Proposal “dash-next-biz-dev-partnerships-thailand-“ (Closed)Back

Title:Dash NEXT : BIZ Dev, Partnerships, Thailand ecosystem Q2 2020
Owner:Dash-Next
Monthly amount: 257 DASH (17354 USD)
Completed payments: no payments occurred yet (3 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2020-03-15 / 2020-06-12 (added on 2020-03-10)
Votes: 839 Yes / 215 No / 71 Abstain
External information: app.dashnexus.org/proposals/dash-next-biz-dev-partnerships-thailand-ecosystem-q2-2020/overview

Proposal description

Dash NEXT’s overall goal is to drive Dash and Dash usage on all payment verticals in Asia and beyond. We have created a merchant ecosystem in Thailand as a use case to increase Dash adoption in Asia with a sustainable, cost-efficient Dash merchant network in tourist heaven Thailand. Dash NEXT focus is on scaling Dash adoption by finding strategic partnerships (regionally and globally), actively drive business development for the global Dash ecosystem by integrating Dash with payment services, multi-merchant organizations, establishing partnerships with crypto, non-crypto and fintech organizations on all relevant verticals and creating marketing partnerships with crypto-related events, conferences and media coverage. Our main goal is to massively increase visibility and adoption of Dash in Asia and beyond.

Having a team on the ground in Asia has driven great results over the last quarters, especially in combination with aligned efforts and strategies from the Dash co-working - a voluntary team effort from many Dash teams around the world such as DCG, Dash Embassy DACH and others. In weekly calls, we align our goals, priorities, share leads in a way that leverages our local networks, contacts or regional focus to produce the most efficient results for Dash as a whole. Within this co-working Dash NEXT has, e.g. integrated numerous exchanges, payment services, merchants and arranged invitations with many conferences around the world, utilising the Dash budget in the most efficient way for the whole network. For the next quarter, we plan on continuing this approach to help growing the Dash community and Dash users with extended marketing activities, media coverage, consumer activation, usage and provide more great options to utilize Dash. We believe in the high importance of local presence and personal contacts to create partnerships.We are in conversation about launching some great partnerships in the Philippines, new fiat off ramps and we are optimistic that many of the integrations we have started several months ago will be completed in Q2/2020.

