Proposal “latam-venezuela-201905“ (Closed)Back

Title:Latam: Venezuela Remittances, 100 New Venezuela Merchants, 12 Remittance & Consumer Adoption Events, Local Liquidity +
Owner:georgedonnelly
Monthly amount: 187 DASH (17213 USD)
Completed payments: 2 totaling in 374 DASH (1 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2019-05-17 / 2019-08-14 (added on 2019-05-12)
Votes: 896 Yes / 337 No / 34 Abstain

Proposal description

The 14-person Dash Venezuela Remittances team (now Dash Latam) is building a Latam regional remittance network that is both Dash-to-Dash and Dash-as-transport-layer, leveraging the 4-million-strong Venezuelan diaspora for merchant adoption and consumer adoption inside Venezuela. Over the next 3 months, we are (a) growing our innovative “combo remittance” options through new business development, (b) expanding local liquidity in Venezuela, (c) supporting, verifying and affiliating small Dash merchants in Venezuela, and (d) increasing consumer adoption in Venezuela through events and remittances.

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Our Value
  • Real Adoption: Dash Latam builds real Dash adoption from the ground up with transparent, verifiable, Dash-Watch-reported metrics.
  • Constant Growth: Dash Latam does the hard work no one else is doing, with Dash representatives in the field daily onboarding new consumers, new merchants, new remittance senders, new allies and more.
  • Business Pioneers: Dash Latam are global pioneers in cryptocurrency adoption, marketing, business development, generation of new software projects and more. We are the future of Dash business development.

Who We Are
We are Dash Venezuela Remittances, now Dash Latam, founded by George Donnelly in 2018. We are:
  1. Juan Ortega: sales, support, new product development (Medellín, Colombia)
  2. Freddy Rauseo: sales, support, and coordination Caracas, Venezuela
  3. Richard Jerez: sales and support Caracas, Venezuela
  4. Johan Arellano: new product development, business development (Medellín, Colombia)
  5. Gabriel Mitacchione: sales and support Madrid, Spain
  6. Constantin Teruel: sales and support Madrid, Spain
  7. Edgar Caballero: sales and support Valencia, Venezuela
  8. Hussein Jiménez: business development (Medellín, Colombia)
  9. Luigi Quintero: sales and support San Cristóbal, Venezuela
  10. Luis Martino: translations, sales and support Caracas, Venezuela
  11. Carlos Peñaloza: marketing Caracas, Venezuela (contractor)
  12. Accounting assistant (Medellín, Colombia)
  13. Central office head in Venezuela
  14. Central office in Venezuela administrative support person

To learn more about this incredible team of hard-working Dash evangelists, which includes 12 Venezuelans (8 of whom are in Venezuela) and 2 Colombians, follow @GeorgeDonnelly and @PagaConDash on Twitter. (Plus our advisor, Edward Stoever of Dash.red.)

This project leverages Dash Latam’s marketing, coordination, administration and Cúcuta teams (an additional 10 people) in Colombia to achieve additional results at minimal additional cost to the DAO.

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What Dash Gets
  1. 1,500 Remittance Transactions. Both incentivized Dash wallet to Dash wallet evidenced remittances from Medellín, Cúcuta and Madrid as well as Dash-as-transport-layer remittances from our points of sale.
  2. 20 New Remittance Points of Sale. Alliances with small merchants frequented by Venezuelans to sell Dash remittances from their places of business.
  3. 100 New Merchants in Venezuela. New, active, supported and POS-equipped merchants in Venezuela with buyback options and integrated into the remittance network, with a focus on basic necessities, combos and that include delivery options.
  4. 1,000 New Wallets. 4,000 total active Dash Android wallet installs (Hash Engineering or better).
  5. 3 Consumer Adoption Events in Venezuela. Monthly consumer adoption “Dash Invites” events in major Venezuelan cities to onboard new Dash consumers.
  6. 9 Remittance Workshops Outside Venezuela. Thrice-monthly events in Medellín, Cúcuta and Madrid to teach remittance senders how to use Dash for remittances and incentivize them to do so immediately at the event.
  7. Liquidity Expansion. Implementation of one or multiple already-working allied P2P exchange solutions as our “LocalBitcoin” but for Dash to provide liquidity and get more people buying and selling Dash more easily in Venezuela, as well as multiple in-progress exchange relationships in Venezuela and across Latam.
  8. Asymmetric Dash Education. Educational infrastructure to asymmetrically and inexpensively train large numbers of new Dash users in Venezuela and across Latam via short educational videos and other asymmetric or virtual options.
  9. 10 Ground Teams. Dash remittance, business development and merchant support teams in Cúcuta, San Cristóbal, Valencia, Caracas, Madrid, Lima, Medellín and 3 additional cities to be named.
  10. Marketing infrastructure across several nations to attract and retain Dash consumers and merchants in an inexpensive fashion using social media, WhatsApp, email marketing, and video, and to support the work of the ground teams.
  11. Financial fiat infrastructure across 3 or more nations to enable Venezuelans to enter and exit Dash at will, effectively bypassing Bitcoin’s fiat on-/off-ramp dominance.
  12. Ongoing Dash buyback program and support for merchants and consumers both online and face-to-face in order to keep the Dash economy growing in Venezuela.
  13. Ongoing verifications of DiscoverDash-listed merchants in Venezuela.
  14. Ongoing 5% discounted Dash sales, financed by Colombia’s cheap bitcoin.

