We announced Aragon Flock in late 2018. The idea was to decentralize the development of the project by offering sizable grants to teams who would build the Aragon Network and its core infrastructure.
We wanted to find founders willing to assemble teams to build core infrastructure. The Aragon Association would give them funding and vested ANT, so that they are aligned with the network long-term.
Unfortunately, we found out that the grants program had significant issues and wrong incentives. Mainly these were:
On top of these root issues, Flock was too early for the the stage of the project. Even though usage metrics are growing considerably, Aragon hasn’t reached strong product-market fit yet.
In September 2019 there were several discussions in the community with regards to Flock. It became clear to me that it was important to focus on them. I decided to stop leading Aragon One to become the Executive Director of the Aragon Association. I focused all my energy in evaluating the situation, always with the intention of maximizing the odds of Aragon being massively successful.
This required tough decisions that were needed for the project to be leaner and be able focus on what’s most important.
After running the experiment for more than a year, and with careful consideration, the Aragon Association has decided to shut down the Flock program.
We thank everyone that participated in this journey. It’s been really exciting to see what works and what not, and we have learned so much. We have been working with teams to ensure a smooth offboarding from the program and wish them the best.
We will keep funding proven teams and doing lean grants and small-scale fund allocation experiments. And once the Aragon Network DAO reaches Phase 3 later this year, it will be sovereign to make its own capital allocations.