Arbitrum DAO Grants Domain Allocator Nominations

Nomination for Domain Allocator in Developer Tooling for NOVA

1. Candidate Information:

  • Name: Shlok Mange
  • Forum username: shlokm289
  • Twitter: shlokm289

2. Professional Experience & Contributions: I serve as the Founder and CEO of Bytekode Labs, where we are dedicated to building tools and SDKs to refine web3 user experience and simplify its development landscape.

My expertise lies deeply within the realm of dev tooling in the EVM ecosystem and web3. This is further exemplified by the grants our efforts have been recognized with - courtesy of ETH India, PolygonDAO, and Filecoin.

Bytekode Labs, originally conceptualized during a hackathon, blossomed into a reputable company following an angel investment by the Buidlers’ Tribe.

I’m proud to highlight my association with Fellowship programs by Polygon and Celo. My contributions include pioneering a peer-to-peer payments layer on Celo and developing a transaction decoder library universal to all EVM chains.

Additionally, my recognition as a top-five hacker on Devfolio, the most expansive hacker community in India, is a testament to my passion and expertise. My portfolio also boasts multiple accolades from hackathons focused on crafting developmental tooling for the web3 ecosystem.

In a bid to further the open-source landscape, I developed a distinctive library facilitating automated data backups transition from web2 to web3.

3. Vision for Arbitrum & Criteria for Grant Proposals: The Arbitrum ecosystem presents an avenue with a lack of tools dedicated to crafting seamless web3 user experiences, especially when catering to mobile devices. I envisage the development of plug-and-play modules streamlining user interactions with dApps.

Ideal grant proposals would incorporate:

  • Executive Summary: Concise project overview.
  • Project Details: A detailed technical breakdown on their project, why is beneficial to the ecosystem, what are the techincal challenges, and if there are any, is the team skilled enough to tackle those challenges.
  • Current Status: Links, prototypes, screenshots pertaining to the current development of the project. If the project is still in idea stage - a visual chart (excalidraw) will be sufficient.
  • Grant Amount & Breakdown: A detailed breakdown on the funding amount requested, and how the team plans to use the funds.
  • Goals & Milestones: 8-week plan detailing implementation and expected results.
  • Team Introduction: Details of project contributors with pertinent backgrounds and demonstrated skillsets.
  • Recognition: Accolades and awards pertinent to team members.
  • Support Requests: Anticipated requirements from the grants committee.

4. Commitment: I can assure a commitment of up to 20 hours weekly, ensuring a swift turnaround time of 24 hours.

5. Conflict of Interest Declaration: Currently, I am free from any conflicts of interest. However, should any arise, I pledge to promptly disclose all relevant information to the grants committee in advance.

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Hello fellow Arbinauts!

I am here to apply as domain allocator for the “New Protocol Ideas”.

  • Name : Apoorv Anand
  • Your forum username: apoorv9
  • Twitter: @Apoorvanand99

What is your experience in the interested domain? Please share links and supporting information. Do you have experience running in any other grant programs?

Experience in interested domain :

  1. DeFi experience : Currently, I am part of the Stella Strategy and BD team. Stella is a leveraged strategy protocol with 0% cost to borrow on Arbitrum. Stella was previously Alpha Homora, the first leveraged yield farming protocol with all time high TVL of $1.9B. My experience at Stella gives me good background in DeFi protocols, especially in the space of yield protocols, money markets, leverage staking, LPing etc.

  2. Grant experience (Venture Capital) : I have previously worked in the grants/venture business, with Flipkart’s corporate venture capital arm. Was responsible for Flipkart Leap - where we disbursed 200k in grants across 8 startups in the ecommerce space. Set up and launched the program from scratch.

  3. NFT experience : I was part of the Flipkart Labs team, which is the web3 arm of Flipkart - the biggest Indian ecommerce brand with 100M+ annual users. As part of the team, I was involved in launching Firedrops, the NFT marketplace for Flipkart with utility tied to loyalty programs and whitelisting for limited edition products. We managed to work around a lot of regulation and onboard 500k+ KYC’ed users onto our wallet (and platform). Left it to get out of the CeDeFi system and get into proper DeFi.

