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MEET THE CANDIDATE: NFT Sasha Is Running For Working Group Steward

ApeCoin DAO contributor and nominee for Working Group Steward, NFT Sasha, is running for $Ape office so he help foster a politics-free environment at the ApeCoin DAO, where the best ideas win!

The $Ape community is in the middle of the ApeCoin DAO’s second election season and the DAO is voting to fill two Steward positions in its newly formed Governance Working Group.

These two Working Group Steward’s will be responsible for managing their Working Group Multisig, operational tasks, maintaining documents, organizing and approving initiatives, communicating with the Ape Foundation and DAO Secretary, approving budgets, executing their Working Group Charters, among other things, according to the DAO.

Among the candidates vying for a Working Group Steward position is ApeCoin DAO contributor NFT Sasha.

"I want to push the web3 revolution forward and I see ApeCoin DAO as one its spearheads,” NFT Sasha wrote on his ApeCoin Candidate page. “From helping companies adopt agile software development to selecting and mentoring startups as part of a business accelerator (and having gone through one myself), I am a big believer in failing fast to minimize risk and also have first-hand experience of what projects/teams face when they try to bring ideas to reality. I will help bring efficient and effective structure to the DAO to nurture the most welcoming and rewarding environment for builders and creators."

To find out more about NFT Sasha and why he is the right $Ape for the job, the Bored Ape Gazette reached out to him for an interview. Check it out below:

1.How did you get into the ApeCoin DAO?

“I used to be an ape. I took a year to travel, finalize divorce, learn new cultures (mostly in Asia), and write a fantasy book about NFTs. I came back to the DAO in April and have been an active member since. Love the mission, love being a part of something bigger than myself. Very grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received - this quarter, my posts have gotten the highest number of likes per day out of all other forum users.”

2. In a sentence or two, why should the community vote for you?

“I have built careers in three distinct areas in my life so far: software, gaming, and crypto. I am an overachiever, worked for both startups and large companies, ran my own business, and mentored a dozen or so others. I’ve dealt with lawyers and regulations, landed large business deals, and have both raised investment and helped others raise money. Having lived on three continents, I have empathy for builders worldwide and a broad understanding of various cultures. I bring a culture of excellence and execution with me, am detail-oriented, and work hard. Finally, I have hired and managed dozens of people, which taught me much about governance and working with others.”

3. If elected, you’ll be one of the first three WG Stewards. How do you feel about that and what kind of foundation would you like to help set?

“Transparency, efficient execution, and politics-free environment. The best ideas should win and the most qualified and passionate people (not the most famous people) should be rewarded the most. As with every role in a decentralized organization, the governance steward position has limited power, but within those limits I’d like to build a foundation on those principles.”

4. Where do you see the WG framework a year from now?

“It depends on what results it delivers. If this turns out to be an efficient way to accomplish the mission of the DAO, then I see the WG framework expanding to maximize that efficiency. If, however, it turns out to be a large spend of money without concrete results, then I see the WG framework going through iterations to help us find the most efficient structure. You can count on me to support what’s best for the DAO, not my own job security. I play a long-term game and I believe this kind of no-nonsense approach is the ultimate job security.”

5. What would you like to accomplish as a WG Steward?

“I’d like us to create a well-oiled machine when it comes to serving DAO’s mission. I’d like to reduce time needed for various administrative decisions and changes to website or forums to a minimum. I’d like to foster an environment of openness, meritocracy, and innovation within the DAO. I’d like us to find ways to better reward non-paid contributors to the DAO, as ultimately they are the main fuel of this engine. Finally, I’d like to establish a culture of extreme transparency and enough oversight to where the DAO feels like a solid system that can stand the test of time.”

6. What makes you different from the other candidates?

“One, I’ve been active in DAO-related governance and discussions, helping proposal authors craft the best versions of their AIPs, and identifying red flags for the rest of the community before the election season started. Some candidates only become active when they’re running for a position. Two, I have experience being managed as well as managing many, having hired several dozen people throughout my life. I have also ran non-monetary groups such as guilds in World of Warcraft and Counter Strike, and worked with teams of volunteers in esports. Three, I’ve spent half of my life in Europe, half - in North America, and soon more than a year in Asia. I have empathy for builders everywhere and I treat everyone the same. We will only be stronger and accomplish so much more if we allow everyone with genuine passion and pure heart to contribute. I am your #1 champion for that. Four, it’s hard to measure, but I have a sixth sense for people. I almost never miss when it comes to hiring (almost) and I am very good at reading people’s true intentions. Perhaps growing up in multiple cultures and working in so many different roles helped me read between the lines and see patterns that others can’t as easily see, I’m not sure. But it’s a very useful skill when it comes to both protecting the interests of an organization and empathizing with others (you see enough patterns and you realize that we’re all far more alike than we’re different, that we all enjoy making a difference, and that we are all dealing with some demons).”

7. Do you have anything else you’d like to add or say?

“It would be a great honor to be elected and it would help to be paid for what I’ve been doing for free :D. It would give me more flexibility and ability to truly commit myself to the DAO. Please just look at my forum contributions if you’d like to see actions, not just words. Nobody is perfect, and we have some great candidates applying, but know that I am always open to feedback, I understand that I’m here to serve and not give orders, and I will work hard to help make the DAO the best engine of innovation and culture that it can be. Thank you, and let’s build!”

ApeCoin DAO Contributors who would like to find out more about NFT Sasha’s campaign can reach out to him via Twitter @NFTSasha

The window to vote in the ApeCoin DAO's Working Group Steward election opens on June 15th, and $Ape holders will have until June 21st to cast their votes and support their preferred nominees. After the first round of voting, the top five nominees with the most votes will proceed to the second round of voting and officially become candidates. The DAO will then conduct one more election from June 22nd to 28th, during which the community will elect its two Stewards.

Take a look at the full Election season timeline below:

The Bored Ape Gazette has reached out to all nine nominees for an interview and will be publishing them as they reply. Stay tuned for updates!

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