Our Universe
  • Crypto-economics
  • Intelligence
  • Tech
  • Intelligence

    The Invisible Protocol Thesis: Tomorrow’s Crypto Unicorns

    Following the introduction of any new disruptive innovation, there is always a speculative phase to a technology cycle as the market tries to size and time the market opportunity.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Investments in Blockchain 2019: $23.7 Billion raised by 3738 blockchain companies since 2013

    A new study of blockchain investments by Outlier Ventures in early-stage rounds reveals that $23.7 billion has been raised since 2013 with focus moving from purely cryptocurrency to new applications.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Why you should apply to be a mentor for our latest accelerator, Base Camp

    Today we’re starting an open call for startup advisors, experienced professionals and investors to register interest in supporting our accelerator Base Camp.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Let Us Face The Future Together: Help Us Build an Open Data Economy

    We have launched a new accelerator program called Base Camp. Why are we doing this and why should you apply? 

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Launching the Base Camp decentralised tech accelerator

    Starting September 2019, Outlier Ventures are recruiting, financing, and providing a launchpad for pre-seed projects, recruitment is open for teams wishing to apply until August 15th.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    State of Blockchains Q2 2019: Blockchain Founders Raise over $822 million by Q2

    State of Blockchains Q2 report provided an overview into blockchain investment and market trends in 2019. According to the report, blockchain start-ups raised $822 Million from 279 separate VC deals during the first half of this year.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The Convergence Alliance Launch

    The launch of The Convergence Alliance brought together the leaders building the next phase of the Web from open source protocols, enterprise, start-ups, government bodies, and academia.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The Convergence Tracker 1.0

    Introducing The Convergence Tracker 1.0: The Tracker is designed to be selective and curated rather than comprehensive. At its core, it is about tracking the best in class technologies and respective token economies.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Energy as Data: Decarbonization, Digitization, and Decentralization

    We are transitioning from a centralized energy system reliant on burning fossil fuels, to a distributed and peer-to-peer system in which renewables are increasingly used.  This transition brings with it a whole host of technological challenges that the energy sector has never needed to deal with.To integrate these advanced data technologies holistically, the energy sector should look to the Convergence Stack as a framework

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Mapping Decentralised Finance (DeFi)

    Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system. DeFi is a peer-to-peer electronic financial instrument system and refers to projects that are using cryptographic tokens and blockchains enabling anyone to issue, transfer and own financial instruments.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Decentralized Data Exchanges Give Value To Data In Smart Cities

    These marketplaces are made possible because of the technologies lower in stack from hardware, distribution, routing, verification, and interfacing. To learn more about the Convergence Stack, a valuable framework for understanding and building the next phase of digital infrastructure in cities, download the paper here. Decentralised Data Marketplaces Without a free flow of data, there […]

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Designing a Smart City Through The Convergence

    The Convergence Stack recognises how data is collected, transported and exchanges in marketplaces that function both economically and for technology innovation that consists of many moving parts. By bringing these elements together we will create value and investable urban business models. Download the paper here to understand more. Building the digital infrastructure for the Fourth […]

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Decentralised And Open Data Is The Foundation Of A Smart City

    This new infrastructure requires a host of technologies from the hardware to secure the data to the tools to distribute the data like distributed ledgers. It will also need new routing and authentication technologies, interfacing technologies to make it easier to build applications, and new services, marketplaces and applications for users to benefit from what […]

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Why we invested in Agoric

    We are excited to announce our investment into Agoric to support the team to bring security, usability, and interoperability to smart contracts. In the global economy, establishing trust costs up to 35 percent of GDP. Smart contracts are key to changing the way trust is established in the economy.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Glossary of Terms

    51% attack An attack where a single entity controls more than half of the network hash rate, allowing them to stop/change transactions, double spend and take over other mining operations. Airdrop A token distribution mechanism in which tokens as given away for free. Altcoin Umbrella term for any cryptocurrency that is not Bitcoin popular from […]

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Dubai is piloting a decentralised data programme with Outlier Ventures

