Apply as a Hop DAO Delegate

ENS name: dybsy.sismo.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I would like to champion the community’s interests in a directive and passionate way. I believe I will be able to draw on my many years of experience in multiple levels of courts and tribunals—across varied jurisdictions—to be a zealous advocate for all Hop bunnies.

My web3 qualifications / skills: I am not a coder, or developer, or an engineer, but I am well equipped to navigate risk and policy, and to apply critical and disciplined thought and assessment to all manners of issues, simple and complex. Further, I have been a blockchain citizen since I registered my account with Mt Gox in 2013, and to that end I will bring years of hands-on experience to every decision. In addition to the technical and practical skills I offer, I am also a published science fiction and fantasy writer, and in that regard I am extremely creative and have a flare for the dramatic.

What voters can expect of me: Objective, rational, and measured assessments. Responsiveness. Timeliness. Patience. And, above all, commitment to the Hop Protocol and its best interests. I have been here from the beginning, shouting for all to hear, “Can’t stop the bunny.” I mean it.


Case Against delegating to Organisations

“I have much stronger confidence in a promise of a mafia boss than a well meaning social worker”(paraphrasing N. N. Taleb)
Why? Mafia don is giving promises on behalf of himself, has his goodwill and reputation at stake, the latter of which is a very important asset in mafia business and in life in general. A social worker acts on behalf of an organization whose decisions he rarely influences or controls. Even in a case he can have influence over those things, he has no reputation at stake.

Even thought we like to anthropomorphize organizations and often think of them as of people they have no conscience, shame, compassion and other basic feelings that tend to make humans behave much nicer to other humans than they would if they were strictly rational agents (easily observed when compared online vs offline interactions of the same people). It’s no coincidence that psychopathy and sociopathy is more prevalent in higher management than in staff and lower management, since they can be more ruthful and effective. The point being that organizations have only incentives and no moral inhibitions that would keep them in check.

Currently we are in a quite happy early days since crypto is still full of early enthusiasts whose primary motivation is not money. Many companies are currently lead by founders who are value driven, passionate about self sovereignty, decentralization and building a better world. Many organizations reflect these values, but as crypto continues become more mainstream it will also become more incentive driven and less value driven. Main company incentive is profit, which is neither good nor bad, but I would not want to have delegates who are profit seeking automatons, which all companies move towards.
Google also started with “don’t be evil” slogan which currently seems laughable, but there is no reason to believe it wasn’t genuine belief of the founders. The founders though are long gone (as all will eventually be) and if the whole business model of company is built on selling ads, it’s hard to avoid the scenario where it is harvesting users for data and attention. Any CEO who would want to go against it would be quickly replaced by someone who can better act in the company interest of profit maximization.

It is theoretically possible to have organizations whose incentives are set up in a way that they are incentivized to be promoting the values they claim to be promoting. This is the spirit of web3 that we try to design better systems to avoid “negative externalities” of trad companies but still have long way to go.

Delegates indorsed by organisations

I would much rather see individuals “endorsed by” organisations than organisations themselves. It is clear that the person currently represents their values, but acts under his name and has his reputation at stake.


@0xhoratius thanks for your concern - I’ll take a stab at replying as it seems your comment was aimed at ourselves (Flipside) and GFX Labs. I’ll attempt to be nice too :wink:

When delegating to an organization, the resources are insurmountable. Individuals can not monitor the same spread of delegations (develop cross-network context), handle operational responsibilities, such as voting, or rely on the same range of subject matter expertise. We have Soliditiy devs, financial analysts, Rust devs, anons, NFT whales, and frens on a “DAO” team. With this comes our individual networks and personal passions.

As an individual, I am a reviewer at Aave Grants, Transferability Committee for Paladin, and do contract work for a crypto-native HFT fund out of Sydney Australia.

My reputation is at stake - and am making decisions based on experience and values.

Also funny we should be taking advice about accountability and reputation on public forums from an anon account, but I digress.

I would remind you of the mission and business model of Flipside Crypto - we pay users to learn about the blockchain and protocols like hop. Nor are we Google - we are a private company with dope humans.

