Proposal: Core Working Group Budget

Abstract:

With a core focus on designing and implementing processes, systems, and best practices for holders and future working groups, the CWG seeks to empower the Jupiter community and drive the platform toward its vision of becoming the Global Decentralized Stock Exchange, and establish the most effective decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in the world. Initial initiatives include facilitating a conducive environment for DAO participation, maintaining ecosystem token lists, designing and facilitating the LFG Launchpad process, establishing a grants program, and creating pipelines for community contribution through the incubation of future working groups. The CWG is committed to steering the Jupiverse towards a new era of decentralized finance, leveraging the expertise of its members who have significantly contributed to the Solana ecosystem, public goods, and DeFi space. As the CWG concludes its 3-month introductory period, it presents a proposal for long-term operational funding and incentive alignment with the Jupiter ecosystem.

Core Working Group (CWG) Introduction

The Core Working Group (CWG) wants to help play a pivotal role in this transformation, tasked with co-creating an equitable environment for the Jupiter ecosystem to thrive. With a focus on designing and implementing processes, systems, and best practices for both holders and other working groups, the CWG aims to cultivate the most effective decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in the world. Through initiatives such as creating pipelines for community contribution & creation, curating token lists, and facilitating launchpad processes, the CWG endeavors to empower the Jupiter community and propel the platform toward its vision of becoming the Global Decentralized Stock Exchange (GDSE).

As the CWG seeks long-term operational funding and alignment with the Jupiter ecosystem, it stands ready to steer the Jupiverse towards a new era of decentralized finance, not only for Jupiter but for the entire Solana ecosystem.

We’ve been given a set of tasks and initial areas to focus on:

  • Assisting the facilitation of an environment for the J.U.P community to become DAO participants

  • Maintaining the ecosystem strict list, and helping to develop the next iteration of the token list system

  • Designing and Facilitating the LFG Launchpad Process (Voting design, application flow, AMAs, etc)

  • Instantiating a Grants program

  • Creating a pipeline for Catdet co-creation and contribution

  • Setting up new Working Groups and providing them with support

An Overview of CWG Efforts

Retrospect / Done So Far

  • Led discussions across Discord & Jupresear.ch, onboarding and activating new Space Catdets to be part of Jupiter’s mission.

  • Creating the LFG Launchpad project introduction UX flow and process

  • Creating the LFG Launchpad introduction content (AMAs, videos, transcripts, and Discord threads)

  • Assisting the Catdet Working Group initial setup phase (Julian)

  • Daily maintenance of strict tokenlist applications (up to 100/day at times)

  • Initiated Meme Madness conceptual discussions

What we are working on

  • Fine-tuning the LFG processes together with the cadets

  • Rallying the ecosystem behind a new Ecosystem Token List, suitable across various platforms and use cases

  • Designing the J.U.P Grants Program

  • Developing a way for more tokens to access the LFG system, such as via permissionless launches or meme-coin categories

What we are planning to do

  • Grow and expand the Jupiverse with by assisting with the creation of J.U.P Working Groups

  • Help launch the J.U.P Grants Program, and make the most productive Grants Program in all of crypto by fostering more focused WGs to work on specific grant programs

  • Help build up the first ecosystem-level token list for the safety and convenience of all users of Solana

The CWG Members:

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C2yptic - A member of the Jupiter community since day one, an active member of several known DAOs such as MonkeDAO, BanditoDAO, GrapeDAO, and MetaDAO.

  • Former core team member of Marinade.Finance

  • Brought Liquid Staking to the forefront of Solana in its early days with mSOL — drastically helping the mission to decentralize and secure the Solana network and improve the Solana DeFi environment with LSTs

  • Created Pool Party, Solana’s first Prize Linked Savings protocol

  • Revived the notorious Saber Protocol through a DAO initiative, now revitalized and active

  • Honorable mentions twice in Solana Hackathons

  • DAO council member for MeteoraDAO

  • Advised and/or consulted several web3 and web2 projects

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Slorg - Dedicated to organizing the pursuit of public goods. His early experiences on Solana provided him with a foundational understanding of how web3 communities succeed and fail.