Achievements of our work in Q1/2020Exchanges
MerchantsOthersConfirmed upcoming conferences with Dash NEXT Founders as speaker and/or in partnership
  • HK Blockchain Week, Hong Kong (postponed from March 2020 to September due to Corona Virus)
  • CIWS Cannabis Conference, Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand (September 2020)
  • Blockfest Asia, Singapore (planned for May 2020, to be confirmed with Corona)
  • Blockchain Life, Moscow, Russia
  • https://blockchain-life.com/ 
  • Binance Blockchain Week Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (postponed from February to TBC due to Corona)
  • https://binanceblockchainweek.com/ 
External MediaMeetups
  • “DAO Building of the year” award for Dash, represented by Dash NEXT at Malta Blockchain Summit, one of Europe’s largest Blockchain events with 6k+ participants.
  • Healthy merchants and consumer ecosystem in Thailand, in the top-3 ranking on Anypay globally for many consecutive months.
  • 9 exchange integrations, many of them top exchanges and more integrations already in progress. Of course we want Dash to be integrated everywhere, but one of the main goals here is getting as many fiat on/off ramps as possible to be able to provide end-to-end solutions to merchants with fiat settlement requirements.
  • 1.5mil. Hotels worldwide on 2 travel platforms and soon 400+ airlines and private homes payable with Dash 
  • Dash Gift cards for over 190 countries with many big merchants such as Amazon, Steam, Spotify, Netflix and many more
  • Dash mobile topups in 145+ countries via 200+ Mobile providers
  • Up to 2m easy to use Dash branded crypto debit cards, linkable with Digifinex and soon to more exchanges (currently in beta-test, expected to launch Q1/2020)
  • 19 conference partnerships, usually with Dash as a community partner, keynotes, panels, Dash payments for tickets, special discounts for Dash community members
MerchantsExchangesOthersPast Conferences with Dash Thailand / Dash NEXT Founders as speaker and/or in partnership Confirmed upcoming conferencesExternal MediaOwn Social Media Channels  MeetupsOngoing/Upcoming Integrations & partnerships
  • BXB: InstantSend Integration
  • Bitasset: Taiwanese Exchange, Dash integrated vs RNB trading pairs
  • Blucon: globally usable Crypto Debit Cards and public transport cards for South Korea, rechargeable via Digifinex (200k for 2019, 2mio for 2020, more exchanges to be connected soon)
  • Wisepass 
  • Winstantpay 
  • 3 Hardware wallets
  • Property Investment Platform in Dubai
  • Thai Acquirer
  • Multiple Exchanges all over Asia: Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Russia
  • Multiple payment providers in UK, Eastern Europe & Asia
  • CBD online shops in Europe and US
  • Travel OTA
  • Property Platform
  • Room sharing platform
  • Consentium
  • Satang
  • Bitkub
  • Liquid Japan
  • Ongoing conversations with regulators in Asia
  • Edge (Instant Send)
  • Bitazza (Exchange listing)
  • OKEX (Instant Send
  • PROBIT (Instant Send)
  • Huobi Thailand (Exchange listing)
  • Gokumarket (merchant platform)
  • Society Pass (merchant platform)
  • Lines Link Exchange (Exchange listing)
  • Bangkok delivery Service
  • Mycred.io
  • Unifinity
Key learnings and our approach
  • Enabling crypto payments is like putting together a big puzzle
  • Dash needs local partners all over the globe (exchanges, payment services, merchants etc.) that enable us to legally operate in each market
  • Fiat gateways are a key element to grow merchant ecosystems around the world. To achieve this, exchanges with fiat trading pairs a required
  • Merchants need support - it is a long way for them to understand cryptocurrencies
  • Big and small businesses are often scared of crypto payments as they do not know how to handle the technology and mistrust a volatile asset. Giving them options to easy and immediately exit to fiat of their choice and providing them a personal support contact is the best way to overcome these worries.
  • The travel industry is a great and viable use case for Dash
  • With one of the highest numbers of tourists, Thailand is the perfect market as Dash’s showcase
  • Crypto Payments is new for most travel platforms. The industry is a blue ocean of opportunities to build on 
  • Local networks and exposure are key to integrate Dash payments
  • Blockchain is one of the fastest moving industries. The most efficient way to know key players is to meet them at conferences and events.
  • The Asian crypto scene is huge and participating in conferences and events has created most of our leads and completed integrations
  • Good personal contacts can put Dash high up in our partner’s priorities and makes integrations happen fast
  • Cooperation and streamlining of efforts with Dash increase Teams around the world increase outcomes and cost efficiency
  • Identifying shared goals can create great results one team alone cannot create - e.g. the combined effort of Dash Embassy DACH, CORE and Dash Thailand to systematically reach out to all exchanges without Dash listing has shown great results
  • Having regular calls with teams around the world enables us to help other team and get help where it is needed
  • Large remittances market in Asia: Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia are great opportunities for Dash to become a leading player in the SE-Asian remittances market. We are in conversation with several players within these countries and planning a strategy that not only allows to send money home but also gives opportunities to use Dash within these countries. 
Areas we plan to focus on
  • Travel
  • Payment Providers and solutions
  • Exchanges
  • Retail
  • Remittances
  • CBD/Cannabis
  • Close partnerships in Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia
Budget
Please see details of our budget below.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E5yDZRwKFliPPhItT3x6rM4MWzh9AzPtxqAUAfqYN-s/edit?usp=sharing

Track record
To find out what we have done in the past, please have a look below. 

Our previous proposals:
https://www.dashcentral.org/p/dash-next--dash-thailand-q1-2020
https://www.dashcentral.org/p/dash-next--dash-thailand-q4
https://www.dashcentral.org/p/Dash_Thailand_Q3_2019
https://www.dashcentral.org/p/dash-next-in-asia--beyond-biz-dev-p-ship
https://www.dashcentral.org/p/DashThailandhttps://www.dashcentral.org/p/Thailand 

Our Dash Watch reports:
https://reports.dashwatch.org/JAN20/Dash-Thailand.pdf
https://reports.dashwatch.org/DEC19/Dash-Thailand.pdf
https://reports.dashwatch.org/NOV19/Dash-Thailand.pdf
https://reports.dashwatch.org/OCT19/Dash-Thailand.pdf 
https://beta.dashwatch.org/r/SEP19/dash_thailand_q3_2019
https://reports.dashwatch.org/JUL19/dash_thailand_q3_2019.pdf
https://reports.dashwatch.org/JUN19/DashThailandAdoptionPartnershipsBusDev.pdf
https://reports.dashwatch.org/MAY19/DashThailandAdoptionPartnershipsBusDev.pdfhttps://reports.dashwatch.org/MAR19/DashThailand.pdf

We thank you sincerely for your trust and great support. As always, your feedback is most welcome and will be included in our work!

