[Approved] NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces - Monthly Funding Request (November)

Astro DAO LINK: https://app.astrodao.com/dao/marketing.sputnik-dao.near/proposals/marketing.sputnik-dao.near-571?fromCreate=true

Project Name: NEAR at NIGHT

Link: https://twitter.com/NEAR_at_NIGHT

Funding: 1 Month of Twitter Spaces (16 total sessions)


Following a highly successful month of NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces in September, we are excited to continue the NEAR at NIGHT mission into November. Reference last months report here.

A consistent community presence on Twitter Spaces is extremely important for onboarding new users from other blockchains. Twitter Spaces also act as a primary source of information and community interaction for many people in Web3. We are proud to provide this presence for the NEAR ecosystem.


After spearheading NEAR at NIGHT in August, we received grant funding support from the Marketing DAO to continue these efforts for the month of September. On (10/3/22), we submitted our report that outlined the last month of NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces. We hosted 16 Twitter Spaces sessions as planned in the proposal; Monday - Thursday, every week, from 9/5 to 10/3.

NEAR at NIGHT served as a platform for Founders and team members of NEAR native projects to showcase what they are building and discuss upcoming roadmap milestones. Additionally, we covered the latest updates and news from all facets of the NEAR ecosystem. NEAR at NIGHT is a node for the NEAR community to stay up to date and involved with the NEAR ecosystem. Also, the NEAR community grew closer to one another as bonds were formed by hanging out together during NEAR at NIGHT.

Professionally structured Twitter Spaces for the NEAR community, by the NEAR community, is one of the highest impact community-led marketing activities that exists at this time.

Project Description:

NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces is a safe space for people to speak their mind about issues they see in the NEAR ecosystem. Founders provide updates on approaching milestones for their respective projects. The community receives information on how to participate in community-led marketing efforts. Community members are forming strong connections as we hangout and talk to each other after a long day of work.

NEAR at NIGHT has scaled to its own Twitter account; enabling more people to take on host roles as we grow to accommodate multiple time zones. Also, we have diversified the timing of certain NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces to ensure any NEAR Project can be a guest regardless of their geographic location.

Once a week NEAR at NIGHT will focus solely on providing updates for the progress of the NEAR Digital Collective (NDC). The NEAR community is the backbone of the NDC. NEAR at NIGHT will help give the NEAR community a voice to express their thoughts and concerns with the NDC as the framework is being created.


We held 16 NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces from 9/5 - 10/3, with an average time of 70 minutes per session and an average of 106 viewers. We totaled 1700 views for the month of September. We anticipate continued growth in these statistics as we scale NEAR at NIGHT month by month.

So far, we have already scheduled 14 separate NEAR native projects, communities, or NEAR Foundation representatives to be guests at NEAR at NIGHT this month!

  • 10/5: Ample Stream
  • 10/6: V-Self Wallet
  • 10/11: Tradeport
  • 10/13: Playible
  • 10/17: NEAR Tinker Union
  • TBD: Octopus Network
  • TBD: Hermes Protocol (Hackathon)
  • TBD: NEAR Vietnam Hub
  • TBD: NEAR India Hub
  • TBD: Niche Protocol
  • TBD: Alex Scharrer
  • TBD: My Constant - Battle Boars
  • TBD: Here Wallet
  • TBD: Gamespack

Requested Funds:

We are requesting funding for 1 month (4 weeks, Mon-Thurs) of NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces from the date (In November) we receive funding. Total of 16 QTY NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces.

16 QTY NEAR at NIGHT Twitter Spaces per month at a total cost of $4,424.00 (1196 NEAR)

$276.50 (75 NEAR) per Spaces session

See below breakdown of costs including 1 host, 2 co-hosts and 1 researcher

Breakdown of David Leer time:

  • Research / Create Agenda: 1 hour per day
  • Coordination: 30 minutes per day
  • Host Spaces: 1 hour per day

Breakdown of Brandon Cantu time:

  • Research / Create Agenda: 1 hour per day
  • Coordination: 30 minutes per day
  • Co-Host Spaces: 1 hour per day

Breakdown of Zach Harmon time:

  • Research / Create Agenda: 45 min per day
  • Co-Host Spaces: 1 hour per day

Breakdown of Şenay Akdemir Bükrek time:

  • Research / Create Agenda: 1 hour per day
  • Coordination: 1 hour per day

Breakdown of NEAR Giveaway:

Giveaway 5 NEAR ($18.50 USD) to a random attendee at every NEAR at NIGHT

20N ($74.00) per week, total of 80N ($296.00 USD) per month


Hosting giveaways is a great way to bring more people into NEAR at NIGHT. The giveaways from NEAR at NIGHT last month proved to be highly effective in growing and maintaining our listener base.

