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CIP 208 – Sponsorship for Legal Qualification of DAOs Book

This CIP belongs to privatenf, sent to snapshot by simplepixellife

CIP Author

I’m an academician at a university in Türkiye who met CityDAO about a year ago. I met CityDAO because of my master’s thesis on DAOs. In my thesis, I analyzed the legal qualifications of DAOs. I first received Citizen NFT in CityDAO, where I participated as an observer to see how DAOs work technically and to be involved in this process, and then I started to actively participate in the work in the Turkish community. With this CIP, I would like to spread the name of CityDAO with my thesis on DAOs in Turkish. In fact, this proposal first came to me from @simpelpixellife, another CityDAO citizen.

Short Summary of CIP

This CIP has been prepared to encourage CityDAO to sponsor my master thesis titled “The Legal Nature of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) on Blockchain Technology”. If this sponsorship offer is accepted, it is thought that CityDAO will spread the name of CityDAO among both Turkish academics and the Turkish blockchain ecosystem as a result of the gift of the book to leading academics and Web3 developers in the field, and thus the participation of people with high intellectual knowledge in our community will be ensured. The requested fee for this purpose is 3.500$ in total.

How CityDAO will benefit?

In the first phase with this CIP, when my thesis is published as a book, we want to show in Türkiye that CityDAO contributed to this book. CityDAO has found its place in many places in the book. When examples were given in the explanation of the subject, these examples were given through CityDAO.

In addition, CityDAO’s logo and the phrase “with CityDAO contributions” will be printed on the back cover of the book. If the text is prepared, we will add this short text written by CityDAO to the back cover of the book or as a preface.

After the book is printed, it will be sent to the competent people in the blockchain and crypto ecosystem in Türkiye. In this way, CityDAO will be followed with more interest by the Turkish ecosystem and scientists, and the intellectual accumulation of our community will also develop.

If CIP is accepted, the following people and communities can be given as examples of the people in the ecosystem to whom the book will be gifted:

-İsmail Hakkı Polat (

-İTU Blockchain (

-ODTU Blockchain (

-Devrim Danyal (

-Hale Cide Demir (

As a result, if this CIP is accepted and fulfilled, a CIP will be prepared again for the second phase. In the second phase, the book published in Turkish will be translated into English and published by a major publishing house in Europe or the USA under the sponsorship of CityDAO.

Purpose of the CIP

With this CIP, it is aimed that this book will contribute to build the Web3 city of the future within the scope of the vision of education guild and CityDAO universities, which are the activities of CityDAO. If this CIP is realized, a comprehensive scientific work on DAOs will be the first and only one in Türkiye. This is because there is no specific work on DAOs in Turkish law. This book is written in a simple manner to provide basic information on DAOs to people who are not competent in the field of law. Moreover, the book is quite comprehensive in terms of its volume.

One of the main objectives of CIP is to popularize the name CityDAO in Türkiye if the name CityDAO is mentioned together with such a work.

CIP’s expenses

For the first stage I have described above, no money will be paid for publishing the book. In Türkiye, publishing houses do not charge for the first printing of the book, they print the book for free in exchange for publishing rights.

In the first phase, the author will only need a budget of 2,500 dollars for sponsorship and 1,000 dollars for the purchase and delivery of the book from the publisher to important people in the ecosystem.


If the CIP is accepted, the sponsored book will be printed within 1 month at the latest from the date of acceptance.

After the printing, gift books will be purchased from the publishing house and delivery will be made to the people to whom they will be sent.

All expenses will be documented.

Risk factor

The potential risks are actually quite small. Because the book will be published with or without CityDAO sponsorship. In addition, the publisher will not be given the right to publish the book in English. This right will remain with the author. Therefore, the publishing house will not be able to create problems for the printing in the second phase.

Additional information and Links

The thesis version of the book is included in the thesis database of the Council of Higher Education, which is the guiding institution of the universities of the Republic of Türkiye.

