DAO Partner Proposal - Strategic Partners / Growth Partners

Proposal Overview

This proposal is to add Andrew Vranjes, Simon Schwerin, Joeri van Geelen, Jason Winder, Aakash Kumar, David Wang and Chirayu Wadke as partners of the SSV DAO.

Collectively - we are highly value add partners to the core SSV.network team with the goal of supporting this project through building a strong network and by making strategic introductions. To date we have supported the SSV.network team by making introductions to staking providers and strategic crypto partners around the world. We come from a diverse background and have a very strong network that SSV can leverage on to expand and grow. Specifically Andrew has done 8-10 high value introductions for SSV to people and companies who can help drive the SSV vision.

The proposed token purchase is for 24,229 SSV tokens from Batch 1 at a price of $6.19 per token. The partners will be subjected to the terms specified in the DAO Partnership Proposal 8.

Motivation

Our personal interest in SSV stems from SSV’s mission of restructuring the Ethereum Staking Infrastructure to be truly aligned with the goals of Ethereum, to enable a decentralised, transparent and secure network for the masses.

With all the hype around L2s, sharding and rollups, the core staking infrastructure must be well-developed to enable decentralisation and security as well. Our personal conviction is that SSV will dominate this space with their focus on building a robust project that targets the core needs of staking infrastructure.

Rather than jumping on the hype, SSV has set out a clear solution to the problems that staking has traditionally faced, without any true competitors in this space. Our discussions with the core team has been tremendously informative and has further reinforced our belief in this project For these reasons, we aim to formalise our partnership to the DAO and show our conviction to the project.

We see continued support coming from further introductions to VCs, Cloud providers, Staking providers, connections in Europe, Asia and India and look forward to being actively involved in the SSV.network project.

Individual details

  • Andrew Vranjes has been investing in startups for 12 years, with over 76 investments, and 14 exits. Andrew leads the Startup Team at Amazon Web Services in ASEAN, where he works with early stage startups up to the majority of the Unicorns in ASEAN. Lastly, Andrew is a Sequoia Scout.

  • Joeri was the Managing Partner APAC at Prysm Group as well as 10+ years in expat management roles with Shell, Siemens Wind Power and Equinor. He has been a speaker and panelist at many blockchain events, and an investor and advisor to dozens of blockchain companies. He has an impressively deep and wide network in the technology and blockchain space.

  • Simon is also a regular speaker and conference panelist, and an investor, mentor and advisor to dozens of blockchain projects, such as Chainlink Labs, KILT protocol and Polkadot. He also has a huge network in the space, and has published several papers on blockchain technology.

  • Jay is an Australian serial entrepreneur, and spent 19 years in Japan building and selling two companies. The second company, MakeLeaps, introduced SaaS style business invoicing to Japan, with investors including Naval Ravikant who led the seed round. He is an investor in over 50 companies, dozens of DeFi projects, several tier one cryptocurrency funds, and is a decentralisation and cryptocurrency advocate and enthusiast.

  • Aakash Kumar - Aakash is a 2X founder and an active early stage investor (60+ cos). He has a masters in metallurgical engineering and has extensive experience in leading product and growth for global businesses across media, gaming, fin-tech and commerce. He focuses majority of his energies towards driving the web3 ecosystem forward and is deeply and passionately involved in shaping projects solving for growing the PoS ecosystem. He has backed multiple staking solution.infra layer projects (eg: Stader Labs) and keenly wishes to drive synergetic growth for SSV by stitching deep partnerships and collaborations. He is based in India.

  • David Wang - 20 years commodities sales/trading role with Goldman Sachs & JPMorgan. Previously Co-head of JPMorgan APAC Precious Metals and Co-head of China Commodities. Currently a multi-asset investment strategist to a handful of significant Asia families. Building a Chinese consumer sentiment analytics marketing technology software. A crypto evangelist with a growing participation in the ecosystem from trading, staking and investing in early stage projects. Happily calling for BTC to surpass gold as the safe-heaven / inflation hedge.

  • Chirayu (“cwadke”) is an operator/investor at the forefront of mobile, wireless, internet of things (IOT) technologies. Chirayu has been in early teams of Google Pay, Nest Wifi. He has also run a seed stage VC fund backed by Cisco, Accel and others investing in technology across APAC with a few investments in crypto startups.

SSV token specifics

Andrew 3231
Joeri 4038
Simon 4038
Jay 4038
Aakash 1615
Chirayu 3231
David 4038
Total 24,229
SSV token price $6.19 USD

Linkedins (removed the links to pass the dao filter)

/in/andrewvranjes/

in/joerivangeelen/

/in/simonschwerin/

in/jaywinder/

in/cwadke/

/in/kumaraakash/

/in/david-wang-13023351/

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Hello🙋‍♂️, and thanks for your proposal!

Could somebody from the core team please explain/confirm how this group of individuals was involved in the past? @alonmuroch @Adamefr

Thank you!

Hi - Jay, Joeri, Simon and myself are part of longterm ventures, we’ve been helping projects as a collective group for about a year now and we are all 3+ years in crypto.

Aakash and I are Sequoia venture scouts and we are helping sequoia build out their crypto capabilities. David wang has been involved in crypto for years. Chirayu is new to crypto, but a known operator and helping projects.

@BenAffleck great question.
@avranjes and his group were very instrumental from early stage in supporting the network, introducing partners and operators and in general very in tune with the what SSV represents.

What makes this community great is the people in it that are wiling to go above and beyond to help build the network.
I think this is a great opportunity for this group to become more public within the SSV community!

I’m sure @avranjes would be more than happy to make his efforts more known and also be more involved as we continue towards the incentivized testnet and mainnet.

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@BenAffleck - 100% our group stays with our projects and keeps supporting. Can provide references from other founders if needed.

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