Liz Kukka here, Exec. Director at Ethereum Classic Labs, excited to announce my candidacy for the Major Grant Review Committee You can find me on Twitter @Venture_This | Telegram @LizTK
Reviewing startup applications, doing diligence, scoping grant requests or assessing valuations, and working with a committee, is what I do daily both 9-5 + voluntarily with different funds. Why?
Because it’s fun! What’s in it for me? I get to be helpful, get to know the ZCash crew a bit better, meet great startups, and bring some projects to the table. For instance, check-out suterusu.io, a highly technical Snarks team who’s currently looking for funding. Prior to ETC Labs I was at Plug and Play Tech Center where I managed the Insurtech + Enterprise 2.0 startup program globally, so I’ve been doing this for a while.
I’d expect the committee to meet as frequently as bi-weekly and as infrequent as quarterly. I would be able to give about 3-4 hours (+/-)/month volunteering. This might include reviewing and scoring applications in-advance, then meeting to review and making a collective decision. Also, I’m in California (Pacific Time), something to keep in-mind for timezones + calls.
One idea for the structure of the grants program could be to tokenize it. By tokenizing the fund or portfolio, token holders of said fund would benefit a % from all projects within the fund/portfolio. Current ZCash community members might not be as interested, since you’re already committed. But, how about expanding and broadening the community. This model could 1. Increase the number of projects interested in building on ZCash, because of the belief in co-ownership and community 2. Including a token will help build communities around these different projects 3.Its an experimental testbed and future case study for a more democratic, decentralized, co-owned society. 4. Creates an incentive for the broader community to champion the products and services built on ZCash.