DAOs vs Traditional Corporate Structures: Finding Balance in the Crypto World

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The rise of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) in the crypto world has been seen as a means for users to become their own banks, with investors playing a central role in managing these entities. However, the question remains: Can DAOs truly replace traditional corporate structures, or is centralization necessary for success in the market? This question is at the heart of the ongoing discussion within the Hector Network community, a decentralized finance (DeFi) project that recently met to discuss the possibility of adopting a more centralized future.

The Hector Network is facing a governance dilemma, like many other DAOs within the crypto industry. These organizations, which were initially seen as bastions of decentralization, are grappling with the practicalities of operating as a genuinely decentralized entity in a world dominated by established businesses, legal complications, and regulatory issues. As Dali, a lawyer from the tech law firm Sparring, stated during a recent meeting, it is naive for DAOs to believe that they can successfully run an organization with tens of millions in their treasuries without proper expertise.

Dali suggests that a professional organization, led and managed by competent individuals with experience in specific areas and who can dedicate their time to the entity they work for, is the more effective solution. In response to concerns raised by some HEC token holders, Dali asserted that community approval votes for decisions made by a “steering committee” made up of Hector Network’s existing leaders could provide the necessary checks and balances to protect against potential conflicts of interest.

While the ideals of decentralization may sound appealing, there are practical reasons why DAOs like Hector need a legal framework in place for practical operations. Forming partnerships, hiring contractors, and navigating lawsuits are all more feasible within a formal organizational structure than a DAO. Dali warns that without adopting a more formal structure through the proposed HIP 40 legislation

Source: Coindesk

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