Tim Draper Buys 2.5% of Aragon Tokens, Becomes Governance Whale

Venture capitalist Tim Draper now controls about 2.5 percent of ANT, the token behind Aragon Network’s digital court system.

AccessTimeIconFeb 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 12:19 p.m. UTC

Venture capitalist Tim Draper has taken a 1 million ANT stake (worth about $760,000 at press time) in Aragon, a decentralized governance project that began on ethereum. 

The move, disclosed in a press release Wednesday, gives Draper control of about 2.5 percent of Aragon’s total token supply. Draper is a long-time crypto evangelist and serial project backer.

The Switzerland-based Aragon Association is attempting to build a digital judicial system for decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and its own Aragon network. Any ANT holder with 1,000 tokens can participate in “Aragon Court,” which went into session for the first time on Feb. 10 with a controversial mock trial of ethereum classic dev Yaz Khoury.

Aragon Association Executive Director Luis Cuende said Draper came on board after seeing the Aragon court go live. 

“I think the recent launch of Aragon Court and the realization that Aragon can be to governance what bitcoin (BTC) is to money” prompted Draper to join, Cuende said.

Draper did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Draper’s eponymous VC firm had previously invested in Cuende’s email immutability startup Stampery. Cuende said that relationship helped Draper get involved Aragon.

Draper will also sit on Aragon’s advisory board, according to Cuende.

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