The traditional work model is outdated. Enter DAOs. ft Mackenzie Patel
This is our fifth installment of our builder profile series, which seek to 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.
In this post we’re featuring Mackenzie, she joined dOrg as an accountant in October 2021. Since then, she’s been busy thinking about treasury management, managing monthly stablecoin & reputation payouts, tax liability and more.
How did you first get involved with dOrg?
It actually all started on Twitter! I found out about Llama DAO, a treasury management organization and reached out to one of their accountants. From there, I was connected with Kevin from Polywrap (also an accountant & an engineer). In September, he told me that dOrg was looking for a part-time accountant — I was already somewhat familiar with dOrg because my friend Rob was a member, so I chatted with Ori and the rest is history :).
When your friends/family find out that you work in a DAO like dOrg what do they say or ask?
They’re either flabbergasted, skeptical, intrigued or a mix of all three! Most of my family and friends still work in traditional corporations so the concept of a DAO is unfamiliar to them. I frame dOrg as my part-time crypto gig and the follow up questions are usually “Do you get paid in crypto?” and “What coin should I buy? Does dOrg have a token I should get?” My family also asks about the work hierarchy — they’re surprised that I don’t have a boss and that my work is totally self-directed. They also think that crypto/web3 is just for engineers and technical talent but accounting is needed as well!
The interest in DAOs/dOrg seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
I think people are looking for more sustainable and fulfilling careers and the chance to play an active role in whatever organization or cause they are involved in. In traditional companies, employees are so far-removed from the original mission and decision-making process — the so-called “cog” in the corporate machine. While this model worked before the internet and even in the Web 2 world, it’s quickly becoming outdated and lackluster. This phenomenon isn’t just for young tech yuppies either — DAOs, including dOrg, are attracting people of all ages, backgrounds and locations. I think it’s an innate human desire to want to do meaningful work without bureaucracy and hierarchy getting in the way.
I also think COVID accelerated the adoption of DAOs and Web 3 technology in general. Remote work blossomed and Discord friendships boomed — the pandemic ushered in a new era and I think the ethos of Web 3 is here to stay.
What do you think will change about dOrg over the next five years?
Although dOrg is already an international group, I think it’ll become even more so — builders will come from all corners and there will be more in-person meetups at crypto conferences. I also see dOrg transitioning (or at least expanding) our services from Web 3 building to DAO-related packaged services, such as advising other DAOs on how to set up multi-sigs, structure their governance, incorporate as an entity, handle crypto taxes, etc. While our builders are fabulously talented, I think dOrg is accruing a wealth of knowledge in fundamental DAO mechanisms as well — and as more entities (new or established) are looking to become DAOs, they’re going to need some guidance. I foresee dOrg becoming a DAO veteran and an even more respected player in the Web 3 space.
What’s it like to be a builder at dOrg?
It’s amazing! I’m involved in dOrg in a slightly different way than most builders. I have an internal role as an accountant, meaning I contribute accounting & finance services to the DAO for ~5 hours a week (versus joining client projects as an engineer). The accounting issues that come up are fascinating, and my mind is constantly stretched in new ways. I’m usually thinking about treasury management strategies, calculating monthly stablecoin & reputation token payouts, accounting treatments for grants, tax liabilities and more. The tooling for DAO accounting and taxes is still in its infancy so a lot of processes are still manual — the biggest myth I hear is that “Well everything is on the blockchain, so you don’t need accounting anymore!” In my experience, the tooling is still being developed so extracting & cleaning accounting data from the blockchain is messy and requires some taming.
I also enjoy meeting the other builders during our all-hands calls, ad hoc meetings and through Discord. It’s a special feeling being involved in a DAO — every time I vote on a Snapshot proposal or peruse our forum posts, I feel like I’m part of something bigger. :)
What’s your work style like?
dOrg is my part-time position so I’m usually working during the evening or on weekends for it. My full-time role (accounting & finance at Figment) is also remote so I’m typically clacking away at my computer for 10–11 hours a day. Comfy clothes on, several cups of turmeric ginger tea, a dreamy dose of lofi jazz and I’m in the zone! If I really need some zest, I’ll put on some trance music and grind for hours, my head swimming in the numbers. I truly love and enjoy the space that I’m in — I’m constantly learning and being humbled by all the creativity & talent happening around me. It’s a great time to join a DAO, especially dOrg!
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