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0 points,4 months ago
Great News! Dash Next is partnering with Cgift to present a new and easy way to buy Dash in Asia, starting with Thailand. Get Dash in the hands of more people is the mission. Find details about the Dash gift cards and the different functions here: https://www.cgift.io/dash/
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0 points,4 months ago
Dash Next partners with Cash2vn. Now you can send remittances or any kind of payment easy to friends and business partners in Vietnam with Dash & the recipient will receive Vietnamese Dong. Cash2VN payments are usually received within a few hours after the payment. Cash2VN has been operating in the Vietnamese market since 2015 and is backed by Vietnam’s oldest Bitcoin Exchange BitcoinVN with great rates! page link here: https://cash2vn.com/
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0 points,5 months ago
Great Dash Thailand News! Through our partnership with the local Crypto Exchange Satang there won't be any trading fees related to Dash for 75 days if people register before 30th April!. Satang waived the fees on their own costs. That will help us to get Dash in more hands here.

More details here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/dashpay/comments/g8rsr5/great_news_dash_thailand_is_proud_to_announce_the/
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2 points,5 months ago
Dash Next is proud to announce that we are going to built up our next local presence after Thailand in the Philippines. Therefore we are welcoming Veronica Andrino as the Dash Philippines Ambassador.

The Philippines show great potential for Dash, especially in terms of remittances and businesses. Veronica Andrino will be our local Head Ambassador there. She is a long time Dash super fan and Dash Next team member. Big things are coming!

Please follow and support the new channels

telegram: https://t.me/dashphp
facebook: https://fb.com/dashphp
twitter: https://twitter.com/dashphp.
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2 points,5 months ago
Voting Yes! here. I just want to say that even though the block reward is reducing soon, and even the price is still low, I want to represent the contigent of MNOs who appreciates and wants to see more of this level of ask for our communities. As a student of the liquidity school of Dash adoption, it is my personal opinion that we need to spread Dash as much as possible to as many different regions around the world as possible.

Ryan Taylor recently stated that although our focus on merchant adoption in Venezuela was the right thing to focus on, we now need to focus efforts on getting Dash into people's hands so they can spend them at merchants and we can continue to grow our merchant and user adoption. Ryan was focused on employment and remittances as a source of Dash. But I would submit that the best, easiest and fastest source of Dash liquidity is the treasury itself.

Employment and remittances as a focus in Venezuela have the same issue that Ryan noted about our inital efforts at adoption there, which is that there's a sort of barrier to entry when users have to convert their fiat/Bolivars to Dash and then spend it. Its better if they already get paid Dash that way they can spend it more easily. The problem is employing people is too slow for us to spread Dash as a network. The treasury barely will spend 20k per month in Venezuela and we're employing the very teams that have given us the clout we now have in terms of global adoption. The amount of work that we the network need done is TOO SMALL relative to the amount of people who need Dash in their hands.

So I submit to the network that the fastest way to get over this chicken and egg problem is to just VOTE TO SPREAD AS MUCH DASH AS POSSIBLE. Its that simple. We just blast Dash all over the world every month like fire hydrants going off. Eventually, everyone in the city will get wet. And they will take their Dash and spend it and increase the transactional usage and demand of our coin.

This means that we don't want our teams lowering their ask, we want them increasing it as much as is feasible. We want as many teams as possible getting as much Dash as possible. They will have to sell to cover their costs and that will provide the liquidity the local economy needs to get Dash moving and give us LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE growth. Growth that isn't fleeting and ".5% of transactions". If you give it (Dash), they (transactions) will come.
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2 points,5 months ago
Thanks a lot for the Yes Voting, the great support and your comment!

Spread Dash to different regions is exactly our goal. Especially regarding the different use cases: tourism in Thailand, remittances in the Philippines, ... Other ideas we are working on for a while is a dash job platform and the cross border payment use case.

Being in different regions and pushing different uses cases is also great for exposure, brand building and building business ideas around Dash. When we speaking on conferences people come always to us and say "oh Dash yes I heard you are doing great things in Thailand and Venezuela" also the media write about us because of the great Thailand tourism use case. When people think about Dash they think about Venezuela and Thailand. Even if not everyone in the network agrees about that use cases. We always have to remember the exposure we get through that.

And absolutely we can not only onboard merchants or do integrations on one side we also need people to spend it. It's always a chicken and egg problem as you said. That's why we work and improve the above mentioned use case and also employ more people in Thailand and the Philippines with small jobs, do events at Universities, Schools etc., get AMA's, conference's and media partners who distribute dash (sponsored even by our partners not by the treasury) to get Dash in as many hands as possible for as little costs as possible for us.
Here just an recent example from our partnership with HUOBI Wallet. They sponsored 10k USD worth of Dash this week and distributed another 1k USD worth of Dash during the AMA with our Dash Next co-founders Felix and Sascha.