Results to Date
Despite receiving just 1 month of financing out of 3 requested, we have achieved the following:
  1. Development of Combo Remittances: In order to resolve logistical and budget challenges, we invented combo remittances, which enable remittance senders to buy Dash, spend it directly online at a merchant in Venezuela, and have the remittance beneficiary receive needed products via home delivery.
  2. Remittance Points of Sale: 4 remittance points of sale affiliated with contracts signed in Medellín, Colombia.
  3. Remittance Transactions: at least 77 remittance transactions documented.
  4. New Merchants: 27 new small merchants in Venezuela.
  5. Wallets: 200+ new active Dash Android wallet installs.
  6. Verified Merchants: 258+ DiscoverDash-listed merchants in Venezuela verified.
  7. Marketing Assets: Design of marketing assets for remittance sales including @RemesaConDash social media profiles and website in progress, as well as 10+ “I Bought This With Dash” videos recorded at Venezuelan merchants and published.
  8. Alliance with Dash Core Group and Bitnovo in Madrid to hold remittance workshops where we incentive remittance sales. First meetup scheduled for May 16.

Budget
Our monthly budget for Venezuela is weighted heavily towards remittance marketing and development. We propose 53% go towards remittance marketing, 27.5% to merchant adoption and support, 5% to consumer adoption, 3.5% to liquidity expansion and 11% to administration.

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Let’s Talk
Email: george@dashcolombia.org
Phone/Signal/WhatsApp: +573218423668
Twitter: @georgedonnelly @PagaConDash
Discord: George Donnelly#6938
 YouTube: Dash Latam

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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1 point,28 days ago
July Dash Latam MNO Report now available: https://youtu.be/p5s-HCc1ybA
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1 point,28 days ago
And there is more!

15 purchases with Dash in 5 cities across 3 Latam nations showing real people (vlog playlist): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL92ognmkx-f5a99mHYiNPqgKTpQeNK6wk

Dash Growth in Latam Measured by Active Androids Wallets (real Google Play Store data): http://dash.ist/2019/07/07/dash-growth-in-latam-measured-by-active-android-wallets/
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0 points,28 days ago
A playlist of 6 videos with testimonials from real Dash users/remittance beneficiaries. Never before seen! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL92ognmkx-f7JNaZks7cXKGygjW93w_4g

19 new Dash events this last month by Dash Latam across Venezuela, Colombia and Peru: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjizxJYH0K7oYhW6gQ9iG4g/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=8
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0 points,27 days ago
And here is a new Dash Watch report: https://reports.dashwatch.org/JUL19/dash-latam-colombia-201905.pdf
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0 points,27 days ago
I just got word a supermarket on the Venezuela-Colombia border spontaneously added Dash to its weekly flyers! We have a large presence in that city in great part thanks to this proposal

https://www.reddit.com/r/dashpay/comments/cipyzs/supermarket_on_venezuelacolombia_border/
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1 point,29 days ago
"Venezuela Remittances, 100 New Venezuela Merchants"
-->voters: Venezuela is still the #1 ranked country for consumer openess to switch to a new currency
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0 points,29 days ago
Take a look at the dozens of photos of new and verified Dash merchants in Venezuela, as well as Dash-paid combo remittances we created with them to sell Dash outside of Venezuela and get people using it to buy basic necessities for loved ones in the country.

http://dash.ist/2019/06/27/what-dash-latam-has-achieved-in-venezuela/
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1 point,1 month ago
Hello @georgedonnelly, interesting proposal. In your video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxsUU_R5ki8 you speak about measures of your success. And among the measures you speak about the number of transactions that you aim to generate. All this is very good as an old rule is that only what can be measured can be improved. Can you please explain me how do you measure the number of transactions that are generated by your work? Because if I look at the blockchain I see the transactions in general, but not the transactions in Venezuela, or to a Venezuelan person. Thanks.
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0 points,1 month ago
Hi and thanks for your question.

We have a point-of-sale software at https://pos.pagacondash.com/ (DAO-funded via Kodaxx/DashBoost and Dash Retail) which is deployed at hundreds of merchants across Latin America and which reports anonymous aggregate transaction counts and amounts at https://tracker.pagacondash.com/ with a short delay relying in large part on Google Analytics.

Also, when we sell Dash or remittance combos for Dash, we can take note of it manually.

That said, a lot of transactions still take place wallet to wallet or in other ways that are outside of our ability to track. This is inevitable and good, because it is the sign of a healthy decentralized ecosystem, which is what we aim to build.

