Introducing the ‘Aragon Nest’ Grants Program


Aragon, the governance platform for decentralized organizations, has introduced a grants program to accelerate ecosystem development

Aragon, the governance platform for decentralized organizations, has announced a grants program for its community called ‘Aragon Nest’. Through monetary support, direct counsel from the Aragon team, and community oversight, ‘Aragon Nest’ will support and enable developers that want to build supporting infrastructure for Aragon and Ethereum.

“At Aragon, our aim is to make decentralized organizations happen. To achieve this vision, we have built an easy-to-use way for organizations to operate on the Ethereum blockchain. Building this vision, however, requires support from the whole ecosystem. We know there are some very talented people in our community and we want to support them in this endeavor through the ‘Aragon Nest’ grants program,” said Luis Cuende, Co-Founder and Project Lead at Aragon.

Aragon will work together with Placeholder Capital, a venture capital firm that specializes in crypto-assets, to introduce the ‘Aragon Nest’ grants program over the coming months. The program’s long-term goal is to support the community’s efforts around some of the most important challenges facing Aragon and Ethereum. Investing capital in building protocols or apps through this unique initiative fits Aragon’s strategic goals and showcases its dedication to the broader Ethereum community.

Placeholder is a venture capital firm that specializes in decentralized information networks that use tokens as incentives, and works closely with the teams it chooses to support. The firm was founded by Joel Monegro and Chris Burniske in August 2017, who both have years of experience evaluating crypto projects, and going forward will serve as advisors and companions in the crafting and orchestration of the ‘Aragon Nest’ program.

Submissions to the ‘Aragon Nest’ grants program from the community will be evaluated by an internal team comprised of representatives from both Aragon and Placeholder. All submissions will be focused on solving problems identified by the ‘Aragon Nest’ team along with the community. The review process thereafter will be completely transparent and community-led.

Aragon has the capital required to fund the development of its core protocol, and is using this grants program to extend the functionality of both Aragon and Ethereum. The program is seen as an essential component of the overall Aragon project, and as such, capital has been allocated from the Aragon Foundation to ensure it becomes a success.

Aragon will require that all code created within the grants program be published and licensed as open source. Any intellectual property created by participants in the course of the program will be owned by those participants.

“We are very thankful for all the support we have received and we want to give back to the community by funding the development of core pieces of infrastructure, developer tools and accessible products needed for the success of the Aragon and the overall Web3.0 vision. We are still in the early days and a lot has to be built in order to empower all the users of these technologies,” said Jorge Izquierdo, Co-Founder and Tech Lead at Aragon.

More information will be posted on the Aragon blog as the details become available. If you want to discuss the program with others, join the #nest channel on Aragon.Chat

The Aragon platform is available for Linux, MacOS, Windows and web browsers. For more information visit

Aragon Co-Founder and Project Lead Luis Cuende is available for interview

About Aragon:
Aragon is the governance platform for decentralized organizations. It provides everything you need to run an organization, bringing together features such as voting, fundraising, payroll and accounting capabilities under a unified interface. The vision of Aragon is to provide the tools for people to organize and create, regardless of religion, race, color or ethnicity.

About Placeholder:
Placeholder is a venture capital firm that invests in decentralized information networks that use tokens as incentives. The firm focuses on the governance and crypto-economics of the crypto-networks it chooses to support, and was founded by Joel Monegro, formerly of Union Square Ventures, and Chris Burniske, formerly of ARK Investment Management.

Luis Cuende, Co-Founder and Project Lead, Aragon:
Luis Cuende started his first free software project, an easy to use operating system based on Linux, at the age of 12. By 15 he had been named as the best underage European hacker by HackFwd. His first venture, Stampery, a blockchain data certification platform, was backed by the legendary venture capital firm Draper Associates, lead by Tim Draper, investor in companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, Skype and Baidu. Luis is also an Advisor to Primitive, a Silicon Valley-based company building the future of programming with Virtual Reality, has been listed by Forbes as one of the brightest tech entrepreneurs on their 30 Under 30 list, and by MIT as one of their Innovators under 35.

Jorge Izquierdo, Co-Founder and Tech Lead, Aragon:
Jorge is a curious hacker, creator of multiple apps for iOS, macOS and Pebble. He reached App Store’s #2 with his app Showy at the age of 16. He was awarded a WWDC scholarship twice by Apple as one of the most promising young app developers. Jorge is always tinkering with new tech and is already convinced about the decentralized future of the Internet. Since 2014 he has been building side crypto projects, such as a mesh network to fully decentralize the Internet. He spends his free time enhancing his drone, which he built from scratch.