  4. Infrastructure experience : I have previously worked in growth for Leap Wallet, the wallet for Cosmos ecosystem.

What would you like to see built on Arbitrum in your domain and what a good grant proposal looks like for you.

First part of the question - What do you want to see on Arbitrum

My thesis is that Arbitrum is going to face a lot of competition by well capitalized L2s in the coming months, with both Mantle and Base building their core competencies within DeFi.
Would personally want to see innovative protocols around the following themes to make Arbitrum stand out :

  • LSDfi protocols capitalizing on LSD influx onto L2s.
  • RWA protocols : Innovative protocols to attract the RWA on-chain with trust minimized mechanisms.
  • Derivative protocols : Building upon the perp DEX success of Arbitrum into options protocols.
  • LeverageFi protocols : Building capital efficient and risk adjusted Leverage layers for DeFi.

Second part of the question - What does a good grant proposal looks like for you.

A compelling grant proposal should articulate several key points. I’m not only interested in understanding the target audience for the product but also the implementation strategy, liquidity sourcing methods, current technical and design challenges, and the team’s approach to resolving them. Furthermore, the rationale behind choosing one model over another is crucial. A team that lives and breaths a product has to be able to justify every decision made, from brainstorming, design, to implementation.

I see a compelling grant proposal from two lenses :

  1. How solid is the product and the strategy. This would cover :
    a. What are the protocol mechanisms and how is it unique?
    b. What is the GTM strategy? Liquidity Sourcing? Tailwinds expected?
    c. Expected challenges and tactics to overcome them.

  2. How well is the proposal articulated. This would cover :
    a. Does the proposal have a detailed timeline with reasonable milestones?
    b. Plans to keep the community updated about the progress of the project.
    c. Plans in case the team decides to halt protocol development due to any unforeseen issues.

Time commitment - You need to commit at least 15 hours of your time per week as a domain allocator, and what is the expected Turn Around Time (TAT) that the builders can expect from you?

I can commit to at least 15 hours per week as a domain allocator, and am flexible to offer more if needed. Since I am perpetually online, the TAT that builders can expect from me is a maximum of 24 hours.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest : I am part of the Strategy and BD team at Stella - a native Arbitrum DeFi protocol. I however declare to not partake in any grant related discussions for Stella through this grant allocator program. Stella is already backed by top VCs like Binance Labs, Multicoin capital, Delphi ventures, Spartan Labs etc, and thus does not seek any grants through this grant program set by Questbook.

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Hi all, we’ve closed the applications for the Domain Allocators for all domains. We will begin the voting process for Domain Allocator selection on September 4 on the Arbitrum Snapshot.

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To be specific, we would like to nominate for the category: “New Protocol Ideas”

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Last week, we organized a Twitter Space in partnership with the Arbitrum DAO Grants, DFMLab, and Play2Learn to get more contributors to the Gitcoin Grant Round 18. We had over 90 participants on the Space, which was titled “The Roles of Grants in Web3 Education.” You can find a recording of the space at this link: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1ypKddZLVLYKW.

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First of all, we’d like to congratulate Questbook for getting so many great nominees in this process, it bodes very well for the future of the Domain Allocator program!

Following the conclusion of the Domain Allocators nominations for Questbook’s grant program, we’d like to propose and facilitate 2 nominees’ pitching sessions.

During the sessions, nominees for the different domain allocators roles will have an opportunity to convince delegates why they should vote for them by presenting why they’re fit for the position and by answering questions from the community.

We’ll hold 2 pitching sessions on Google Meets to try and accommodate as many people as possible and account for different timezones. Each meeting will be 1 hour long and will have 10 5-minute slots.

