Think of a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) as an automatic vending machine. For example, unlike traditional organizations, vending machines don't need to hold large board meetings to make decisions. They can basically “operate” themselves with minimal human involvement. If the inventory is low, the machine can automatically send a message to order more supplies.
Similarly, DAOs are mainly operated through an automatic process. Decisions can be made through shareholder voting, but most of the DAO’s operations are automated through code and blockchain systems.
This allows endless use cases, and they have many benefits for investors, creators, owners, and DAO enthusiasts alike. (In fact, you can check out the top DAO categories and leaderboard here). Here are three common benefits:
Because DAOs are open source and on the blockchain, they allow full transparency. Anyone can track actions on the blockchain and see what is going on in the organization.
DAOs are also trustless because managers and even a CEO are not needed for operation. Computer code controls a large portion of what the organization does, which allows for a higher rate of work. System automation makes it so fewer managers, project managers, and secretaries are needed to run the organization smoothly. In most cases, this results in fewer errors, increased transparency, and faster operation.
Having full blockchain automation also allows members to vote on issues with tokens. Tokens signify voting power and help ensure honesty in executing the decisions of a DAO’s members. Unlike the voting board of a traditional organization, DAOs make voting on issues more accessible for shareholders.
Instead of focusing only on a few large shareholders, DAOs are designed to distribute profits to all members. The voting rights and potential profit make holding DAO tokens much more valuable.
As the world evolves, DAOs are constantly improving, changing, and growing. Shareholders can submit suggestions and vote on changes, which include hiring, training developers, and new products. This allows constant innovation to take place and makes the DAO better for all members. You can check out the top trending DAOs here.
Like any open-source project, the open-source code makes DAOs more vulnerable to attacks and may make it more difficult to keep trade secrets.
However, the many benefits of DAOs outweigh the downsides. DAOs are also continuously evolving and improving, with increased security features and enhanced organizational privacy. As of right now, DAOs are becoming even more mainstream and evolving into an integral part of the future.
At DAOHQ, we are on a mission to make DAOs more accessible — so anyone can easily own DAO tokens, learn, and become an insider on the future of decentralization.
Before investing, it’s important to understand the type of DAO you’re joining. There are many risks and rewards of investing in DAOs, and it’s important to carefully evaluate those you want to invest in. Note that this information is not financial advice, and it’s important to do your own research.
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Thanks to Jojo Mach, Emmet Halm, and the DAOHQ team for reading drafts of this.
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