    An open data ‘Sandbox’ built using a range of decentralised technologies from the Outlier Ventures ‘Convergence Stack’, potentially including Sovrin, Ocean Protocol and Fetch.AI.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Crossing the Crypto Chasm & Diffusion of Innovation

    One of the big downsides of the Crypto Winter is that ‘falling tides lower all ships’. Many promising projects are experiencing difficulties, while at the same time, the advisors and support networks they rely on are rapidly disappearing, and at a moment when they and the industry as a whole need them the most to ‘cross the chasm’.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Top 100 Leaders of Convergence

    This year we released a refinement of the thesis: The Convergence Stack viewing our portfolio as a set of interlinked and open-source technologies spanning hardware, software, networking and applications.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    A Guide to Surviving Web 3: Crossing the Crypto Chasm

    Crossing the Crypto Chasm By Ana-Maria Yanakieva & Lawrence Lundy-Bryan, April 2019   Spread The Word Knowledge is the foundation of all invention and with the Internet, knowledge exchange is easier than ever. The Internet, smartphones and social media make it seamless to share information in seconds with anyone around the world. Use it to […]

    Read more

    Intelligence

    State of Blockchains 2019: Green shoots of adoption emerge from 2018 crypto crash

    Outlier Ventures’ State Of Blockchains 2019 report highlights increasing user adoption whilst data shows decline in ETH price isn’t due to ICO sellers  

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Introducing The Convergence Alliance

    Last week (13 March) we announced our evolved investment thesis: The Convergence Stack. This frames both our investments and their relationship with one another as well as the wider ‘crypto’ industry in an OSI-inspired model from hardware at the bottom to the application layer at the top that combines DLT with IoT, Big Data & AI.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The Convergence Stack

    The Convergence Stack is a further refinement of the Outlier Ventures investment thesis first published in 2016 anticipating the convergence of blockchains with IoT, AI and eventually robotics.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Softbank’s 300 year vision is already out of date, here’s why

    Masayoshi Son, the charismatic leader of Softbank the $100bn venture fund and his 300 year vision of the future has been making headlines but for me it misses a fundamental paradigm shift happening in the Internet today.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    No such thing as decentralised governance

    The terms off-chain governance and decentralized governance are used too liberally in the crypto space and without a full grounding in political philosophy.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The MOBI Grand Challenge: unlocking new Blockchain mobility solutions

    Following the successful September release of our Convergence in Mobility report, we are sharing the findings in events around Europe.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    State of Blockchains 2019: Green shoots of adoption emerge from 2018 crypto crash

    Outlier Ventures’ State Of Blockchains 2019 report highlights increasing user adoption whilst data shows decline in ETH price isn’t due to ICO sellers  

    Read more

    Intelligence

    State of Blockchains Q3: The professionals have moved in with VC investments soaring to an all time high

    Outlier Ventures today published the Q3 report in its State of Blockchains series, which provides an overview into blockchain investment and market trends worldwide. The report reveals a range of insights into the market, three of which are:

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Unlocking Value in the Open Mobility Ecosystem

    Today, we want to introduce the idea of decentralised data marketplaces and why we believe they are foundational to unlocking new economic value.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    DLTs, IoT and AI are converging to reshape transport

    The transportation and logistics industries are having an existential crisis. Electric vehicles and lithium battery costs are falling quickly; autonomy software is improving at a rapid pace and ride-sharing platforms are leading customers to question the need to own cars.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    10 Key trends from the blockchain ecosystem you might have missed…

    Stability is perhaps the one word that defines the last few months. Between regulators seeking to create less hostile environments for startups, a barrage of stability-oriented tokens and enterprises seeking to use blockchains to improve operations, it has become evident that the ecosystem is growing beyond the wild swings of the past year.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    A Framework for Understanding the New Transport Value Chain

    This post provides a high-level view of our findings and explains why the convergence framework is a valuable tool to understand the disruption taking place in the transport sector today.   