See more details here on the reddit post:
https://www.reddit.com/r/dashpay/comments/g4kao6/the_dash_next_dash_thailand_cofounders_felix_mago/

So we spread Dash in as many regions as possible and give it in as many hands as possible but also do not waste any Dash and everything is spend very wisely.

Thanks again for your support and comment!
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2 points,5 months ago
Wow, that's great. Yes I do remember reading about that Huobi partnership and thinking "About time!" This is exactly the direction we need to move in. I've watched your proposal for a couple cycles now and I've been nothing but impressed. Thank you for your attention, your field report, and your kind words. Keep up the good work!
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1 point,5 months ago
We are very happy to hear that as we are working hard and doing our best to push Dash forward. Comments like yours are motivating us even more then! We will definitely keep up. Thanks again and stay healthy!
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1 point,5 months ago
How much of this requested budget is being devoted to your expansion into the Philllipine market, if any?
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1 point,5 months ago
Hi thanks for the comment and question. We did not increase any budget devoted to your expansion into the Philippines market. We will cover that for now completely from our existing Dash Next budget to save treasury budget. As mentioned we see a huge potential there, but let's wait first about results coming in. If the results fulfil their promises it might be a good idea to do a separate proposal with a designated Budget.
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-2 points,5 months ago
And for the record, I know this is continuing funding, but you get the same criticism I gave to the DIF proposal, I would like to see you submit a lower ask in light of the 7% block reward reduction at the very least. I have to vote "No" here.
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1 point,5 months ago
Thanks again for your comment and we can assure you we always do our budgeting as efficient as possible even prior the block reward reduction. To be able to make all that important partnerships and integrations around the world happen, to get all the global media coverage done, the conferences, AMA's and event invitations, to push the Thailand and Philippines ecosystem and for all the other things we are doing we need a professional team and have expenses to pay. We hope you can see our results and we can convince you to vote in future with Yes.

We are always open for constructive criticism on our work and are also always happy to share deeper information even in a call or personal meetings as soon as it is possible again. Feel free to reach always out to us.
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0 points,5 months ago
Great News! As announced our Dash Next partnership with Crypttp will make Dash payments even simpler! Now you can pay Dash in only 2 clicks through Crypttp’s instant pay button to merchants & payment processors using the following connected wallets: Trust wallet, Ellipal, Ownbit, Zelcore, & Guarda. Check them out!
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1 point,5 months ago
Dash Next / Dash Thailand are very excited to announce the Dash listing on Satang vs. thai baht on 31st of March. This new fiat on/off ramp option is the start of a very promising partnership between Dash Thailand and Satang to bring the Dash merchant network and crypto payments in Thailand to the next level.

You can find more info and registration here: https://satang.pro/ ... and stay tuned many projects are already in the planning!
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1 point,6 months ago
The Budget that is linked is for Q1
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1 point,6 months ago
Note: 273 yes votes for this proposal, even tho the budget is not included
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1 point,6 months ago
The budget is of course included and linked budget sheet is also for Q2. What was maybe misleading is that the google doc stated the start of the 2020 budget with Q1. We aligned now the link title with the sheet title so the complete link provides and states only Q2.
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0 points,5 months ago
voters: note the budget doesn't include a clear breakdown of DashThailand vs. DashNext. So we don't have clear info on what DashThailand is costing us (and note: Thailand is of course an economy that is not looking to switch to a new currency, hence we could be getting negative ROI on it)
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1 point,6 months ago
Dash Next is changing the conference and event strategy for now due to the current Covid19 situation. We wanna spread the word about Dash without spreading the virus. Virtual Conferences are the key. Join us at the upcoming online DAO & Crypto Investment conference May 21-24 and see Felix Mago co-founder of Dash Next speaking about driving real-life adoption of Blockchain and crypto payments with Dash for over 18k already registered participants. More details here:
https://summit.dao.digital/GIVS#/speakers?lang=en&speakerId=6818000000484011
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1 point,6 months ago
Great update! Dash Next is partnering with the global EduTech platform Unifinity. Unifinity enables universities and schools around the world of any size to rapidly implement the use of Blockchain technology & smart contracts for various application needs. Through this partnership you will be able to pay different courses of education providers around the globe in future also with Dash. We are especially happy about this partnership as it is our first partnership operating out of our priority market the Philippines - more will follow! Stay tuned and get more info here: Unifinity.io
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