  • Oversees and scales the Sol-Incinerator, one of the most used dApps on Solana with over 525,000 lifetime users

  • A prolific writer with threads that have received millions of impressions and affected legitimate change in the Solana cultural space

  • Hosted over 85 AMAs with industry leaders

  • Former team member of Solana Sanctuary, the organization that created the earliest on-chain NFT DAOs on Solana in September 2021

  • Chief Strategist for Phase Protocol & RadiantsDAO, which have placed in 4 hackathons and are currently working on user-friendly DAO tooling, as well as Lighthouse, which is an open-source protocol that safeguards wallets from the majority of wallet drainer methods

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Kemosabe - Prolific creative with over a decade of experience in video, music, & audio production, front-end development, graphic, and UI/UX design.

  • Full-time independent contractor on Solana since September of 2021

  • Provides consulting, creative, & writing services for ecosystem public good efforts and comms emergencies (Metaplex, Solana Foundation, Sandbar, & more)

  • Co-founded the earliest on-chain NFT DAOs on Solana (Sept 2021)

  • Co-launched the first decentralized NFT marketplace on Solana in June of 2022 in collaboration with GrapeDAO

  • Designed and built ~20 websites for Solana projects

  • UX Architecture for 4+ hackathon-winning programs

  • Co-founder, creative director, and artist of RadiantsDAO, a Creative Commons 1/1 PFP project focused on building public goods. Functionally, it makes other NFT projects deflationary and has burnt over $1.5 million worth of NFTs to date. Radiants is also the 2nd 1/1 project to spin up a Solana validator, it also won the $20,000 Hyperdrive Hackathon Public Goods award.

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Durden - Core team member of Lifinity.

  • DAO Council member in MeteoraDAO

  • DAO contributor/advisor to a number of projects such as Marinade, SaberDAO, MetaDAO, and Vota

  • Vocal propagator of the gospel of Jupiter’s aggregator since its inception

  • Known DeFi thought leader in the Solana ecosystem

Why ‘Core’?

The Core aspect of the working group emerges from our foundational role in constructing the conditions necessary for the Jupiter community to thrive in this emerging web3 era. Much will happen over the next decade, and for a DAO to succeed it is crucial to have people who have domain expertise in the areas of media production, blockchain, and Web3 social dynamics.

All of this is to ultimately create a strong and resilient fundament for the J.U.P to stand upon so that the long-term space mission is a smashing success for all JUP holders.

All members of the CWG are seasoned Web3 natives and key industry leaders: with unique perspectives and experience in areas such as DAOs, protocol architecture, and communication, as well as building and running successful dApps and communities. Each member is broadly recognized for their strong and longstanding presence in the Solana community and their contributions to positive development and public goods throughout the ecosystem’s lifetime.

As we near the end of the CWG’s 3-month introductory period, we hope that we’ve proved our worth and value to the Cats of Solana: We are ready to tackle the long-term mission of stewarding the Jupiverse. We humbly present this proposal for long-term operational funding and incentive alignment with the J.U.P.

Encouraging Widespread Participation In The J.U.P DAO

DeFi was the first step in ushering in an era of community-centric finance. Its promise was, and is, to give financial autonomy to individuals anywhere in the world: further empowering the sovereign individual. However, as with anything new, the first iteration is not final.

By and large, the regular person is not incentivised to contribute to building this decentralized and inclusive financial future in a meaningful way. Most users aren’t actively rewarded for their contributions or participation, regardless of financial status, in a manner that increases their influence in the organizations that they dedicate significant time to. Now we must venture into building the sovereign community.

What we want the Jupiverse to be is more about being inclusive, and rewarding active contributions and dedicated community members more than passive stakers or liquidity miners.

Another task of the CWG will be to help instantiate other working groups, including helping to form the initial set of practices & processes which they adhere to. As one of these items, we will design and suggest accountability mechanisms to the DAO which ensure that workgroups cannot simply get a proposal to pass and then become dormant until the time of the unlocks. This would not set a great precedent, and will be one of the core tasks we will dive into over the next quarter, with feedback and assistance from the DAO.

One of the first steps towards this was the historical JUP retroactive Airdrop claim in Jupuary. The next step was the creation of an open and transparent LFG application and governance approach, shortly followed by the newly introduced concept of Active Stake Rewards (ASR).

Together with the Catdets, the Jupiter and Solana communities, and the Jupiter team, the CWG intends to be a big part of making DeFi 2.0 more meaningful to a broader audience.