Our revenue comes from Major L1s - I am not quite sure how this is a threat to Hop. Making crypto bigger, easier, and seamless via products like bridges benefits us both.

We stand by our decision to apply as delegates and welcome users who entrust us with their votes.


:sparkles: :purple_circle: _ :purple_circle: :sparkles: “serious business” :sparkles: :purple_circle: _ :purple_circle: :sparkles:

ENS name: ceresbzns.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

  • Hop protocol is one of the most secure, Ethereum-aligned bridging solutions in the space today. This offers a unique opportunity for Hop to become core infrastructure to the rollup-centric universe of future Ethereum. I would like to use my skills and experience to represent community members who want a strong, consistent voice advocating for sustainability, security, and decentralization.

My web3 qualifications / skills:

  • Experienced DAO contributor, specializing in treasury management, governance, tokeconomics, and DeFi
  • Core contributor to DAOhaus, a free and open-source platform for purpose-driven communities to create secure, accessible Moloch DAOs for on-chain governance
  • Currently also working with Wildfire (Fire Eyes metagovernance collective), Raid Guild (web3 mercenaries), and the Gnosis Chain Innovation DAO (Gnosis Chain grants)
  • Actively contributing to network security by operating nodes for the Gnosis Beacon Chain and Ethereum Beacon Chain as a solo validator
  • Deep understanding and extensive familiarity with DeFi protocols across the Ethereum ecosystem (active as a liquidity provider across many EVM-compatible chains, including Arbitrum, Optimism, Gnosis Chain, Polygon, Avalanche, Fantom)
  • Prior 10 years of experience in software product management in web2

What voters can expect of me:

  • Sober, well-reasoned analyses grounded in available evidence
  • Strong commitment to the values of decentralization, transparency, and equity
  • Long-term thinking, prioritizing sustainability and security for the protocol and ecosystem
  • Open communication

Feel free to reach out to me on Discord or TG to say hello : )

:sparkles: :purple_circle: _ :purple_circle: :sparkles: “serious business” :sparkles: :purple_circle: _ :purple_circle: :sparkles:


Thank you for the reply @fig and for keeping it civil. My message wasn’t directed at you in particular, we are establishing new social norms of governance and I believe this is an important one that is why I voiced my concern and provided reasoning. I have nothing against you, your compony nor doubt your sincerity.

I get your point that organisation have many resources to draw upon, thats what organisations are good at, but would you not have the same support if you applied a an individual on behalf of your organisation?
If the answer is yes, why do you have the need to apply on behalf of organisation? Can you really vouch for everyone who comes after you to represent the company?
If the answer is no and without representing your company you cannot draw on their resources, can you really vote in line with your values? What if there is a conflict between how you and your company want to vote? Can you vouch for the future values of your company after you are gone?

I have a background in crypto and other fields but the arguments I have presented should stand on their own not on my credentials. Credentials are good proxy for performance but don’t believe the strengths of an argument rests on how many degrees you have or how many startups you have sold.

Again, I didn’t make any attack on your company, nor doubt its good intentions and sincerity. The point I was making was that Google also started as a private company with dope humans, but companies are driven strictly by their incentives can and will be less and less idealistic as they mature and the original team leaves.

We are establishing here new norms of decentralized governance here, maybe in this particular case your company will be the bright outlier and continue to be only a good influence in the space for decades to come, but even if it is, it is still a precedence I would rather not see.

Would love to see people like you stepping up on behalf of your companies as individuals. Delegates still can make decisions in line with company values, be supported by them, but it removes one important attack vector. This being, the company changes management → changes values, but people who have delegated become mislead about their delegate.


After carefully observing the points outlined by @fig and @0xhoratius I’d like to present my own take on the issue of organization delegates and consolidation of power which I believe goes hand in hand with the problem of sybil resistance. But let me state my premises and address a few of the points mentioned above first.

