Visa-Affiliated Anchorage Launches New MakerDAO Governance Voting Platform

  • Anchorage’s new platform is called Anchorage Governance, supporting MKR token holders.
  • Co-founder and Anchorage president Diogo Monica expressed that there are other projects presently in the works for this institutional custody provider.

MakerDAO’s Maker (MKR) is the first cryptocurrency to get inclusion into the newly released governance voting platform by Anchorage cryptocurrency custody provider.

Anchorage, an institutional custody provider, is working to increase voter turnout for the Maker platform. In doing so, they have launched a new on-chain governance platform for the MKR token holders, which was recently announced on Thursday by Anchorage. Reported by The Block, Anchorage stated that the new Anchorage Governance will be allowing any of their clients with MKR tokens to participate in a vote with Multi-Collateral Dai (MCD). It also allows them to participate in any subsequent executive votes.

The platform is months in the making, though it is exclusively meant for executive votes, rather than polling, according to co-founder and Anchorage president Diogo Monica. Anchorage clients, like Polychain and Paradigm, have the opportunity to vote on decisions like the changes to the Stability Fee, along with other governance matters.

Rune Christensen, the founder of MakerDAO, stated,

“It's important to the success of MakerDAO that Anchorage clients who hold MKR can vote easily and securely, and we look forward to increased asset holder participation as a result.”

Kevin Yedid-Botton, the principal at ParaFi Capital (a client of Anchorage), added to this sentiment, stating,

“It is our duty to participate in governance decisions that affect the DeFi [decentralized finance] ecosystem and digital credit markets.”

Anchorage clarified that their clients possess “significant” holdings in this token, which is why they believe that the new voting platform will have a major impact on the future voter turnout of these governance issues. Still, as research analyst Matteo Leibowitz for The Block pointed out, there’s no guarantee that the correct decision making will be made with these higher voter turnouts.

Monica noted,

“We are agnostic on which way our clients vote on any given issue.” Still, the institutional investors involved are “strongly incentivized to make the best decisions for the health of the networks they invest in because they have so much at stake.”

Along with Anchorage, Coinbase Custody already has a governance voting platform that involves MKR holders.

However, Monica said,

“Coinbase’s model involves moving assets from a cold storage key into a proxy smart contract, which is controlled by a hot wallet…and is more exposed to risk.” On the other hand, Monica pointed out that “our model does not use hot wallets or cold storage, and therefore we do not need to use a proxy smart contract.”

Since it is becoming more common for Tezos, EOS, and similar protocols to establish on-chain governance, Anchorage hopes to support “many more” crypto assets going forward.

When pressed for more details, Monica told The Block,

“Right now we’re highly focused on supporting several major new projects that are yet to launch, so that our clients will be supported on day one.”

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