On Building Communities that Ship
During the last bull cycle, DAOs were primarily valued on the basis of “vibes”. This is an excellent bull market strategy when everyone, like Drake, is here for a good time, not a long time.
But in a bear market, where treasuries are down 80%, you want to attract/retain those Members who are here for a long time, not just a good time. And the best way to attract those people is to maintain an exclusive focus on shipping things out the door. Nothing motivates the community like seeing tangible things out on mainnet or IRL.
The rest of this essay covers how we at Superteam are trying to build a productive community.
Here’s the bad news: we have not solved the problem fully, and there are no silver bullets in this essay.
Here’s the good news: we’ve made plenty of mistakes (and have watched other communities make even more), so there should be a bunch of helpful lessons to learn from.
In particular, I’ll explain how we think about sizing our community, creating selection filters and talent magnets, impermanent loss, and the social technology of DAOs...
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