Web3 is an inevitable future, an operating system upgrade for innovation that will eventually replace the old system — even for industries and problems that right now feel out of reach. We can accelerate that future and shape this transition, but to do that we need to build. We need to build useful, valuable, kick-ass products.
Building great products in web3 will require merging the old and the new. It will require unprecedented collaboration, and knowing what to keep and what to change from how we've built products so far. How can great product teams form and thrive in this new paradigm of DAOs and decentralized collaboration? How can we attract missionaries, not mercenaries?
This huge problem space became the spark for Lighthouse, a digital organization that is fully focused on builders, and what it means to build great products in web3. We want to be a beacon for product excellence, a lighthouse that helps DAOs navigate uncharted seas. We are following in the footsteps of great industrial and software design that has come before us, and to translate that into how DAOs can build great products.
Lighthouse will work independently and in partnership with leading DAOs, developing projects and products that help DAOs move towards product excellence much faster. To do that Lighthouse will work at multiple leverage points: building products, protocols, and knowledge, deploying funding, and more. We will apply skills and best practices developed over decades―high-trust, autonomous cross functional teams, simple org structures, relentless user experience focus, clear problem statements, and people who are hungry to create.
We kick things off small and nimble, but with impossibly big ambitions. We are launching our first product, Backdrop, as an open beta today. Backdrop is the interface for exploring people’s work in web3 — their contributions and the collaborators and organizations they work with. We are thrilled to evolve with the ecosystem as people get more connected, and their contributions to DAOs become more visible, verifiable, and useful.
To maintain focus, Lighthouse will work in seasons, each with clearly defined teams, projects and objectives. The first season has been shaped up by the founding members and partners, but as we expand this process will become more open and collaborative.
We have two objectives for S01:
Backdrop relies on the quality and depth of on-chain data and will evolve as the ecosystem evolves. Our aim is not just to build an interface for people’s work in web3; we also want to help build the underlying graph so that others can build on it as well. Here’s where we’re focused with the beta:
It's still early days, and we want to listen to the community. So, you can take Backdrop for a spin and let us know what you want to see us build next.
On the organization side, we are focused on 3 core things:
Throughout S01 we will put in place all that is necessary to let token owners participate more actively and inform priorities for our S02. More information on that soon.