Decentralized

Autonomous

Organizations

The next frontier of human coordination

Decentralized

There is no central leadership, decisions are made in a bottom-up way.

Autonomous

The idea takes on a life of its own, and it’s able to incentivize others to make itself happen.

Organization

It can have its own rules, such as how to manage its own funds.

Online communities have changed how we live.
Every day, people share and discuss world-changing ideas within those communities.

But how can we translate all that energy into actually changing the world?

DAOs are an inclusive, transparent and global model for human coordination.

DAOs bring superpowers to online communities, enabling them to:

Attract and incentivize contributors

DAOs incentivize contributors by giving them a say in the future of the organization.

Pool funds

DAOs use cryptocurrencies, allowing people all around the world to pool funds.

Govern those funds together

DAOs allow people to collaboratively channel common funds towards common missions.

Online communities are like greenfield land. People can walk into it, meet others, share and discuss.

But a DAO enables people to actually make a city out of land, bringing them the tools to build infrastructure by attracting funding, rewarding good work and making decisions together.

What are some examples?

DAOs are a new concept, but they are already changing the world
Bitcoin

Bitcoin incentivizes miners to secure its network.
It rewards them via inflation.
No central institution governs Bitcoin.

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Decentraland

Decentraland is a virtual world owned by its users. Users own land and can make collective decisions on the future of the virtual world.

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What are DAOs good for?

DAOs are good for coordinating a global set of participants around a common mission

Global coordination

DAOs are global
DAOs allow people to come together and work on common missions just as easy as joining a chat group.

Transparency

DAOs are transparent
DAOs allow anyone with an internet connection to check their members, financials and decisions taken.

Fluid organizations

DAOs are fluid
DAOs scale their workforce dynamically. There are low barriers to entry, allowing new members to join.

How does it compare?

DAOs are a new kind of organization. Not everything can or should be a DAO, but here you can find some of the tradeoffs.

DAO

Loose
Grassroots
Transparent
Open
Fully global

Company

Tight
Hierarchical
Usually not transparent
Invite-only
Not always global

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Common questions
about DAOs

What is the definition of DAO?
What are some examples of DAOs?