Proposal “dash-core-group-premises“ (Active)Back

Title:Dash Core Group Premises
One-time payment: 570 DASH (38705 USD)
Completed payments: no payments occurred yet (1 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2019-11-15 / 2019-12-14 (added on 2019-11-06)
Final voting deadline: in 11 days
Votes: 219 Yes / 1 No / 2 Abstain
Will be funded: No. This proposal needs additional 274 Yes votes to become funded.
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Proposal description

Dash Core Group December 1st Funding Proposals
DCG is submitting 2 funding proposals for the December 1st budget cycle:
1) DCG Compensation: $209,400
2) DCG Premises: $41,200

This proposal is cross-posted here

What does this proposal fund?
The premises budget was last funded in February 2019.  To date it was being exclusively used to pay for the monthly rent for the Dash Core Group office in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

This proposal will fund rental expenses for:
  1. One office at SkySong for 2020 (total cost =  $24,000)
  2. Co-working spaces for developers that would like to collaborate in the same physical location in 2020 (total cost =  $13,200) 
  3. Meeting space for quarterly developer meetings in 2020 (total cost = $4,000)

Arizona Location: One Office at SkySong
Given budget constraints in early 2019, we have downsized our premises footprint to just one office. The reduction in our footprint has brought down costs from $5,300/month to $2,000/month. This office is and will continue to be frequently shared by Ryan Taylor (CEO), Glenn Austin (CFO) and Bob Carroll (CTO) to conduct business and to hold internal and external meetings. The office we are retaining includes a conference table, whiteboard, office furniture (desks and cabinets), mail services, copy and print services, reception services, utilities, telephony, internet access, custodial services, and unlimited conference rooms (for no additional charge).

During the summer of 2019 we used the facilities to hold a leadership meeting for Dash Core Group Management. We posted a summary of that meeting at the following link:

Additionally, we plan to host an open house at the ASU offices in December 2019. The conference center space is included in our agreement.

Description of the Arizona property
SkySong is a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use live/work/play facility associated with Arizona State University located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is operated as a non-profit incubator for innovation and technology, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Its non-profit status enables SkySong to charge tenants well below market rates for Class A office space. The facility is in high demand, and all SkySong buildings are near full occupancy.

We believe there are several advantages to maintaining our presence at SkySong. First, there are clear productivity gains from having members of our team on-site to work directly with each other. Second, we conduct many professional meetings with prospective partners and this allows us to receive visitors and host events in a business setting.

SkySong provides the flexibility of month-to-month leases giving us the flexibility to either eliminate our office space altogether or to quickly expand, as needed.

As a quick recap from our initial funding proposal, these are the key highlights of the space:
  1. A “premium office” in a LEED Silver Certification (class A) building
  2. Locking glass doors, and locking filing cabinets
  3. Two dedicated phone lines and voicemail system
  4. Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  5. Mail services
  6. Complementary conference room access
  7. 24/7 access to the building
  8. Complementary copier and printer (up to a monthly limit)
  9. Kitchen facilities including coffee machines
  10. Shared reception area with sign-in and waiting area
  11. Free shuttle service between ASU’s main campus (2 miles away) and SkySong
  12. Free access to a 385 capacity conference facility on site

Co-Working Spaces for Developers
One of the disadvantages of having a decentralized team is that co-workers do not have as many in-person interactions with each other, which can be more effective for certain tasks.  We have found that having co-workers located together in the same physical space provides a boost to productivity.  This requests funding for team members to meet in co-working facilities (e.g., hot desks or small conference rooms) on a periodic basis when needed and beneficial to working on collaborative tasks.  Dash Core Group has developed a policy on the types of expenses and the circumstances under which these expenses would be reimbursable.  We do not expect these expenses to exceed $1,200 a month among all members of the team.

Quarterly Developer Meetings
Every three to four months Dash developers come together to meet in one central, affordable location.  These face-to-face meetings provide the team with an opportunity to interact, plan and align on the necessary tasks to deliver on the technology roadmap.  This proposal is requesting funding for the facilities and co-working spaces that the developers utilize during these meetings.  We anticipate these expenses to be approximately $1,000 every 3 months.

If you have any questions, please direct them to @glennaustin in this Dash Forum post to ensure we are notified of your request.

Requested funding is as follows for the December 1st budget cycle:
· 329 Dash for core team premises at Arizona Location ($24,000 USD @ $73 per Dash)
· 181 Dash for developer co-working spaces ($13,200 USD @ $73 per Dash)
·   55 Dash for quarterly developer meetups ($4,000 USD @ $73 per Dash)
·     5 Dash proposal reimbursement
Total: 570 Dash

Note: Should any funding remain, we will apply it toward future facilities / rent expenses and related taxes.

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1 point,2 days ago
"You cannot be serious" John McEnroe

you can hire high quality office space by the day from Regis and save us a small fortune. You don't use the offices every day which means every day they are empty we are wasting money.

Hire by the day with Regis the offices are just as good quality: