Grant Proposal: The importante of The Grapht in the Web 3 era

Grant ID: 3cr4ctp

Summary:

The Graph is quite known among developers but does not have big aknowledge among average users.
This project will consist in a paper where I aim to analyze in detail The Graph protocol, explaining how it adds value and gives solutions to the crypto ecosystem.
The idea is to provide a full research in plain english so the project can be better understood by non specialist users.
This will include deep diving in web 3 sites architecture, and how The Graph works and relates with other components such as oracles.

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Are you applying as a team or individual?:
Individual

What type of grant are you pursuing?:
Project (one-off)

Please select the category your project best fits into:
Education

Please select who you think will benefit from your project?:
Other

How much funding are you looking for? (USD):
19200

Provide a breakdown of your requested funding:
The estimated budget for this project is $19.200.
This is because I plan to dedicate about 160 hours for this project. Taking into consideration my background and market rates I am quoting $120 per hour.
I would suggest to make 2 installments for the project: $10.000 at the begining and $9.600 upton approval of final version of the paper.

Have you applied for (or already received) funding from somewhere else?:
Yes

If yes, please describe where you’ve received funding from and how much you have, or will, receive:
I recently applied for other grant but not approved yet (as it was recently submitted).

What’s your vision for how your project will impact The Graph and/or web3?:
I think The Graph is an incredible project, but it does not have the proper recognition yet. I think most people do not fully understand the project.
If people understand The Graph it should see an exponential growth.

What can you share about any past work that is relevant to this grant?:
I think my background is relevant. I am currently working as Crypto Business Manager and advisor for a crowdfunding Real Estate company that is moving into web 3. Please see more info below.

Can you share any information about current/past web3 experience?:
I am a Lawyer (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Master in Finance (Universidad de San Andres, Argentina).

I worked as a lawyer for about 5 years before changing my career to Finance. I have been working several years now in Finance. I work as Content Manager and creator. Also I am a portfolio manager.

The first time I heard about bitcoin was in 2016. Since then I have been studying the field. I have been actively working with crypto for the last 2 years at least.

I am currently working as Crypto Business Manager and advisor at Simplestate, a crowdfunding Real Estate company that is evolving into web 3 (leading the transition from web 2 to web 3).

Also, I am the co-host of “Sin Intermediarios”, a crypto show on Youtube (in Spanish).

Why are you interested in contributing to The Graph and/or web3?:
Because I believe this is one of the most underrated projects and should be Top 10 in the future. It adds a lot of value to the ecosystem and it is very important to help people to understand its value, so it can continue growing in the future.




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Hello,

Thank you for submitting your grant application. After reviewing your grant, I have a few follow up questions for you:

  • You mentioned the market rate is what guided you towards requesting $120/hr. Can you please provide evidence that would support the conclusion that the market rate for this type of project is $120/hr?
  • Can you please provide any examples of previous work/papers that you have developed that would be similar to what you are proposing here?
  • Can you please list specifically what topics about The Graph you would be covering in this paper?

Looking forward to your responses!

Hi, thanks for your message and taking the time to review my proposal. Please kindly note my comments below:

  1. Regarding the rate of $120/h:
    I am leading the evolution into web 3 of a Real Estate company. I interviewed several software factories. We are working now with Protofire.
    Hourly rates range from $112,5 to $150 (taking into consideration the total fee, that includes base fee plus success fee). Unfortunately I am not able to disclose the contract with Protofire or other confidential information. However I understand Protofire works with The Graph as well. I do not know if rates are public, but I think it should be possible to verify this in case is necessary.
    As I have qualifications for the research (I am a Lawyer and Master in Finance) I am comparing myself with a Product Manager.

  2. Here in this link you can access my Master Thesis. It is a valuation of a company. Even it is not crypto related and it is in spanish, I think is a good example of my academic work:
    Repositorio Digital San Andrés: Valuación de Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

Here is a short article regarding Bitcoin tokenomics (in Spanish):

  1. I would like to dive into web 3 architecture, compared to web 2, go through the differences between apis and subgraphs, risks, possible pain points, benefits. Also what are the limitations of web 3 if not subgraphs are used, how subgraphs can help web 2 companies to start evolving into web 3.