The plan is to host a 5 NEAR giveaway in every NEAR at NIGHT session. This is 20 NEAR per week and 80 NEAR total per month.

Continued Impact:

NEAR at NIGHT is now the main social landing zone for the NEAR community to assemble on a daily basis. Community members finally feel like they have a voice to discuss issues and ask questions about NEAR. Strong friendships and connections are being formed. People are learning how to get involved with NEAR marketing efforts. Founders have a platform to give the community consistent updates on their project milestones.

We are working closely with NEAR native project founders, artists and creators to coordinate attendance for speaking at NEAR at NIGHT on a daily basis. This brings awareness to upcoming project milestones and activates the community to support the various project’s marketing efforts.

NEAR at NIGHT is expanding to multiple sessions per day to accommodate different time zones. We are searching for leaders in the NEAR ecosystem who live in different geographical locations to become hosts for NEAR at NIGHT. When we accomplish this, NEAR will finally have a regular presence on Twitter Spaces similar to the other L1 ecosystems.

Success Measurements:

Measure growth and retention in listener attendance

Consistent attendance from important figures within the NEAR ecosystem including Founders, NEAR Foundation, NEAR Marketing DAO, NEAR Core, etc. to speak with the community and deliver valuable information that listeners want to come back to.

Survey attendees monthly to determine the effectiveness of NEAR at NIGHT and request feedback on how to improve.

Wallet: trovelabs.near

Owner: David & Brandon


Host: David Leer

Co-Hosts: Zach Harmon, Brandon Cantu

Research: Şenay Akdemir Bükrek

Social Links:

Trove Labs Projects - Twitter Links:

David Leer - Host & Coordination

David is the Co-Founder of Trove Labs; developer of NEAR native projects Jump DeFi & NEKO.

David began investing into crypto seriously in 2020; learning how to utilize DeFi to reach financial freedom. David started making crypto content in 2021 to teach others about DeFi and NFTs.

David was a first mover in many alt-layer 1 ecosystems before discovering NEAR in December 2021. At that time, David realized NEAR Protocol is special and he decided to devote his life to building in the ecosystem. David transitioned from a career in engineering to focus on Jump DeFi, NEKO, and the growth of the NEAR Protocol ecosystem full time. David is a passionate leader who works hard to empower people within the NEAR Protocol community.

As host of NEAR at NIGHT, David is responsible for maintaining engaging conversation through the duration of the Twitter Spaces. David moderates the conversation to ensure all speakers feel safe to speak their mind. Additionally, David participates in daily research for the NEAR at NIGHT agenda and coordinates with Şenay to schedule project Founders to attend as speakers. Finally, David is leading the charge on scaling NEAR at NIGHT to multiple sessions per day by finding responsible leaders within the NEAR ecosystem to become hosts at different time zones.

Zach Harmon - Co-Host

Zach Harmon has been in the crypto space as a participant/consumer for over 3 years. In January 2022 he transitioned to a more active role building in the crypto community; specifically on NEAR Protocol. Zach has a degree in Education and a passion for helping people learn. The crypto space can be extremely difficult for newcomers, Zach and his partners are working to make the transition from web2 to web3 easier. Zach has worked with NEARNFTDAO and he is a core member of the WGMI Solutions Team working with various projects on Web3, Funding, and Marketing Solutions.

As Co-Host of NEAR at NIGHT, Zach helps lead conversation and build out the daily Spaces agenda. Zach is also the main moderator during NEAR at NIGHT. He makes sure speakers requests are accepted quickly, he pins important links during different points of discussion and mutes/removes any speakers that are being disrespectful to others.

