In the 10th episode of Web3 on Fire, Rob engages in a deep and insightful discussion with Kush Agarwal, the co-founder of Samudai. As they navigate the intricacies of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), Kush's insights and experiences in the Web3 domain take center stage.
Listen to the episode below:
Kush's journey into Web3
Kush's introduction to Web3 was not just a mere coincidence. During college, he organized a seminar on smart contracts and Ethereum, which ignited his passion. His internship, focused on creating a decentralized YouTube on IPFS and Filecoin, provided a hands-on experience. The Ethereum India Fellowship was a turning point, where he met James from CoLab. Their discussions and James' mentorship solidified Kush's commitment to Web3.
The genesis of Samudai
Teaming up with co-founder Navin, Kush embarked on the journey to create Samudai. Despite the challenges of bootstrapping without external funding, their vision and determination led to the platform's steady growth. The name "Samudai," rooted in the Hindi word "Samaj," meaning community, perfectly encapsulates their mission to foster community-driven initiatives in the Web3 space.
Samudai's vision and features
Samudai, as Kush elaborates, is more than just a tool. It's an ecosystem that integrates with platforms like Discord, Google Calendar, and Safe. Transparency is at its core, fostering active community participation. Features like verifiable credentials and ENS domain direction are not just add-ons but essential components that redefine online identity in the Web3 space.
Discovery and onboarding in Samudai
Kush emphasizes the importance of discoverability in DAOs. Samudai bridges the gap, connecting DAOs with potential contributors. The platform's intuitive onboarding, tailored for different user roles, ensures a seamless integration. Active participation is not just encouraged but rewarded, fostering a vibrant and dynamic community.
Challenges in building for Web3
Building for Web3 presents its own set of challenges. Kush shares the hurdles they faced, from ensuring compatibility across DAO tools to maintaining user-friendliness without compromising on security. He and his team at Samudai are constantly innovating to ensure that user-friendliness and security go hand in hand.
The future of DAOs and Web3
As the conversation winds down, Kush shares his reflections on the future trajectory of DAOs. He envisions a world where decentralized platforms like Samudai play a pivotal role in shaping online collaborations, fostering genuine connections, and championing decentralized governance.
Reflecting on the journey, Kush believes that the true potential of Web3 is still untapped. As pioneers like him continue to innovate, the boundaries of what's possible will expand. Samudai, with its vision and commitment, stands at the forefront of this revolution, promising a future where online collaborations are transparent, decentralized, and community-driven.