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August 4th, 2022

We’re building a future where communities capture the value created on the internet. The technological insights of web3 uniquely enable this bright version of our future, which manifests at unprecedented speed. 

As we discover novel means of composability, we need agile sensemaking networks and high-insight learning opportunities to inform our builds. We conceived of the Accelerator to serve this critical role. 

The Accelerator is the entry point to our unmatched network of alumni, collaborators, and contributors. One part laboratory, one part playground, the Accelerator exposes DAO build teams to the top innovators in web3, introducing them to a community of fellow lifelong learners and builders. This 12-week intensive challenges DAOs to move purposefully toward their next milestone. 

While our curriculum design has iterated alongside the web3 ecosystem at large, one thing remains constant: gathering builders to communally problem-solve and collectively level-up in real time has lasting impact. 

Seed Club is the leading network for DAO builders and operators who believe in a future where communities capture the value generated on the Internet. The Accelerator is the entry point to the network, and we’re so excited to welcome the next cohort of innovators to the Club.

The Network as Seed Club’s “Secret Sauce”

Tokens give communities superpowers. As we discover these superpowers, we need high-signal and agile sensemaking networks to navigate crypto’s high-velocity innovation. Seed Club’s defining asset is our unmatched network of alumni, collaborators, and contributors.

The network’s value was made clear during the emergent selection process for SC04, where over 65 alumni, collaborators, and contributors stood up the autonymous TomaDAO: a working group assembled for the sole purpose of selecting the next great Accelerator cohort. While we put them in the Telegram group chat together, they identified that chat as a community - and gave it a name. [Why TomaDAO? Stay with us: Accelerator selection process → the network as Seed Club’s secret sauce → tomato sauce? → the “Rotten Tomatoes” of web3? → TomaDAO (🍅,🍅).]

Friends, we want to acknowledge the impact of this current moment for many of our collaborators, contributors, and project teams. There are tangible – in some cases significant – financial implications of the events of the last week.

We feel this. We want you all to know that we’re in this together.

And yet we build.

We build with focus and depth. As markets shift, our work hasn’t changed. We’re still here to build with great projects and great people – and we feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do this. 

We’ve closed out SC04. Normally we would already be gearing up for another round of Accelerator applications, but we’re arriving at this moment in need of a collective breath.

Four Accelerator cycles, 55 projects, all in 16 short months. Damn.

Rather than rushing into a redux of SC04 with minor tweaks, this time we’re trying something completely different: we’re going to hold ourselves accountable to tensions that emerged from the SC04 selection process, and attempt to integrate those learnings into SC05. In order to do this meaningfully, we will open applications for SC05 in Q3.

In the meantime, we’re taking a beat to reflect on what we’ve learned from running four incredibly wild cohorts of the Accelerator. This primarily looks like acknowledging the many things that we still don’t know, and observing a handful of patterns that emerged over this last year and a half.

SC04 marks Seed Club’s fourth Accelerator cohort - twenty-one incredible projects representing a vast array of big ideas: climate, music, apparel, media, astrology, creativity, consumer packaged goods, food, NFTs, sports, and education.

For eight weeks, project teams explored both the tactical and conceptual considerations for building the greatest member-owned communities on the planet. Weekly themes included onboarding contributors, membership models, treasury management, legal, token design, and beyond.

We’re humbled by both the individual and collective brilliance of SC04 project teams; SC04 Demo Day is the cohort’s chance to showcase their super powers to the world. Lftg 🌱

ICYMI: Listen to all amazing SC04 Demo Day pitches 👇

February 3rd, 2022

Seed Club is an incubator for web 3 communities.

The Accelerator program is at our core. It is a place to learn and build alongside like-minded community leaders and some of the best minds in web3.

Since SC01, our projects have gone on to accomplish a 200 ETH raise in 15 minutes (Krause House), onboarding hundreds of brand and marketing execs into a tokenized web3 research community (JUMP) and launching the leading content and insights aggregator on social tokens, DAOs and Web3 (Forefront).

January 15th, 2022

Seed Club’s mission is to serve web3 community builders.

We do this by supporting our accelerator and studio projects, and in our growing network of contributors, collaborators, and members. This network of projects and DAO ecosystem builders is what makes Seed Club valuable. 

