Dash Force News: Any update hiring someone/firm to redesign the Dash.org website?
Dash Core: Dash Core Group is evaluating potential firms for a website redesign in parallel with other efforts related to the rebrand. Our approach is to redesign not only the visuals but also the content. In order to do so, we have been refining our description of our goals, users, use cases, products and services – now, and post-Evolution launch. We recently turned down one of the potential vendors because the cost and timing were not feasible in our current situation.
What key positions does Dash Core need to hire?
DC: Dash maintains a list of open positions on our website. Key positions include the following:
- Our highest priority search is currently for the CTO position to standardize delivery. We are in the middle of the recruitment process to hire a new CTO, who will lead our delivery department and ensure high-quality software production. New person will support existing leaders in the creation of efficient delivery structure, technical teams management and will represent Dash outside of the company.
- At project management team we are finalizing recruitment activities to hire Project Portfolio Manager (PPM), who will coordinate Dash Core Group projects portfolio, work with project leads to ensure projects are delivered on time, cost and quality and report portfolio performance. PPM will also facilitate communication between delivery teams and management and will provide the community with accurate and regular information regarding the status of project portfolio deliveries.
Can you provide an updated list of beneficiaries of Core/Blockcypher grants and what they are trying to accomplish with the money?
DC: Some of the beneficiaries of the Dash Core Group/Blockcypher grants include: Alogateway, Tradecore, Piiko, Patientory, NREL and Cryptobuyer. There are also a few in the pipeline that we hope we can announce soon.
The purpose of the grant program is to provide support for businesses seeking to integrate Dash. This allows us, in a structured way, to leverage the numerous integration leads Blockcypher generates for the network. This program was first launched in August 2017 with a full description available here.
What specific steps have been taken, or are contemplated for a “best in class” plan to retain (and attract) dev talent? How many hours are they working in a typical week?
DC: The management team has been working to gather data on current rates for blockchain specific roles in various geographical regions to better understand how we can address concerns around the rate of pay within Dash. We have compiled what we believe is market appropriate rates for a large number of positions within DASH and are developing a presentation to go to the executive team in order to justify requests to increase some pay based on this market research. Additionally, we have already developed a retention bonus plan which has been discussed with the executive team and which we hope to roll out in the near future.
We believe that addressing the salary concerns as well as the retention plan implementation will have a significant impact on the staff. Other issues including the request for paid vacation time will be addressed through the selective hiring process we are currently reviewing as persons who are offered employment with DASH would become legally entitled to vacation (annual leave/holiday) based on their country location.
Overall the extreme flexibility of the working environment, autonomous nature of the project, ability to create a true work/life balance, and the realization that each person’s work is having a positive impact on the desire to push cryptocurrency adoption forwards are major benefits in working for Dash which need to be acknowledged as unique and greatly satisfying.
The majority of staff members have consulting contracts which allow for up to 40 hours per week of work. We also have some part-time contributors who work between 16 and 30 hours per week on average. The staff has a great deal of flexibility in how and when they work their hours as long as they are accomplishing their tasks in an efficient and effective means.
Some individuals were previously involved in DASH as volunteers prior to coming on board as a consultant and may still engage with the project “off hours” to continue to contribute to a project which they have become very passionate about.
When can we begin to use the DAO as a legal entity? And if so how? For example i.e. Having proposal owners contractually obligated to fulfill their proposal to the legal entity of the DAO.
DC: We are currently in discussions with our CPA and legal teams to answer this question in more detail. At this time, we can only provide what has been shared in the previous press releases. We anticipate having more detailed answers within the next few weeks, and hope to share documentation related to the Trust, as well as expand on implications for community projects.