DAOstack AMA: Adam Levi, co-founder and CTO, answers your questions about Alchemy Earth and the stack


With the recently released new version of Alchemy, we’re taking the opportunity to host an AMA session* during the Genesis Alpha weekly call this Tuesday, April 23 at 5pm CEST with CTO and cofounder of DAOstack Adam Levi.

Adam is a blockchain expert with a deep knowledge of Ethereum.

If you’re a developer interested in progressing your understanding of the DAOstack and the opportunity for DAOs, join us.

Write your questions in the below and the facilitators will ask them during the call.

There will be a particular focus on:

  • Modularity i.e. in what ways are the DAOs that use DAOstack configurable
  • Integrations i.e. what is the project looking for right now in terms of new features and (d)apps to integrate
  • Alchemy Earth (protocol and the back end, UI) i.e. what was the reasoning behind all the changes and what kind of changes are we expecting/building towards right now

A link to the call will be shared shortly before the call, if you wish to join live (entry is limited). The recording as well as transcripts will be shared publicly in case you can’t make it.

Priority will still be given to the questions written in the comments below!

*This is a technical AMA about Alchemy Earth and the stack only. Questions about DAOstack’s company strategy, partnerships, exchanges etc will not be answered.

Transcript: DAOstack AMA with Adam Levi (April 23rd, 2019)
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Has there been any talks of creating different types of wallets or “bank accounts” that’re controlled by the avatar?

An example would be a long-term savings account vs a monthly spending account. Different rules could be added to each account to ensure a budget plan can be protocolized without the agents having to eyeball things.


Can you confirm if this reasoning is correct: dApps in the Dao stack are merely the front facing UI of the different DAOs. For instance Genesis DAO’s dApp is Alchemy. However, Alchemy as an interface can also connect to other DAOs. So when the whitepaper lists a section on collaborative dApps, what does it mean? Will there be different interfaces to the same DAOs? Wouldn’t this be confusing? If not interfaces, what type of dApp functionality are you expecting here?

I like the idealist view that DAOs can emerge to govern anything. But today there are big limitations around the handling of resources. Can you discuss from a technical perspective what are those limitations? In other words, what type of proposals can the DAO not auto-execute which it should thus not govern over? Can you explain Mattereum and what role it may play with respect to these limitations?

For me to better understand the modular aspect of the stack, can you explain what are the specific modular elements that exist now between the different DAOs, if any? Are any of these elements being developed by third party developers? What is DAOstacks plan to outsource this development? There seem to be a number of decentralized projects looking to incentivize this kind of work. Are you thinking of using any of these platforms?

In the Jan 14th Blog post “DAOstack in 2019” it says “The new protocol will improve the DAO’s resilience to GEN price fluctuations and fortify the game mechanics of staking.” Has this happened? Can you go into more detail on this, how does predicting compensate for GEN fluctuations?

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When bugs are discovered within the protocol, what are the different processes that exist for deploying fixes for these bugs? I’ve tried articulating my understanding below:
Schemes & Constraints - Remove broken, add new.
Voting Machine - Remove & re-add all affected schemes, now pointing towards the fixed voting machine.
Controller - Controller upgrade.
Avatar - Requires a complete DAO migration?


I’m keen to get a better understanding of how the ongoing development of the DAOStack platform is going to be split between the DAOStack core team and the external community. Specifically I’m interested in building a development team (itself a DAO) who specialise in building in/around DAOStack (and possibly other DAO platforms). If I do this what is the best way to “win” work? Will it be a case of submitting proposals or could there be other ways (e.g. some kind of preferred agency list)?


Obviously we’re moving from a place where there was only one Blockchain (Ethereum) to build platforms like DAOStack to a point where there are a number of alternatives (e.g. EOS, Dfinity etc). Are you considering a possible future where Ethereum is superseded by technically superior alternatives and looses it’s market dominance?

  • If the U.K. was run on DAO Stack, how would it have handled Brexit?
  • What is the relationship between Alchemy and DAO Stack?
  • Why did DAO Stack create Alchemy?
  • What is the biggest (in number of people using it, in amount of funds managed) Alchemy-run project?
  • What are the Alchemy competitors and where is Alchemy stronger/weaker than them today, how is it different?
  • How does/will DAOStack make money from Alchemy?
  • Could we run a town or a country on Alchemy?
  • Page says “alpha” is it viable for a project to use this tool yet? If not when will it be?
  • What is Alchemy’s biggest challenge in next 3, 6, 12 months?
  • What is your biggest hope for Alchemy?
  • What is your biggest fear for Alchemy?
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Not sure if this is appropriate here, but one question I have is:

What is the purpose of the new “quiet ending” period to proposals that has been introduced in this version of Alchemy?


Hi Adam, in a call last week one of the DAOstack team mentioned that the ‘caching layer you have been working on is revolutionary’ can you explain why this is?


“What is the best way to integrate Aragon’s application suite into Alchemy’s interface so they can be used by DAOs powered by DAOstack? How long would such a process take?”


I have a problem with the Prediction Network that will really throttle my involvement and could threaten it’s scalability. Taxes. I am not going to make a lot of predictions every day if I need to manually calculate the gains/losses. Current crypto tax services can import your wallet history, but it will not know how to handle the Gen balance fluctuations. Have you thought about how to solve that?