From two very simple premises:

  • The ethos of (Hop) DAO is to be as decentralized as possible, hence the D in the name
  • Consolidation of executive power reduces the decentralization of a DAO; the more unique entities hold executive power, the more decentralized a DAO is

We can conclude that:

  • Sybil attackers compromise the decentralization of a DAO
  • Consolidation of executive power within the hands of a few entities could potentially(1) compromise the decentralization of a DAO
    (1) depending on the method of consolidation and how such executive power is used

The debate around delegation is a complex issue to discuss so I shall attempt to keep it as simple and short as possible while addressing the point brought up prior, but the challenge here is what constitutes as a unique entity (isn’t that the million dollar question?).

That is precisely the issue here and a major point of contention. It neither a matter of reputation nor competence but identity and how to correspond on-chain credentials (e.g. voting power) to a real person in a decentralized, anonymous and trustless manner which is yet another currently unsolved issue (or at least not fully solved problem). Answer me this please: how would you prove the following two in a TRUSTLESS manner: a) whether you represent n people controlling m on-chain credentials or m on-chain credentials controlled by n people? b) that the delegates align with the delegators

Looking at this from a DAO’s perspective, it is only a question of decentralization; once one entity gains 51% of the executive power, they are free to do as they please and nullify the rest and I am merely pointing out the possibility which is the risk here. “Collectives” are much more likely to seize that 51% than “individuals”, and by delegating to a collective we increase that risk. This is not about the benefits but rather than the (existential) risk this brings to the table. Once again, it boils down to the fundamental question of on-chain identity… What is a collective? What is an individual? And how do we map on-chain credentials to real people in a decentralized, anonymous and trustless manner? That problem should have been solved first before the conception of delegated proof of stake (dpos) and is an inherent existential risk to the entire idea.

It does not matter matter whether it’s an organization with majority delegation or a person, it’s just that we can take an educated guess that it is far more likely for an organization to become such than an individual. Consolidation of executive power poses an existential risk to decentralization of DAOs, and organizations are far more likely to succeed at doing so. We should treat the cause not the symptoms.

I would very much rather have no delegates and very few proposals and votes rather than a handful of delegates ending up with +51% of the executive power and imposing their vision (be it favorable or unfavorable) because that goes against the neutral spirit of decentralization. At this point, a DAO would just become an AO. Driving slowly towards an unknown and distant destination is better than ramming straight into a tree in my humble opinion. We need the issue of on-chain identity solved, and we need it solved swiftly first before we can have any fruitful discussion on DPOS/delegation.

As for me personally, I would neither delegate to any entity that publicly presents itself as an organization nor a person which owns a disproportionate amount of executive power already for the reasons I’ve explained above.

Best regards,

Hey, thanks for this perspective.

We believe in a world where organizations and individuals can co-exist as delegates.

Feels like this discussion may be best taken offline - or to another thread to allow other folks to apply. Happy to chat more if you are interested!

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ENS Name: perroud.eth
My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I’m in crypto since 2014-2015 and I want to be more involved in this space, as I think I got some decent experience now. Why HOP? The fact that HOP supports Ethereum aligned L2’s is a strong signal of a project that cares about the values of the greater Ethereum ecosystem and it’s important for me, as I think HOP will be a critical piece of it. I’m also the owner of the hop_alert twitter account, a bot that tweets about big transactions on HOP.

My web3 qualifications / skills: Python, Ruby, DEFI user, Ethereum wallets…

What voters can expect of me: 1.Vote in the best interest of all 2.Won’t quit during bear markets [was there in 2014-15 and 2018-19]


ENS name: snxambassador.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
The Synthetix community is made up of avid L2 users (namely on Optimism) and are also some of the earliest HOP protocol users. The interests of HOP and SNX are quite aligned when it comes to governance and ETH scaling solutions.

As Ambassadors we feel that we are well equipped to contribute to the improvement and maintenance of HOP protocol via governance and represent the Synthetix ecosystem in the HOP community as well. Synthetix is working on a protocol level integration with HOP, and SNX partner projects like Lyra already use HOP as the default bridge for their in app widget. The SNX Ambassadors play the role of governance participation on behalf of our community for many protocols and HOP governance would be yet another key place for us to be active in.

