The Graph Council - Meeting #16 Notes

Council members value transparency and have agreed to follow Chatham House Rules for sharing meeting notes. On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, The Graph Council held its 16th meeting.


Council Members (“Members”)
Brandon Ramirez
Gary Morris
Jim Cousins
Santiago Palladino
Spencer Noon
Yaniv Tal
Yondon Fu

The Graph Foundation
Eva Beylin, Director, The Graph Foundation (the “Foundation”)

Observer and Note Taker
Observer: Jeremy Sklaroff, Edge & Node Ventures, Inc. (“Edge & Node”)
Note taker: Oliver Zerhusen, the Foundation

Council Business
The meeting commenced at 11:02 am PDT


Grant Discussions

The Members reviewed additional due diligence performed on a potential grant for a team focused on subgraph, protocol R&D and smart contracts development. The Members agreed to proceed with next steps for this grant.

One Foundation member presented a detailed scope of work for every milestone of another subgraph tooling grant initiative. One Member highlighted the distinct benefits this grant would provide to attract more web2 developer talent and GraphQL expertise into web3 and also to The Graph. The Members agreed to proceed with next steps for this grant to vote async for these grants to be able to include members missing from this meeting.

User Council Seat

One Foundation member presented a short list of four candidates for a User Council Member seat and the diligence performed thus far. The Members agreed that the Council would benefit from stronger representation for both subgraph development and consumer experience. The Members weighed pros and cons of the different candidates relative to that mandate. The Members agreed to proceed with next steps with select candidates from that short list.

Expanded Community Engagement

One Member suggested to involve more domain expertise from the community to be included as input in future Council decisions. Such involvement would continue to enfranchise more active community members to participate in governance decisions. The Council would equally benefit from additional input on more complex decisions when domain experts weigh in with their perspectives. The Members agreed to proceed with evaluating potential models for this proposal.

Council Meeting Schedule

One Member raised the question to re-evaluate scheduling for Council Meetings going forward. The Members agreed that the current frequency (bi-weekly) seems appropriate at this point, but may have the potential to be reduced if a model for expanded community engagement were to be implemented. The Members agreed to reassess the best time and day of the week for Council Meetings to optimize alignment with individual Member’s schedules.