    Read more

    Intelligence

    9 Key trends from the blockchain ecosystem you might have missed…

    As we start Q4 of 2018 we review the mixed emotions, torn regulators, excited enterprises and emerging usecases

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The Convergence Ecosystem in Mobility

    All You Need To Know About The Impact of the Internet of Things, Blockchains and Artificial Intelligence on the Transportation and Logistics Industries

    Read more

    Intelligence

    5 key learnings in blockchain regulation this week

    Women in tech, developing nations, privacy, how governments can tax crypto and more insights from the Paris OECD blockchain forum.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The State of Blockchains Q2 2018: The Crypto Markets are Wrong

    Despite the token bear market, VC, M&A and corporate blockchain projects are thriving

    Read more

    Intelligence

    What to be aware of when communicating a token sale

    Communications around any form of token sale can be a legal minefield.  Projects need to think about what the token looks like, who they wish to engage with and where they are located before they can figure out what requirements on publicity they need to comply with.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Pathway to Decentralisation

    Decentralisation is often cited as the core metric by which all blockchain projects are measured. But what exactly is decentralisation? Is it a starting point or destination? Is it quantifiable or even desirable in every instance? This has become increasingly pressing now the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) has explicitly communicated ‘decentralisation’ as a determining factor in whether it categorises a crypto-asset (aka token) as a security.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The Hungry Protocol: how a protocol gets fat

    This is an idea I’ve been kicking around Outlier Slack whilst on the road and at various panels the last few weeks that I just wanted to get up even in a rough and very crude draft form to kick-off the debate online. Over the coming months the intention is it will be formalised into something more substantial and nuanced by the wonderful folk at Outlier from across both: Token Design + Market Research Departments.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    What Does Artificial Intelligence Have To Do With Blockchains?

    What does artificial intelligence have to do with blockchains? Well it’s actually helpful to remove the buzzwords and talk about a new decentralised data value ecosystem in which data is produced, distributed and consumed. Using that framing, the Internet of Things produces data, blockchains and other authentication technologies distribute it, and then the data needs to be processed, analysed and automated. This is where so-called smart contracts, decentralised compute and decentralised machine learning can be used on data in decentralised databases, document stores and blockchains.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Blockchains in Developing Economies: The Pre-Banking Foundations

    Pillars for a new era of banking for the poor through identity, governance, data protection and open-data. Many early proponents of the Bitcoin network believed Bitcoin would disrupt the financial system in emerging economies. Censorship resistance, low entry barriers, minuscule fees and round the clock access meant a new world of opportunities.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Data Marketplaces: Value Capture in Web 3.0  

    Marketplaces are critical elements of the entire Convergence ecosystem; the element that incentivises data to be collected, shared and utilised. We now have the ability to open up the machine economy and need to think of ‘trading’ beyond the scope of human interaction. The sorts of marketplaces that are being developed in the crypto community are decentralised, automated and tokenized. These marketplaces are made possible because of the distributed ledgers, consensus mechanisms and interoperability protocols at the lower levels.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    DLT + AR: The Killer Blockchain App?

    Recently it seems like everyone from C-suite corporate bankers to the local barber has been an expert on Ripple, Status, and regular old Bitcoin. But so far, distributed ledger technologies have not affected most people’s lives in any meaningful way. We believe one of the missing ingredients is augmented reality.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Evidence submission to the Treasury Committee inquiry into digital currencies

    The aim of this submission is to address why we, as a prominent UK based venture capital firm and advisor to the global blockchain industry, believe it is critical to developing a responsible, balanced and proactive approach to innovations in ‘crypto-assets’, in order to unlock their potential to serve the UK economy and its overall long-term competitiveness.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Building the Internet of Blockchains

    Clickbait headline aside, if we aren’t careful we are going to end up replicating data silos we hoped blockchains and decentralised technologies would remove.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    A Real Use Case for Blockchains: A Global Data Commons

    Today, I want to talk about a use case that only blockchain technology can deliver. They are few and far between and usually revolve around applications that demand censorship-resistance. Indeed, a public data commons demands just that.  