Our goal is to expand this network by encouraging web3 native builders and welcoming web3 curious builders to contribute their skills within our ecosystem. The DAO 20 Awards was one way for Seed Club to put membership in the hands of those creating value and we will continue to find new ways to do this. 

We have come together as a community to decide on community values. These values will be guiding principles in how we decide on projects to pursue, work to be done, and how we treat each other within and beyond the Seed Club walls. These values are dynamic and will evolve over time based on community feedback and development.

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January 7th, 2022

The DAO 20 Awards is a self-nominated token race in which 25,000 $CLUB tokens will be allocated to 20 impactful members of the DAO ecosystem.

A deep contributor network is critical for the success of Seed Club. It’s what attracts the best projects to join, and what helps us provide immense value. The DAO 20 Awards are a call for this talent to raise their hands and signal their desire to join the Seed Club DAO.

Today, we’re excited to announce the winners of the first DAO 20 Awards. They are:

  1. @markredito
  2. @rafathebuilder
  3. @chaserchapman
  4. @helloshreyas
  5. @kdaverington
  6. @divine_economy
  7. @jackspallone
  8. @blockchainjames
  9. @roveneliah
  10. @willpapper
  11. @jonjyan
  12. @derekgtaylor
  13. @alexxzzhang
  14. @gaby_goldberg
  15. @0x_Lucas
  16. @_kinjalbshah
  17. @JuliaLipton
  18. @0xJim
  19. @raihan_
  20. @SpaceXponential
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December 29th, 2021

$CLUB is Live.

Head over to claim.seedclub.xyz to claim your $CLUB today!

The official contract address for $CLUB is : 0xf76d80200226ac250665139b9e435617e4ba55f9

Please triple check that you are interacting with the correct $CLUB token and be weary of scammers!

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December 24th, 2021

**Yesterday we announced the launch of $CLUB - Seed Club’s membership token. Today we’re sharing the first way new $CLUB holders can shape the future of Seed Club.

Voting is Live. Vote Now!**

Our first initiative is the DAO 20 Awards, a self-nominated token race in which 25,000 $CLUB tokens will be allocated to 20 impactful members of the DAO ecosystem.

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December 23rd, 2021

Edit: $CLUB is live. Claim here: claim.seedclub.xyz

The official contract address for $CLUB is : 0xf76d80200226ac250665139b9e435617e4ba55f9

Please triple check that you are interacting with the correct $CLUB token and be weary of scammers!

What happens when you bring together mission-driven builders with a network of web3 leaders?

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October 27th, 2021

Although it seems somewhat impossible, the calendar suggests we’re already past the halfway point of SC03. It feels like just yesterday we had a bunch of baby ideas crawl into our discord, and we’re so proud of the projects they’re becoming 😭. Not really true, many were already off to the races, but you get the sentiment.

We’re lucky to have the support of some of the biggest brains in web3, and even luckier that they’re willing to spend time sharing their knowledge and experience with our projects. We’ve already had group sessions with Trevor McFedries, Cooper Turley, Denis Nazarov, Reuben Bramanathan, Alex Zhang, and more focused coaching sessions with many others.

We’re actively working on finding the right way to record and distribute all the knowledge that’s shared in these sessions with our broad community without hurting the intimacy of them, but aren’t quite there yet. So in the meantime here’s an overview of some of the big topics we’ve discussed so far, followed by some project updates, and finishing with a hot alpha leak.

Proof of Community

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October 26th, 2021

Although it seems somewhat impossible, the calendar suggests we’re already past the halfway point of SC03.

It feels like just yesterday we had a bunch of baby ideas crawl into our discord, and we’re so proud of the projects they’re becoming 😭. Not really true, many were already off to the races, but you get the sentiment.

We’re lucky to have the support of some of the biggest brains in web3, and even luckier that they’re willing to spend time sharing their knowledge and experience with our projects. We’ve already had group sessions with Trevor McFedries, Cooper Turley, Denis Nazarov, Reuben Bramanathan, Alex Zhang, and more focused coaching sessions with many others.

We’re actively working on finding the right way to record and distribute all the knowledge that’s shared in these sessions with our broad community without hurting the intimacy of them, but aren’t quite there yet. So in the meantime here’s an overview of some of the big topics we’ve discussed so far, followed by some project updates, and finishing with a hot alpha leak.

