Should Gnosis DAO partner with DXdao and jointly work on Omen

Partnership Proposal - GnosisDAO <> dxDAO

This Proposal is also posted on DXdao forums:


History of collaborations

  • Gnosis together with Daostack bootstrapped DXdao
  • Gnosis launched DutchX and handed control over to DXdao.
  • DXdao and Gnosis together developed and launched Omen.
  • Gnosis developed Mesa/GPv1 and handed control over the interface to DXdao which is hosting it.
  • Jointly pushing forward prediction markets use cases, as well as trading and IDO use cases.

Shared values
Both DAOs strive to empower their communities through decentralized governance and self sovereignty which is in and of itself a possible collaboration area. Both DAOs believe in DeFi and prediction markets as a future globally important infrastructure. Ethereum is the home for both DAOs governance and products.


In light of the successful collaboration history and common values, we believe future collaboration will be mutually beneficial. Below are a few points of synergies and advantages:

  • Complementary skills:
    • Gnosis is strong in developing contracts/backends.
    • DXdao is strong in frontends/solidity.
  • Both DAOs are in the need for tooling for decision making and can collaborate to improve DAOs overall.
  • Both share the vision for decentralization.
  • Both have a collaboration with Kleros.

Partnership Proposal

With this proposal we want to get broad community feedback. It will be cross posted on both DXdao and Gnosis DAO forums. Everyone’s opinion is important so please express your opinion even if that’s just agreement / disagreement with a specific part of the proposal.
Once there is a soft consensus on the general structure of the partnership, we can add more details to the product partnership itself (shared product vision, feature roadmap and contribution).

Incentive alignment

Setting up aligned incentives between DXdao and GnosisDAO is important in order to ensure the partnership will thrive for the long term. It will ensure both parties benefit equally from the efforts of advancing a joint product roadmap. While only agreeing on the incentive alignment will not guarantee a successful partnership - as also an agreement on the roadmap vision and the collaboration itself will have to be found - we believe it is key to our long term partnership.

  • Mutual Liquidity Sharing - The DAOs will create a DXD/GNO swapr pool and jointly fund it according to the following schedule
    Day 0 - Deposit: 500k$ worth of each token, Total pool liquidity: 1M$
    Month 3 - Deposit: 125k$ worth of each token, Total pool liquidity: 1.25M$
    Month 6 - Deposit: 125k$ worth of each token, Total pool liquidity: 1.5M$
    Month 9 - Deposit: 125k$ worth of each token, Total pool liquidity: 1.75M$
    Month 12 - Deposit: 125k$ worth of each token, Total pool liquidity: 2M$
    *Total pool size may change according to market prices

    Mutual liquidity sharing creates incentive alignment in few aspects:

    • It binds the token price of both tokens using a liquid bonding curve. Each DAO will benefit from the success of the other
    • It creates a massive liquidity bridge between both tokens on-chain liquidity. Thanks to DEX aggregation, both tokens’ liquidity will be enhanced by allowing GNO or DXD trades to be routed through each others’ liquidity pools.
  • Voting Rights Allocation - Both DAOs will allocate each other voting rights. One suggestion for how it could work practically:

    • DXdao could use GNO in the shared liquidity pool to vote on Gnosis DAO proposals
    • Gnosis DAO will be allocated the equivalent amount of REP
  • Agreeing on a shared manifesto / statement?

Omen Partnership

  • All future product revenue will be split 50-50 between DXdao and GnosisDAO (this includes contract level fee, front-end level fee or any other form of revenue from the product)
  • Agreeing on a product vision (1 page max)
  • Agreeing on a 6 month feature roadmap
  • Agreeing on work and funding contribution for the 6-month product roadmap

We think this is the most relevant product to establish the collaboration on, and hope this will pave the way for more collaborations to come.

Addressing the topic of token price

As we know, both GNO and DXD are now trading below their respective DAO book value. This might raise the general question of if/how to use treasury tokens while the market price of the token is below FV. Each DAO will need to answer this question independently.
Below we list a few possible approaches:

  • One approach will be to just use tokens from the treasury with the current floating market price. This is the most practical approach and especially suitable if those tokens will be used to fund an AMM liquidity pool.
  • Another approach would be to allocate ETH for buying tokens from the open market to bring the price back to FV. Then use the proceeds (with additional treasury tokens if needed) to initiate the partnership.
  • A third approach will be to use the fair value of the token for the swap without intervening in the market. This could be somewhat controversial as the current value of the swapped tokens is at a big discount.