Click on the link for the thesis. Then enter " Blokzincir teknolojisi ile gerçekleştirilen merkeziyetsiz otonom organizasyonların (Dao’ların) hukuki niteliği " in the “enter search term” section. Click on the pdf image of the result.

This is my Linkedln profile:




1 month ago

CIP 207: CityDAO Compute Cloud - Build a GPU Cluster in Wyoming

I propose we start the world’s first crowdfunded compute cluster in Wyoming to take part in the AI revolution and earn income for the DAO.


It’s time to do something big to bring CityDAO back to the forefront of the conversation and bring new life and energy to the DAO, and we are uniquely positioned to pull off building a large cluster of GPUs in Wyoming.

We have capital, land, and a Wyoming-based legal entity. And at ~6 cents per kWh, Wyoming has just about the cheapest electricity in the states, making it the perfect place to do this.


Total proposed budget: $600,000 USD

  • $500,000 - Purchase 300 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090s (and potentially other GPU types)
  • $70,000 - Servers, equipment, other setup costs
  • $30,000 - Legal and misc expenses

Business Model

I believe this could generate about $30k / mo for the DAO treasury. Here is the full breakdown of the unit economics 27.

Upon passage of this proposal, Scott will lead implementation of the effort, setting up a fund with CityDAO LLC as the main limited partner and Scott (and potentially others at his discretion) as a General Partner. The DAO will spend $600k for shares in the new fund, and be paid quarterly dividends from the operation of the GPUs. The fund will have a standard 2/20 management fee model. The GPUs will earn revenue by being put on Runpod or a similar service.

Benefits to CityDAO

  • A consistent income source for the treasury. These GPUs have an estimated payback period of 12 months and after that generate mainly profit.
  • Status and reputation - the first cluster will be called the CityDAO Compute Cluster, and as the first crowdfunded compute cluster will be a hit on Twitter and a real contribution to the AI and crypto communities.
  • Compute - having a bunch of compute is cool - we can let citizens use it at a discount and even train our own models on it.

Benefits to Citizens

  • Access to a CityDAO Compute Cloud shared server Citizens can use to do things like host websites, run code, etc.
  • Potential for discounted or free compute allocation (depends on the economics and will be considered depending on how fast the GPUs are paying off)

Why should we do this?

  • Timing - This is the perfect time to start the world’s first crowdfunded GPU cluster.
  • New energy and purpose - CityDAO needs an ambitious new project to rally around. The DAO can build tooling and projects around the cluster. Maybe we can all go to Wyoming and visit!
  • Wyoming connections - We are uniquely already set up to operate in WY and I recently got connected with a Wyoming-based datacenter with just about the cheapest electricity anywhere - 6 cents per kWh that set up all the infrastructure to run GPUs.
  • Future of AI - Demand for compute is projected to increase a lot over the next decade.


  • I want to be transparent that it’s hard to predict the future and demand for compute or our specific GPU type could decrease.
  • One reason 4090s are so appealing is they are underpriced in the market because Nvidia’s terms of service require they be used by consumers, not in data centers. One large risk here is that they somehow start enforcing this provision.
  • AI may be in a bit of a bubble and demand for compute could decrease.

Updates - 2/13/24

  • I’m lowering the ask to $600k - still enough to start up the cluster and run the experiment and a much smaller percent of the DAO treasury
  • At the time the cluster goes live, Citizens will each get a free CityDAO Compute NFT to commemorate the moment.

Updates - 3/5/24

  • Location: Upon passage, we will do a search for the best data center with the cheapest electricity pricing instead of being tied to Wyoming. For example, states like Texas and Arizona might be better since they have more data center infrastructure already built out.
  • Marketing reel: We will take videos and create a marketing reel documenting the process to post on Discord and Twitter

Update - 3/8/24

  • Added Risks section
  • Added Citizen Benefits section
  • Diversify beyond 4090s and purchase other GPU types




1 month ago

CIP-203 ETH Treasury Yield with CityDAO Validators

Earn income from our WETH treasury and contribute to decentralisation

The treasury has 656 WETH that has been sitting idle for over a year.

