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Colony: Build your DAO in an easy and simple way

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With the explosive growth in blockchain space, many crypto projects are becoming aware of the limitations of their current DAO infrastructure. Colony is a platform that acknowledges the challenges faced by DAOs and aims to provide a powerful and more effective governance toolkit to DAO builders in the crypto space.

Colony is a platform for organizing and incentivizing teams, projects, and communities and is currently live on xDAI chain.

Colony is having a token sale that will go live on 14th December 2021. To avoid front-running, pumps and dumps and other negative aspects common in the ICO space, Colony’s token sale features a Dutch-auction style. It will start at a very high price which then drops and adjusts according to the demand created by buyers. The sale will go on for a number of days until the market discovers the appropriate price. The KYC registration will stay open till the end of the sale.

The other reason why the sale takes place over a span of several days is to let everyone have the chance to participate.

What is Colony?

Colony is one of the first Ethereum projects and was founded in 2014 as a comprehensive framework for DAOs that is completely decentralized, trustless, and 100% open source. The platform aims to create a user experience that is simple enough to be understood by beginners but also powerful enough to support more complicated DAO structures that can emerge in the future.

Colony has more than 20 software features including a sophisticated reputation-weighted voting system, token creation, a ‘lazy consensus’ governance system, and Coin Machine, a mechanism that offers one of the fastest and easiest ways for a DAO to sell tokens.

Key features

Some of the major features offered by Colony are:

  • Reputation: Users are awarded influence in proportion to merit. Every time a contributor gets paid in a colony’s native token, they earn a reputation. That reputation gives them power to stake on motions, and vote in disputes. Reputation decays over time.
  • Token creation: Users can issue ERC20 tokens or choose to add their existing token to their colony. In order to create their own tokens, users only need to choose the token name and its ticker symbol. Once this is done, the token is created.
  • Gasless transactions: Colony runs on xDai, making it very cheap to use as each transaction costs a fraction of a cent. In the near future, Colony will pay for all gas through so-called Metatransactions.
  • Lazy consensus: Colony gives users the ‘lazy consensus’ mechanism which means that they need to vote only if there is any actual disagreement.

Final word

Colony provides users, organizations, and projects in the blockchain and crypto space with a DAO operating system that helps them define and manage work in the most cost-effective, decentralized, and productive way.

The platform completed its private beta in February 2021 and saw its final release in November 2021. Colony has also just launched Mission Control, a bounty service for Colony’s DAO partners.

The Colony platform offers an easy-to-use and innovative approach to the way DAOs are built and operated in the current space and is virtually free to use.

For more information on Colony, please check out their official website.

Disclaimer: This is a paid post and should not be treated as news/advice.


With Masters in Mass communication and journalism, Anjali's interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.
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