iamjasonlevin 🐦
iamjasonlevin 🐦
0x74E8
January 7th, 2022

“We’re in cool times man,” Mel exclaims as we discuss the collective excitement so many of us are feeling about web3 right now.

Well before she was a core contributor for Cabin, she was a teenage artist living in North Carolina.  Seeing the upwards velocity of tech, her mom suggested she combine her talents. Mel made a career as a UI/UX designer and currently works at Sleepme, parent company to ChiliSleep.

Since joining Cabin DAO a few months ago, Mel has jumped on nearly every project related to design; she collaborated with Jon on the treasure chest, worked with Zakk on the first version of NFT passports, and is currently redesigning the existing website. Given all her hard work, Mel became a valued member of the DAO and took on the role of Pixel Mage aka Head of Product & Design.

I asked Mel what she thinks the overall aesthetic vision for Cabin DAO looks like in the future.  She expressed that branding a DAO is a much bigger challenge than a typical LLC.

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
January 4th, 2022

There’s only two ways to advance civilization: bundling and unbundling

Jim Barksdale, more-or-less

iamjasonlevin 🐦
iamjasonlevin 🐦
0x74E8
December 17th, 2021

In the middle of November, when America usually focuses on pumpkin spice lattes, football, and Thanksgiving, much of Twitter was focused on another topic: a group of crypto-natives were trying to buy a copy of the United States Constitution at a Sotheby’s auction.

On November 18th, ConstitutionDAO had over $40 million in its treasury via 17,000 donors. Alas, it was not enough.  Like the British victory at the Battle of Brandywine, during the American War of Independence, the traditional power player won this fight.  Citadel CEO Kenneth Griffin outbid ConstitutionDAO with $43.2 million.

The crypto-natives lost the battle for the Constitution, but they brought many wins to the greater crypto ecosystem.  Morning Brew co-founder Alex Lieberman told me why he thinks this project inspired over $40 million worth of donations in less than one week:

*“*It shows the collective power that is unlocked by Web3 for a group of people to buy an invaluable asset & I think this project is an incredible on-ramp to Web3/crypto principles in a way that's approachable for non-crypto natives.  The fact that 20% of donors are doing their first ETH transaction ever is such a cool sign for the space. ” - Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista)

iamjasonlevin 🐦
iamjasonlevin 🐦
0x74E8
December 10th, 2021

I first met Roxine after she tweeted that she could help writers break into web3.

I shot her a DM on Twitter and we soon connected in the CabinDAO Discord channel where she taught me about the Writer’s Guild procedures and gave me my first few bounties.  Although we were now working together, I knew next to nothing about her.

This relative anonymity is common in web3, hence why we’re writing these profiles of core contributors.  While it’s fun chatting with an anon account with an ape profile picture, it’s much more meaningful to talk and work with someone you know on a more personal level.

As a writer, it’s always nice to talk to another one.  So that’s where we started.

iamjasonlevin 🐦
iamjasonlevin 🐦
0x74E8
December 7th, 2021

When I saw Phil Levin’s name pop up on the CityDAO Discord, I gasped. For a moment, I thought my 64-year-old father Phil Levin who thinks Venmo is fake had hopped on to crypto. I regained my breath, looked at Phil’s profile pic, and shot him a DM on Twitter. And then I forgot about him.

A few days later, I joined the CabinDAO Discord after watching from the sidelines for four months. I hopped into the writer’s guild, offered my services, and was instructed to interview out of all people Phil. So, I did what any writer does in 2021 and sent him another Twitter DM. 

Phil called me as he drove from a communal vacation home he helped set up in Big Sur. After getting our shared last name out of the way, I asked him what the hell a Placemaker is anyways.

Phil explained that he created the term “Placemaker” to denote his goal of bringing to life the physical manifestation of Cabin’s decentralized city. Whereas the DAO was formed via bits on computers, his role is focused on bringing together atoms in the non-digital realm. 

Christina Kirsch
Christina Kirsch
0x8769
December 4th, 2021

How can capital benefit individual, environmental and community needs?