This CIP proposes creating 20 x 32 ETH CityDAO validators to earn yield on our treasury, whilst also contributing to the decentralisation of Ethereum.

Income We could be earning 28.8 ETH ($55k) per year on our current treasury (640 x 4.5% APR).

Decentralisation By creating CityDAO validators, instead of using LIDO stETH, we’re helping decentralise the validator set. Lido currently controls over 30% of all Ethereum validators.

Risk We currently hold ETH and there is no additional ETH exposure risk. No smart contract risk. By running our own validators, we don’t have any smart contract risk with a liquid staking token.

Slashing risk. Validators will be run by a trusted Node Operator with historic experience.

Withdrawals The beaconchain now allows for withdrawals, when we need to sell ETH, we can withdraw validators in 32 ETH lots or all at once.

There is currently no exit queue to withdraw validators, but this could change in the future and we should plan for withdrawals ahead of them being required.

Node Operator The CityDAO Node will be operated by Reeves (proposal author) who has been running community validators for years. Reeves was a facilitator and Gnosis Signer of the CityDAO Dev guild when it existed, and worked on the Parcel-0 Land NFT.

Costs Initial Hardware Costs: $1,500 USD to purchase dedicated hardware for CityDAO.

Commision: 10% of income to the Node Operator to cover running costs (maintenance, power and internet). This is the same commision that is charged by Lido if we were to use stETH. Rocketpool has a 14% commision.




4 months ago

CIP-202: City Council 2.0 International v.2


The purpose of this CIP is to create a more inclusive CityDAO Council and to fund the Community Team, which will make sure we have engagement across multiple communities. This CIP will last for 6 months, followed by democratic, open elections. The quorum for this CIP is 500 votes and the requested total budget is $107K. This CIP combines both a council CIP and the community team CIP, which is why the budget is high.

Why is this needed?

For the past year, CityDAO has had some very important problems that we cannot fix without authorization by the community through a CIP. The main problems can be explained in three categories: administrative, legal and taxes.


Our multisig wallet has members who are no longer part of the DAO. This is not safe. Our quorums make it too easy to request large amounts of money and only require 51% approval from voters, no matter how much money is requested. Our voting allows for certain individuals to control the votes. Our international communities do not have enough representation. We have no process for complaints and grievances, which has led to negative behavior on the discord. This destabilizes our community and makes it harder for citizens to get involved with CityDAO. How to make sure that people who are paid to do work do not get paid unless they accomplish their work.


We don’t have clarity on what CityDAO can do to earn money as an American DAO LLC. Without this, we keep spending money without making any money. We don’t have anyone who can legally sign contracts on behalf of CityDAO for our events, partnerships, or for when we hire independent contractors for work.


We need to pay our taxes and send out the proper forms from the American IRS to anyone who gets paid more than $600 per year. We need a CPA (certified public accountant) to handle some of these tax issues.

The proposed City Council 2.0 would include the following seven people: Blackacres, David, Nico, Ming, Lupei, SimplePixel, Serkan

Blackacres North American (NA) community communication Advisory board communication lead Handling and filing taxes including CPA oversight and paperwork Clarify the charter (GROUP) Clarify how an NFT holder confirms their citizenship for forum likes Clarify Snapshot voting to refine algorithmic quorums and/or implement quadratic voting Human Resource Management (GROUP) Complaint and grievance process

David Work with outside counsel to handle legal issues in CityDAO Clarify who can sign contracts on behalf of CityDAO Clarify the charter (GROUP) Clarify how an NFT holder confirms their citizenship for forum likes Clarify Snapshot voting to refine algorithmic quorums and/or implement quadratic voting Human Resource Management (GROUP) Complaint and grievance process Hiring and dismissal of independent contractors Dismissal of council members and other DAO members from groups Clarification on DAO tool access

Nico Taking notes on meetings Summarize round-ups Keeping things in check on that we’re on topic at meetings Community (GROUP) Cross channel communication across communities Help out with community calls, especially with NA and China areas. Hosting Twitter (X) Spaces Strategic operations (GROUP) If someone proposed something and didn’t follow through, should they still get paid? The work people say they’ll do and what they actually do should be documented and shared with the DAO. How can we ensure accountabilities for passed CIPs Assist with strategic communications about the long term development for CityDAO - what are we building?

