ENS name: nick.eth
My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: There are a number of truly outstanding delegate candidates who have put themselves forward, and I will be endorsing a few that I believe have diverse views and would make excellent delegates for the ENS DAO. If any of them appeal, I strongly recommend them to you, and your delegation would be well placed with them.
Alex van de Sande. Alex was an early ENS contributor who wrote the .eth registrar contract that was responsible for registration of names for the first two years of ENS’s existence. He is an outstanding engineer and UX person who cares deeply about building systems that are neutral, usable, and viable in the long-term.
Brantly Millegan. Brantly is the Director of Operations at ENS, and is a large part of the reason ENS is the success it is today. Brantly’s vision for the future of ENS often exceeds my own, and he never hesitates to take big steps to ensure the success of the system we are building. If you want someone who has the highest goals for ENS and what it can do, Brantly is an excellent candidate for your delegation.
Griff Green. Griff is an outstanding human being who cares deeply about public goods and doing the right thing. If you want to see ENS do good in the world, Griff is an excellent candidate for your delegation.
Jordan Spence. Jordan’s work at MyCrypto has been essential to the entire Ethereum ecosystem; he is an excellent communicator and cares a great deal about building a viable community. If you want someone who will do their utmost to ensure ENS continues to have a friendly and welcoming community post-DAO, and who cares about sifting through the hype and noise to find the signal, Jordan is an excellent candidate for your delegation.
Lefteris. Lefteris is a long-term ENS contributor who cares deeply about building decentralised systems. He is also a top-5 Gitcoin steward. If you want someone who will ensure ENS does not stray from its decentralised roots, Lefteris is an excellent candidate for your delegation.
Fire Eyes DAO. We consulted with Fire Eyes on the launch of the ENS DAO, and they have an extensive history helping launch other DAOs, including GitCoin.
Jeff Coleman. Jeff is an Ethereum and ENS OG who cares about building communities that are robust and stay true to their founding principles. He is already in the process of drafting a preamble for the constitution. If you care about ensuring the longevity of ENS’s goals and community, Jeff is an excellent candidate for your delegation.
This is not an exhaustive list; there are many other outstanding delegates I could not mention here.
Otherwise, I welcome your delegation, and will use it with care, helping ensure ENS continues to fulfil my vision of a decentralised public good that improves the user-experience of the crypto space for everyone.
I created ENS because naming is a basic component of internet infrastructure that is absolutely crucial to building an ecosystem that is user-friendly and secure. Just as no end-user has to see or type an IP address, nobody should have to do that with cryptocurrency addresses, or IPFS content hashes.
It’s crucial that a global naming system be neutral, and run as a public good for everyone’s benefit. My philosophy borrows extensively from the goals and views of the people who built the early internet; I view organisations such as the IETF as worthy targets to emulate.
I also strongly believe that to build a viable naming service requires prioritising use over speculation. The Internet had the luxury of growing up slowly, meaning they did not have to deal with rampant speculation and manipulation on day 1. We have no such luxury, and so must be careful to build a system that works best for those who want to put it to its intended use - not just as a purely speculative vehicle. Ultimately this serves everyone better; other attempts at distributed naming have demonstrated that rampant speculation can strangle an otherwise promising service in its crib.
I believe ENS is still only at the beginning of its journey. With your support - for me or for any of the other first-class candidates who have put themselves forward - we can ensure that it develops to its full potential.
My view on each section of the proposed ENS Constitution
As the primary author of the constitution, I naturally agree on all points!
My web3 qualifications / skills: I founded ENS and spent the past 5 years building it into what it is today, in collaboration with an outstanding team of people. I have extensive experience as a software engineer, including 6 years’ tenure at Google in SRE, Software Engineer, and Developer Advocacy roles, and prior to starting ENS I worked at the Ethereum Foundation as a core developer on geth. I am also a former EIP editor, and as part of my work there, reformed the EIP process to streamline it and make it more usable, and built the EIP site (eips.ethereum.org) for indexing and displaying EIPs.