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Decentralised Exchanges: What’s the Point? Part Two: Making the most of collaboration in an open-source environment

    To create a stronger bridge between the token economy, and the rest of the global economy, it will be important that the frictions listed in the previous section are addressed. This might be done through the introduction of new infrastructure, better targeting of resources, or even through a hybridisation of centralised and decentralised innovations. We discuss these solutions below.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Building a New Data Infrastructure with Blockchains and the Internet of Things

    The new data value ecosystem sees data captured by the Internet of Things, managed by blockchains, automated by artificial intelligence, and all incentivised using crypto-tokens. For a summary of the thesis take a look at the introductory blog, and for a deeper look into Blockchains, Community, & Crypto Governance have a read of my last post here. Today though I want to talk specifically about the convergence of blockchains and the Internet of Things.  

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Decentralised Exchanges: What’s the Point? Part One: Technological Revolutions and the products that nobody uses

    When technological revolutions occur, why do so many projects end up failing? Perhaps our inability to figure out how and where to effectively deploy new technology results in what Greenspan termed ‘irrational exuberance’ back in 1996.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    The End of Scale: Blockchains, Community, & Crypto Governance

    We are excited to introduce the Outlier Ventures vision of the future and our investment thesis: The Convergence Ecosystem. The new data value ecosystem see data captured by the Internet of Things, managed by blockchains, automated by artificial intelligence, and all incentivised using crypto-tokens. For a summary of the thesis take a look at the introductory blog, today I want to take a deeper look at how important communities, governance and politics will play in this new era.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Are We In A Crypto Winter? Back To The Future II

    So on 12th Jan (2018) I wrote a post saying there needed to be a ‘Crypto Winter’: a sustained minimum 50% haircut on the market. I actually wanted to say 75% but compromised with the team to not sound too alarmist. Next time I won’t be so restrained ;)

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Introducing the Convergence Ecosystem

    Here we introduce the Outlier Ventures vision of the future and our refined thesis: The Convergence Ecosystem. Download the full paper here.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Cleaning up crypto, let’s get back to the future!

    2017 has been one hell of a year for everyone in crypto. However, like all those who have been involved professionally for many years now, on the one hand we feel vindicated (and a little wealthier), on the other hand frustrated.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Why we are investing in Botanic & SEED Token

    Through the SEED token sale, Botanic Technologies (a company that boasts clients including Fortune 100s, startups and multiple government agencies) is open-sourcing its otherwise proprietary IP to supercharge an open industry standard for the common good.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Disrupting Tech Monopolies & AI Tycoons — Part 2

    Blockchains combined with artificial intelligence is more than just a technical innovation: it’s an economic paradigm shift

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Disrupting Tech Monopolies & AI Tycoons — Part 1

    It is almost banal to say it, but as a society we have a data problem. Most of the World’s data is held on private servers.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    WHY WE ARE BACKING EVERNYM & THE SOVRIN FOUNDATION

    If you have spoken to me recently you will know myself and the Outlier team are really very excited to have announced at the beginning of the month becoming Evernym’s, and the Sovrin Foundation and it’s token’s, lead investor and strategic partner. As with every investment we wanted to find some time to provide the rationale to our decision which I have laid out below.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    99% of Blockchain Startups are Bullshit

    Are you also getting the feeling blockchain is a load of bullshit? Are you struggling to see how any of this will ever make any money? Fear not we help you cut through the hype and explain our 'blockchain +' investment thesis.

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Download our paper: Exploring Blockchain-Enabled Convergence

    THE WEB 3.O ECONOMY   Download the paper here   We believe blockchain technologies, including distributed ledgers & smart contracts, are the mega-trend that allow all other macro-trends to scale securely, converge and combine. They represent the next phase of The Web, Web 3.0 or ‘The Trust Web / Internet of Ownership’, and will transform […]

    Read more

    Intelligence

    Identity on the Blockchain

    Dealing with identity of users is both a profound challenge and a promising opportunity for blockchain technology. We first explored identity in early 2015, when we identified 9 building blocks for a successful blockchain industry. So how are things mid-2016?

    Read more