As all good stories begin, this one began at Home Depot. Jon wanted to make something, but couldn’t decide on what. So he asked Twitter, who suggested a fire pit. While we were on Zoom, Jon brought his laptop outside, so I could see it. It’s a circle of chairs, with rocks surrounding the pit and Texas Hill Country all around. 

Jon Hills is Caretaker at Cabin. He aspires to be a servant leader, emphasizing his intention to lead by doing, but conjurer of fire might be more fitting. Just as tending a good fire has many considerations, like wood type and wind (and marshmallows), as Cabin’s Caretaker, he continually cultivates ways for the community to gather together and to build great products for each other.

He had to rely on self reflection and asking himself challenging questions.

rafathebuilder
rafathebuilder
0xe62d
₡ABIN
₡ABIN
0x522C
November 20th, 2021

Welcome to the ongoing series on how we are building Cabin! In this deep-dive we talk about changing leadership styles and how a shift from direction to advocacy can support DAO and other digital-first organizations at scale.

Roxine Kee
Roxine Kee
0xB918
Christina Kirsch
Christina Kirsch
0x8769
November 12th, 2021

There’s a lovely white light entering through a window on Zakk’s left when we meet over Zoom. He smiles often and seems relaxed in a plain white t-shirt. When his Australian Shepherd and Husky mix, Sadie, mosied into the room, Zakk grinned and pointed her out to me. I imagine he moves with this friendly grace as easily in a boardroom or black tie event.

What do creators need and how do we build that?

Zakk Fleischmann, @0xZakk, is co-founder and Leader of the Guilds at ₡ABIN. In his role,  he focuses on two questions:

  1. What does it take to build  a decentralized city by creators and for creators?
  2. What do creators need and how can ₡ABIN build that?
rafathebuilder
rafathebuilder
0xe62d
₡ABIN
₡ABIN
0x522C
October 21st, 2021

Welcome to the third deep dive on how we are building Cabin. We’ve aggregated everything we know about reward design from discussions with multiple DAOs, and combined that with information about compensation in traditional businesses.

As a DAO contributor, you can use this guide to help understand what options you have. As a DAO community engineer, you can use this document to design general guidance for your community. There’s also benchmarks in the Appendix.

This article is for regular contributors and community engineers / builders. If you are just starting your DAO journey, take a peek over here instead!

rafathebuilder
rafathebuilder
0xe62d
₡ABIN
₡ABIN
0x522C
October 18th, 2021

Welcome to the second deep dive on how we are building CabinDAO. In this article we'll cover how onboarding differs from traditional corporate environments. Then we'll break down current onboarding practices and offer digital-native ideas. Finally, we’ll share how a few leading DAOs, including Cabin, are building their new member journeys.

Roxine Kee
Roxine Kee
0xB918
Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
October 9th, 2021

About a week ago, we published this tweet and received a flood of responses:

Documentation and team knowledge management is a sore spot for DAOs. There are no web3-native solutions available, so we’re stuck clobbering together tech stacks made up of the usual web2 suspects: Notion, Google Docs, Roam.

In this article, we lay out what we think DAOs need in collaboration tools to get our work done. We then evaluate the current tools on the market to see how they stack up, including our own tech stack. Finally, we present our CabinDAO dream feature set — a Frankenstein doc tool that takes the most DAO-friendly features of a number of web2 tools.

Zakk Fleischmann
Zakk Fleischmann
0xC326
Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
September 14th, 2021

The passports we set aside for season 2 have all sold out. If you’re interested in coming out to the cabins for a retreat or residency, follow us on Twitter: @creatorcabins for updates.

Your invitation to join us for Cabin DAO Season 2

We are excited to announce the general availability of Season 2 Passports, your ticket to participating in the next season of Cabin DAO. Our Season 2 Proposal, “Multiplayer Mode”, builds on lessons from Season 1 by opening up our cabin to DAOs, squads, and guilds for one week stays.