The 1 hour will be broken down as follows:

5 Minutes: Intro

50 Minutes: 10 5-minute pitching sessions

5 Minutes: Outro

The sessions will be held on:

Friday 8th of September at 10:00 UTC / 06:00 EST (call link)

Friday 8th of September at 18:00 UTC / 14:00 EST (call link)

You can also add the Arbitrum Governance Calendar to your calendar here.

Ahead of the calls, we ask the nominees to reserve your slot in the google sheet here so we know how many nominees to expect at each slot, and so we can organise the time better.

:warning: Crowdsourcing Questions :warning:

If you have questions for nominees, please drop them in the comments below (with a tag of the nominee the question is for) so they can prepare their responses and go over them during the pitching sessions.

You can find the nominees and the information they provided in their nomination in the original thread here.

Call for Delegates

Also, if you’re a delegate, please make sure to attend the calls so you can make better-informed decisions during the voting process. If you’ve already been through the nominations and have questions for nominees, the Q&A section will serve as a great opportunity for you to directly ask your questions to each respective nominee.

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Hi folks,

There is a delay with the voting because of an issue with the Snapshot configurations. We will initiate the voting process as soon as it is figured out.

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Hey everyone, pleased to announce that the voting for domain allocators is live on Snapshot. You can vote for the allocator for each domain on the following links:

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The below response reflects the views of L2BEAT’s governance team, composed of @krst and @Sinkas, and it’s based on the combined research, fact-checking and ideation of the two.

Ahead of the pitching sessions we are organising tomorrow, we wanted to set forward some questions for the nominees which we believe would offer helpful insights both to us but also to other delegates when casting their vote.

  1. As the domain allocator, how do you plan on building and maintaining a pipeline of grant requests for your domain?
  2. What kind of rubrics will you set for your domain?
  3. How will the selected rubrics help you make a decision when assessing requests?
  4. Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate meetings with other domain allocators and the program manager to discuss program improvements and pain-points?
  5. How will the community be able to communicate with you to offer feedback on your performance?

Looking forward to listening to everyone tomorrow!

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As the domain allocator for the Education, Community Growth, and Events domain on Arbitrum, I have a well-thought-out plan for building and maintaining a robust pipeline of grant requests and ensuring effective management within my domain.

I intend to actively engage with the Arbitrum community through various channels, including forums, social media, and direct outreach to potential contributors. I will promote the availability of grants within my domain, encouraging individuals and teams to submit proposals for innovative projects in education, community growth, and events. Additionally, I will collaborate with existing community leaders and organizations to identify potential projects and encourage them to apply for grants.

I will establish clear and transparent rubrics for evaluating grant requests in my domain. These rubrics will take into account factors such as project feasibility, impact on the Arbitrum ecosystem, alignment with community needs, and adherence to ethical and best practices. The rubrics will be designed to ensure fairness and consistency in the evaluation process.

The selected rubrics will serve as a guideline for assessing grant requests. Each proposal will be evaluated based on these rubrics, allowing for an objective and standardized assessment. The rubrics will help me make informed decisions by providing a structured framework to assess the merit of each project and its potential to benefit the Arbitrum ecosystem.

I am committed to dedicating 40 hours a week to my role as a domain allocator. My schedule is flexible and allows for meetings with other domain allocators and the program manager to discuss program improvements and address any pain points.

I understand the importance of community input and feedback in improving my performance. I will establish clear communication channels, such as a dedicated forum thread or regular community meetings, where members can provide feedback, share concerns, and offer suggestions regarding the grant allocation process. Transparency and responsiveness to community feedback will be a priority for me.

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The order on the list of candidates should be drawn randomly.
People at the top of the list gain an advantage over their competitors, especially position 1.

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Hey @Goodo, the order on the list was random, and in addition, based on the votes, Snapshot changes the order. Therefore, the control of whats shown on top is based on snapshot.

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Thank @Srijith-Questbook for explaining

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Thanks for hosting this! I would love to review a recording later if possible.

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Hello everybody! Posting here the brief answer I gave in the call that is currently ongoing.

