Community Call DAO Status Update - March 17, 2023

This week's Status Update included short progress updates from Engineering and Operations, followed by discussion and debate regarding a new proposal by rhizobtc.

Rook branding with blue chess piece; recap by Starbased
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  • Progress continues on full end-to-end testing for swaps and relay products. This work includes fine-tuning Ninja and the database logs of information on pricing, auctions, and transfers.
  • Engineering blockers include getting additional searchers integrated with the new product. Ninja can operate as a backstop, but the protocol benefits from healthy searcher competition. Documentation is in progress for potential partners making searcher integrations.

Operations [5:30]

  • A key priority is following up on biz-dev leads from EthDenver. The team had conversations with many users, searcher teams, and other partner protocols at the event.

Treasury [7:50]

Governance [9:00]

  • Nathan Worsley was voted in as the replacement Sophon for Doge. Please welcome him in Discord!
  • KIP-37, Discretionary Swapping of Like-Kind Assets, passed with unanimous support from voting wallets.
  • The following proposals are currently in Sophon review:
    KIP-36 - Expand Funding and Strategies of Testing Wallet
    KIP-38 - Replenish Discretionary Investment Limit Funds
    KIP-39 - Deployment of Additional ETH for Yield Generation

Open Floor [10:50]

  • Rhizobtc opened a discussion on a new proposal for the Rook DAO to acquire a sizable ROOK position. The proposal recommends that the DAO increase its holdings to 25% of the total ROOK supply. Rhizobtc suggested that this acquisition could be done over time based on strategic goals, and would allow Rook to have a mechanism for funding contributors, grants, partnerships, and capital raises.
  • The team pointed out the tax implications of paying contributors in a native token. The revised Compensation 3.1 plan introduced last year was designed to address this issue as one of the primary points.
  • Participants debated the question of the DAO having an explicit claim on the treasury by token holders, including the regulatory concerns.
  • Similar to the discussion with Iconium Blockchain Ventures, opinions differ on the subject of token buy-backs and whether governance tokens can have value.