For the mentioned reasons we feel that we’d make great HOP Delegates and are excited to be a part of the future of HOP and it’s journey to bridge together many ETH scaling solutions!

My web3 qualifications / skills:
The Synthetix Ambassador Council is comprised of three members who are signers on the snxambassador.eth multi-sig and we over see governance for many ecosystem protocols. We are currently active Delegates for several DeFi projects and have experience in submitting and deploying governance proposals and staying up to date on broader governance matters. We also have access to resources with in the Synthetix DAO for purposes of protocol integrations.

Our current signers, who’s twitter handles can be found on @snxambassadors profile bio, are made up of a combination of SNX Core Contributors and long time active Community members who are well versed in the operation of Synthetix and other DeFi/NFT projects.

We have a diverse set of skills that include Protocol/Governance analysis, user acquisition strategies, varying degrees of DeFi integrations, general marketing/communication skills and a wide range of other abilities in web3 and DeFi alike.

What voters can expect of us:
As Delegates of HOP protocol voters can expect that we’ll uphold the integrity and purpose of HOP governance, be active in HOP’s mission to bridge together as many scaling solutions as it can and pledge to be stewards of HOP protocol adoption in the broader DeFi community!


ENS name: superphiz.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: I look for ways that my social & community building skills can best serve the growth and decentralization of the Ethereum ecosystem. My passion is stewarding the beacon chain and the communities that rely on the web3 services provided by the Ethereum chain. I see Hop protocol as a valuable scaling solution that supports the L2 scaling model for Ethereum, and I want to do my part to educate others and help people choose tools that are most consistent with our shared values.

My web3 qualifications / skills: I’ve been involved with Ethereum since the public release of the whitepaper in 2014, I was a participant in the original Ethereum token sale, and I participated as a testnet miner on the Ethereum Olympic testnet. Since then I’ve tried every product I can get my hands on as I’ve honed my awareness for the things that matter, things like providing services as public goods that give far more to the community than they take as rewards. I am active on Reddit, Twitter, and Discord, and I founded the EthStaker community, a group of community custodians who educate about staking on Ethereum. As a self-described Ethereum-centrist, I do believe that Ethereum will be the settlement chain for the future of web3.

What voters can expect of me: You can expect me to learn everything I can about Hop and share that knowledge with the rest of the ecosystem. If Hop continues to align with my beliefs regarding healthy ecosystem and ethos, I’ll continue to strengthen the relationship. If I feel that the community or leadership has lost its way I’ll work in good faith to help correct the course. I work hard to put my own ego in check and listen to the needs of others and do my best to draw attention and serve those needs.


ENS name: mihal.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

I’ve been a strong supporter of the Ethereum rollup space for years, collaborating in some form with the teams from Fuel, Arbitrum, Optimism and ZKSync. Bridges are a crucial piece of infrastructure for this rollup-centric future, and I believe Hop Protocol provides the most elegant bridge implementation that still maintains maximal decentralization.

My web3 qualifications / skills:

Full-stack web3 developer, experience with contract development (Solidity, Rust-based languages), front-end (React/JS), subgraph development, etc.

What voters can expect of me:

You can expect me to push Hop in the direction that supports a large and diverse Ethereum L2 ecosystem. I will use my position to push to for this ecosystem to be maximally decentralized and secure, inline with the Ethereum ethos.

Some specific goals I would like to push forward

  • Allowing DAOs to easily deploy un-distributed assets into the bridge, providing a risk-minimized option for them to earn fees on their tokens.
  • Extending the bridges to non-EVM L2s such as StarkNet, ZKSync, Fuel and Aztec
  • Reduce gas fees using calldata optimization

ENS name: l2beatcom.eth
My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
At, we are long-time supporters/researchers of L2 ecosystem. HOP is one of the critical pieces of infrastructure for the multi-domain world so it’s natural that we want to be involved in its governance.
My web3 qualifications / skills:
educating people about L2s, writing and reading smart contracts, dev tooling, researching ethereum scalability solutions, trying to break rollups
What voters can expect of me:
Trustlessness and decentralization will always be key objectives for us. That being said we understand business realities and rare needs to centralize in a short term.


