In an effort to scale the amount of quality, long-form research, we are proposing ShapeShift commissions quarterly reports through their existing membership in the Messari Hub. This would serve to better inform the crypto ecosystem on major developments and ongoing fundamental changes, effectively attracting more builders, entrepreneurs, and investors providing value to the overall network.
These reports would live as free resources on Messari and would be distributed through our newsletter (200k subscribers) and various social channels.
Currently, there is a high barrier for those within existing project communities and the broader crypto world to stay informed and up to date with all of the major fundamental and protocol-level changes. While there are various analytics dashboards, blog posts, and messaging channels, it is still cumbersome to have a strong understanding of all the important happenings going on. This leads to a misallocation of resources, both time and money, since there are stakeholders that are not acting with the full breadth of knowledge at their disposal.
To alleviate this problem, many of the largest projects and DAOs are expending additional resources to better surface a lot of this core information. These initiatives are serving to increasingly professionalize this industry, however, what is still missing is the proper contextualization of this data from an independent third party that would allow an outsider to gain better insight into what’s going on.
We propose that ShapeShift commissions four quarterly reports (example) over the next year beginning Q1 that present and analyze key KPIs and fundamental metrics, governance developments, upgrades, and key roadmap initiatives on a recurring basis. We will also build out dashboards to standardize the quantitative information and enable it to be viewed in real time (example) as well as host analyst calls to discuss the report and engage the community.
The total cost will be an upfront payment of $125,000 payable in stablecoins.
We’d love to hear any and all thoughts on this proposal and if there are any changes or additions to the research topics that you think would be value-add for the community!