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How to Use Tools to Create a DAO

How to Use Tools to Create a DAO

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Written by Frederik B

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Reviewed by Brady Werkheiser

Published on 2022-12-022 min read

Creating a DAO doesn't have to be a manual process. A set of tools facilitate the creation of DAOs, making it possible for anyone to launch one with relative ease.

These tools include features like raising funds, paying contributors, governing the organization, and managing reputation.

Some of the most popular tools for creating DAOs include Aragon, DAOstack, DAOhaus, and Colony. The differences between these tools mostly come down to the level of decentralization they offer, the cost of actions like voting, and the focus of the team behind the tool.

Aragon is perhaps the most well-known tool for creating DAOs. It's an open-source platform that anyone can use to create and manage a DAO, with a focus on being as decentralized as possible.

How to Create a DAO using Aragon

Here is a simple 6-step process to create the DAO:

Step 1. Visit the Aragon Govern Website

The first step is to visit the Aragon Govern website and connect your MetaMask wallet when prompted.

Step 2. Begin Creating the DAO

To being the process of creating a DAO, now click the big blue "Create DAO" button in the top-right of the page, which you can see below.

Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool
Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool

Step 3. Personalize the DAO

To personalize the DAO, enter basic information like the name of the DAO, the DAO token name and symbol, and the number of symbols.

Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - How to Personalize the DAO
Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - How to Personalize the DAO

Step 4. Configure the DAO

Add configuration details like the execution delay, rules/agreement of the DAO.

Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - How to Configure the DAO
Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - How to Configure the DAO

Step 5. Provide Collateral Details

Provide collateral addresses that can schedule or challenge transactions. The collateral is required to schedule or challenge any transaction. When entering your collateral addresses make sure you double check that everything is correct, otherwise incorrect addresses may lock your DAO.

Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - Provide Collateral Addresses
Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - Provide Collateral Addresses

Step 6. Review the DAO Details to Create

Last but not least, you need to review the information. Again it's important you make sure all the details you've provided are correct so you are not locked out of the DAO. Once you have double checked everything and are happy to continue, click "Confirm and create your DAO" at the bottom of the page.

Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - Confirm and Create Your DAO
Aragon Govern DAO Creation Tool - Confirm and Create Your DAO

That's it you've now created a DAO. It's really that simple to create a DAO with Aragon. The steps for doing so with the other tools are similar, although not all tools are as "point-and-click" as Aragon.

List of DAO creation tools

In addition to Aragon, there are many alternative DAO Creation tools including:

  • Colony - a flexible and easy-to-use framework forand running DAOs. It provides everything an organization needs to operate on-chain

  • DAOstack - an open source software stack for DAOs advancing the technology and adoption of decentralized governance.

  • Openlaw - an open-source and low code framework that enables peer-to-peer legal agreements. This reduces the friction of the overwhelming journey that people experience in creating their first DAO.

  • Tribute - known as the next generation DAO framework, designed to make DAOs easy to assemble, and removes the complexity of DAO core contract deployment.

  • Charmverse - a Web3 operations platform for a simple creation and management of typical DAO tasks.

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