One of the first foundational steps the CWG took in ushering in this new era of decentralized community finance (ComFi?) was our involvement in the LFG launchpad process. By curating applicants and disseminating quality information to the DAO, the community was able to make informed choices on which candidates would most benefit the Jupiverse and crypto as a whole.

Below we unpack this process as a Case-Study:

Designing the LFG Launchpad

Along with the team and community, the CWG worked on designing and enacting the LFG launchpad process. Our core mission was to design a voting system that was:

  1. Fun to engage with and community-centric

  2. On-chain and transparent

  3. Sorted by relevance and quality

  4. Intimate and respectful of each and every candidate

Instead of having the initial suggestions of YES/NO votes, we suggested an approach where you can choose your favorite among several candidates in order to create a somewhat competitive environment… What we realized is that most token and NFT launchpads are directly incentivized to launch as many projects as possible.

This enabled us to incentivize a meaningful prioritization of the “best” possible projects. The key to this was limiting the amount of LFG launches to 2 per month. Additionally, this put JUP holders in the front seat of driving the actual decision on which projects they were most excited about.

Additionally, a short lockup period for the ASR rewards (the 0.75% launchpad fee) was implemented. The intention behind this was to incentivize JUP holders to plan carefully who they would vote for — as the lockup period would mean their tokens are disbursed ~3 months post-launch. There were three considerations for this:

  1. “How do we design a system that incentivizes JUP holders to vote for the most viable projects?” — The lockup period incentivizes long-term thinking at a magnitude that is hard to exceed with short-term incentives or “bribes.” The 0.75% ASR of a $1bn market cap token is better than 10% of a $10mm token in the eyes of the majority of voters.

  2. “How do we design a system that people are excited to participate in?” The core answers here were twofold. First, we needed to ensure LFG launches remained special, this meant avoiding what other token and NFT launchpads have done in the past — launch too many tokens. Second, ensure that the filter process and ASR were done to reward active participants over passive ones.

Breaking this down, with this approach we made sure that:

  • The LFG process was open, fair and neutral

  • JUP Token utility made sense and had more value

  • JUP Token governance weight mattered

  • JUP Holders made more in-depth decisions than simply voting yes on everything

  • LFG Launchpad decision-making was decentralized and in the hands of the JUP holders

  • The long-term health of the launchpad was maintained and holders aren’t bludgeoned with too many launches

The Community’s Power

We strongly believe in the power of the community. Hundreds of thousands of voices are hundreds of thousands of brains all combined into an unchallengeable giga-brain. The challenge lies in converging these voices and talents into single points of interest. Most communities get lost in the sauce of decentralization — leading to chaos and anarchy. If the Jupiter community was a supercomputer, the CWG would be the task manager in addition to contributing to the design of the apps it runs. This requires an abundance of pin-point expertise, experience designing and running successful communities, and incredibly niche Solana domain area knowledge.

Summary

So far, the CWG has been working closely with the Jupiter team on various projects, notably focusing on processes, communications, and design that affect the community as a whole. Our guiding principle is ensuring that incentives are aligned between $JUP token holders, active participants & community members, the Jupiter team, and the entire crypto community.

Now, it’s time to plan for the future and ensure our incentives are aligned, and we feel confident that now is the time to take this stride.

To date, the CWG has been operating on a trial budget of $100K USDC. This budget has covered operating expenses for the CWG members and moderators for four months — starting in January.

However, the CWG is a Jupiter ecosystem entity, not an arm of the Jupiter team, and therefore must be funded by the DAO budget. Additionally, the CWG received no $JUP allocation at the launch — as an ecosystem entity it is important to allocate tokens from the DAO itself, rather than the team to ensure that incentives are correctly aligned.

Funding the CWG — The Incentive Alignment Proposal

The CWG is proposing a 1 year USDC budget to cover expenses and a 2 year $JUP allocation plan:

  • 12-Month Expense Budget: $450,000, 4 CWG members (~$320k/yr), moderator compensation (~$30k/yr), as well as a ~$100k overflow budget for hiring additional help, community initiatives, and misc expenses (travel, tech, devs, lodging, etc)

  • JUP Token Allocation: 4.5mm JUP

  • Vesting: 2 years

  • Cliff: 1 year

Vesting means the total time the tokens are disbursed over, the cliff means the first disbursement of tokens (24/12 means that the tokens will start to unlock in 12 months and be fully unlocked at the 2 year mark).

