In a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), a core contributor is an individual who plays a significant role in the day-to-day operations, decision-making, and strategic direction of the DAO. These individuals often take on responsibilities akin to those of executives or key team members in traditional organizations but within the decentralized and often flat structure of a DAO. Core contributors are deeply involved in developing the DAO's infrastructure, managing its projects, coordinating with other contributors, and ensuring the organization adheres to its mission and values.

Core contributors may have been part of the DAO since its inception or could be active members whose consistent contributions and leadership have established them as pivotal to the DAO's operations. Their influence and responsibilities typically come from the trust and recognition they've earned within the community, rather than from formal hierarchical positions. Recognizing their critical role, DAOs often compensate core contributors with tokens, granting them not only financial incentives but also governance rights, which allow them to participate in important decisions about the DAO's future direction and policies.

On Colony, DAO builders can invite contributors to their DAO to support key initiatives and

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