September 8th, 2022

The online transition has meant the virtualization of the physical—freed from the constraints of geography, distance, sight—our actions and impulses become digital through keyboards and cameras and microphones; input thoughts become signals speeding through cables.

This process strips away the context of our being—the obvious physical facts of our appearance, age, and history that make us who we are. This transformation is double-edged, both the root source of joyous online anonymity and a persistent thorn in the key vital of identity. Online interaction is novel, but identity is needed all the same to keep track, to keep score, to allow reliable reputable commerce, organizational structure, and social interactions.

Web1 was relatively identity-less, at least compared with the tidal wave of KYC, identification software, and document digitalization that arrived with Web2. The transition to Web3—with its expectation of improved data privacy, data custody, default encryption, and a “sufficient” level of decentralization—further removes us from legacy methods of tracking identification.

Here it is useful to winnow the broader discussion of identity down to “digital identity”, the identity created and used once a user is already online (and onboarded to whatever network).  Email, social media profiles, bank accounts. Things you log into and assume to carry out your online behaviors. Web3 has shifted the frontier from the creation and securing of these to the iteration and improvement of digital identity itself.

August 17th, 2022

Relay is missing something. We created the initial encrypted wallet messaging products on XMTP, but there’s an issue everyone encounters.

Who is messaging me?
Who is this 40 hexadecimal character address? or who is this ENS name?

So we made something better than sleuthing through Etherscan for context.

Introducing Relay Profiles, an aggregator of your web3 identity.

July 26th, 2022

There are many times where a user sees a wallet address or ENS name on a page and wants to send a message to that address--NFT sales, POAP events, DAO activities, etc--yet the website has no form of chat and there’s no way to find the user elsewhere.

Introducing Relay Receiver, a no-code wallet chat that websites can implement to easily establish web3 communication between two users or between a user and the site.

Importantly, Receiver keeps users on-site for messaging. It eliminates the common case of someone leaving and then never completing a signup or finishing a trade.

As Receiver is connected to the website, it allows notifications and updates to be sent directly to the user wallet.

July 20th, 2022

daopanel rebrands as Relay, the place to control your web3 life. The wallet encrypted chat client relay.cc is usable right now.

July 2nd, 2022

The connection between artists and their fans is special, brimming with exchanges of energy, intimacy, and gratitude. Fans want to reward artists, and artists want to give fans experiences that are unique, personal, and meaningful.

This is why we created Broadcasts, a first-of-its-kind messaging feature from Relay that allows artists and musicians to broadcast and reach their audience directly and privately, targeted to holders of their NFTs that were distributed to fans through online sales, physical albums, concert tickets, or however artists choose.

The scarce ownership of NFTs forms a new corridor of value creation that grants artists the ability to focus on a core fanbase directly. With NFTs as a "super subscription” that creates dynamic membership clubs, artists have freedom of creativity in how they curate the fan experience. Fans holding artist NFTs can receive concert tickets, early access to merch, invites to meet-and-greets, airdrops, giveaways, and special content like secret songs, artwork and music videos.

Relay’s Broadcasts allow this communication from artists to NFT holders to be done natively, in a one-to-many broadcast that feels personal to fans. Artists can specifically message holders of their NFT collection, reaching these super-fans without relying on central platforms or the manual creation of something like an NFT Discord server.

June 17th, 2022

One week out from the launch of relay.cc, the time is right to share a roadmap and our views on how Relay will support and affect the DAO ecosystem.

DAOs adapt to changing conditions through the proposal process, with members drafting and passing high-value proposals that impact DAO operations. The lifecycle of a proposal is comprised mainly of a few people drafting it, a small amount of people discussing it, and a larger number of people voting on it.

The inefficiencies and pain points in this process are causing DAO frameworks to trend towards greater decision-making power for smaller groups of delegates. Empowering delegate agency allows DAOs to pass successful proposals with greater velocity, and in turn the DAO demands more accountability and expert knowledge from delegates.

Relay aims to be the communication medium delegates use and trust to govern well. A combination of communication, tracking, and reputation solutions will equip delegates with the tools needed to have productive and authentic rapport with DAO members and contributors.

June 8th, 2022

This is Relay, here to say Hello!

Today we are launching the first encrypted and decentralized wallet-to-wallet chat, usable now at relay.cc with the code open-source at github.com/daopanel/relay.

Built on top of XMTP, Relay is a foundational piece of our public goods governance infrastructure. Panel is focused on building tools for delegates to govern well, and there is a requirement for uncensorable and private web3 communication for the DAO decision makers. Internal subjects such as treasury movement, DAO to DAO token swaps, and delegate messaging should be encrypted and be done with your ENS or wallet identity, with complete privacy.

Of course Relay is usable by anyone for any reason, with some use-cases highlighted below.