1. As the domain allocator, how do you plan on building and maintaining a pipeline of grant requests for your domain?

Idea is to be reachable in the very short term. What I want from the grantee requesters is to be able to pitch first their idea in a few sentence, and then expand on the pain points (which are always there) and related solutions, alongside the value proposition. My job will then be to evaluate, if available, more in depth docs and get back to a second meeting with the requestors to go into details. If both meetings will be positive, it can be a first solid base to proceed.
I also plan to keep contacts with the projects that will be approved for the grants afterwards, to keep a tab on how the funds are used and if the team is doing what is actually supposed to do. This is to both have internal metrics and also a general feedback on our role as domain controllers.

2. What kind of rubrics will you set for your domain?

Value proposition: how do you plan to bring value to Arbitrum ecosystem

Pain points: what flaws do you see in your model, and how do you plan to address it

Financial planning: how do you plan to use efficiently the funds. This is not trivial, at all.

Timeline: do you have a clear timeline for your project, and how do you plan to respect it

Team: do you have the people with the right skill now that you are applying? What gaps do you currently have and if so how do you plan to fill them?

3. How will the selected rubrics help you make a decision when assessing requests?

Pain points is even more important than values. For example, it’s easy to say “my project aims to bring sticky liquidity”. It’s difficult to answer how you are going to deal with the current difficult environment, or what you are planning to do when the first batch of resources you allocated to this goal will end, just to refer to the previous point.
Another crucial point in the team: world is plenty of good ideas, and also plenty of money to realise these ideas. What lacks is people able to actually implement these. A team that is missing key players needs to first enforce the roaster, and then ask for grants in my view.

4. Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate meetings with other domain allocators and the program manager to discuss program improvements and pain-points?

I work in crypto full time, and interface myself with people from different timezones everyday. Also, I really like working on weekends when days are slow. And when I am not at my laptop, i think a lot about the challenges that arise everyday. So, when is going to be the time to communicate with the rest of the team, not only I am going to be available, I am going also to be quite efficient in doing so.

5. How will the community be able to communicate with you to offer feedback on your performance?

Everyone can reach me out, through Twitter, Discord or Telegram. I have no issue not only in chatting with anybody, but also in setting up calls if someone wants to communicate something more complex. Even if I have a 1h call with a new person that doesn’t lead to specific results, I would have still connected to that person, enlarge the network, have new ideas and have a new point of view I didn’t had before on a specific topic. To me, this is a huge value added to this position, and not a burden.

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Hello everyone :slight_smile:

On this occasion, we wanted to inform you that we are presenting ourselves as candidates for the Domain Allocators program. It is our aspiration to be one of the four community members entrusted with overseeing grant allocations.

In order to carry out this purpose with quality and operational capacity, we have formed an alliance with the Layer 2 en Español community and LayerX. You can read the details of our application here. We are thrilled to share that our team includes individuals from Argentina :argentina: , Brazil :brazil: , Peru :peru: and Venezuela :venezuela:

We participated in both nominees’ pitching sessions organized by @krst, and they were very valuable in getting to know the candidates. We highly appreciate the proactivity and willingness to connect across different time zones.

As many of you are aware, our delegate @cattin 's vote is composed of the collective will of our community. This occasion will be no exception. That’s why we have organized the 11th Arbitrum governance call within our community, where we will review all applications and cast our votes. It will take place next Monday, the 11th, at 11 pm UTC.

Discord: comunidad.seedlatam.org

All applicants are invited to participate. Although the calls are conducted in Spanish, we have bilingual delegation members who provide live translation. @Saurabh visited us in the past when the Questbook proposal was under consideration. It is beneficial to be able to ask questions directly to the source and bridge the gap.

Thank you all :pray:

Nadie nos va a regalar la historia.

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Hi everyone!

