what is the relationship between Horizen DAO and Horizen Labs?

Horizen DAO and Horizen Labs are closely related but separate entities within the Horizen ecosystem.

Horizen DAO

The Horizen DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) is a governance system that allows $ZEN holders to vote on proposals and have a direct say in the future direction of the Horizen project. It was launched in 2023 to increase community involvement in decision-making for improvements to the Horizen protocol and ecosystem. The Horizen DAO has a Special Council that serves as a steward and provides oversight. The inaugural Special Council members were announced in November 2023, including representatives from companies like Animoca Brands, Xsolla, and investment firms.

Horizen Labs

Horizen Labs is a separate company focused on building advanced blockchain solutions and Web3 development services for enterprises and governments. It was previously part of the same entity as the Horizen DAO advisory services, but in December 2022, Horizen Labs split into two companies:
  1. Horizen Labs - Concentrating on enterprise blockchain product development leveraging technologies like the Horizen blockchain, zero-knowledge proofs, and sidechains.
  2. Horizen Labs Ventures (HLV) - Providing strategic advisory services for Web3 projects, token launches, NFTs, DAOs, etc. for clients like Yuga Labs and Animoca Brands.
So in summary, the Horizen DAO is a community-driven governance system for the Horizen protocol, while Horizen Labs is a separate commercial company building enterprise blockchain solutions, with its advisory arm HLV operating independently.
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