Gearbox Protocol

GEAR Overview

GEAR token contract and distribution information.
GEAR token is an ERC20 utility token, starting off as a governance token for the protocol - and then possibly taking any other new function the DAO could envision for it. The supply of GEAR is capped at 10,000,000,000 (10 billion) which can't be technically changed. See that in source code.
Token contract: 0xba3335588d9403515223f109edc4eb7269a9ab5d Decimals: 18 Symbol: $GEAR
GEAR token started as non-transferrable. That can be changed by DAO voting.

GEAR Distribution

Anybody who is not a community member is locked for a minimum of 1 year since launch. All of the vestings can be verified on-chain, no trust required. Community retains the largest portions both in terms of the distribution and in terms of voting weights.
You can check those by going to the TokenDistributor contract:
  • check contributorsList [3] to find yourself/someone;
  • fill in your/eligible address from [3] into [2] contributorVestingContracts. That will give you the corresponding personal vesting contract for that address.
GEAR supply has been split according to a handful of contributor groups:
Early community maintain majority of voting power. See governance page. Or the early article.
As a result of community members performing on-chain sleuthing [finding bot behavior in tester accounts], a solid portion of GEAR tokens was saved and repurposed for other genuine user activities. If you find slightly different numbers online on GEAR distribution, please treat the information below as the most up-to-date source.

Community Portion: ~58%. No vesting.

  • DAO Treasury Multisig: originally 51.00%. Up to DAO to decide, managed by the DAO-enacted treasury multisig. Address: 0x7b065fcb0760df0cea8cfd144e08554f3cea73d1.
    • Out of that, 2.766% to DAO Round Part 1. Cliff lockup ends on July 15 of 2023, upon which 1 year of linear vesting will take place throughout 365 days, until July 2024.
    • Out of that, 1.057% to DAO Round Part 2. Cliff lockup ending on September 15 of 2023, upon which 1 year of linear vesting throughout 365 days, until September 2024.
    • Our of that, 0.1% to VIBES metaDAO committee for marketing Q3+ 2022.
All further distributions can be found in monthly-quarterly DAO reports & budgets.
  • Credit Account Mining: 5%. Mined by 5,000 participants in the ceremony. No vesting.
  • Community Testers: ~1.085%. No vesting. Originally, 1.267% were allocated, but community members performed on-chain sleuthing and reduced this number. Distributor contract.
  • Early Discord members: ~0.348%. No vesting. Originally, 0.476% were allocated, but after 9 months of claimants now showing up, the tokens were repurposed. Distributor contract.
  • Retroactive rewards for 2021: approximately 0.5% [with 0.041% repurposed for other activities]. No vesting. See the address. As we set on to a few stages of the community distribution, we expected technical difficulties with some claimants. Instead, community members performed on-chain sleuthing an a good portion of GEARs was saved. This was decided to be used as a retroactive LP + CA GEAR reward program. This is from where the drop for testers and discord users happened, and remaining used for repurposed activities.
Launch time is technically TGE, when the DAO was formed: December 15, 2021.

Initial External Contributors: 1.28%. Locked > 1 year + vesting.

These are some amazing people who have contributed to the technical development but weren't committing capital, yet we wanted to incentivize them to work further. Lockup: 12 months since token deployment (launch), and then linear vesting over 18 months starting after the cliff.

Initial сore contributors: 29.20%. Locked > 1 year + vesting.

Initial core members 20% (usually referred to as "team" but here the DAO took over during the launch time, so that naming wouldn't make sense). Lockup: 12 months since token deployment (launch), and then linear vesting over 18 months starting after the cliff.
Initial contributors 9.20% (usually referred to as "investors" but here they were all forced to put a lot of time, so that naming wouldn't make sense - see at the bottom of the page for details). Lockup: 12 months since token deployment (launch), and then linear vesting over 12 months starting after the cliff. See their contributions and work over 2021 clearly here:

Initial company wallet: 11.52%. Locked > 1 year + vesting.

Company wallet lockup: 12 months since token deployment (launch), and then linear vesting over 18 months starting after the cliff. Address: 0xa8b1d00b1d224e83760963e361b7f676581a622d. This is outside of the scope of the DAO, and can be used for discretionary activities. This is a company that kickstarted the first protocol development pre-DAO launch. Not related to the DAO. Keep in mind that some of those reserves were used to onboard new pre-DAO contributors, auditor engagements, external work performed before the DAO was established, etc.
The information on rounds, aka early contributors with vested GEAR, can be found at the bottom of Notion page.