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September 22nd, 2021

Seed Club is where communities build and learn faster, together about community tokens, DAO’s and web3.

Our Accelerator convenes cohorts of projects to learn, connect and build a future leveraging web 3 technologies with community tokens at the core.

We call ourselves an accelerator to make the comparison to web2 easier, but in reality we go so much deeper. SeedClub is web3 cultural immersion. The language, the norms, the customs, the values are all different from any world before.

August 20th, 2021

It seems like everyone in the space wants to build or join a DAO. And all DAOs start as small groups. Then as these groups grow they get more serious about how they organize and share value. That's what Web3 tools are here for: organizing resources and distributing ownership.

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design by @nicogsworld

Cooper Turley describes DAOs as "Telegram or Discord chats with a bank account". And indeed in most cases DAOs today are performed more than they are actually decentralized or autonomous. And that's ok. We’ll see the new more sophisticated iterations of tokenized communities emerge in the next couple of months and years. But for now DAOs are still at the bank account or treasury stage, the first step in a multi-stage process.

In this post I’ll unpack how you may start growing an engaged community for your DAO.

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July 26th, 2021

As part of Seed Club’s Season 2 cohort, there are a range of compelling projects exploring the frontiers of social token application. There is Jump (a community of b2b advertising agency leaders), Global Coin Research (a tokenized media organization), and more.

I participated in Seed Club as part of the Ampled team. We’re a web platform for direct support of musicians, formed as an artist and worker-owned cooperative. Within the accelerator, we have been exploring the implementation of community tokens, as a coordination layer within an existing democratic cooperative.

Some of the questions we have been exploring include:

Earning: How does someone earn community tokens?

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July 16th, 2021

Introducing mCLUB, a Grant Giving DAO designed to support creators on Mirror and give hands-on experience to those looking for opportunities in DAOs.

It’s no secret, we're big fans of Mirror.

From being the first official winner of the $WRITE RACE, to helping launch projects like Not Boring’s Power to the Person (first use of splits), Mint Fund’s $BOUNTY (first smart contract sold as an NFT) and Colin and Samir’s Seat at the Table NFT (the first use of a PartyBid contract), we’ve seen the power that easy to access web 3 tools can unlock for creators.

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July 15th, 2021
  • Seed Club is a DAO that builds and invests in communities with tokens.
  • We're proud to announce a fundraise of $2M into the DAO treasury to help usher in a new era for digital communities.
  • The round includes: Packy McCormick, Stani Kulechov, Denis Nazarov, Nascent, Sfermion and was led by IDEO CoLab Ventures.

Seed Club is a DAO that builds and invests in tokenized communities.

Today it's announcing a $2 million contribution round that includes: Packy McCormick, Stani Kulechov, Denis Nazarov and led by IDEO CoLab Ventures.

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April 15th, 2021

Editors note: This post is by Joey DeBruin, Director of Product Management at ResearchGate and Researcher in Residence at Seed Club. We're excited to support, and help kick off, his his latest project focused on exploring better ways to build knowledge online. To get updates as new experiments and content are released, subscribe to Penguins and Rabbit Holes.

For all of you that have followed me on this writing journey over the past six months, I hope that this is the piece that finally ties what might seem like my scattered interests together.

I’ve been writing about everything from products underlying the creator economy, to why the audience increasingly grows the creator, to new ownership models for digital content via crypto and web3 infrastructure.

And in all of this, I’ve been drawing the connection to science, where I have the deepest knowledge and where I still spend the majority of my time. So what ties them all together?

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March 23rd, 2021

UPDATE: The auction was a success. Thanks to RaRa Social, Rally.io and Matthew Chaim for their support

We’re excited to host the first Crypto x Creator Summit from March 31 - April 2. The Summit is an opportunity to bring two worlds together, the vibrant Creator Economy and the dynamic world of Crypto.

Learn more about the Creator x Crypto Summit here.

NFTs, Social tokens, DAOs, and the uncertainties that come with it all are the topics we’ll dive into with some of the leading thinkers from both sides of the web 2.0 / web 3.0 divide. You won't want to miss it (so register here).