ENS name: hop.maaria.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
Hop is a major reason I believe that Ethereum + Layer 2’s could be the winning ecosystem for dApps. Every time I’ve used Hop over the past year I have been magically delighted by the experience, especially compared to the usual 90 minute, butt-clenching, ‘did i just lose all my money’ bridge anxiety. I reached out to the Hop team last year to get more involved, and am now operating the USDT bonder with a small group of family and friends.

The low transaction fees and high throughput of L2s have the potential to unlock so many new applications that are currently not possible or scalable on mainnet. L2s have struggled with adoption though, largely due to the difficulty of moving assets on and off these chains. Until Hop, the L2 bridging experience included long settlement times, bad UX, security concerns, etc. By focusing solely on L2s, Hop created a seamless bridging experience with a single wallet interface and instant settlement of assets.

I often think about crypto infrastructure as a series of building blocks that unlock new capabilities and behaviors and in my opinion, L2s will be a big unlock for mainstream crypto adoption. Hop plays an important role in making L2 blockchains more accessible, which in turn will drive broader crypto adoption and usability. Operating the USDT bonder and providing utility to the Hop community has been incredibly fulfilling and meaningful for me personally, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build with you all as both a bonder operator and DAO delegate.

My web3 qualifications / skills:

  • I have been investing and participating in Web3 since 2016
  • Investments include: Bison Trails, 0x, Dapper Labs, Zapper, POAP, XMTP, and many, many more
  • Have been operating the USDT bonder for Hop since the beginning of the year
  • On the Advisory Board for the ApeCoin Foundation
  • Co-Founder of Sixth Wall, a Web3 production studio, with Mila Kunis, Morgan Beller and Lisa Sterbakov.
    • Most recent launch was a community-driven animated short series called The Gimmicks. NFTs were free to mint and holders were able to participate in the content creation process by voting on the show storyline every week.
  • I’ve been writing a weekly crypto newsletter since 2017:
  • ENS delegate and DAO member
  • I understand how to reach a new audience that isn’t crypto-native, and have spent many hours onboarding folks into crypto.

What voters can expect of me:

  • Expect me to vote against proposals that are not beneficial to the long-term health of Hop. In general my philosophy is that treasury assets should be spent on 1) increasing utility of the protocol; or 2) providing a critical service for the protocol (i.e. Hop Labs for Hop Protocol).
  • The Hop bridge is a public utility and bonders are critical service providers.
    • I believe the bonder service should move towards decentralization over time and be operated by the community.
    • The short-term, mercenary capital dynamics we see in DeFi today won’t work for bonders, so as we progress towards decentralization we will need to consider new incentive structures that ensure bonding remains a viable service.
  • Though I won’t be super vocal on Discourse, Twitter or Discord, I will be thoughtful and deliberate about every vote cast.
  • I’m a big believer of the “strong convictions loosely held” mental model.

ENS – francom.eth

Reasons for wanting to be a delegate.

I’ve been an early liquidity provider for HOP and have wanted to be a part of this core infrastructure since last summer. Love at first sight!

HOP had me at “stewards of decentralization by providing tools for cross-chain modularity.”

Would love for the opportunity to add fresh energy into the protocol.

Web3 qualifications and skills

Defi User that participates in a myriad of protocols across major L1s - Ethereum, Solana, and Flow and Major L2s – Arbitrum, Optimism, and zkSync.

Writer/ research analyst.

What voters can expect from me?

Transparency and spirited debate.

I look forward to participating in every snapshot/on-chain governance vote and being communicative to the Hop community on product improvements, governance proposals, and treasury spending.


ENS name: tonyintern.eth
My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:
I’m an early user, liquidity provider, and investor in the project. As a true believer in permissionless and censorship resistant applications, I see a future where there are many chains and many layers. In that world, a bridge that stewards the crypto ethos is essential infrastructure. I want to do my part in contributing to the evolution of that bridge.

