I think this is a really interesting idea.
The DAO stands for a number of things, including privacy, the right to anonymity, and decentralization.
They want to invest in things that;
a) Provide a return on investment or benefit to the DAO and its members
b) Benefit the decentralized ecosystem as a whole.
A deal with MaidSafe could fit very well.
Positives from our perspective are significant: the exposure the Safe Network would get could be huge, and particularly attention from thousands of developers who want to develop decentralised apps, which could soon be hosted on the Safe network.
From the perspective of DAO holders, they could buy into something that could give a fairly quick return if the project is successful, and could be a hugely important platform to serve many decentralised initiatives.
The DAO won’t have control over the MaidSafe team, so the only significant negative that’s difficult to mitigate is the threat that the DAO holders could vote to dump all MaidSafeCoins at once, but that’s hardly going to be in their interest.
This seems well worth exploring to me, and some negatives can easily be overcome, e.g. denominate loan from foundation to MaidSafe in an alternative crypto currency with less up-side potential, don’t hold Ether for long once assigned from the DAO, don’t sell all of the MaidSafeCoins to the DAO - also sell to some private investors so the DAO doesn’t have too much power, but MaidSafe still gain from publicity / exposure to devs etc.
Also, just for Bluebird; there could be some real synergies between the Safe network and Ethereum based technologies. Synergies is a very good & relevant word in this context