Sarcophagus is a decentralized “dead man’s switch” allowing users to set instructions to be carried out by a smart contract if the user is incapacitated. And it just raised $5.47 million in a unique fashion: by selling DAO tokens to VCs, a clever combination of traditional VC fundraising and the bleeding-edge DAO approach that typically circumvents VCs.
The $5.47 million, announced on Thursday, comes from VC firms Greenfield One, Placeholder, Inflection, Lattice, Infinite, LD Capital, Hinge Capital, Blockchange, Coral DeFi Investments, Blockchain.com Ventures, Lo Enterprises, Compound VC, and several angel investors. Arweave, the decentralized storage solution, also invested.
Sarcophagus launched its ERC-20 utility token SARCO in January 2021 and was one of the projects included in token sale platform CoinList’s spring 2021 seed batch, where CoinList promotes early-stage crypto projects that are not yet doing token sales. Sarcophagus then formed a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) last summer.
By first building out a DAO with the usual crypto community members and anons, then getting capital from VCs by making them DAO members, Sarcophagus got to have its crypto cake and eat it too.
The Sarcophagus protocol works by giving a person a series of actions to complete to verify they are alive. The deadman’s switch is triggered if the person does not perform the actions.
A user creating their “sarcophagus” provides the Ethereum address that accesses a file when the protocol is triggered. They also include a recipient's public address and date at which to try opening the sarcophagus.
The Sarcophagus protocol uses third-party incentivized node operators the service calls “archaeologists” that are paid in SARCO tokens to maintain the network. The agreement between users, called “embalmers,” and archaeologists is called the “curse” and “resurrection” is when the outer layer of the sarcophagus will be executed if the user does not complete the attestations.
The protocol executes contracts on Ethereum and places the data on Arweave. In September, Sarcophagus also offered a Gitcoin bounty to bridge their token to Solana, Polygon, and other Layer 2 chains.
There are multiple use cases beyond just sending someone your coins after you die. If you have important files you want to store and want them released if something happens to you Sarcophagus is a great solution.
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