Should MetaCartel be a for-profit VC-DAO structure?

Hey guys,

I really like the current structure, culture and mission of the MetaCartel and other similar DAOs. But I really miss The DAO (yes the original DAO) and have been jamming with some people on for-profit DAO structures that I can outline here. There are a bunch of ways to do it that could be compelling. However, if this isn’t the goal/mission of MetaCartel, that is totally fine. Let’s discuss.


The primary argument in favour is a question of sustainability and attracting the best talent to work for MetaCartel. The primary argument against, is the obvious tsunami or regulatory and legal issues that this presents along with dramatically increased complexity. I understand both sides, but would posit that if you ‘get VC-DAOs’ right, the impact that MetaCartel could have would be significant.

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This is a great suggestion. I realize that in my funding criteria thread I made the claim that our goal isn’t to earn a return and maybe that was a hasty assertion. I think the initial members would likely stand by that but I agree that a profit motive could be a stronger force. My personal preference would be to fund a few projects altruistically but would be open to the idea of having the same group transition to a for profit model if we can find a good way of doing so.


I’m pretty keen to work through ideas on for-profit structures. I worked on implementing scout fund structures in an Angel fund, it didn’t need any dao solution as members were close to one another but worked very well for funding token projects.

I’m not a member of metacartel dao currently, I initially wanted to join as I thought it would be for-profit. I’m still on the fence on applying for a pure funding dao.

My main arguments for supporting for-profit models, is that I believe a large amount of capital is needed to scale distribution/marketing of any experiments that work, and it will only be possible to attract this capital with a for-profit model.


@James_RT this feedback is interesting. Do you have a proposed structure or set of principals that you would want to see in a for-profit DAO?

I like this approach. Taking the altruistic funding model to start with and then opening a discussion on how it evolves into a more sustainable model. Certainly no rush here.


+1 to the eventual creation of a for profit DAO.

Perhaps even that we have another DAO entirely for profit. Growth DAO? The ‘series A’ followup to MetaCartel DAO seed grant.


Thanks for starting the thread @rzurrer… feels like there is plenty of fresh tilled soil to introduce a new Rev Gen DAO. I also consider DAOs as inevitably being a new form of regulated ICO (DAICO) that will begin popping up in the next 6-12 months.

We’re in th experimentation phase, and I imagine there will be many derivatives of DAO-based organizations and collaborations.

I’m pro DAOs with specified purpose. Recreating the ambition of the original DAO at a smaller, specified scale seems to provide the possibility of coming to a legal decision more quickly in the near term. This is where the APPDAO concept came from: (this is just a proposed narrative, it isnt fully fleshed and can take many alternate routes).

Our team at Abridged is working with a number of others to evaluate how quickly we could launch one of these for some of the side products being built with fully parsed legal arguments/structures using a US LLC wrapper. Low estimate ~1.5 mo.

At the same time, there should definitely be an investigation into a DAO more broadly focused on becoming a VC to potentially invest into these smaller DAOs that are managing and coordinating revenue flow and budgeting for remote, international teams building specific projects. Further, defining legal wrappers in other jurisdictions (Berlin, Brussels, Malta, Singapore, Lisbon…) will be critical to providing more robust opportunities for DAO communities to form.

Excited to continue this discussion. May be worth the MCDAO community to consider funding some of the work needing to be accomplished (legal/technical) to spur on new experiments/designs. Can’t wait to break ground :metal:


I like the idea of on-chain profit shares, it fits in nicely with the apps that build on top of the protocol layers (for example trading interfaces on 0x or dydx, prediction markets on augur) fees can be added on and a proportion of profits can be distributed back into the DAO

@OKDuncan is definitely much further ahead than me in his thinking on this, I will read up on the concepts he mentioned and come back with some more ideas


I recently started working on “The DAOfund”:

Would love to collaborate / get feedback from those interested in the space!

Wanted to write only “Yes.”, but it gave me “Post must be at least 20 characters”…
Yes, because sustainability and attracting capital and talent.
There should still be a non-profit grants program though.
Also a mechanism that gives first rights or some other benefits to people inside the for-profit one that also gave the money away through a grant?


Thanks for the inspiration Ryan & @James_RT … I wrote this post that summarizes my proposal(s) for a hybrid for/non-profit model. Let me know if it makes sense! :slight_smile:

Really looking forward. I have a project in Puerto Rico currently, which is a real estate property that was abandoned by the US government 14 years ago and friends of mine had access to the deal decided to lease it for the next 40 years. The project is located in Ceiba a 40 min from San Juan and it has already built 152 units which need maintenance.

They brought me onboard and now I came up with the idea of having a coworking/coliving space for digital nomads and with a governance model on top of it. The idea is to have 10-15% of the rooms for free and the people staying in the coworking/coliving could decide who are those people that could stay for free.

They’ll pay back to the community with the value that they bring to the ecosystem.

I’d love to explore more ideas as this place could be a testing ground and my friends are willing to try something cool out.