Proposal “bsdev-general-201701“ (Closed)Back

Title:Business Development (Jan)
Owner:babygiraffe
One-time payment: 607 DASH (65480 USD)
Completed payments: no payments occurred yet (1 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2017-01-04 / 2017-02-18 (added on 2016-12-27)
Final voting deadline: in passed
Votes: 700 Yes / 327 No / 0 Abstain

Proposal description

This is a cross-post from the Dash Forum

After a temporary break in business development funding in December, this proposal seeks continued funding for our ongoing business development activities, adjusted to current exchange rates.

The Business Development budget funds development support and other business integration expenses to incentivize the adoption of Dash through deal-making and direct support of our business partners.

By setting aside a small amount of funding available to capture opportunities as they arise, we are able to act quickly and nimbly to grow our ecosystem of businesses integrating Dash. We are beginning to attract much larger-impact opportunities, but these opportunities appear to require more substantial support, so we may increase the monthly allotment in the near future if specific opportunities begin regularly exceeding the available budget.

Requested funding is as follows for the January 4th budget cycle:
Total: 607.41 Dash

Note: Funding from this proposal will be reserved for business development purposes.

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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1 point,4 months ago
All I can think about is that these funds might go to Daniel, and I haven't seen an update from Daniel in a considerable amount of time.

I know that business opportunities probably pop up unexpectedly and so cannot be foreseen for inclusion in the proposal. That's understandable. But if that's the case, I want to know WHO precisely is responsible for the spending of these funds. Is it Kot? Daniel? Someone else? I can't vote 'yes' until I know who to expect updates from.
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0 points,4 months ago
The person responsible for business development is Daniel. But he does not possess unilateral control over the funds. In order to spend from the funds set aside for business development, he must make the case to the rest of the core team (generally in our weekly calls) to gain approval / consensus on the use of the funds.

I also play a lesser role in business development along with Daniel (generally working on standalone projects I deem worth spending my time on). Shake debit card and Wall of Coins are examples of projects I took upon myself. We are also adding a new still-unpaid member to the business development function that will also be pursuing opportunities.

On Thursday's core team call, we discussed the lack of communication on certain projects and agreed as a group to get updates on all our business development activities out to the community this week. I agree that there has been woefully inadequate communication on most of them and I am coordinating an update across all the owners of those projects.

I know the community is concerned with the lack of communication, and the vote tallies here are a manifestation of that frustration. I take it seriously and am doing what I can to address it quickly. I know patience has worn thin, but we have a large specific opportunity coming up that the community will need to specifically vote on, but in the meantime, it would be very helpful to set some aside for the expense (one I'm confident will be approved by the community) to make the remaining costs more digestible. I strongly encourage all to vote yes on this proposal.
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1 point,5 months ago
I would love to support specific work items that bring value to the network and right now we need more developers, which is why I happily said yes to the worker proposal to hire one additional dev. We don't need businesses right now when we still have a lot of core development that needs to be done first.
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