Summarizing my presentation here for your reference. My background is :

  1. DeFi : I am a builder on Arbitrum. I do BD and Growth at Stella (a Arbitrum native protocol). Stella was previously Alpha Homora ($2B ATH TVL).
  2. Grant experience : Worked at Alpha Incubate, where we incubated 8 projects that raised from Tier 1 VCs. Also, disbursed >$1M through grants at Flipkart Leap grants program across 16 projects.
  3. NFT : Launched Firedrops (India’s first NFT marketplace) and NFT loyalty program.

Question 1 : As the domain allocator, how do you plan on building and maintaining a pipeline of grant requests for your domain?

I believe there are 3 parts to building and maintaing a pipeline of grants - awareness, application and feedback. Here is what I intend to do for each of them :

  1. Awareness : Work alongside PM, delegates to set up a separate socials, amplify in community.
  2. Application : Publish a guide on applying, best practices, clear rubric of evaluation.
  3. Feedback : Every application gets to hear back in 14 days with feedback.

Question 2 : What kind of rubrics will you set for your domain? How will the selected rubrics help you make a decision when assessing requests?

The rubrics of selection would include :

  • Project Feasibility
  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Sustainability
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Due Diligence

Note that your rubrics should be adaptable and subject to periodic review to ensure they remain relevant to the evolving needs of the grant program.
The rubric includes both qualitative and quantitative evaluation points. I intend to do a weighted average of the different metrics to arrive at a final score for each application.


Question 3 : Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate meetings with other domain allocators and the program manager to discuss program improvements and pain-points?

My current work is a full time BD role at Stella - a DeFi protocol on Arbitrum. I am perpetually online, and thus always available to get back to applicants or community members.


Question 4 : How will the community be able to communicate with you to offer feedback on your performance?

I intend to establish the following communitcation channels :

  • Communication channel : Separate running Forum Post or Discord
  • Feedback : Monthly google form to get feedback on performance as delegate. The results of this monthly feedback form will be shared with the community for maximum transparency.

Also, I also intend to make my personal TG and email public for community members to reach out.

For any other questions, feel free to reach out to me on TG(@apoorv99)

Here is the link to my presentation : Arbitrum Grant Delegate - Google Slides

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Thanks again for having organized the calls, also pasting my respective answers (now slightly amended).

1. As the domain allocator, how do you plan on building and maintaining a pipeline of grant requests for your domain?

  • would ideally use one major platform (Twitter) that could be complemented with the occasional report on other platforms. The idea is to keep it simple and also use Twitter as an onboarding funnel.
  • towards that end I’d plan to visually communicate any proposal’s performance against the decision rubric & turn early, successful proposals into case-studies. on twitter.
  • the exact strategy would have to be based on demand, synced with the program coordinator, and adjusted accordingly

2. What kind of rubrics will you set for your domain?

  • I generally see the QuestBook grants as a potentially great feeder program that can lead into larger grants. It’s small scale & has a very lean lean decision making.
  • Lets lean into this: make it relatively painless for funders/ organizers to get a relatively small amount of funds (to enable further time commitment & provide a positive signal).

On a more pragmatic level:

  • Differences from initially proposed rubric: (1) no discretionary score (to avoid bias), (2) no assessment of product/ project (not vc funding, no excessive due dilligence required here, see this more akin to microgrants), (3) no dev reach category (b/c merit based, no selection for proven devs; would be the wrong grant for them anyway).

  • I’d go with a 5point likert scale per category and select the following tentative categories:
    (1) appropriate scope, (2) demonstrated capability of team, (3) added-value to arbitrum, (4) realistic budget, and (5) communication strategy.

  • exact max grant size to be determined. possibly 5-10k. would reevaluate lowering the max grant size at defined milestones.


3. How will the selected rubrics help you make a decision when assessing requests?

  • would fully base any decision on the rubric
  • would define (1) aggregate cut-off values and (2) category-specific cut-off values for grant eligibility
  • would revise cut-off values after 1 month (with more data)
  • would revise cut-off values again at 3 months after start (or on community request)

4. Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate meetings with other domain allocators and the program manager to discuss program improvements and pain-points?

