World Economic Forum 2022 – Speaking Engagements

Wulf Kaal is again heading to Davos for the World Economic Forum on May 22-26.  Itinerary: Zug, Switzerland all day on May 20th. Then it’s off to Davos, staying in nearby Klosters from May 21st to May 25th. Wulf will be speaking at several events listed below. Wulf’s WEF schedule is constantly changing and new […]

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DAO Governance & Future of the Firm – Interview with Robert Tercek

Thank you Robert Tercek for a wonderful interview. Here is Robert’s take: “Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are a fascinating aspect of crypto innovation. To me, the DAO concept is one of the most creative new business ideas of the decade. A DAO is a non-hierarchical alternative to a corporation: no CEO, no C-Suite, no investors […]

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Securities Versus Utility Tokens

Abstract The nomenclature for the term “securities token” is unclear and the term securities token has not been defined. The lack of a clearly delineated nomenclature resulted in various uses and interpretations of the term securities token, especially vis-à-vis the term “utility token.” This article helps clarify the nomenclature by first defining the general characteristics […]

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FAIR TOKEN LAUNCH

Abstract Fair Token Launches (Fair Launch) on average outperform most traditional digital asset projects. The comparative advantage of Fair Launches derives largely from their ability to remedy many of the perceived inequitable token launch practices of traditional digital asset projects. This article helps clarify the nomenclature by examining the commonalities of projects that use the […]

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How DAOs Optimize Open-Source Code Reviews and Create Open-Source Standards

The paper examines the existing shortcomings in the open-source code review process and how decentralized autonomous organizations can help optimize the code review process and quality. Optimized code reviews and code review processes, in turn, can help create open-source software standards. The author evaluates the issuance of decentralized code reviews that are verified through a […]

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REPUTATION AS CAPITAL – How Decentralized Autonomous Organizations Address Shortcomings in the Venture Capital Market

Venture capital (VC) models can be optimized with emerging decentralized technology. After discussing the shortcomings of the existing VC market and the rise of alternative early-round funding mechanisms, the paper highlights the evolution of VC businesses that are operated by a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO).

Keywords: Venture Capital, Decentralized Autonomous Organization, Reputation, Decentralized Governance, Capital, Venture Funding, Finance, Token Models, Cryptocurrencies, Feedback Effects, Emerging Technology, Tokens, Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology

JEL Classification: K20, K23, K32, L43, L5, O31, O3

Suggested Citation: Kaal, Wulf A., REPUTATION AS CAPITAL – How Decentralized Autonomous Organizations Address Shortcomings in the Venture Capital Market (November 13, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3962614

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Blockchain Technology for Good

Abstract The evolution of blockchain technology as a foundational and transformational technology helps solve critical societal problems. Blockchain technology enables sustainability-focused blockchain initiatives to achieve their social and public welfare objectives. Using a dataset of sustainability-focused blockchain initiatives, blockchain startups, and established businesses, the article evaluates the core transformational features of blockchain technology and its […]

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DECENTRALIZED AUTONOMOUS ORGANIZATIONS – INTERNAL GOVERNANCE AND EXTERNAL LEGAL DESIGN

Abstract Most of the applications and uses of digital assets are improved and expanded with well-functioning and well-governed DAOs. The article evaluates the technical and internal governance solutions promulgated by DAO projects. Particular emphasis is placed on the duality of feedback effects between internal DAO governance and external DAO legal designs. Keywords: Decentralized Autonomous Organization, Governance, […]

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