Co-invest $1M to teams or projects
Purposes: for our team and community
- to engage with ethereum and web3 projects broadly in denver
- to align interests and incentives with people we enjoy spending time over days there
- to close deals in person with multiple touch points before the trip is over
- Harmony in 2026: Scaling Web3 via ZKP & DAO
- must complete fundings by the end of ETH Denver (2/24 thur)
- must meet the hires, grantees or investees in person in Denver
- setup Gnosis multisig safes by 2/8 tue to receive $20k initial funds to dispense as grants or investments; all custody of funds must use metamask on 3+ devices (phone, ipad, laptop)
Sam Harrison and Devin Marty’s Investment Thesis: Adoption and the NEXT 100 Million.
According to Glassnode, Ethereum Wallet addresses with non-zero balances hit nearly 72M in December of 2021.
So – what tools, what services, or products will drive the NEXT 100 Million?
Adoption and the Three Paths to 100M:
Usability Drives Usage : Web3 MUST move away from niche-centric user interfaces. ANY product or team we invest in must have UI / UX as a primary pillar of their product.
Reputation : “On the internet, no one knows you are a dog”, “if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, acts like a duck… it’s a duck” We will find tools that will permit an individual’s REPUTATION to be primary in the Web3 universe. Multi-factor Authentication in Web2 was a combination of “Something you have”, “Something you know”, and “Something you are”… Web3 can supersede that with “Something you’ve done”
Memetic : Memetics describes how an idea can propagate successfully. “Meme” was conceived as a “unit of culture”, an idea, belief, pattern of behavior, which is hosted in the minds of one or more individuals and can reproduce and “jump” from the mind of one person to the mind of another.
Based on our analysis and current trends, we believe that funding projects geared towards these three concepts will provide Harmony with the greatest likelihood of return.
Sam Harrison (https://twitter.com/samuelpharrison?s=21): DAOs, events, community partners
Sam drives ecosystem growth by nurturing DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) on Harmony. Previously, Sam drove strategic partnerships and product marketing at ThunderCore and was the founding operational director at Tezos Commons Foundation. Prior to crypto, Sam built strategic partnership programs for Nok Nok Labs and a national distribution network for Avira.
Sam holds a BA in Philosophy with an emphasis in ethical systems from the University of Utah, and published his undergraduate research on Immanuel Kant in 2005. He graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law with a JD specializing in corporate governance and intellectual property protection. After Law School, Sam earned his MBA at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, graduating with an emphasis in Finance and winning the Belottii Prize for his capstone work in on-line distribution of video content. A proud father, avid board game player, and enthusatic reader of all things science-fiction, Sam is also an Eagle Scout.
Devin Marty (https://twitter.com/MartyDevin): DAO Tooling, Events, and Community
Devin P. Marty is an author and blockchain advocate dedicated to reinventing the world by virtue of ethical and equitable technologies.
Devin has authored two books on the topic of decentralization, including “The Decision-Making Employee” an Amazon Bestseller that examines decentralized organizations through discussion with industry experts, and demonstrates – in the age of remote working and increased autonomy – how employees can not only use their decision-making privilege to succeed professionally but also extract greater purpose and enjoyment from their work.
May 2020 graduate of University of Rochester’s Barry Florescue Undergraduate Business Program; Bachelor of Science in Business: Entrepreneurship with a History minor (and concentrated studies in Optics, Mathematics, and Religion & Classics).
May 2021 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology; Associate of Applied Science in Polymer Engineering, Welding, and Design. Magna Cum Laude.
We are seeking projects with passionate communities that exist across multiple social media platforms. Communities that encourage participation, camaraderie, and education within the ecosystem. We feel the passion and mindset of a community is greater than their numbers.
The team should be doxxed and committed to building their project. The team should be closely engaged with their community; actively seeking opportunities to showcase their work through transparency and open communication. Building with a heads-down, project-first approach should be at the forefront of their mission.
Open Source & Ethical
We are seeking projects which are open-source and do no societal or communal harm.
The NFT art-wave is continually gaining momentum. We’re excited to see the different ways NFTs can be utilized in the real world and engage with the teams behind those creative efforts.
GameFi is another avenue that is seeing an explosive uptick in growth and public interest. We are hoping to meet teams that look to push the boundaries of what games can do on the blockchain. These projects should be game-focused with complimentary tokenomics and NFTs.