These Passports are NFTs that can be purchased for 1 ETH and grant four people a weeklong stay at Creator Cabins. Our modern shipping container cabin has private bedroom suites, common living spaces, sunny decks, a stock tank pool, 150 mbps of dedicated bandwidth, and access to 28 acres of nature to explore:

Zakk Fleischmann
Zakk Fleischmann
0xC326
Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
September 13th, 2021

Three months ago, a group of over 100 internet strangers came together to crowdfund 12 one-month residencies for independent online creators at a retreat in the Texas Hill Country. It was an experiment in universal creator income, the physical manifestation of DAOs, and decentralized cities.

We solicited open calls for applications on Twitter, held votes among DAO members, and selected twelve incredible residents to live at Creator Cabins. Our community grew around supporting these creators and paying it forward to future people jumping into independent online work.

Residents have described the experience as life changing, mind clearing, and “good vibes”. Our diverse cohorts hailed from a wide range of personal backgrounds, countries of origin, and types of creation. They painted abstract portraits, wrote a rap musical, launched an NFT community, fractionalized the Doge meme, produced oodles of TikTok and YouTube videos, and much, much more. We’ve got another incredible cohort coming to the cabins next week to round out the first Season.

The residents have been supported by our broader DAO community, which serves as sounding boards, mentors, and early project collaborators. And, just for fun, the DAO collaborated on projects like selling the first living creature as an NFT and burying a treasure chest with an ETH wallet in the Texas Hill Country.

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
Zakk Fleischmann
Zakk Fleischmann
0xC326
September 10th, 2021

If you look at the social DAO landscape, you’ll see communities with different social token models. Some, like FWB, use a fungible social token to gate community access. Many emerging PFP-based communities like BAYC use NFTs as the primary community gating mechanism. Whether fungible or non-fungible, social tokens in DAOs usually represent three different but overlapping roles:

  • Economic value
  • Governance rights
  • Membership & access

Should all three of these roles be represented by a single token? Which of them are a better match for fungible and non-fungible tokens?

Economic value is the simplest to reason about. While NFTs can store tremendous economic value, they are inherently illiquid. Barter economies based on non-fungible assets inevitably get replaced by much more liquid economies denominated in a common fungible token. You don’t trade a house (illiquid, non-fungible), you sell it in your local currency (liquid, fungible) before buying a different one. Fungible tokens used by communities as a medium of exchange for goods and services represents an incredible opportunity to build new economies.

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
September 1st, 2021

Below are the final round applicants for Cohort 3 of the Cabin DAO Residency. If you are a member of CabinDAO, please head to Snapshot to cast your votes by September 2nd at 11:59pm CT.

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
August 24th, 2021

Is there a project sitting in the back of your mind, waiting for the time and space to become a reality? If you had a month to work on it surrounded by beautiful nature, creative collaborators, and blazing fast wifi, what could you accomplish?

The Creator Cabins residency is designed to help people answer these questions. The next cohort will run from September 20th - October 17th and applications are open now!

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
August 9th, 2021

This is a treasure chest: it contains the only copy of the private key to an ETH wallet, stamped into a sheet of metal. Over time, we will release clues about the location of this chest. Here is the first one: it's buried somewhere in the Texas Hill Country.

So what's in the wallet? To start, we've put a 1/1 NFT treasure inside, created by Cabin DAO collaborators @DugDaniels and @mel_being:

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
August 3rd, 2021

Below are the incredible final round applicants for Cohort 2 of the Cabin DAO Residency. If you are a member of CabinDAO, please head to Snapshot to cast your votes by August 6th at 12pm CT.

To streamline voting for Cohort 2, we used a two-step process:

1. Straw poll: All applications were posted to our token-gated discord server. Any DAO member could add a 👍 to any application to show initial support.
2. Final voting: All applications with at least 1 👍 made it to the final voting round. These applicants are shown below and are available for votes in Snapshot here. The top four winners will be offered a residency in Cohort 2.

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
Zakk Fleischmann
Zakk Fleischmann
0xC326
rafathebuilder
rafathebuilder
0xe62d
August 2nd, 2021

Welcome to the first deep dive on how we are building CabinDAO, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization focused on empowering independent online creators. If you aren’t familiar with the term DAO, take a look at this excellent article first.