Ming CN community communication Wechat group management and public account management IRL meetups in China Translate newspapers and round-up into Chinese Partnerships and communication with other CN DAOs DAO TALK Twitter Space Strategic operations (GROUP) Develop operational and marketing plans Plan CityDAO branding activities

Lupei Thai community communication Translation and content tailoring in Thai community IRL meetups in Thailand (as needed) Community operations (GROUP) Making sure everyone in the DAO has the same information Community activities / projects management CityDAO contest organization Publishing newspaper Twitter(X) management/access.

SimplePixel Co-lead Turkish community communication Management of partnerships with Turkish DAO/web3 organizations IRL events in Turkey Community operations (GROUP) Management of community activities and projects for overall DAO Hosting TR Twitter spaces CityDAO contest organization Strategic operations (GROUP) Clarifying the CIP process Making a clear template for the creation of CIPs Clarify the charter (GROUP) Clarify how an NFT holder confirms their citizenship for forum likes Clarify Snapshot voting to refine algorithmic quorums and/or implement quadratic voting Marketing / Events (GROUP) Figure out what upcoming events are happening globally and locally Make a CIP and work with others on an events budget Sponsorship & event participation for Turkish Community

Serkan Co-lead Turkish community communication Co-hosting biweekly Discord TR community calls Translation of newspaper and round-up into Turkish Community (GROUP) Representing the First & Founding citizens Connecting and gathering info about active/passive citizens on Discord & Twitter Strategic operations (GROUP) Research other DAOs about success / failure

Advisory / CityDAO Assembly (non voting): Anyone with more than 50 Citizen NFTs or any Founder NFTs. Being a member of the CityDAO Assembly provides streamlined access to the council and community team, which includes efficient feedback, communication, development of ideas and assistance in turning ideas into viable CIPs. This will be implemented after discussion and after main priorities are accomplished.

If any council member misses more than two meetings without explanation, they will be removed from the council. They will not be replaced until the next election. Voting on all issues within the council will require 4 of 7 votes to pass, except that choosing members of the multisig will require unanimous council approval.


City Council 2.0 is meant to accomplish very specific goals. Each of these goals is directly tied to the effectiveness of CityDAO. The planned goals are as follows:

Month 1-3

How to confirm citizenship for likes Adjusting quorums Update Charter Operations Clarify the process of CIP creation → Forum → Snapshot Making a clear template for the creation of CIPs Clarify how an NFT holder confirms their citizenship Ensure that only verified citizens are able to “like” CIPs on the Discourse forum Clarify Snapshot voting to refine quorums and/or implement quadratic voting Who posts Snapshot votes when the 20 like threshold is reached Clarification of DAO tool access Clarifying access process for Twitter & Discord Taxes and CPA relationship management and organization Appoint the 8-person multisig, remove non-participating members, and make clear rules

Month 3-6

Legal Establishing contact with outside council Making sure there is a clear pipeline for legal questions to be answered Who can sign contracts CityDAO treasury payments from projects Using NFTs as compensation to citizens Maintaining or hiring people to maintain the DAO tools including Discord, Discourse, Snapshot, Website, Notion, and Twitter

Human Resource Management Make rules for how members are removed in the future Establishing and enforcing regulations for behavior on Discourse and Discord Establishing a complaint and grievance process for CityDAO citizens


Council Members: $1500 per member per month ($63,000 total) Lawyers, Accountants and Other Professionals: $12K total Council Fund (only used for bounties and hiring): $20K total Community Fund : $12K total




6 months ago

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