This is separate from my prior posts about my 5 Issues and about my 6 points of leverage as to why Aragon has the negotiating leverage to get DOTS for free. Those stand up independently. This is about confusing doublespeak and gaslighting that has no place in this space or in business in general. I think it’s worth highlighting to push back against making it normative.
Indicating that that one can’t opine on a deal without knowing the price as a response to someone specifically saying that no deal in which the price isn’t known is acceptable is some next level gaslighting. Creating opacity and using it as a cudgel against discussion in a space that is about decentralization and transparency and about breaking existing dysfunctional power structures is gross.
Saying a fundraising round is extremely successful, while DOTS trade 50% below the sticker price of that recent round is not reality based.
Ryan Zurrer: "The Web3 Foundation is not a broker of DOTs. The contributor discussions between the two entities have implied a substantial discount versus current market signals."
The sentence after saying plainly that the Web3 Foundation is not a “broker of DOTs”, the Web3 Foundation provides color around price in the sale of DOT tokens from Web3 Foundation to Aragon. That is literally brokering.
Worst, the following comment stands out. Ryan Zurrer is the counterparty to the proposed trade, the terms of which he is trying to hide from the public, and he is saying that he has full confidence that the terms that Aragon insiders negotiate with HIM will be good for Aragon. The line of thinking behind what he writes is antithetical to everything we’re doing here.
Ryan Zurrer: “As an ANT holder I have a high level of confidence in the Aragon One team and Aragon Association team who are the most dialled into the project and its direction. If they are supportive of a measure like this, then I am likely to be confident that they have negotiated an appropriate deal and we should let them do their jobs.”
I hope this is a wake up call about should be acceptable, about who to accept as a counterparty, and about how to conduct business in the blockchain space.