My web3 qualifications / skills:
Early contributor to Decentraland, investor at Multicoin Capital, cofounder of Cozy Finance (, angel investor in 40+ crypto companies, sometimes humorous content on twitter

What voters can expect of me:
Responsive, thoughtful, and make decisions on first principles based on my best judgement on what’s best for Hop and its community.



I am applying on behalf of StableNode .

ENS name: stablenodegov.eth

Why apply to be a delegate:

StableNode is a governance research and investment firm focused on the DeFi and NFT space. StableNode also provides a full suite of services around governance with both implementation and active participation as a delegate.

The Governance Lab of the StableNode team is on a mission to provide decentralized governance best practices to ecosystems. There is no one-size-fits-all solution but a framework of principles and tools that articulate alternative paths based on each ecosystem’s maturity level. Our primary focus is working with the community to develop this framework and continue to facilitate innovation within this domain.

StableNode’s qualifications / skills:

At StableNode we currently act as governance delegates across various protocols such as InstadApp, Klaytn, MakerDAO, and others. We are looking forward to participating as a Hop delegate and would focus on strategic initiatives and experimentation to tackle common governance problems such as plutocracy and voter apathy and help build a decentralized workforce.

Having participated in the MakerDAO governance community for a long time, we have developed a systematic and robust approach to governance in decentralized networks. Creating principles that optimize the objective outcome of the decision-making process is key to successful governance.

Here are a few key highlights of our success so far:

  • Supported Klaytn and Polygon in accelerating the growth of their ecosystem
  • Recognized Delegate at MakerDAO
  • Lead Governance Delegate at InstaDapp

What voters can expect from StableNode:

We will use our expertise to import the most promising practices within governance to guide Hop DAO to a more sustainable approach.

We want to help facilitate discussions where we can identify the best practices and recognize how to tackle core problems within governance such as plutocracy, voter apathy, and lack of experimentation.

As delegates, we pursue:

  • Active participation in votes
  • Transparency for each vote
  • Open discussion and contribution to the DAO forum
  • Contribute to the innovation and development of governance frameworks

Conflicts of Interest
StableNode acts as delegates on other protocols. All of our governance participation is public and done through the same wallet address.



I am applying on behalf of Polygon .

ENS name: hamzahkhan.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

Super proud, excited and humbled to see all the progress Hop has made in last one year. Been following the journey since Authereum.

Above is the first meeting I had setup with Chris. 1 month after I had joined Polygon (lol).

I am a staunch supporter of a multi-chain future, especially revolving around L2 infrastructure for Ethereum. As the Head of DeFi at Polygon, I know firsthand how important it is to have safe and reliable bridges in order to create a flourishing L2 ecosystem. While Polygon POS chain and Nightfall are the only Polygon scaling solutions released currently, our suite of roll ups including Hermes, Avail (testnet soon), Miden, and Zero will all need to rely on dependable and efficient bridges. As Hop is one of the current leaders in the bridging space, I want to help the protocol as much as possible in order to make it one of the go-to places for individuals and institutions alike to bridge.

My web3 qualifications / skills:

Lead DeFi & FinTech at Polygon, large network of web3 developers and protocols, connections with major chains, expansive knowledge of DeFi and web3 industries.

As Polygon, we worked with the Hop team starting before their initial launch and bet heavily on them to facilitate cross chain transfers for Polygon. :wink:

What voters can expect of me:

You can expect me to contribute towards Hop Protocol’s efforts of becoming an industry-standard bridging protocol. In terms of scaling, growth strategy, and expanding token support – I would be an invaluable asset to the team. On behalf of Polygon - I can contribute to multichain Ethereum discussions and expansion.

Some specific goals I would like to push forward

  • Improving the outreach of Hop Exchange to a greater consumer base thru Polygon userbase.
  • Involve Polygon DAO to help with anti-sybil measures.
  • Promoting transparency, improving security, and striving for decentralization. Participating in governance.
  • Expanding the compatibility of Hop Exchange with more tokens and chains.

