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Rage Quit: A Revolutionary DAO Mechanism


Leo Henkels

In the ever-evolving landscape of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), the "Rage Quit" concept stands as a revolutionary mechanism that fundamentally differentiates these entities from traditional organizational structures. As Joseph Schiarizzi, a DAO veteran and co-founder of Open Dollar, aptly put it, "Rage Quit is a huge innovation. You have no idea."

Unpacking the Essence of Rage Quit

The discussion on Rage Quit during the Just DAO It podcast with Adam Miller, founder of MIDAO, highlighted its profound significance. Adam, intrigued by the concept, asked Joseph to "dig into Rage Quit a little bit more," setting the stage for an insightful exploration of this groundbreaking feature.

At its core, Rage Quit allows members of a DAO to withdraw their governance rights and claim their fair share of the DAO's treasury. As Joseph explained:

"Rage Quit, we mentioned it earlier, but the ability to quit and take a portion of the treasury with you whenever you want, that's pro-rata for the amount of shares that you have in a DAO. And that just makes it safer; it means that the DAO can take more risk."

DAO on 3D electronic board

Fostering Trust and Security

This mechanism introduces a level of trust and security that is unparalleled in traditional organizational structures. In a world where written documents enforced by governments govern corporations and where board members can potentially break the rules, DAOs offer a stark contrast. With Rage Quit, members have the assurance that their interests are protected, and they can exit the organization on their own terms, taking their rightful share of the assets.

Joseph's emphasis on the importance of Rage Quit was evident as he contrasted it with traditional finance, where such an option is virtually non-existent:

"There is no company where you can rage quit the stock if you don't like what the board is about to vote on. That's not an option. So just giving people more options and autonomy like that is definitely worth pursuing."

This autonomy empowers DAO members, fostering a sense of trust and ownership often lacking in centralized organizations. It also serves as a powerful deterrent against potential misuse or misappropriation of funds, as members have the ability to vote with their funds and take their assets with them if they disagree with the DAO's direction.

Enabling Risk-Taking and Innovation

Furthermore, Rage Quit has implications for risk-taking and innovation within DAOs. Joseph highlighted this aspect, stating:

"If your goal is not to pump your own bags, if your goal is to build an actual DAO that, like Spencer's article was about, is capture-proof and built to last, then I think a lot more DAOs should look into how to do that and how to have more safety guards like Rage Quit."

By providing a safety net for members, Rage Quit empowers DAOs to take calculated risks and pursue innovative endeavors without the fear of irreversible consequences. It fosters an environment where experimentation and bold ideas can thrive, as members are assured that they can exit the organization if they disagree with its direction.

Addressing Challenges and Ensuring On-Chain Enforcement

However, Joseph also acknowledged the potential challenges associated with Rage Quit, particularly in the context of non-transferable shares. He raised the question:

"Maybe. I guess to me, it seems like what he's trying to differentiate is, at a board, it would usually be governed by written documents that are enforced by a government. But the board has to follow those documents, and the government has to force them to do what they say they're going to do, otherwise, they don't have to. Versus if it were a DAO, there would be this built-in, on-chain enforcement of the rules of the board, and they wouldn't be able to break those rules even if they wanted to.

This perspective highlights the importance of on-chain enforcement mechanisms in DAOs, ensuring that the rules and governance structures are immutable and cannot be easily circumvented, even with the presence of Rage Quit.

futuristic 3D blockchain model

Fostering Commitment and Capture Resistance

As the conversation progressed, Joseph suggested that the true power of Rage Quit lies in its ability to foster trust and commitment among DAO members. He argued that allowing members to exit if they disagree with a proposal easily could be seen as a strength, rather than a weakness:

"I definitely think Spencer is on the right track for pursuing capture resistance. And if you are actually scared that the hypothetical scenario that I said just now would happen, then that organization needs to be redesigned, or the smart contracts need to be redesigned."

By embracing Rage Quit as a design principle, DAOs can strive to create genuinely capture-resistant organizations built to withstand the test of time.

A Paradigm Shift in Organizational Governance

Ultimately, Rage Quit represents a paradigm shift in organizational governance, empowering members with unparalleled autonomy and trust. As Joseph eloquently stated:

"We can make our DAOs safer, I really believe that, without having to sign actual paper documents that say people are going to get in trouble."

In a landscape where traditional organizational structures often rely on legal contracts and enforcement mechanisms, DAOs offer a decentralized alternative powered by innovative mechanisms like Rage Quit. This revolutionary feature sets DAOs apart and paves the way for a new era of trust, transparency, and longevity in organizational governance.


The concept of Rage Quit within DAOs is a testament to the boundless potential of decentralized organizations. By empowering members to exit on their own terms while retaining their fair share of the DAO's assets, Rage Quit fosters trust and commitment that is unmatched in traditional organizational structures. As the DAO landscape continues to evolve, mechanisms like Rage Quit will play a crucial role in shaping the future of decentralized governance, enabling risk-taking, innovation, and the pursuit of truly capture-resistant organizations.