April 2019 DAO Voting Decisions

As promised, now that I have received multiple voting keys post-DIP3, I am sharing my voting decisions for the April 2019 DAO voting cycle. If you want to follow my voting choices and/or use them as a template, but not delegate your voting keys to me, you can download a text file of my recommendations here.

My goal is not to savagely cut the fat but to influence these NO and ABSTAIN voted proposals towards what I consider more productive directions, in most cases. I am available to talk and even advise.

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  • #BuildWithDash – Dash Integrations with Online Payment Apps: YES. This PO has delivered for Dash before and is communicative and interested in teamwork, now a Dash Ignite member. The Dash ecosystem is desperately thin on developer talent and the only other developer outreach I am aware of was run by QuantumExplorer and had to be canceled due to fall in the price of Dash in 2018.
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  • DASH-PR-PROPOSAL-1-OF-2—SHIFT-COMMUNIC. NO. The proposal is uninspired, there is no video and I have no sense this organization is prepared to use our precious DAO funds effectively and judiciously.
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  • DASH-PR-PROPOSAL-2-OF-2—WACHSMAN-PR: ABSTAIN. Wachsman actually produced an impressive video. Why can’t they produce more video for us instead of getting all these hype articles posted in low-quality crypto blogs? Maybe they just need better direction?
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  • DASH EMBASSY TURKEY Q2 2019: ABSTAIN. This is a new project in an inflationary economy and therefore I’d like to see what they can do. At the same time, this has all the warnings signs of another embassy that thinks it is above street-level mass adoption work and therefore rarely produces anything of value beyond boxed hot air.
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  • Dash Force May – August: NO. This project adds value to Dash via dashnews.org but it is also a hype machine that causes people in the Dash community to confuse dream with reality, and thus make realistic goals and realistic results look sub-standard. As such, it is also a threat to the growth of Dash towards a real product to be used by real people. Further, this organization is responsible for the disaster that is DiscoverDash. I am afraid to vote against Dash Force, but I refuse to give in to fear so here goes.
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  • DACH Embassy: NO. Cycle after cycle I see DACH producing presentations but little or no real live video of their work. I am not seeing any work beyond high-level bizdev and ideas like we integrate with payment processor X and somehow that means we automatically get 10,000 new merchants. This is fantastical thinking. We need users, not just to integrate with apps that maybe also don’t have a lot of users or where the demand for Dash is low to nil. Worse, now I see this embassy concept spreading. High-cost, low-result office-based Dash representation is not going to move the needle.
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  • Dash Retail: YES. I am involved in this project but draw no comp. Basic retail adoption and wallet pricing parity infrastructure. Borne from my ground-level adoption efforts.
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  • Evolución Dash: NO. This PO used to work for me. This proposal is a mess, clearly not ready for execution.
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  • Core Team Compensation: YES. Core team keeps the protocol work going BUT their aggressive schedule of updates has caused multiple problems with mobile wallet payments not to mention the current voting cycle. Further, DCG does not report to Dash Watch. DCG is a black box that it seems feels like it does not need to take into account its peers in the ecosystem. I want to see more transparency in how comp is spent by department, or at least developers vs non-developers. I want more communication, teamwork and Dash Watch reporting, otherwise I am going to move to ABSTAIN votes.
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  • Dash Nexus: YES. Nexus is helpful for voting but not essential by any means. It’s more of a stretch goal, but definitely something we should have for the future.
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  • Dash Nigeria: NO. I see photo ops that look like they were paid for. I see events that might be the same group of friends changing shirts and having pizza for different coins. I see merchants listed on DiscoverDash.com that are just points of sale for vouchers or something? I see the primary deliverable touted as integrations and these integrations do not seem to be of much identifiable value. I attempted on two occasions to engage with the PO and was treated unacceptably both times.
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  • Dash Texas Farms: YES. Friendly PO, no clear value proposition, but so cheap, let’s give it a try. PO desperately needs to create a clear value proposition if he wants this to go anywhere.
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  • Dash Text: NO. Custodial solution for old devices that replicates functionality already provided by outside allies at no cost in more countries. Might just be CoinText over Google Voice. PO was involved in sending forged documents to Dash Watch. PO personally attempted to rip me off.
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  • Dash Electrum: ABSTAIN. Who uses this wallet? I am not clear on the value proposition.
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  • Dash Merchant Usage in Venezuela: NO. This is Dash Merchant Venezuela, the group that sold us 2,500 merchants in Venezuela, which turned out to be radically untrue. There was an act of document forgery committed by this team with Dash Watch. New PO reacted unprofessionally to revelation of their previously substandard work, including by launching unsubstantiated accusations against me.
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  • Dash Thailand: YES. Former “embassy” that wisely dropped that word, unfortunately a mixed bag with few merchants spread across multiple cities, no real concentration strategy that I can perceive, too much focus on the 10,000 new merchants via 1 payment processor kind of high-level bizdev fantastical thinking. Overpriced. One of the senior guys has a great attitude, always actively seeking collaboration. Overpriced. We need a presence in Asia.
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  • MyDashWallet: YES. The fact that this enables wallets just via website access is very useful. And it is cheap. Basic critical infrastructure level functionality here.
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  • Dash Colombia: YES. This is my proposal and I draw comp from it. We are creating ground level Dash mass adoption. No one else is doing this hard work. We are at the coalface in terms of business development, merchant adoption, consumer adoption, remittances, UX feedback, etc.
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  • DashCrypto #1: YES. This team offers great promise and despite the fact they are delivering so little, including just 5 total videos, and a twitter stream of almost completely RTs, there is a promise here and I am ready to give them one more chance to impress.
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  • Dash Venezuela Remittances: YES. This is my proposal but I currently draw no comp from it. We are actually putting merchants and consumers to use for Dash remittances across Latin America. This is our strongest use case and moves our merchants. This is a no-brainer and the only viable proposal to continue adoption efforts in Venezuela.
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  • Dash Brazil: YES. Even tho Rodrigo is not really in Brazil, he does good video and conference attendance work for Dash.
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  • Dash Venezuela. NO. This PO is not a team player, stopped talking to Dash Watch for 5 months and has no strategy beyond expensive conferences that are limited to the in group. Further, this PO recorded a video in Caracas next to a Dash logo demanding that everyone obey the law in Venezuela. This PO used her position in Dash to state that the current socialist dictator in control of the country must be obeyed. This is unacceptable and I hope it does not come back to bite us later on.
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  • Dash.red. YES. Dash.red is the most popular Dash website in the world, even more visited and stickier than dash.org. The PO introduces new people to Dash in a fun yet rigorously educational way. This is not sexy but it is a no-brainer and is probably responsible for the 6,000 active Android Dash wallets in Venezuela.
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  • DASH MERCHANT VENEZUELA: NO. Old proposal clearly associated with the act of sending a forged document to Dash Watch and responsible for the inflated merchant count that is still bandied about today. This proposal is not done doing damage to us.
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  • DashCrypto #2: NO. This team is producing little that is remarkable at this point and gave in on the question of selling the masternode opportunity. I want to see more first.
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