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.
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 (🍅,🍅).]
TomaDAO was an experiment in a community-driven selection process. The selection committee engaged in the rigorous work of reviewing and vetting applications, curating a shortlist of applicants for $CLUB holders to vote on. Here’s what we learned from our first TomaDAO season:
After we closed SC04, we took an extended break to retro the Accelerator from end-to-end, including our selection process. Over the past three months, the Accelerator working group, in deep collaboration with the Product working group, left no stone unturned exploring ways to improve the selection process for SC05.
After multiple feedback sessions and design jams, our next experiment emerged – our internal Call to Adventure for the SC05 selection process: scalable community selection mechanisms. We arrived at two critical first principles:
The result of our break is a two-part improvement for SC05: a refreshed Accelerator experience (more info next week), and refined application and selection processes.
Our TomaDAO selection committee is back for SC05, but this time with one crucial differentiator: $CLUB holders now have the same level of application insight, with the ability to review and engage with applicants as they’re applying. This is all made possible by The Accelerator Portal, which is intentionally built to serve both Accelerator applicants and the $CLUB community.
Here are the key components of The Accelerator Portal and how it enables a scalable community-driven selection process:
The selection process for SC05 occurs over three phases:
Each time we run this process, our network grows, and becomes more interconnected, more opinionated and more engaged. The selection process is just the beginning of the long journey we commit to with each project we bring into Seed Club. We are entrusting you, our community, with the responsibility of sharing thoughtful, constructive feedback and asking questions that help projects improve and tighten their applications. We are eager to engage many of you in this next round of experiments, to learn from your insights, and to be inspired to find even more ways to engage and collaborate with you in the future.