Thought you all might be interested in who's behind the mask here at DAOhub. This was originally posted on Medium, but I've gone ahead and duplicated the post here.
Who or What is DAOhub.org?
When navigating your way around the interwebs browsing memes and cat pics, most of us find it completely unremarkable that google.com, for instance, is owned and operated by Google Inc, that facebook.com is owned and operated by Facebook Inc, or that slock.it is owned and operated by Slock.it UG. We take this for granted daily.
But what about in the case of The DAO? Unlike the aforementioned entities, The DAO cannot directly own nor operate anything outside of the Ethereum blockchain. So while most of us have probably taken for granted that The DAO and daohub.org share a similar relationship to Google Inc and google.com, things aren’t quite what they seem.
Recognising early on that The DAO would need to take on a life of it’s own, and separate from Slock.it UG, FelixA and myself (Auryn Macmillan) set out to create a home for The DAO. The idea began as a simple forum, but quickly evolved into the de facto home for all things related to The DAO when DAOhub stepped up to host The DAO’s creation website.
Since then, the team and scope have continued to grow, and the DAOhub team has set itself the purpose of building, administrating, and moderating a crowd communication platform to specifically cater to the communication and governance needs of the emerging wave of DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations). With our primary focus being in service of The DAO wherever possible; our primary strength being a team of enthusiastic DAO token holders, with varied skill-sets, and a proven willingness to contribute time, effort, and at times their own personal funds to help The DAO run as smoothly as possible.
The DAOhub team intends to employ and maintain a variety of platforms (Discourse forum, slack, reddit, social media, etc) catering to the specific communication needs of The DAO. Where possible, we will endeavour to add DAO specific functionality to these platforms so as to enhance the effectiveness and user experience of DAO token holders.
It’s worth noting that up until this point the DAOhub team have operated on a volunteer basis. Donating their time, effort, knowledge, and even some of their own ether to help make sure The DAO runs as smoothly as possible; not an easy task when your dealing with ~20,000 token holders who all want a say. Honestly it’s like herding cats with you people! Anyway, in the next couple of weeks, we’d like to put together a proposal to make this arrangement a little more formal and hopefully allow us all to focus more of our energy on helping The DAO be all it can be. But before we get to that, you probably want to know who the hell we all are right?
So who’s behind the mask?
Felix Albert - Co-founder
Felix played an important role in setting up the early DAO community. Amazed by the huge enthusiasm of both slock.it in their USN idea, as well as the DAO standard framework and the great community behind it, he decided to improve the used communication tools along with Auryn. This resulted in the setup of the awesome discourse forum that soon became the standard communication platform for The DAO community. He is administrating and maintaining the servers and the website and is spending a great effort in helping the community, understanding their needs, and does his best to transfer this into the tools that are needed for a prospering and working DAO.
Timezone: UTC +2 (CET)
Auryn Macmillan - Co-founder
Auryn has shown great effectiveness and initiative in shaping the early DAO community. Liaising closely with the Slock.it team in the days leading up to The DAO’s creation phase Auryn, along with Felix, recognised the need for The DAO community to find a home of their own. Auryn provided the domain name we’ve all become familiar with (DAOhub.org) along with vital DDoS protection for the website and countless hours providing support in the forum and on slack during the creation phase and beyond. His current role is an administrator and team leader for all things DAOhub (forum, slack, twitter, medium, etc).
Timezone: UTC+10 (AEST)
Boyan Balinov - Social Media Admin & Support
Boyan joined the community a few months ago and quickly becoming very active. He now plays important role in providing support on Slack, social media, and the Forum. He contributes actively to @The_DAO_Project and @DAOhubORG on twitter and to The DAO’s Facebook page. Boyan excels at researching and collecting news and presenting material about the project, as well as providing positive interactions for those reaching out to The DAO community. Currently, Boyan is an admin on Slack, a contributor on the Twitter and facebook, and has an ever expanding role on the forum and blog.
Timezone: UTC+2 (CET)
Arno Gaboury - DAOwiki Admin
Arno joined our community recently. He is currently in charge of writing the DAO wiki, a concise and clear guide to help the DAO community in maximizing the use of all DAOhub’s amazing tools. His next projects are the deployment of a bot for the Slack team and DAO data visualization. Before he involved himself in various open-source projects, Arno has been trading financial markets for banks and hedge funds during 25 years.
Timezone: UTC+2 (CET)
Michal Brazewicz - Social Media Admin & Support
Michal joined The DAO community in February. He is currently an admin of @The_DAO_Project and @DAOhubORG Twitter accounts. Michal is also an admin on Slack, mod on the forum, and proud creator of hundreds DAO-memes. His future role is to help protect The DAO against social attacks on different Social Media platforms.
Timezone: UTC+1 (WET)
Taylor Van Orden - Front-end Dev & Community Support
Shortly after Ethereum launched, Taylor built MyEtherWallet.com with her partner, kvhnuke, because she wasn't confident with command-line. Today, you will find her on reddit, Ethereum StackExchange, DAOHub forums, and various Slack channels answering questions or lending assistance, regardless of the subject. The DAO excites her and she aims to use her UI, FED, and ELI5 skills to help new users understand the potential, build useful tools, onboard curious onlookers, and ensure the community grows into a thriving, positive, diverse ecosystem. She moderates /r/TheDAO, Slack, and DAOHub forums and will continue to make herself useful in whatever ways she can.
Timezone: UTC-8 (Los Angeles)
Des Donnelly - Founder & Admin of The Daily DAO
Des Donnelly brings the old-school wisdom that completes any team made up of a bunch of youngins. He knows a little about everything and nothing about anything (regarding internet tech), and works like crazy on all things Ethereum. By day he works as a Google Partner / TC and by night he ensures The DAO and Ethereum is realizing it's full potential. He simultaneously keeps spammers at bay in Slack, offers his insights on the latest debate, and keeps us all abreast of the latest news via his site, The Daily DAO.
Timezone: UTC+0 (GMT)
Daniel McClure - Social Media Admin & Support
Daniel took an early interest in The DAO and after becoming more active in the community during the pre-creation stage. Taking the early initiative, he created several guides assisting prospective DAO Token Holders and went on to set up and manage The DAO's Facebook page. Through The DAO's creation period he began to take on more responsibility; updating the website, administrating the official Slack channels, and contributing to several other key communication channels. As an experienced Marketing Technologist and open source enthusiast, Daniel continues to provide support to further The DAO through its operating principles.