Existing modes of Free Software funding, like SaaS, enterprise hosting, and advertising-based models - they distribute funding unevenly and are susceptible to extracting financial gains at the cost of both end users and contributors.
Most DAOs and NGOs are problematic for similar reasons, favoring centralized ‘whales’ and speculators. By accidental design, they encourage rent-seeking, entitlement, and systematically leave inept or apathetic people in strong veto positions.
If we're honest about how this affects FOSS authors, it's simple: developers tend not to be commercially-minded, and give up the end-user relationships, and the revenue control that goes with it.
As AMMs are to banks, we are to SaaS.
We prioritize equitability and trustlessness. Our goal is to distribute funds based on actual usage, moving away from traditional models (such as SaaS, open core, and delegation populism) that often concentrate power and leave creators unrewarded.
We're exploring a zero-knowledge (ZK) OAuth mechanism, allowing trustless user authentication and anonymous activity tallying. This approach emphasizes actual user interaction as an input for redistribution. (As a highly composable primitive, this sidesteps the need for identity proofs compared to most sybil-naive QF models, for example.)
We can't predict which ideas will really work until we try them. So experiment, iterate and prototype with users. Share progress with Super Shadowy peers. At its core, a bi-weekly WIP Wednesday meetup.