ENS name: she256.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

she256 started almost 4 years ago, with the mission to increase diversity in the crypto space. We fundamentally believe that blockchain technology will shape our future financial and governance structures, and as such it’s crucial that those building these systems are representative of the global, diverse population which they intend to serve.

We are users and big fans of Hop and believe the work being done is fundamental to, quite literally, bridging the gaps of the Ethereum ecosystem. We believe Hop does an excellent job of empowering users to explore various protocols through a seamless experience and ensuring a low barrier to entry. The experience is in line with two of our core governance values: Empowerment and Democratizing Access.

We believe we can be neutral governance participants who will represent the values and interests of our allies and underrepresented folks in crypto. By delegating to us, you’ll be an ally to our cause. Thank you!

My web3 qualifications / skills:

  • Have been in the space since early 2018, and were the first-ever 501c3 created to tackle the diversity issue in web3.
  • We have onboarded 1000s of women, and other underrepresented minorities to this space through a combination of educational content, mentorship initiatives, and community-building. Read more about our initiatives here:
  • Our core team comprises individuals active in web3, contributing to projects and entities such Uniswap, NEAR, Celo, Opyn, Variant, Union, Metamask, Orca, Gitcoin, and many more.

What voters can expect of me:

  • Consistent participation in discussions and thoughtfulness around voting
  • Initiating efforts around community education
  • Governance participation aligned with our core governance values of Equity, Accountability, Democratizing Access, and Empowerment

ENS name: lefteris.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

I have considerable experience on DAO governance, being an active delegate in 2 of the biggest DAOs (gitcoin and ENS) and I want to use that to help HOP protocol towards creating a safe and user friendly multi-chain future.

My web3 qualifications / skills:

I am a senior backend developer and founder of rotki. I have worked in ethereum since before the launch in a variety of technical roles. Contributed to the solidity compiler, the C++ ethereum client, wrote the DAO, white-hacked the DAO, cleaned up after that mess, was the tech lead for the raiden network and wrote most of the backend for rotki. I also have experience with DAOs and their governance as an active delegate in multiple other DAOs.

What voters can expect of me:

To represent their interests and the interest of HOP protocol towards creating a multi-chain future. What’s more you can expect someone who will have a no-bullshit approach and say what needs to be said. One of the biggest problems with DAO governance is the so called Yes bias, the tendency of most delegates to just say yes to things and not question proposals due to lack of time or interest.

That is something you will not see with me. I take my responsibility as a delegate very seriously and where I put my vote I promise to do research on the topic and come to as informed a decisions as possible. And if that is not possible, abstain.

Lastly if something needs to be rejected, even if it’s by “our frens” I won’t be afraid to be the voice of the party pooper if that will be in the long run a good thing for the Hop DAO.


ENS name: hkalodner.eth

My reasons for wanting to be a delegate:

Hop protocol is extremely central to Ethereum’s rollup-centric future with users seamlessly moving funds between different chains all secured by Ethereum. As one of the co-founders of Arbitrum, I feel personally responsible for making sure that bridge’s which our ecosystem are heavily intertwined with are as successful as possible.

My web3 qualifications / skills:

I’m co-founder and CTO of Offchain Labs (building Arbitrum). I’ve been in the space since 2014 as a researcher studying the mechanism design and incentive compatible of various blockchain systems. For the past 5 years I’ve been working on developing Arbitrum, starting out as the lead engineer through now where I lead the engineering team. I’ve been excited about scaling and bridging since I got started in the space looking at early HTLC designs and I’d be excited to contribute thoughts and insights from my experience.

What voters can expect of me:

I will thoughtfully consider all proposals and try to make decisions that benefit the long term success of Hop. My personal interests, and the interests I hope to represent are to make sure that Hop is successful in providing the powerful, seamless, reliable experience users need to safely navigate the cross-chain world. I will be transparent and communicate openly through my decision making process so that the community can stay as informed as possible.