The Secret Behind ENS DAO's Success | Nick Johnson

In this episode of Bell Curve, Nick Johnson joins us to discuss his core insights from launching the ENS DAO. This is a behind-the-scenes look at when to launch a DAO, the challenges of decentralized management, token voting, DAO risks and building infrastructure as public goods. My favorite section? The challenges of token economic systems; Nick provides thoughtful insights I haven't heard anywhere else!

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(00:00) Intro: Pre-Interview

(02:25) History of the ENS DAO

(06:27) Building Infrastructure as Public Goods

(17:41) When is a Project Ready to be a DAO?

(22:43) DAOs vs Centralized Governance

(28:19) "Reserve Ad"

(30:32) DAOs vs Centralized Governance

(32:04) The Challenges of Token Economic Systems

(37:53) Shifting the Overton Window

(42:02) Has All Base Infrastructure Been Built?

(44:38) Gaps in DAO Infrastructure & DAO Evolution

(49:42) A DAO’s Biggest Risk

(50:59) The Value of Community

(54:36) Post-interview recap

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ENS website


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Reserve Protocol aims to protect consumers from the effects of high inflation and hopes to one day eradicate it.

It's a self-service, permissionless factory where anyone can build, deploy and govern their own asset-backed stablecoins (RTokens), which can be integrated within DeFi and real-world commerce.

The Reserve App is a user-friendly way for ordinary people to buy RSV stablecoin with their local currencies and use them locally. More info at https://reserve.org/

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