Reposting from DXdao’s forum!

Thanks for putting this together @cmagan! You’ve laid out the overarching structure well and highlighted some of the trickier aspects. The mutual liquidity sharing and voting rights allocation are very interesting and could pave the way for other DAO-to-DAO interactions.

For me, this is the most important part to unpack next:

I’ve very excited for Omen on xDai and believe it will push Omen forward in a number of ways, but we need to think about what’s next after that. I think this partnership should be focused on a shared vision (and execution) of a future roadmap for Omen. Agreeing on this and the responsibilities seems like the crucial next step for the two DAOs to find agreement on this partnership.

Excited to explore further - perhaps we should set up a shared doc?


I strongly agree with @Powers point that the details of the Omen Partnership need to be established. I have a lot of questions here. In response to the same post in the DXdao forum, a member cut right to the chase in asking how would DXdao benefit? At the moment, I don’t see a compelling answer to this most important question.

For context, I work full time for DXdao. I don’t work directly on Omen but I am in close touch with the DXdao development team working on it. Those who have followed Omen for awhile might remember my pre-launch post about Omen from April of last year. Something I think most people don’t know is that my company Level K did some development work to prototype a Futarchy App, receiving a grant from Gnosis in 2018, and a pair of grants from Aragon in 2019 to continue the work. This futarchy app was built on the first version of Gnosis’s prediction market framework. My relationship with Gnosis goes back to Devcon 3 in 2017, as does my familiarity with their work.

In looking at this proposal I think any DXdao member (DXD and/or REP holder) should ask how would DXdao benefit? I have some observations that I think are important to note as the communities digest this proposal.

  1. DXdao funds a product development team that consists of one full time designer/product manager, 4 front-end web3 developers, and part time support from several others on product testing, communications, and operations.

  2. Omen is built on Gnosis’s Conditional Tokens Framework. If you look at the contributions to the codebase for this framework, you can see it has mainly been developed by Alan Lu, who, fun fact, is also credited with inspiring Uniswap’s constant product market maker design. Alan Lu is also the main developer behind the AMM used in Omen. Sadly for Omen and for Gnosis, Alan has decided to move on from crypto and has left Gnosis. He will be greatly missed! And his shoes will not be easy to fill. Maybe the number two contributor to the Conditional Token Framework, @StefanGeorge, will brush off the old keyboard :slight_smile:

  3. When Gnosis has aided Omen with front-end work in the past, it has been via funding a third party development shop, Protofire, to do the development work. This was important in developing the MVP of Omen that I wrote about back in April of last year. However, even then, this development shop was under the design direction of the current Omen designer @corkus. Protofire’s lead developer, who had the most relevant experience, moved on and Protofire hasn’t worked on Omen in many months. And finally, DXdao could always hire a development shop on its own.

  4. Over the past couple months when I have asked Gnosis how they would hope to contribute to future development of Omen, I have heard two answers.
    One is via the “upgrading” of the Conditional Tokens Framework to use ERC20 tokens rather than the ERC1155 tokens it uses now that even Gnosis isn’t convinced about, and to use Balancer contracts instead of the current custom Balancer-like AMM. While the Conditional Tokens Framework is potentially quite powerful, enabling chained “conditional” prediction markets and potentially futarchy, the current version of Omen utilizes only categorical and scalar markets. It is worth noting that the original version of Gnosis’s prediction markets enable both categorical and scalar markets, and do it with ERC20 tokens. This needs more exploration, but if the only upgrade is to enable ERC20 outcome tokens, then I think the best approach for DXdao might simply be to swap out the original framework for the Conditional Tokens Framework. Additionally, I believe the old one is actually quite a bit easier for developers to understand.
    The second answer is by helping with an integration of Gnosis Protocol V2, which will enable limit orders. Most DXdao members are familiar with the first version of Gnosis Protocol, as it powers Mesa, and most understand that this protocol has not received adoption for trading. With new scalability solutions and with ambitious plans for Gnosis Protocol V2, Gnosis may realize a vision of beating DEX aggregators on price and user experience. And in this case an integration with Omen could be quite useful. I would argue, however, that it is very much in GnosisDAO’s interest to support this integration, whether or not there is a partnership agreement regarding Omen. And therefore, this does not strike me as a unique value add for Omen.