are technically and culturally autonomous. It will be instructive to continue analyzing the difference in technical and cultural decentralization exhibited by projects of a specific category. Every enterprise will invariably demonstrate some mixture of centralized and decentralized characteristics throughout their development; so it is important to assess the virtues / drawbacks of both.
As the Web 3.0 ecosystem continues to develop, the most successful enterprises will learn to implement some form of DAO structure, distributing both coordination and network ownership, and making governance more efficient and fair.
BLOCKS was founded on the beliefs that decentralization and autonomy are the cornerstones for the future of business functions and should be embraced wholly as we move forward. When BLOCKS DAO LLC was first established, it was done so with the intention that by embracing the DAO structure, the organization and contributors therein would be creating a company with ideal scalability, security, and operability. In structuring as a DAO LLC, BLOCKS has taken the first and most important step in creating the vision for the future of business.