The expense budget is intended to cover our work hours, ensuring we can sustain ourselves while contributing to the community.

The $JUP allocation is intended for long term alignment and talent retention— as evidenced by the first unlock in March 2025.

Additionally, it is designed to reflect the 10:1 operating budget at the same, symmetrical ratio that the DAO is funded at by the team: Setting the same precedent for working groups as has been set for the DAO itself. In theory, this instantiates the same relationship between the DAO and each and every working group, as the DAO has with the Jupiter team.

This is detailed in the graphic below:

The $JUP allocation for long-term incentive alignment is analogous to RSUs (Restricted Stock Units) which are a common practice in the business world. RSUs are equity compensation where an employer grants shares to employees, subject to conditions like vesting. Upon vesting, employees receive shares or cash, aligning incentives with company performance over the long run.

In conclusion

A critical task moving forward as we help instantiate other work groups will be forming an in initial set of practices & processes which they adhere to. As one of these items, we will design and suggest accountability mechanisms for future workgroups and DAO compensations.

Lastly, thank you for taking the time to read and consider this proposals. The Core Working Group members are keen to hear your feedback on this proposal and formally ratify the first of many Jupiter Working Groups. We look forward to contributing alongside the Catdets as well as assisting in the formation of more JWGs.

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gigachad post! amazing write up, love the details, for it!

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Quick question that never got answered when I posted it in Discord:

If the DAO wallet contains 100MM JUP of which 50MM are earmarked for ASR for the period March through June and payable in July and 50MM are earmarked for July through September payable in October, wouldn’t this 4.5MM JUP allocation put that wallet in the red?

Has anyone addressed what will happen if the measure doesn’t pass? (I voted FOR, BTW).

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I fully endorse the CWG’s vision of creating a thriving and equitable Jupiter ecosystem. The focus on community involvement and best practices is exactly what a successful DAO needs.

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It is the right stage to make this kind of proposals, I will keep watching the profiles of the cwg members they look very promising.

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I’m vote FOR…CWG… Jup4Jup

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Do it fair, we are always support you.

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Keep up the great work! LFJ, LFZ!!!

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Would have advocated for longer vesting. 2 years is quite short - 4 is more common.

Also 4.5mm jup is a balls ton - guaranteed huge salary with ability to dump after a year. Would drop the amount of jup or increase the vesting to keep incentives longer term

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My vote for “for”
And I am very excited

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Let’s go! Super well articulated. Great read. All the best to the CWG team :slight_smile:

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You guys have my full support. All my doubts were cleared during the AMA session yesterday and during the days before.

My vote is “FOR” in favor of the proposal.

J4J !!!

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I fully support this proposal. The talented individuals who remained dedicated to the ecosystem during its toughest times are the best people to lead this initiative forward.

We urgently need more referent implementations and DAO models that others can easily follow and learn from. These examples will provide clear guidance and inspire new projects to thrive within our ecosystem.

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Great work CWG, LFG!

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Firstly nothing more important than rewarding Solana OGs who have had a significant impact on Solana, which all the CWG have, however I have some issues regarding the impact on JUP:

If we backtrack about what CWG have done so far:

  • Did not significantly contribute to JUP’s growth over the past 2 years.
  • No record to show you provide significant value to JUP, but you get a significant share of JUP.
  • No interest in supporting OGs in your JUP discord and instead focussed on giving roles to your friends (i.e. Kemosambe giving a role to lelandthehustle after 1 message).
  • No disclosure of how 4.5mil JUP is shared as Meow expects us to simply to “trust” you guys even though we had no say in CWG selection.

I do think these guys should be paid for what they have done on SOL, but I don’t think they will significantly grow JUP as JUP will grow due to Meow and the team. Hence, I do not agree with how much JUP we’re giving each CWG (4.5 million / 4 = 1.1mil JUP each).

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Monster post, gg.
thanks’ for all the details,
upfront and clean,

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Not that it will make a difference in your opinion but a point of clarification. They are asking for a total of 4.5M JUP of which 1.5M is to attract other talent. The current 4 members will be splitting 3M not 4.5M.

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I cannot fully assess these measures but you are doing a Great Job and I trust that you have studied everything very well. My vote is FOR

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