The Indigo Foundation (approved by the DAO in October 2022) is the voice of the DAO – it was created and exists to implement the votes of the DAO to build and improve the Protocol.
The Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors. Since it’s formation, the Foundation has had two directors – Eric Coley (CEO of Indigo Laboratories, Inc.) and Eduardo D’Angelo P. Silva (Director of Corporate Services with Zedra Trust Company in the Cayman Islands).
This Temp Check proposes the addition of a third director, Simon Peters. Simon is a co-founders and Director of Xerberus Labs Ltd. based in London, UK. Before joining Xerberus, he held a directorial position at a corporate venture, working for a consortium of German crypto-banking startups. Xerberus is a Risk Rating Protocol designed to provide the probability of default (e.g., being rugged) for any asset. Simon is based in Germany.
Simon was initially recommended by two Indigo Protocol Working Group members and has since expressed his willingness to take on the role and help shape the future of the Foundation and the Protocol. Simon has confirmed that the Xerberus team supports his taking on this role and the possible collaborations it presents to introduce greater risk-management tools into the Indigo Protocol.
As noted in several past proposals and in Discord, one near-term goal of the project from the start has been to recruit qualified individuals to join the Foundation so that the Board can efficiently and effectively implement the votes of the DAO. One key step towards that goal will be the V2 Protocol upgrade in 2024 so that the DAO can vote to use the DAO Treasury to fund the operations and undertakings of the Foundation. Appointing additional Directors now will help position the Foundation to fulfill its intended role after the V2 upgrade in 2024.
As with any time-consuming role, we believe it is reasonable to also propose that Simon receive a 1,000 INDY per month stipend for his service on the Board. A stipend for directors or committee members is common in the DeFi ecosystem and we believe that one is appropriate here. Zedra charges several annual fees to fulfill its regulatory roles as the local director, and Eric has declined any stipend. Of course, the DAO Treasury will not be available to pay this stipend until after the V2 Protocol upgrade; Simon has agreed to await payment of the stipend for the months between now and then until after the upgrade.
(We also want to quickly remind the DAO community that the Foundation does not have possession of or control the treasury; the Governance Smart Contract controls the treasury and can only dispense treasury tokens associated with an on-chain Proposal passed by the DAO. DAO Proposals will be needed to fund the Foundation, and provide the Foundation with any tokens needed to make payments to third party vendors or the like, similar to other protocols which have authorized a foundation to retain staff to oversee its operations (see Uniswap and Balancer proposals).)
As with all Temp Checks, we hope this proposal triggers an active and engaged conversation regarding building out the Foundation and how to best support the Protocol. We ask for everyone’s support and look forward to answering questions.