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Is Ethereum Foundation Connected to EigenLabs?

In this post:

  • Justin Drake disclosed that three staff members have formal connections with EigenLabs: one as an investor and two as advisors.
  • Drake has accepted an advisory role with EigenFoundation, receiving EIGEN tokens that could exceed the value of his Ether assets.
  • He committed to reinvesting all proceeds from his advisory role back into Ethereum-based projects and maintains the right to resign.

Recent developments have revealed that three staff members from the Ethereum Foundation are formally connected to EigenLayer entities, sparking discussions within the community. The revelation was made by renowned Ethereum researcher Justin Drake as he disclosed his own involvement with EigenLabs.

Justin Drake recently became an advisor to the EigenFoundation, a decision accompanied by a huge financial incentive involving EIGEN tokens potentially valued in the millions, vested over three years. This arrangement underscores the significant financial stakes involved, as Ðrake noted, “We’re talking millions of dollars of tokens vesting over three years.”

Researcher Gives Back to Ethereum

Despite the lucrative deal, Ðrake pledged to channel all proceeds from his advisory role back into the Ethereum ecosystem, in the form of investments or donations. This decision aims to reinforce his commitment to the community, maintaining a balance between personal gain and collective benefit. In his words:

I pledge to reinject all advisorship proceeds towards worthy projects within the Ethereum ecosystem, either as investments or donations.

He also mentioned his readiness to step back if the direction of EigenLayer diverges from the interests of Ethereum, reflecting his cautious approach to maintaining ethical integrity.

Exploring the Advisory Conditions

The decision to accept the advisory role was not taken lightly; Ðrake mentioned he had turned down over a hundred similar offers before. His engagement began only after a year-long discussion, emphasizing the careful consideration he gave to this role.

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The researcher’s involvement is strictly regulated, focusing on mitigating risks associated with restaking technologies, which is a critical area for Ethereum’s future.

Despite his new role at EigenFoundation, Ðrake said he intends to maintain a critical perspective on EigenLayer’s developments. He plans to steer the organization toward practices that safeguard the Ethereum network, particularly against risks that could undermine its decentralized nature, such as the erosion of solo validators.

Researcher Pledges Integrity Amidst Formal Ties

The relationship between Ethereum Foundation staff and EigenLabs is not widespread, involving only three of the over 300 members, according to Drake. This limited involvement has, however, raised questions within the community about the potential for undue influence.

Ðrake reassures, “EFers are some of the highest integrity people I know,” acknowledging the concerns but defending the ethical standards of his colleagues. His advisory role, while significant, is framed as an independent activity separate from his responsibilities at the Ethereum Foundation.

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I do acknowledge that accepting the EigenFoundation advisorship inevitably comes with downside risk beyond my personal reputation. I hope the above shows that it is at least a considered move with calculated risks.

Justin Drake

Turning his attention back to Ethereum staking, Drake said he sees restaking risks as either ‘chronic,’ like the erosion of solo validators, or ‘acute,’ such as catastrophic infrastructure failures. His strategies include decoupling execution proposing from validation, capping economic stakes to limit risk, and introducing intersubjective slashing with EIGEN tokens to absorb system shocks.


Cryptopolitan reporting by Jai Hamid

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