Gabriel is a developer at Aragon One focused on building aragonSDK. He's already made significant contributions to Aragon's developer tooling as a member of Aragon Mesh, and we're incredibly excited to welcome him at Aragon One!
Great to have you, Gabriel! Please introduce yourself and let people know a bit about how you got involved with Aragon.
Hi, my name is Gabriel. I'm a developer at Aragon One. I joined the Ethereum community in late 2017 at the first ETHWaterloo event, since then, I got hooked, and I never looked back. I heard about Aragon at some point in 2018, but since ETHBuenosAires, I dove down the Aragon rabbit hole and have become increasingly more involved over the last two years. 🙌
What got you interested in blockchain technology to begin with?
I think it was cryptography. I've always liked it. Since my first encounter with cryptography in college, I found it intuitive and exciting. Then I learned that Bitcoin was built from the ground up using cryptography, so I decided to learn more about it. I read the whitepaper a few times before something clicked, and I started realizing the implications of solving a problem as big as double-spending. I found it fascinating how a simple concept can have such a profound impact on the lives of human beings.
Which aspects, in particular, do you find the most interesting about Ethereum?
I like how Ethereum unleashes unprecedented ways to interact with digital money. Things like DAI give everyone access to a stable digital currency. Better still, these new forms of money allow for rapid experimentation of monetary primitives, so the basic concepts of what money can be is always evolving. For example, a protocol like Compound built on top of DAI makes it possible for everyone to be a lender without the biological barriers of Dunbar's number. I believe we are barely scratching the surface of what this technology will allow us to experiment with.
Why do you think Aragon is relevant to society?
Aragon is solving one of the most relevant problems we are facing right now as a society: how to organize ourselves around common goals better. It is becoming more and more evident that the current power structures are not flexible enough for the full spectrum of interaction we need. In a world connected as ours, where the internet is the main platform for exchange, we need a better system. One piece of the system is Aragon Organizations, unstoppable digital organizations. Aragon Court will be another piece, a way for these organizations to solve disputes between each other. With these two in place, we will have a digital Jurisdiction, a significant step towards building a new system.
What are the biggest challenges you think you might face in your work in the near future?
I'll have to become a better developer that thinks about the big picture and architect complex systems. Thankfully, I'm not alone, I have been learning so much from the stellar team we have on Aragon One, and I'm super grateful to be here with them.
We will have to start thinking about how to deal with multiple blockchains at the same time. This introduces new challenges like managing deployments on several chains and keeping them in sync and staying mindful of the UX. I believe we will experience a kind of a paradigm shift from how we have been building on top of Ethereum thus far. Nonetheless, I'm sure that old issues will be solved and new ones will happen will pop up. In the end, the experience of using Aragon will improve dramatically, and I'm looking forward to stepping into this new world of possibilities.
What do you consider to be your best trait that will help you in your work at Aragon?
I’m committed to the project's success and vision. I want to live in a more fair world, and working on Aragon is the highest leverage thing I can do to achieve that objective.
On a more personal level, I’m always looking for ways to improve, I learn from my mistakes, I take responsibility for the present, and I plan for the future.
I would like to share a daily routine I use to keep on track. I took the idea from an article, and then I customized it to my own needs. I hope someone finds it helpful. It consists of filling a few standard questions when I wake up and before I go to bed.
🚫 Stop Doing It
What behaviors I would like to reaffirm:
What defines me as a person:
I’m grateful for...
🚨 Daily objectives
What did I learn today about my emotions, thoughts, and behaviors?
Think about what I would like to improve tomorrow:
Did I make a mistake? Have I done it before? Was it severe?
What are some of your hobbies and things you do for fun or relaxing?
I enjoy having a healthy routine, both mentally and physically. I try to do 10 minutes of meditation every day. Over the years, this habit has improved a lot of other areas in my life. I also do Crossfit. I was never able to commit fully to the gym until I found it. I think the energy you generate as a group during a class makes you push yourself mentally.
Lately, I have been thinking about philosophy a lot more than I would have expected a few years ago. I’m following two people: Sam Harris (on their app Waking Up) and Jordan Peterson (on his youtube channel and book). I think they are great thinkers in our time.
I also have been reading and listening to audiobooks much more than I have before. Since I discovered audible, my productivity on reading increased like 10x. These are my favorite books from the last year:
- Principles by Ray Dalio
- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
- Tribe of mentors by Tim Ferris
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Own the day own your Life by Aubrey Marcus
There’s a lot of work to do. What are the things you cannot wait to work on?
I would like to improve how power users and devs leverage our technology. We have been building an awesome set of tools, and I want to make sure every piece is doing what it was meant to. I also want to work toward bringing non-engineer DAO architects to greater prominence.