Best Practices

Best practices that we have seen work with the most successful Squads.
There is no single best way to run a Squad. While we have recommendations based on former and existing Squads on Prysm, we recognize that every group is different. Your setup and decision-making framework is ultimately up to you. 🌈

Craft an Investing Strategy

Before making your first purchase, you may want to agree on a few principles upfront. This will align your members around a shared philosophy, and can reduce the risk of individual members wanting to quit early on in the Squad's lifecyle. A few things to consider:
  • A shared mission: Why are you forming a Squad? Do you want to support a specific cause? Do you only want to flip one NFT as a team? Communicate this clearly to your prospective members.
  • Return-on-investment (ROI) goals: Do you care about making profits? What ROI %, if any, do you want to achieve before considering to sell your investments?
  • Time horizon: How long do you want to run your Squad before disbanding?
  • Exit strategy: At what point would you sell all of your assets and redistribute funds to members?

Create momentum by selecting your first NFT purchase up front

Sharing an open funding round or an open NFT purchase proposal can create a lot of engagement and momentum in your Squad.
While the activation of your Squad is an exciting moment, new members really start to join and get engaged after your first investment opportunity has been defined. Some Squads also purchase multiple NFTs right off the bat.
To purchase an NFT, you obviously need funds to buy it. You can raise funds from your friend group through dedicated funding rounds. Sharing an open funding round with your Squad to deposit into can already create momentum an engagement in itself.
If you have aligned on a specific NFT, you can put up this NFT as a purchase proposal and share the proposal page in your group chat. It's useful to open a funding round before you send out this proposal, as the purchase proposal page will direct members to an open funding round in case the purchase is not sufficiently funded yet and a funding round is open.
The contributors will become members of the Squad and receive their respective equity stakes after you close the funding round.

Assign the right roles for your Squad members

Active members that propose and vote on proposals should be assigned the Signing Member role. More passive members that mostly just contribute capital should be assigned the Non-Signing Member role.
There are different types of roles that each member can be assigned within your Squad.
Particularly for large community Squads of 20+ members, we recommend to keep the number of Signing Members relatively low (below ~15 people), so that not too many members have access to operating the funds, and you can keep the signer threshold relatively low as well. Members who's role is mostly to contribute capital to the Squad should be assigned the Non-Signing Member role. They still are assigned an equity ownership stake if they contributed to the fund.

Setting a good signer threshold

Ahead of any purchases, we recommend that you agree what the requirements are for a specific investment to be made. The most important element to agree on is how many members have to agree before a buy or sell transaction is made.
Independent of Squad size, Prysm recommends a signer threshold of at least 2 and at maximum 5. Signer thresholds that are too low result in security risks, while signer thresholds that are too high result in slow execution speed of a Squad.
Lower thresholds typically work better for operating your Squad than higher ones. While it may seem intuitive to have more than 50% of all members vote on every transaction (e.g. setting up a 17-of-30 multisig), this will significantly reduce the execution speed of your Squad which can be disadvantageous particularly in NFT markets where assets are sniped quickly.
Discussing investment opportunities and making decisions typically happen off-platform on your Squad's messaging thread. Popular off platform decision making mechanism among successful Squads are:
  • Discord emoji voting: If your Squad is using Discord to communicate, (see "Communicating with your Squad" below) you can use emoji voting or Discord bots for polls.
  • Telegram polls: If your Squad is using Telegram to communicate, (see "Communicating with your Squad" below) creating a poll on Telegram can work for some Squads.
Our voting mechanisms are flexible and can be customized to your Squad’s preferences, so ultimately each Squad should do what works best for them.

Setup Squad communication

Squads are groups of friends and as well as larger communities, and they are inherently social. Squad members will be discussing various NFT investment opportunities, such as buys, sells, mints and many more. It is important that you provide a platform for your Squad to effectively communicate with each other. Some options for how you can communicate with your Squad to ensure everyone is in the loop:
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    Create a Discord server: Discord is the go-to-way for web3 communities to chat, work, and build together. Many Squads are already using Discord as their home base; we automatically set up all Squads with a private Discord server within our larger Prysm Discord, but we recommend that you create your own as well.
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    Create a Telegram group: Telegram is a smaller group-chat version of Discord, enabling centralized conversations for each Squad as well as simple voting, event management, etc. You can use Telegram with your Squad or a similar app that has the ability to create group chats.
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    Create a Discourse: Discourse, or other equivalent forum software, allows for longer-form conversations within a community. You can use Discourse together with your Squad's existing group chat and/or Discord server, or completely independently.