Brandon Cantu - Co-Host

Brandon is a former Laboratory Manager with extensive experience in managing project teams and developing business operations. As Co-Founder of Trove labs, he lives out his passion for web 3.0 by overseeing the product development of Jump DeFi, Good Fortune Felines, & other projects from throughout the crypto ecosystem. He provides a practical viewpoint to other projects/founders in an effort to bring their visions to fruition in the web 3.0 space.

As Co-Host of NEAR at NIGHT, Brandon helps lead conversation and build out the daily Spaces agenda. Brandon is also in charge of distributing JUMP token and NEKO token airdrop giveaways to winners who attended NEAR at NIGHT.

Şenay Akdemir Bükrek - Research & Coordination

Şenay has been a full time crypto degen since 2020. She enjoys playing around on testnet betas, following early products, supporting builders and being a dedicated member of NFT communities. Şenay is a major contributor to NEAR native projects; working as Community Manager for the Mr. Brown Project and as a Neko Ambassador. Şenay is committed to the women in crypto movement and LGBTI+s adaptation to crypto.

Şenay has a background in Labor Economics and Industry Relations. She has worked in different sectors of administrative duties including Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant, Logistics, Governance, Project Management, HR and Residence Planning for more than 15 years. She is passionate about giving back to society by participating in multiple NGOs including Purple Roof Women’s Shelter, Greenpeace and Doğa Derneği(Nature Organization).

Şenay is supporting NEAR at NIGHT with research and coordination. She helps assemble the daily agenda by finding important news and events happening in crypto and the NEAR ecosystem. Şenay reaches out to Founders of NEAR native projects to schedule them as a speaker during NEAR at NIGHT.


hurry up and get the show back on the road! :sweat_smile:


NEAR at NIGHT needs to make a comeback asap! :smiley:


Need more Near at Night… I attended almost all of them and enjoyed this daily meet up 4 days a week and brought a number of new people to it. Its always well organized with a good vibe yet professional tone.


Anxiously awaiting the return of Near at Night. Hopeful for the the return in the next week or so.


Hello, @TroveLabs could you please split the total budget for each category?

For example:

Content → Podcast → Educational → $400
Social media → Other → Giveaways → $400

And exclude not supported categories.

Thank you!

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Of course, here is the budget updated and split.

Content > Podcast/Twitter Spaces > Educational = $248.40 (128.2 NEAR) per Spaces session = 2052 NEAR ($4104) per month (16 spaces)

Social media > Other > Giveaways = 10 NEAR $20 per spaces x 4 = 40 NEAR per week 4 weeks x 40 NEAR = 160 NEAR = $320 total per month

Total 2212 NEAR ($4424) per month


hi! huge work you’re doing!

do you have in mind to invite Aurora to your project? :blush: :green_heart:


Hi @TroveLabs thanks for your proposal and your understanding during the pause in funding.

The DAO is now actively working to clear the backlog of proposals.

I see that you have adjusted your proposal, but before i can support it would be useful if you could complete this form .

To assist you please take a look at the new Marketing DAO proposal funding guidelines .

I have completed the new form as soon as it was available when the marketing DAO resumed operations. We are currently awaiting response so we can initiate a vote on Astro DAO. Thank you for your response!

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Hey @TroveLabs thanks for the proposal – I like your project and note its impact on the NEAR ecosystem.

We’re still working out way through the backlog that built up during the months funding was on pause – thanks for your patience! We should be able to give you a final response from the council in the next couple of days.

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Thanks for submitting the form @TroveLabs – I have reviewed it, and I want to note the support from the community that I see for your initiative, as well as the fact that you have been building and publishing while we have worked through the pause of the Marketing DAO on the way to our relaunch.

I am happy to support this proposal for another month of N@N. I would like to see the report before considering a funding proposal for multiple months (as mentioned in your form submission).


Thank you for your proposal and patience,

I am excited to support this proposal. NEAR at Night rapidly grew into a tradition for active community members, creating much stronger bonds (needed specially during bear markets), provides a valuable platform for projects to share, and in general adds positively to the Discourse in a way that is inspiring.

Keep up the good work

I’m glad N@N is back with some pro insights and quality spaces!

Tastes so good, makes you wanna slap yo momma! LOL

Happy to support. Now moving to Approved