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The past, present, and future of DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) :: with Spencer Graham

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Spencer Graham (https://twitter.com/spengrah) and I discuss all-things DAOs. We talk about the history of DAOs, specific case studies and types, a compelling no-code platform (https://DAOHaus.club), when and why to use DAOs, and the promising future of these organizations in the overall technology and innovation space.

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1:25 - Tee-up for why we are going to be talking about DAOs on this episode

2:18 - Spencer's introduction and journey into the DAO space.

5:56 - History lesson of DAOs. From “The DAO” to Spencer’s involvement in https://www.raidguild.org/ 

12:35 - Is Raid Guild a Moloch DAO? How is this different from an ERC-20-based DAO?

15:10 - Where did the name “Moloch DAO” come from? https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/ 

15:58 - Case Study: What does Raid Guild do? How do they operate as a DAO?

18:04 - What happens if there are competing forces in how to operate the DAO?

20:43 - Tell us about https://DAOHaus.club, how to get involved, etc...

23:00 - As a product manager thinking about how to build in Web3 paradigms, how and when would someone think about using a DAO and use DAOHaus?

28:33 - If a new founder team is building a HRtech platform, for example, should they organize as a DAO?

31:47 - Composability of leveraging DAOs for a vision/mission for a company. How extensible is DAO engineering on DAOHaus? See: https://daohaus.club/docs/users/minion/ 

33:03 - What is xDAI? Is DAOHaus on xDAI? // https://www.xdaichain.com/

34:40 - What is the difference between a rollup and side chain? Optimistic-rollup or zk-rollup?

36:39 - What is the future of DAOHaus and DAOs in general?

39:52 - For a Web 3 PM, when should they start a Moloch DAO vs. a traditional company?

42:41 - Where can people find DAOHaus and Spencer online? https://DAOHaus.club // https://twitter.com/spengrah