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Source-Level Decentralized Autonomous Organization (SDAO)

What is a Source-Level DAO?

Decentralized Version Control System

A DVCS is the foundation of a Source-Level DAO. It is responsible for coordinating, collecting and organizing source codes (and other assets) contributed by users with the ability to allow collaborators democratically decide on actions surrounding commits, branch management, merging, issue tracking, task delegation, accessibility, revenue management, deployment and membership.

Ephemeral Ownership

Source-Level DAO can be owned by any number of people and ownership is determined by the continuous contribution to the organization. Members create and publish tasks which are completed and certain ownership points (or stakes) are awarded. Members vote to determine the acceptability of a solution to a task.

Democratic Governance

Source-Level DAO are organizations with no hierarchy or central office. There are no bosses or managers and so on. Everyone can have a say in the direction and actions of the organization. Collaborators engage in decision making processes through a proposal creation and voting scheme.


Reputation is important within an SDAO platform. In an SDAO, it gives contributors higher influence over certain proposals in organizations where voting powers are configured to not be equal. They are earned through consistent quality contributions and can never be transferred like ownership/stake.

Revenue Generation & Management

Source-Level DAOs can be revenue generating organizations. Organizations providing services to end-users and charging for it. On Ellcrys, SDAOs will be able to accept the native coin as payment for services offered. This payment will be moved to the SDAO account and visible to anyone. Access to an SDAO account will be authorized through the regular Proposal/Approval scheme.


SDAO contributors need to be incentivized to promote continuous contribution and improvement of shared organizations. We discussed some models above but I will go ahead to further outline them here:

  • Stake: Contributors to SDAO are reward with stakes (a.k.a DAO equity) when they complete tasks. A stake is an ephemeral asset that is diluted over time when the owner does not contribute to the organization. Stake can also play a part in influencing decisions within an organizations.
  • Revenue: Contributors can receive a share of revenue by completing tasks or by being beneficiaries to wage proposals. An SDAO that pays salaries can list thousands of contributors as beneficiaries to a monthly salary payments.
  • Tokens: SDAO tokens are like ERC20 tokens on Ethereum. They serve as the primary medium of exchange to accessing the service offered by the organization. SDAOs may include tokens as reward for tasks completed.
  • Reputation: Probably the most important asset on an SDAO platform. It can determine the level of influence a contributor controls. How they are viewed and interacted with by other contributor or third-party entities around the ecosystem. On Ellcrys, reputation also determines how much reward a contributor will receive for their contribution.


So, we already know SDAO are formed around softwares. They can be mobile apps, web applications or services, smart contracts, libraries etc. However, Web applications and smart contracts need suitable environments that can support their execution.

  • Termination by SDAO participants voting to destroy deployment.

Funding SDAO

Unlike the DAO which was an investment fund driven organization. An SDAO is effort driven. This mean, participants contribute work in the organization and only contributors are deserving of any direct benefits. If we are to hope for a future where decentralized organizations become common in every industry of the world, there needs to be a way for external players to fund them.

Ecosystem & Marketplace

For any community-driven project to work, there is need for an ecosystem composed of people and entities contributing in different way towards a shared goal of success. A Source-Level DAO is just an entity in possession of source codes. Without a thriving ecosystem, it is no different from repositories on Github or Bitbucket. For example:

  • Payment gateway providers can help SDAOs accept credit/debit cards, automatically buy the native coin and pay them to SDAO accounts.
  • Marketing firms can offer marketing products to SDAOs to help them gain more exposure and customers.
  • Human resource firms can provide temporal staffs to perform duties that require physical human intervention.
  • ….and many more!


The first Source-Level DAO platform is currently being built by us at Ellcrys. We are a small team based in Africa and highly excited about the possibilities of building a platform to foster leaderless and democratic organizations. When you consider the state of political and corporate governance in the continent you’ll understand the need for SDAO to level organization hierarchy and make them intrinsically democratic.

Brief Introduction

A token sale allows an organization to fund the development and marketing of a project by selling cryptocurrency tokens to the general public. For more information, please read this.

How To Contribute

Please go to the token sale page and click the Register button. Go to the Transactions page to see the unique Ethereum and Bitcoin addresses generated to receive your contributions. You will only be able to see the unique addresses after the Pre-Sale starts or if you are enabled to participate in the private sale (send mail to contribution@ellcrys.co before January 24th, 2018 if you wish to participate).

Token Details

Name: Ell (plural: “Ellies”)

Token Sale Rounds

Private Sale (Round 1)

The first round is the private sale. Only early supporters are allowed. Admission is on a case-by-case basis. Tokens purchased during this round will vest for a period of 12 months starting immediate after the first exchange listing of the ELL tokens.

  • Price: $0.05
  • Starting Bonus: 10%
  • Start Date: December 24th, 2017
  • End Date: January 24th, 2018

Pre-Sale (Round 2)

We consider the Pre-Sale to be equivalent to a seed round. The purpose for this round is to provide us with the resources to better structure the Ellcrys organization as a Public Benefit Corporation, hire additional talent, continue development, cultivating relationship with the top exchanges in preparation for distribution of tokens after the ICO and to enter into partnership with relevant partiers around the world.

  • Price: $0.01
  • Starting Bonus: 30%
  • Start Date: February 1st, 2018
  • End Date: March 1st, 2018

ICO (Round 3)

At this point, we expect to be close to releasing a beta version of the Ellcrys client. We will expand the team to help build a cloud based hosting service for Source-Level DAOs. Massive marketing and sponsorship campaigns will commence with other measures to kick start and incentivise the Ellcrys ecosystem.

  • Price: $0.35
  • Starting Bonus: 30%
  • Start Date: March 30th, 2018
  • End Date: April 30th, 2018
  • Distribution Date: 2 weeks after ICO

There is a Sign Up Bonus! Go Register Now!

Remember you get 5% bonus on your contributions when you register today. It only takes just a few seconds. Register!

And Referral Bonus too!

If you are interested in receiving more tokens, join the referral campaign. Share your referral link and get 5% additional tokens when the person you referred contributes. Additionally, the referred person gets an additional 1% bonus on their contributions. Visit the Social page after you log in to see your referral link and code.



Ellcrys is a blockchain that will let anyone, anywhere in the world co-create, co-own and co-manage software products without relying on a central authority.

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