CabinDAO operates the Creator Cabins residency. The next cohort will run from August 23rd - September 19th and applications are open through today (August 2nd)!

We always love feedback from the community, whether or not you're a $CABIN hodler. Find us on twitter @creatorcabins or join our token-gated Discord server.

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
July 27th, 2021

Is there a project sitting in the back of your mind, waiting for the time and space to become a reality? If you had a month to work on it surrounded by beautiful nature, creative collaborators, and blazing fast wifi, what could you accomplish?

The Creator Cabins residency is designed to help people answer these questions. The next cohort will run from August 23rd - September 19th and applications are open now!

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
July 23rd, 2021

Jasmine (@jasamitchell)

My name is Jasmine Mitchell, and I'm a multi-hyphenate artist; namely as a writer and director. During my time here at Creator Cabins, I'm excited to complete Act II of my musical called RAPunzel, a coming of age, calypso rap musical following a young Black woman's journey to breaking her family's generational curses.

This musical will be about 90 minutes total, so around 90-100 pages. I already have about 50. I came with an outline, and I aim to write about 10-15 pages per week to stay on task. What I need to stay on top of that is accountability—which can be as simple as my cohort asking me for my pages each week.

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
July 15th, 2021

At Creator Cabins, we like to think about the intersection of crypto and physical property. In order to contribute to that conversation, we're selling a Texas Longhorn on-chain 🤠

Yes, a real live cow (well, technically a steer). His name is DH-Esteereum. You can own 1/4th of him by purchasing an NFT edition below:

Each 1/4 stake can be converted into...steaks. More precisely, ~35-38 pounds of lean grass-fed/free-range longhorn beef, in the form of steaks, roasts, and hamburger meat. Available for pickup at Creator Cabins outside of Austin, TX any time in the next year. Local purchasers only, processing included!

Zakk Fleischmann
Zakk Fleischmann
0xC326
June 17th, 2021

Is there a project sitting in the back of your mind, waiting for the time and space to become a reality? If you had a month to work on it surrounded by beautiful nature, creative collaborators, and blazing fast wifi, what could you accomplish?

Three weeks ago, sitting around the campfire at Creator Cabins, we dreamed up a residency program to help people answer these questions. Since we first shared our proposal, we’ve raised over 16 ETH from 96 people, launched CabinDAO, and funded 12 month-long residencies for creators. We have an active discord server of new online friends and have already turned some of those connections into IRL friends.

Now we’re ready to start accepting applicants for the first cohort of the CabinDAO residency program!

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
Jon Gold
Jon Gold
0x88D0
Zakk Fleischmann
Zakk Fleischmann
0xC326
June 1st, 2021

This is a proposal for structuring the creator residency program crowdfunded by CabinDAO. We will publish CabinDAO governance proposals publicly.

We'd love feedback from the community, whether or not you're a $CABIN hodler. If you do have $CABIN tokens, you can now join our Discord server to discuss this proposal. Voting is now open on Snapshot!

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
Jon Gold
Jon Gold
0x88D0
Zakk Fleischmann
Zakk Fleischmann
0xC326
May 25th, 2021

🚨 Update: Wow! We have been floored by the positive response to this crowdfund. Thank you to those who have contributed and joined CabinDAO.

We have enough funds to cover our goal of one year of total time for residents at the cabins and have put together a proposal for the residency program. We have now closed the crowdfund and will reopen access to the DAO after completing our first set of residency cohorts. 🚨

Jonathan Hillis
Jonathan Hillis
0xbeC2
May 23rd, 2021

A decentralized city is a network of distinct physical locations tied together by shared governance and culture. It allows people to maintain close social ties and norms while moving around to different places. It also creates resilience against local changes in climate, regulation, and society.

Inspired by Balaji's essay on The Location Stack for technological progressives and conversations at Creator Cabins this past week, we've been thinking through a rough sketch of the tech stack for decentralized cities:

Like a computer, a decentralized city has hardware and software. Hardware is the physical space: the land, the infrastructure, and the buildings. Software is the virtual layer: incorporation, governance, and social interaction.