  • I have a full-time engagement at an early-stage DeFi project
  • I should nonetheless be flexible enough most of the time; chronically online anyway & very flexible/ self-organized in my full-time engagement

5. How will the community be able to communicate with you to offer feedback on your performance?

  • would make sure there are push and pull channels available that both cater to asynchronous communication and the occasional live gmeets call
  • this being said, I’d hope to largely rely on Twitter for reporting on proposals and addressing any feedback. also as a means of marketing/ transparency / creating an onboarding funnel for future proposals.
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We were thrilled to participate in the Domain Allocator applicant call and have attached our answers to the proposed questions. You can also view our initial application here.

1. As the domain allocator, how do you plan on building and maintaining a pipeline of grant requests for your domain?

Getting the grants program seen by the public through Twitter, forum posts, and blogs. More teams are out there with new ideas than there are available grants. The key is getting all these teams to be aware of this program. The best way to do that is to have consistent content being produced. This can include posts about the start of the grants program, posts about a grant being approved, and recaps of all the grants being funded at the end of the six months. StableLab has the capability to distribute this content as we consistently put out blogs and newsletters as well as are active on Twitter.

Another way we plan on building and maintaining a pipeline of grant requests is by reaching out to our network. We currently work in over 20 DAOs which allows us to constantly be meeting new builders and innovators that we can encourage to apply. We will leverage this network to consistently invite new teams to apply for grants in Arbitrum.

2. What kind of rubrics will you set for your domain?

What’s great about questbook is they let you design your own rubric and they help you through this process. We previously developed a rubric for Compound’s grants program which allowed us to gain experience with this process. Our rubric for the Arbitrum New Protocol Ideas grants will be different as it is a different domain but the same principles will apply.

Some of what will be most important to us:

Clear value add: Does this project clearly explain how it will bring enough value to the Arbitrum ecosystem to offset the cost? Value add can be attracting new users, increasing liquidity, increasing efficiency, bringing awareness, or anything else that creates a positive impact on Arbitrum.

Clear Milestones and Timelines: This shows that grantees have a well-thought-out plan with the exact steps they will take to accomplish the proposed idea. This also helps keep grantees accountable as it allows us to monitor their progress throughout the process instead of having to wait until the grant is finished.

Granular budget Breakdown: We want to know exactly how grant funds will be spent to avoid overpaying or and keep grantees accountable. This helps ensure grantees have been thoughtful regarding their budgets.

3. How will the selected rubrics help you make a decision when assessing requests?

Rubrics are very important as they remove a lot of the subjectiveness of the decision-making process. It holds us accountable because it prevents us from choosing projects we know as we will have to be able to justify to the community why they scored well on the rubric. It also ensures we thoroughly evaluate each part of the application as it requires we look at each grant application with the same process.

4. Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate meetings with other domain allocators and the program manager to discuss program improvements and pain-points?

Yes, my schedule is flexible enough to accommodate any sort of meeting. Many of the other applicants have other jobs working for specific protocols. But staying up to date with Arbitrum governance and sitting on committees is part of my full-time job as a member of StableLab. Additionally in the unlikely scenario, something happens that prevents me from being able to schedule a meeting, I have an entire team of governance experts supporting me at StableLab. The rest of my StableLab team would be able to fill in and catch me up on anything I was to miss.

5. How will the community be able to communicate with you to offer feedback on your performance?

All of my and the rest of the StableLab team’s contact info is public and anyone is welcome to contact us at any time to offer feedback. I can be contacted on the forum @Matt_StableLab on Twitter, on Discord(Matt_StableLab), or on Telegram. StableLab can also be contacted on Twitter or our website.

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hi sir, I notice in all your communications that you speak in the collective (we, our etc), will you be the one serving on the council directly or will the person attending the meetings and calls be a rotation between several members at stable labs?

In how many different grants committees does stable labs participate?

Do you have a certain segment of innovation on Arbitrum that you personally have a deep interest in?

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