aox.eth (@aoxborrow on twitter) has been an active community member promoting the merits of ens for many months. he developed ens.tools which is the primary(and only?) source that thousands of people use to monitor ens expired auctions. go look at the last thousand domains that were purchased during the auction and try to realize a huge chunk of that revenue is due to having this tool that easily tracks all auctions which creates a high degree of competition and higher registration prices.
heres aox on a podcast debating on the merits of ens vs handshake domains about 2 months ago on june 6th - ENS vs. Handshake - DNW Podcast #391 - Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News
someone over at handshake is very smart and is actively looking to recruit from the community. just a couple weeks later aox announces he was hired by them
i see this as a massive loss to the ens community. i don’t think it’s a hard stretch to imagine ens.tools will very likely cease development entirely. and the auction aggregator that everyone uses will likely go offline if it’s made in his best financial interest to do so.
will aox.eth ever again use his own time and energy, unpaid, to go on a podcast and debate the merits of ens? to me it seems very unlikely
i don’t think the sole strategy of sitting back and expecting people to research the intricacies of the dao and how it handles its finances in order to get funding is optimal. there needs to also be some kind of active talent scout and recruiting process imo