Hello Metaverse podcast

Alex Zhang: Mayor of FWB

Spola tillbaka 15 sekunder
Spola framåt 15 sekunder

If you’ve been plugging into the world of DAOs lately, you’ve certainly heard of FWB (Friends with Benefits DAO). In many ways, FWB is the cool kid on the block, the connector that taps into all the right scenes. It’s brought creatives, artists, technologists, builders, and anyone who’s in the intersection of culture and web3 together. What differentiates FWB from any other social clubs or scenes, is that like any other DAO, its members have a shared bank account, powered by the blockchain. It makes decisions on how they want to operate, what initiatives they want to pursue, and how they want to spend their money collectively as a community. 

Alex Zhang, who has probably the coolest job title I know, is the Mayor of FWB. With extensive experience as a community builder, particularly for global communities with large budgets and corporate structures, he’s eager to disrupt that existing model and define what a more organic member driven governance structure looks like. He takes inspiration from fields like urban planning, architecture and organizational design to inform what a more robust, organized, and well-run DAO could look like. 

In the episode, we talk about the genesis story of FWB, how it became such a successful social club. We also explore future possibilities for DAOs, including how it can expand more into facilitating irl (in real life) connections, building vertically integrated tools, and growing to become more like cities rather than intimidating Discord channels. 


Alex Zhang is the mayor of FWB DAO, a worldwide group of cultural creators, thinkers, and builders who convene digitally and IRL to collaboratively shape Web3’s future. Previously, he was the president of Summit, an ecosystem that connects and nourishes global creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. He aspires to be the Jane Jacobs of DAOs. 


[2:00] What is FWB and its genesis story?

[8:45] What experiences and skills help shape you for this role?

[16:00] Urban planning principles and how it applies to DAOs

[20:30] If DAOs become governed like cities, where does decentralization come into play?

[25:40] How important is the physical/irl presence of DAOs?

[31:30] What social tools are FWB building? Could they ever replace existing social media platforms?

[35:20] How to attract people to a social club? What does it mean to sit in the intersection of culture x tech x people?

[38:30] Highlights of FWB thus far

Fler avsnitt från "Hello Metaverse"