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MEET THE CANDIDATE:The Banana Rat Is Running For Special Council

ApeCoin DAO contributor and Special Council nominee, Banana Rat AKA “the Great Unifier” is running to empower the Web3 space and create a thriving digital ecosystem!


The election season of 2023 is underway at the ApeCoin DAO, with 21 contributors officially running to replace Yat Siu or Alexis Ohanian on the DAO's Special Council this summer.


Among the candidates vying for a position on the ApeCoin DAO's Special Council is ApeCoin DAO contributor The Banana Rat





“Dear Esteemed Members of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, I am writing to officially announce my candidacy for the Special Council," The Banana Rat wrote on his ApeCoin Candidate page. "Known within our vibrant community as The Banana Rat, I bring a wealth of experience in portfolio management, strategic planning, and project delivery, bolstered by a unique ability to tell compelling stories that resonate. My professional journey includes notable stints in Fortune 500 environments, where I led Project Management Offices (PMO) with a keen focus on efficiency and productivity. These roles allowed me to gain critical insights into strategic planning and implementation. In managing extensive portfolios, I have overseen the development and execution of long-term strategies that have consistently driven organizational growth. In the fast-paced and ever-changing landscape of the metaverse, my experience in these areas will prove invaluable. As a member of the Special Council, I will employ these skills to drive our club’s expansion while ensuring our financial sustainability and success in the long run. Beyond my management experience, I am a storyteller at heart. I believe stories have the power to unite us, inspire us, and ultimately, define us. By leveraging this skill, I intend to cultivate an even stronger sense of community within our club, bridging gaps and fostering deeper connections amongst our members. Yet, perhaps my most defining quality is the spirit I bring to every endeavor. As The Banana Rat, I am renowned for my energy, positivity, and unwavering commitment to our shared goals. I firmly believe that this enthusiasm, coupled with my extensive professional experience, will bring a refreshing perspective to the council.

It would be an honor to serve this extraordinary community and work collectively towards propelling the Bored Ape Yacht Club to the forefront of the metaverse. I am excited about the potential of this position and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to further discuss my candidacy. Thank you for your consideration. Let’s sail together towards a brighter future! Sincerely, The Banana Rat Has Spoken."


To find out more about The Banana Rat and why he’s 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?


“The Banana Rat's journey into the ApeCoin DAO was a natural progression of his continuous pursuit for innovation and unity in the Web 3.0 space. Being a leading figure in numerous top-tier web 3.0 projects, the Banana Rat saw an opportunity in the ApeCoin DAO to push the boundaries of what is possible and to champion a more interconnected and equitable digital world. The Banana Rat has spoken.”


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

“Vote for The Banana Rat: your key to a unified, accessible, and progressive Web 3.0 future. Leveraging years of expertise in portfolio management and strategic planning, The Banana Rat is uniquely equipped to advocate for transparency, inclusivity, and innovation. Known as the 'Great Unifier,' he wields significant influence across top-tier Web 3.0 brands and projects. This vast network empowers The Banana Rat to facilitate powerful collaborations, expand horizons, and foster unparalleled growth. By voting for The Banana Rat, you're championing a vision of unity and progress in our digital world. Join us in our venture to shape a more connected and thriving digital ecosystem. Together, let's make history! The Banana Rat has spoken.”


3.What would you like to accomplish if elected?


“Hey there, my Web 3.0 fam! It's The Banana Rat, also known as the 'Great Unifier'! I'm reaching out to remind you what our Ape Coin DAO is all about. It's of the community, by the community, for the community. That's the power we hold together! We're not just playing in the digital space, we're reshaping it. We're collectively redefining what governance looks like. This isn't a playground for the elite few, but a space for every single one of us. We're shaping our digital world together, through our shared dreams and united effort. I've got a foot in the door with some of the biggest names in Web 3.0. As the 'Great Unifier', I'm in a unique position to broker powerful collaborations, combining our strengths to create a momentum that's truly unstoppable. From one major player to another, we're going to drive growth and innovation like the digital world has never seen before! So, let's harness this potential, together. Let's make decisions that truly reflect our dynamic, diverse, and daring community. Let's make sure our DAO is a force that empowers every individual, every dreamer, every doer. It's your world, your vote, your future. Ready to make some waves? Let's roll! #BananaRat4ApeCoinCouncil. The Banana Rat has spoken.”


