It is amazing how MakerDAO is handling the move from a semi-centralised entity (under the supervision of The Foundation) to a fully decentralised DAO.
Considering that this process is happening in a purely decentralised fashing, is nothing short of amazing. This said, it goes without saying, that there are tons of business-processes, good practices, experience, contacts, knowledge, that are hard to achieve (especially in the short term) this way.
As it is well-known, MakerDAO is in the portfolio of A16Z (Portfolio - Andreessen Horowitz). They hold a good amount of MKR.
It is also known, in the community, that A16Z has been silent in the last few years. They have never directly interacted with the community.
[Note: Maybe they did interact with the Foundation. We don’t know]
It is quite possible that MakerDAO is, for them, just one of many investments, and they didn’t find it valuable to invest resources in it, yet.
However they might change their mind, or consider it in a different way, if we asked them explicitly to show up and give advice (as a very resourcefull MKR-holding entity).
- Let’s prepare, by a distributed effort, a letter for them to request their help/collaboration/support in this important phase of MakerDAO.
- Let MKR holders sign this letter through vote (this gives it Governance authority).
- Let’s send this letter to A16Z. This letter should be public (in the spirit of the DAO) anyway.
I believe such an initiative would be appreciated by A16Z. If also released to the ‘press’ in the appropriate way, it could even be good publicity for both MakerDAO and A16Z.
What do you think?
NOTE 1: A16Z clearly states here (link) that:
Put simply, our primary objective in governance is to create the conditions necessary for protocols to achieve long-term adoption and self-sustainability.
I think this sounds very promising, considering that this is exactly the type of help we’d like to get from them.
NOTE 2: I made this proposal with A16Z in mind. But the same could be pushed forward with outer institutional investors involved in MakerDAO.