1.) Preferred Display Name and Age (If you do not want to enter your age, enter that you are above 21 years of age, which is the minimum)
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2.) What motivates you to apply for this position?
The ability to help build a future Web3 we all actually want to be part of.
I’m deeply passionate about a future where transparency, decentralization, individual user privacy, open discourse, and freedom of choice are the pillars of not only Web3 but society as a whole. And… as cliché as it might sound, I truly believe that ensuring we cement those values into the future core apps & infrastructure of Web3 is the first step in achieving that future.
By applying for a grant reviewer position I aim to support projects that have a good product/market fit, provide a great user experience, solve real world problems, and instill the 5 values listed above into the IOTA and Shimmer Ecosystem. All of which I see as factors needed to help our ecosystem grow.
3.) What is your educational and professional background?
Bachelors Degree in Business Management, Ryerson University, 2015
- Member of the IOTA Community since 2017
- Founding member & Ideathon co-author with many other great community members for both the IOTA Content Creators DAO (ICCD) and WAGMI DAO.
- Active contributor for the ICCD since it’s official launch.
- Product Management, Strategy, and UX consultation for some ecosystem projects via the Touchpoint program.
- Avid learner – Participating in Web3 education sessions whenever possible in the IOTA community and across the industry. (Any other Real Vision Pro Crypto members who want to shill IOTA with me?)
- Former Small Business Owner: Digital Marketing Industry
Product Manager: 6 years
- Advertising Technology w. Facebook & Google (Partner-Side) – Created tools and systems that directly impacted over $200M in digital advertising spend.
- Education Technology – Building tools that impact over 2M university & college students.
- Experience in Federal & Provincial Politics: Campaign Manager & Consultant in 2 separate elections before finally being disgusted at how the sausage is made and pivoting to more impactful efforts like technology.
4.) What experience do you have relevant to this position (grant reviewer, Project manager, etc.)? Please describe
I’ve been a product manager in technology at mid-sized businesses the last 6 years and have been very fortunate to have the ability to build successful products in both the digital advertising industry and higher education.
Advertising & Digital Marketing taught me the economics and incentive structures of Web2 and what makes products successful or failures within those systems.
Higher Education taught me how to build rewarding user experiences while navigating the high barriers to entry that large institutions have, and how to successfully win them over.
Prior to that I was a small business owner in the digital marketing industry, forced to wear many hats from marketing, to operations, to finance, to legal, etc. This experience taught me about all the considerations businesses and projects need to have in order to succeed beyond just their core product or service.
And finally, my time in politics taught me some harsh realities of how the world can actually work once large amounts of money and power are at stake. These harsh realities were a great eye opener in overall messaging and strategic maneuvers needed to thrive in high-stakes environments.
5.) Are you a software developer? If yes, please provide info on your skills and proof of the projects you already have built/worked on (Github, languages, certificates, etc.)
No I am not a software developer. Although I don’t have a technical background, I do work closely with software engineers on a daily basis and am familiar with many technical concepts.
6.) Do you have affiliations that may cause a conflict of interest when reviewing applications? The community would like to know particularly if reviewers are involved with projects as a creator, on the board, or employed. Please list any projects or applications you have affiliations to.
*Note: This will in no way prevent you from being elected to the position. It is the opposite. We seek experienced reviewers that are specialists in different industries. The reviewers with affiliations will not be able to review grants within their category; however, they will be great resources and act as subject matter experts.
I am an active contributor to the ICCD, core team member of WAGMI DAO, and Product Management consultant for Zignar Technologies.
7.) Are you willing to sign a legally binding service provider contract and reveal and verify your identity through a KYC process with the legal entity of the Treasury Committee?
Note: KYC is required for this position. If you are unwilling to KYC and sign a service provider contract, you will not be accepted to the Shimmer Community Treasury.
Yes - I am willing to KYC and sign a service provider contract with the Shimmer Community Treasury.
8.) Can you commit 10 hours weekly on average to work as a grant reviewer for the Shimmer community over the next 12 months?
Yes - I am willing and able to commit 10 hrs a week to the Shimmer Community Treasury.
9.) If you are voted in the top 2 reviewers, you may have the option to join the Growth Committee and work with the TEA representatives. In this case, you may be required to work hours over the required 10 hrs per week. Are you able to commit to this if required?
Yes - I am willing and able to commit to the Growth Committee and the Shimmer Community Treasury if required.
10.) Are you willing to sign a service provider contract, including an NDA with the Tangle Ecosystem Association, and respect the Non-Disclosure Agreement if selected as a member of the Growth Committee? Breaking the Non-Disclosure Agreement may bring consequences financially and or legally.
Yes - I am willing to sign a service provider contract and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). I absolutely will respect all binding effects within such agreement contracts.
11.) Provide any web links or supporting documentation you would like the community to see when assessing you for the Shimmer Community Treasury Grant Reviewer position.
How Web3 & Crypto Get Their First 1 Billion Users. How Web3 & Crypto Get Their First 1 Billion Users | by Sefear | Medium
Digital IDs - The New Nuclear Energy? Digital IDs - The New Nuclear Energy? | by Sefear | Medium
12.) What is your long-term vision of the Shimmer Community Treasury? How do you see the Community Treasury affecting the Shimmer & IOTA ecosystem, and what does the Shimmer & IOTA Ecosystem look to you in three years?
My long-term vision of the Shimmer Community Treasury is that it grows to be become a major catalyst in propelling not only the IOTA ecosystem, but the entirety of Web3 forward by enabling projects that fit the following 3 criteria:
- Projects with a strong product/market fit that solve real-world problems.
- Projects that focus on great user experiences – making it easy and intuitive to onboard more Web2 users into the space.
- Projects that embody the principles of transparency, decentralization, individual user privacy, open discourse, and freedom of choice – helping us take 1 step closer to that ideal future.
If the Shimmer Community Treasury is successful in its mission, I see it being a large contributing factor to the resurgence of excitement and trust in the IOTA ecosystem as a whole – proving to the wider Web3 community how successful community-based initiatives can run and cementing those values in our ecosystem.
Three years from now I see this fund growing significantly from a value standpoint due to the success of early projects we financed. This of course would launch IOTA and Shimmer to new highs in the market. Once we’re all celebrating on the moon (and more seriously setting a positive example for the entire crypto space as a whole) the fund will have learned from our processes and evolved into a true “by the community – for the community” venture project which can have truly interactive community involvement from any member beyond the select grant review committee.