Oh no. Hopefully Zhu Su won’t abandon AAVE…
He is talking about coins. In particular he is talking about his twisted view that Ethereum has less utility than AVAX. I doubt he realises that that statement only works with exactly his twisted view, as most other people will probably read it differently.
Anyway, apart from CT drama:
I have no idea how anyone could think that AAVE doesn’t have “enough” utility as a token.
AAVE is a governance token. I.e. you, with your AAVE control the governance of the protocol. This includes the way the protocol takes in the future, as well as control over its use of revenue and usage of the treasury. Through the AAVE Grants DAO you also control the usage of funds to further an AAVE ecosystem.
AAVE is also a security token, helping to secure the solvency of the protocol through staking and gaining rewards for exactly that. The rewards being more than competitive when it comes to staking tokens.
Now to your proposal:
Yes, no doubt. This would add another use case.
In my opinion - just barely. You might have times of increased demand when the IDO is live, which will decrease thereafter. The only way to increase a sustainable demand, in which user would need to hold on to their AAVE is if you introduce a Binance-style mechanism in which you need to have a certain holding over a certain period to be eligible or to increase you buying power, as you suggested. A mechanism I personally never liked. It wouldn’t pull the USERS into the AAVE ecosystem, it would pull speculators in.
New token holders have immediately the same value and utility as existing token holders. If that is what you’re playing at. Otherwise this point is exactly the same as your first one - “increased utility”.
Yeah, to a point I agree.
Support can be given in many ways. Adding legitimacy is a good point. But it’s also a point where AAVE needs to be very careful. There would need to be reviews, KYC, etc. in place for this. That is a lot of work. Think AAVE Grants DAO only bigger and with more checks. Because there is a lot of support to be lost if you support a malicious project.
Not sure an IDO platform is needed for that. Subscription at Bankless would do the trick.
All in all, I’m not a big fan of the idea. If you think about it, it actually hinders a lot of people in participating in the IDO. Be it because they might not have the funds lying around to stake huge amounts of AAVE or be it that you actually form an “exclusive club” with that mechanism. I can’t find any reason to levy those restrictions on anybody except one thing: pump the AAVE price.
If users don’t see the value of the AAVE token, I can’t help them. This, in my opinion, won’t help for them to see.