I would like also to study in detail examples of web 3 protocols that are currentyl using subgraphs and derive conclusions from it.

Finally, even it is not 100% related, I would like to analyze GRT tokenomics, and how the usage of subgraphs could affect the price in the future.

Other topics could be suggested and included if necessary.

Please let me know if there are other questions.

Thanks again for your time.

Thank you for your reply @aberet. That’s all the questions I have.

Thank you for submitting the grant proposal! It is always so exciting to see and read through new ideas!

I would like to clarify this: is the recipient of the project supposed to be the potential dApp user or the future The Graph network participant? Because in the first case scenario, it would be very hard to interest and explain to the average non-technical user what is the Graph, how it works and how to use it, since they won’t be able to use it unless they become developers (but maybe that is the aim?). Also not every technical person is interested in how a particular dApp is constructed and does not give a single thought to the topic while using it. To convince that person to read a whole research paper is very unlikely, as I imagine it right now (if I’m wrong please don’t hesitate to correct me!). In the second case (The Graph network), it would make more sense to me, as there are more roles and activities to choose from either for technical or non-technical people (becoming a delegator for example).

Can you also explain where you are planning to publish the paper and if there are measures available to estimate the reach of the content?

Would it be possible to provide some samples of the content or any other papers you’ve produced so far but in the English language, as the proposed paper is to be created also in English?

Is the rate negotiable? We do not have any hourly rate limits established, but the average hourly rate of a Graph Advocate contributing as a content creator is more or less $30. It would mean that we would have to pay you 4x as much as we pay the folks who are there on a continuous basis and also have different educational and professional backgrounds.

Thank you in advance for clarifying the matters above!

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Hi Julianna, thanks for your message and please note my apologies for the delay in answering.

Please note below my comments:

  1. Recipients: I would not say it is the Dapp user itself. As I thought it the recipients would be primarly people new to the ecosystem whom are learning about crypto. It would include also web 2 developers that are interested in moving into web 3.

But the idea and the focus is to get more people involved with The Graph.

  1. Publishing plans: Honestly I did not think about this before. But I thought about it and I would propose the following:
  • To publish the main version in English but also to issue a version in Spanish.
    I work for a company that has a financial newsletter with more that 80.000 recipients and a private community for investors (more than 1200 members).
    I can easily get exposure to that audience (send an invitation to read my research via email) and also to Club members. On the other hand I could promote the paper in the Youtube Channel (currently 16.500 subscribers).
    I have means to get exposure to hispanic audiences.
    Regading English-speaking audiences I would reach different crypto communities. I would ask here some help from The Graph to have as much exposure as possible.

Regarding material in English I do not have any honestly. If this is a problem I could be prepare a short article about a crypto topic.

  1. Rate: I would be open to negotiate up to some extent. I could lower the rate to usd 100/h - 90/h but not more than that. To be honest that is because If I move forward with this project I will need to reject others.

Please let me know if you have any further questions. Many thanks and regards!

Thank you for your answers! Let’s wait for now for the pulse check from other community members :slight_smile:

Hello!

On the whole, I agree with Jualina’s point of view. Most of those who are in any way involved with The Graph do not understand what is going on inside or how things technically work.

It’s also hard to gauge the extent of this work and the grant as a whole within community outreach. Since your work will be a financial and technical study of the project, which for the average person who came to the project is simply not necessary.

To some extent, I agree that the rate is slightly overstated, although I do not work in the market conditions that you’re, so this is a subjective opinion.

Still, I will ask a few questions:

How can we assess that the work was done qualitatively? What results do you expect?

Why should we choose you and your grant? For an example in comparison, so that we can refer to some of the analytical platforms that operate in the crypto in the preparation of this research.

Thank you!

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