DAO’s on Harmony are getting bootstrapped from the $300M Ecosystem Fund, but what’s next? We are looking to meet teams building tools to help DAOs become self-sufficient and more efficient in their overall operations.
Daniel Pagan: Technical Content | Ambassadors | Community
Daniel’s background is in Cisco VoIP engineering and support with a specialization in signaling protocols, Cisco IOS, and call routing traces. He spent 15 years providing senior-level support as Technical Lead for a Managed Services team of 13 support staff and direct management over our senior engineers. He holds a CCIE certification in Unified Collaboration (#25689) and acted as point-of-contact for VIP customers including NYU Medical, Ernst & Young, Bloomberg LP, Skadden Arps, and Mt. Sinai Medical. During my 15 years he closed over 6,000 incidents for 30+ clients, and wrote and held technical training classes on SIP, MGCP, intra-cluster signaling, UC security, and advanced call routing solutions.
Daniel began working to promote Harmony across Reddit and Twitter, took on a number of initiatives, and worked during his free time to assist various members of the team. As a core member, his focus is now on in-person and online communities with a goal of establishing recurring meet-ups around the world, act as team lead and liaison for the Ambassador DAO, assisting the grant review team with reviews and approvals, and to continue interacting with the online communities as a liaison to core team colleagues.
Michael Benson: DAO Ops | Community | Contributors
Mikey is the DAO Ops Manager for Harmony Protocol. Helping the DAO Ops team and Harmony to scale the ever-expanding list of DAOs on the ecosystem. Currently working on Harmony Campus Grants , A total DAO-Directory of operational DAO’s on Harmony, A seamless, streamlined, and accelerated DAO Onboarding document, and getting BasicDAO up and running.
Mikey is the node operator for Farmony One, a validator on the Harmony blockchain since June 2021. A staunch Harmonaut community member and small/unelected validator champion. ValidatorDAO term2 governor and a guru of Harmony governance participation.
Besides being heavily engrained in the Harmony ecosystem and being an advocate for all things Harmonious, Mikey has an eclectic background. He has worked in the film industry for 8 years. Working on ABC and CBS studio shows such as Army Wives and Reckless. As well as more independent films across Lifetime and Hallmark. His career spanned across several roles and departments. He was an Assistant Locations Manager, Unit Production Manager, and Production Office Coordinator. These time-crunching, budget-strained, and resource-managing roles has given him great insight in best practices for managing projects and people.
Gabriel & Boris - Investment Thesis
Web3 Phygital Economy - The synergy of physical and virtual assets to increase utility and access, driving ecosystem growth and social change.
Web3 is enabling ownership to individuals, allowing them to take back the value they create with their digital signature including their data, engagement and financials. As a result, trillions of dollars have accrued in value digitally with a borderless reach, and yet there is still a grave gap in how we’re able to translate this wealth in our physical world.
By connecting the physical world (i.e. the one we touch and see around us) and virtual world (i.e. Web3) we are able to solve issues unique to each space individually. Moreover, this seamless connection can accelerate economic growth in developing markets by removing relative high-cost barriers of entry and increasing user engagement in the ecosystem. Investing in the “phygital economy”, enables the break down of barriers to accessibility and participation in asset ownership that would otherwise be marginalized and institutionalized; ultimately having a greater impact on social change.
Gabby: Grant Ops, Analytics, Business Development
Gabriel has worked in the consulting industry with an emphasis on business analytics and project management, most notably in the financial services sector of the Salesforce ecosystem. Entering the crypto scene in 2016, Gabriel is a blockchain ecosystems analyst with a mission to support Web3 solutions that empower individuals and promote a positive-sum social impact in the physical and virtual worlds. More recently, Gabriel has joined Harmony’s Grants Committee that oversees the $300M Ecosystem Fund. As a five-language polyglot raised in Ecuador, the Philippines, France, and now based in the United States, Gabriel embraces diversity and welcomes new ways of thinking.
Boris Polania: Cross-chain, Fixed-rate, Events
Boris is a software engineer and prospective economist. He has been working as a software engineer for more than twenty years, many of them in fintech. Also he has experience with industry leaders such as Visa, Insomniac and Honda where he has taken leadership roles in innovation and R&D. Currently he is a senior engineer at Harmony where he is developing the next generation of cross-chain products.
Originally from Venezuela and based in California where he lives with his wife and two children, and will cook Venezuelan food for whoever knocks the door on a Saturday afternoon.