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


“What's up, fam? It's The Banana Rat, coming at you with some electrifying vision for the future. When we talk about a year down the line, I want you to strap in, because this is going to be one wild ride: I see our Ape Coin DAO thriving as a beacon of innovation in the Web 3.0 landscape. We're not just surviving; we're setting the pace, pushing boundaries, breaking barriers. I see us with an even stronger presence across digital platforms. Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality - we're there, leading the charge. In Roblox, in Fortnite, the Otherside wherever our community wants to be, that's where we're going to shine. I see our partnerships growing. We're not in this alone, my friends. I'm working tirelessly to strengthen my connections with top-tier Web 3.0 brands and projects and I want the same for Ape Coin DAO. Together, we can creating a network that empowers each one of us. I see our community educated and empowered. We're not just participants in this new digital world. We're creators, innovators, trailblazers. Creator communities are the key to long-term success. I see us leveraging my portfolio management & strategic planning, maximizing our resources & community, and strategically planning for long-term success. We're not just about the now; we're about the future. So, a year from now? I see us on top of the world, together. I can see it now, The Banana Rat will be up front Smilin', man ... oh, beautiful! The Banana Rat has spoken!”


5. What makes you different from the other candidates?


“Hey there, my digital family! It's your buddy The Banana Rat, here to give you the 411 on why I stand out in this council race. 1.The 'Great Unifier': I’m not just a candidate, I’m the 'Great Unifier'! I've got my foot in the door with some of the most influential Web 3.0 brands and projects out there. I’m all about forging powerful partnerships, expanding our collective strength, and championing unity. It’s time we bring our digital world closer together! 2. Strategic Whizz: With years of experience as a Portfolio Manager, I've mastered the game of strategic planning and risk mitigation. This isn't just a council seat to me, it's an opportunity to steer our collective ship towards a future where every single resource we've got is maximized to its fullest potential. 3. Metaverse Maverick: I've got my sights set on the horizon, and let me tell you, it's looking bright with Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality. I'm ready to secure our place in this next-level digital universe - from Roblox to Fortnite to the Otherside, and everywhere in between. 4. Risk Wrangler: As a former leader of Project Management Offices, I’ve wrangled with risks, tamed the untamed, and am ready to guide our DAO with the assurance of safety, security, and sustainability.5. Education Evangelist: I'm all about empowering you, the community! That means creating opportunities for learning and growth so that everyone can ride the Web 3.0 wave with confidence and gusto. So, if you're looking for a candidate who's got the experience, the vision, the network, and most importantly, the passion to make a difference, then you're looking for The Banana Rat. Let's redefine the future of Web 3.0 together! The Banana Rat has spoken.”


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


“Alright folks, it’s time to wrap things up. This is your buddy, The Banana Rat, the 'Great Unifier', here to remind you what we’re all about. First off, we’re talking UNITY. With connections in leading Web 3.0 projects, I'm all geared up to broker collaborations that'll set the digital world on fire. We're stronger together, and together we’ll take our rightful place in the future of the digital universe. We've also got STRATEGY on the table. With my background in portfolio management and strategic planning, I'm ready to steer this ship with purpose, maximizing every resource, every opportunity we've got. No stone left unturned, no potential unexplored. Then there's the METAVRESE, our playground of the future. I'm dialed in on Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality, and I'm ready to secure our place in the landscape from Roblox to Fortnite, and beyond. RISK? I've got that covered too. My PMO leadership has prepared me to guide our DAO with a clear vision and an iron-clad assurance of safety and sustainability. And lastly, let's not forget EDUCATION. I'm here to ensure everyone can ride the Web 3.0 wave with confidence, knowledge, and excitement. So here’s the deal, my digital fam - If you're ready to embrace a future where Web 3.0 is accessible, innovative, and unifying, then The Banana Rat is your candidate. Remember, this isn’t just about me or you, it's about all of us, creating a DAO that's truly for the community, by the community. Let's make history together. Vote Banana Rat for the Ape Coin Council! The Banana Rat has spoken.”


ApeCoin DAO Contributors who would like to find out more about The Banana Rat’s campaign can reach out to him via Twitter @TheBananaRat





The window to vote in the ApeCoin DAO's first round of Special Council voting 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 two Special Council members to replace Yat Siu and Alexis Ohanian on the board. Take a look at the full Election season timeline below:





The Bored Ape Gazette has reached out to all 21 candidates for an interview and will be publishing them as they reply. Stay tuned for updates!

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