So, we aim to evidence our work via these methods and hope to find other indicators that may give a hint as to the level of activity taking place where we can not track it, such as via social media activity or active Android wallet installs of the Dash reference wallet (Hash Engineering). Here is some data on that last one:

http://dash.ist/2019/07/07/dash-growth-in-latam-measured-by-active-android-wallets/

Thrilled to answer further questions.
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0 points,29 days ago
Very interesting. I sent you a friend request on Discord so we can speak more. One thing which could be used to measure adoption is measuring the percentils. You can see how Dash is being used by tracking the median (aka 50 percentile). But it might be interesting to see how the 25th and 75th percentils change too.
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0 points,29 days ago
Accepted, sorry about the delay. Would love to chat anytime. Also:

george@pagacondash.com
+573218423668 (whatsapp, phone)
@georgedonnelly (twitter)
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0 points,1 month ago
371 NO votes, yet not a single negative comment in here.
Very strange to say the least.

@DCG:
Are we plebs and peasants allowed to know the reason why it was voted down?
I guess not...
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0 points,27 days ago
I think some MNOs (why blame DCG?) would like George (and his adoring sidekick Ed) to stick to getting stuff done, instead of trying to tear down others...just my 2 duffs.
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2 points,26 days ago
Interesting how some MNOs are only comfortable tearing down other's proposals when they hide their true identities behind a sockpuppet. For the record, here is a link to when Cedbrown tears down the work done in Colombia by calling the merchant listings "abysmal". Hypocrite!
https://www.dashcentral.org/p/dash-force-may--august
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0 points,27 days ago
Edward Stoever's report exposed outright FRAUD against the DAO with extensive and hard evidence. Edward Stoever was doing his job as an MNO.

Why am I and my team, and in fact DASH itself, being punished due to proximity to Edward and his hard-worked and well-done report? This is irrational and self-destructive behavior that prioritizes personal butthurt over the mission of growing Dash use.

Where are your priorities, sir?

Fraud against the DAO demands denunciation of the wrongdoer, not of the whistleblower and anyone within a few kilometers.

Likewise, when I discover fraud and sabotage against the DAO, I will not hush it up. Silence when faced with wrongdoing is complicity.

You, sir, may be content to remain silent when others commit fraud within your line of sight. But I am not. That is something the DAO can always count on from me.

And if my decision to maintain my integrity means I am not welcome within Dash, then so be it. Better to be an honest failure than a dishonest winner a million times over.
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1 point,1 month ago
debate: this proposal (needing 101 to get funded) will win much more market share for Dash compared to Thailand which is passing with +113
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-1 point,1 month ago
What Dash Latam Has Achieved in Venezuela

http://dash.ist/2019/06/27/what-dash-latam-has-achieved-in-venezuela/

And there's a surprise inside!
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-1 point,2 months ago
**Dash Delivers**

The full video (excerpt has 2,000 views on Twitter) of one of many deliveries our commercial partners in Venezuela are executing based on our sales of Dash to remitters in Spain and Colombia. More commercial allies, more liquidity partners, more sales and more deliveries coming soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L2lAwqqbOE
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2 points,2 months ago
Remittances to Venezuela is the best possible use case for Dash to make a bunch of new and substantial transactions. And the team has good metrics to judge success by. Don't be shy.

solarguy
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2 points,2 months ago
George's team has demonstrated an extremely high level of professionalism, communication, and most importantly accountability when it comes to reporting and representing the work they have accomplished. This is an invaluable and essential part of the work that needs to be done in the LatAm region and most especially in Venezuela, and without these attributes we don't really know what we're funding or what the DAO is getting out of these expenditures. This is why George's team and projects are among the only grassroots, boots-on-the-ground projects I'm willing to support at this point. There's still funding left in the treasury and we need to keep up our momentum in Venezuela. It's our best shot.
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2 points,2 months ago
Thank you.
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0 points,2 months ago
Dash Watch May 26th 2019 Report on
Dash Venezuela Remittances by georgedonnelly
https://dashwatchbeta.org/r/MAY19/dash-venezuela-remittances-201902
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1 point,3 months ago
Really wanted this to pass last time it was proposed, Dash Retail was passed, this is the best use case we have right now for that already funded proposal, voting yes.
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2 points,3 months ago
Thank you!
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1 point,3 months ago
You have my support, good luck.
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2 points,3 months ago
Thank you!
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3 points,3 months ago
What is being done to incentive participants of the program to organically promote it to their personal networks?
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2 points,3 months ago
Thanks for your question.

We are drawing up a table of incentives, similar to what we have for affiliating merchants and expect to have that ready shortly. We'll use that, and a referral code in the remittance order system, to track earning of incentives.

That said, we need to make sure we have a basic and sustainable system working for the sale, delivery and support of remittances before we turbocharge it with the referral incentives.

Happy to answer further questions.
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