Aragon, a pioneering open-source platform for initiating decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), is set to debut its signature application and modular protocol, Aragon OSx, on Coinbase’s newly introduced blockchain infrastructure, Base. This strategic move aims to facilitate the creation of DAOs without the need for intricate developer skills.
In a conversation with Decrypt, Anthony Leutenegger, Aragon’s Head of Growth, emphasized the strategic alignment of the company’s tools with Base’s potential to attract a substantial influx of users into the blockchain realm. By leveraging the capabilities of Base, Aragon seeks to empower DAOs to flourish within a thriving ecosystem.
Base, Coinbase’s Ethereum Layer-2 network, launched on August 9, garnering considerable attention as users swiftly transitioned their assets to the novel environment. While initially under Coinbase’s incubation, Base’s future trajectory entails progressive decentralization.
Leutenegger underscored the practicality of Aragon’s tools, accessible via Base, in establishing and managing DAOs. These entities, prevalent within the DeFi landscape, enable members to partake in funding decisions and project direction through democratic voting processes. Traditional DAO operation often necessitates substantial programming knowledge, a limitation that Aragon intends to overcome by streamlining the process through reduced code requirements.
By alleviating these barriers, Aragon envisions enabling non-developer individuals to effectively oversee organizations, thus facilitating a transition to on-chain operations. This user-friendly approach holds the potential to significantly expedite broader adoption of blockchain technology.
Amid the pursuit of enhanced decentralization, Aragon has faced its share of challenges, including a setback in its governance token (ANT) due to a “51% attack.” Additionally, recent reports alluded to potential financial missteps and internal conflicts, although these claims have been met with clarifications and corrections from involved parties.
Leutenegger refrained from addressing these specific allegations, emphasizing Aragon’s commitment to advancing product development. He highlighted the platform’s substantial contribution to over 1,500 DAO launches in the past two months alone, emphasizing its ongoing endeavors to simplify interactions between DAOs and external applications, akin to the innovations being introduced through the Base integration.