Protocol Labs drives breakthroughs in computing to push humanity forward
Purpose and Vision
Protocol Labs is an innovation network that connects over 600 tech startups, service providers, investment funds, accelerators, foundations, and other organizations developing breakthrough technologies and products in the frontiers of computing: web3, AI, AR, VR, BCI, hardware, and more.
Organizations collaborate across the network to solve common problems, share knowledge and resources, and accelerate the R&D process for a wide range of technological fields.
We work with a community of people and organizations building a better future through technology.
Timeline of Work
Big things have small beginnings. Here is a slice of our story.
IPFS and Filecoin — new protocols to decentralize the web and cloud storage — start to develop as ideas and prototypes.
PL redesigns the Filecoin protocol, culminating in the invention of Proofs-of-Replication and other cryptography results.
CoinList launches as an independent company, spun out from Protocol Labs and AngelList.
The SAFT Project launches as a collaboration between Protocol Labs, Cooley, and other token creators, legal experts, and investors.
IPFS 0.5.0 is released.
Testground, a platform for testing, benchmarking, and simulating distributed and p2p systems at scale, launches.
The League of Entropy, a partnership between Protocol Labs, Cloudflare, the Ethereum Foundation, and others, launches drand, the Internet’s first production-grade, publicly verifiable randomness beacon.
Filecoin mainnet launches, surpassing 1 EiB of storage capacity within its first month.
nft.storage launches, providing off-chain storage of NFT metadata and assets in a free, simple service. More than 40M NFTs stored on IPFS & Filecoin within the first year!
Protocol Labs begins transition to a decentralized network, forming independent teams that collaborate openly.
Filecoin and IPFS builders funnel continues to grow, with over 10,000+ developers engaged YTD through hackathons and grants.
The Filecoin network continues to grow, with over 3,300 storage providers and over 12EB of capacity, making Filecoin the largest aggregation of data storage in the history of the world.
The inaugural Funding The Commons was held, creating a forum for people making shared goods faster and more robustly via user-friendly mechanisms and robust experiments.
PLN Launchpad, a full-time onboarding program for new network members, kicks off its first cohort. It ends 2022 with the successful completion of eight cohorts.
Inaugural FIL VC hosted in Singapore, with 26 teams and 300+ investors participating
LabWeek22, our first-ever decentralized conference, brought together over 150 PLN teams, with 1,000+ attendees and 100+ speakers at 38 events in Lisbon.
Protocol Labs and Filecoin Foundation announce an alliance (Decentralized Storage Alliance) with AMD, Seagate and EY, to help more companies make the transition from Web2 to Web3.
Saturn, a Web3 CDN in Filecoin’s retrieval market, launches version 1.
Bacalhau Python SDK ships, offering client-side logic, enabling builders to fully interact with Bacalhau with a user-friendly, Pythonic interface.
Filecoin Virtual Machine (FVM) is live on mainnet! The Filecoin blockchain now supports smart contracts and user programmability via the FVM, unlocking the enormous potential of an open data economy.
Builders Funnel and PL Ventures continue to scale, with [X] teams receiving investment and support from the PL Network.