From Web2 to Web3 in 6 months ft. Nestor Barboza.
We’re very excited to publish the first of a series of profiles that highlight the amazing individuals that are part of dOrg, how their typical days look like, what projects they are working on, and what brought them to a digital cooperative in the first place.
Nestor is a Frontend / Web3 Integrations / Smart Contract developer and he joined dOrg in December 2020. He’s worked on a few projects so far including MIA-DAO, Aragon Project, and some dOrg internal projects.
How did you first get involved with dOrg?
In late 2020, I was working as a freelance web developer and had an interesting conversation with Hector Garcia, a great friend of mine, who was telling me all about how DAOs work, and about his experience as a member of dOrg. I was immediately fascinated by this type of organization and by how work was carried out, and I told him I was very interested in learning more about it and potentially joining. With his help, I started learning about Solidity, which I needed to become proficient in to join as a developer. I learned on my own following Hector’s guidance, he sent me various courses and programs to get started in writing smart contracts, these included crypto zombies and ethernaut, among others. After completing all the material, which took me about 6–8 months, I was able to do my activation challenge and join the DAO.
Can you share a bit more about your activation challenge and what that is?
The activation challenge is the process every builder interested in joining dOrg has to go through in order to join the organization. Basically, you first have to build something that enables decentralized organizations, and by doing that you demonstrate your skills and knowledge to the rest of the members within dOrg. Then, you submit the activation to our DAO with the links and documentation of what you’ve built. This proposal is then reviewed and voted on by existing members.
My activation challenge consisted of building a small dApp that connects to Web3 services and lets you create and pay for invoices with Metamask, kind of like a small basic contractor-employer payroll system.
What’s your typical day like?
I usually start my day by organizing the tickets or issues that I need to work on during the day. We use Linear and Github boards to keep track of tickets. I typically do this while I have breakfast. Then, I usually jump into our daily project meetings which we do through Google Meet, where we discuss project progress and updates, we brainstorm about how to solve challenging issues if someone on the team has a roadblock, we all chime in and help each other until we find a solution. After this, I start to work on my tasks for the day. I usually start my days at 8 am and finish by 5–6 pm. Something that I truly enjoy is the flexibility I have throughout the day. I can set my own schedule, if I have to go to the doctor, for instance, that’s never a problem, I can just reorganize my day and move my work hours around as needed. I have found that this results in the most optimal use of my time, I work without rushing, and when I have the best conditions and environment to really focus.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on an engagement between dOrg and Aragon Project. I was particularly focused on the maintenance of Aragon V1 (including CLI, connect, and client) but right now I’m doing some development work for the new Aragon V2 (Voting, Govern, Court).
What’s your work style like?
I work 100% remotely as every builder inside the organization does, we have builders in almost every part of the world. I have a membership in a co-working space in Miami and I usually go there at least 1–3 times a week.
Some of my favorite applications to use when programming include Visual Studio Code for code editing, GitKraken as my Git GUI, Discord for comms, Google Apps for my personal organization, and Ubuntu Linux as my OS, also of course Spotify to keep the mind flowing!
What has surprised you the most about working with dOrg?
It was immediately clear when I joined that this was a very different type of work environment, definitely not something I had experienced before — in the best way possible. I feel that I’m working with a group of friends or family members where we all have the same goal and are completely aligned in how to achieve it. I think of it as if the DAO is this living organism and its members are the cells who keep it alive. And in order for this organism to function properly, every cell has to be aligned and work together, help each other, without trying to outperform or outshine other cells. Overall, this DAO has very well-thought-out incentive mechanisms that make this the best work environment I’ve been in that allows me to create and deliver as much value as I can.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I have always been a gamer. Playing online with friends is among my favorite activities, there’s always some time to play a couple of rounds of Valorant or Call of Duty with other dOrg members or lifelong friends that also enjoy it. I also really like sports, especially baseball and soccer. I try to follow my favorite teams as much as possible. Then there’s swimming, which it’s my favorite way of getting some exercise. I’m looking to get back to it at least a couple of times every week.
Who would you like to read about next?
I nominate Cesar Brazon for the next builder profile. He is one of the most active builders in dOrg and I’ve learned a lot from him, I’m very interested in what he has to say!
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