Why we invested in Navigate: Giving data ownership back to users

At Outlier Ventures, one of our main investment theses centers around the importance of data ownership: placing a fair share of the profits made by data collection back into the hands of its creators. Through our involvement with the data union Swash and the incubation platform Pool Data, we have been fortunate to invest in platforms that are […]

A guide to MEV<br>in post-merge Ethereum

What is MEV? A simple guide to Maximal Extractable Value, how it changes after the merge, and how this will affect you

IPFS base camp

Supporting the most promising Web3 startups using the power of IPFS to build an Open Metaverse The IPFS Open Metaverse Base Camp, powered by Protocol Labs, helps the best Web 3 founders and teams fine-tune their proposition, demonstrate traction and get funded in 12 weeks. The IPFS Open Metaverse Base Camp is an accelerator program […]

polkadot base camp

Supporting the most promising projects building in the Polkadot & Kusama ecosystems. Polkadot Base Camp, backed by Parity Technologies and the Web3 Foundation, is the only accelerator program offering 360° support to the best teams building in the Polkadot ecosystem. Polkadot Base Camp is designed to support founders across all areas critical to the success […]

polygon base camp

> Apply Now > Book a meeting Applications for our Polygon Base Camp accelerator program 
are now open Backing the best teams leveraging Polygon to build the most scalable blockchain applications ever. > Apply Now > Book a meeting Program Summary > Starting on    January 2023 > Applications close    10 January 2023 > […]

Token design and data storage meet IPFS

First to introduce the P2P concept was Napster: a central service that connected people who had specific music files with others seeking said specific files. However, Napster was held liable for copyright infringement, and was shut down soon after.  Inspired by the vision and adequately informed about the censorship liability of centralization, distributed protocols such […]

Meet our Polkadot Base Camp 2 Cohort!

We believe we have directly contributed to Polkadot’s development, and we are happy to announce our new Polkadot Base Camp cohort. We are accelerating 6 great teams from all over the globe, bringing the total number of teams building in the Polkadot ecosystem, in our portfolio, to 18. This new cohort includes projects building on […]

Meet our DeFi Base Camp Cohort!

In collaboration with New Order, the DeFi Base Camp is Outlier Ventures’ first Base Camp accelerator program dedicated to a specific sector within Web3. We have handpicked six teams from over 300 applicants, each of these teams are building in the DeFi space to bring solutions to the masses. These promising founders range from crypto […]

Outlier Ventures and Polygon launch the second iteration of Polygon Base Camp to support the next-generation Web3 applications

The strong partnership between Outlier Ventures and Polygon aims to enhance scalable blockchain solutions by leveraging Polygon’s existing network of builders, investors and developers to help launch a new breed of next-generation Web3 applications.‍ The Polygon Network is considered the primary hub for scaling blockchain applications, collecting more than $10 billion in value locked in […]

Why we invested in Swash

  Swash is a Web 3 Data Union That Rewards Its Users While we browse the internet every day, our data is being captured and monetized without our benefit or consent. It can be complicated to understand what data is being used for what purpose, and the road for the average person browsing the web […]

Outlier Ventures and New Order partner to launch the DeFi Base Camp to Accelerate 30-40 DeFi Projects

The DeFi space has witnessed explosive growth since the DeFi summer of 2020, and remains one of the most rapidly evolving sectors in Web3. While the large influx of venture capital funds into Web3 and DeFi in 2021 has made it easier for teams to raise funding, founders still struggle to find experienced investors that […]

Outlier Ventures Announces Polygon x Base Camp to Accelerate the Polygon Startup Ecosystem

The Polygon ecosystem emerged in 2021 as the primary hub for scaling Ethereum-based apps, collecting more than $10 billion in value locked in the ecosystem through bridges from Ethereum, and hundreds of millions of dedicated venture capital is anticipated to enter the space to fund startups building on Polygon and leveraging its unique governance capabilities.  […]

Outlier Ventures launches Filecoin Base Camp

The Filecoin Base Camp accelerator is the first of Outlier Ventures’ collaboration programs. Each year, Outlier Ventures will align with organisations like Filecoin that are leading the development of core blockchain technologies to host dedicated accelerators, each consisting of ten startups that will participate in a 5-month program. Base Camp accelerators help startups refine business […]

Why We Invested In Biconomy

Biconomy joined our Spring 2020 Web 3 Accelerator (Base Camp) to solve the industry-wide problem of gas-fees on Ethereum, which has limited the ability of DApps to mainstream and also represented our first investment into the Indian ecosystem. 

DeFi 2.0 Innovations for Institutional Adoption

Institutions / businesses already in crypto whose organisations are heavily exposed to the asset and its markets and therefore likely ‘underbanked’ in a conventional sense.

‘P-DIDI’ (Project DID Initiative): An RFP for a tokenised SSI network based on the Sovrin architecture

As such we propose a fork of the Sovrin Mainnet and that a new (non US) entity be constituted by a new founder team, which is to be recruited from the community. This team will be run through the Outlier Ventures Web 3 ‘Basecamp’ accelerator program to help them rapidly get to market, issue a […]

Recruitment for Base Camp cohort 4 now open

Backing Web 3 Founders – DeFi and beyond

Introducing the teams in the latest virtual cohort from our Web 3 accelerator programme Base Camp

After successfully transitioning Base Camp 2 to a fully virtual programme, triggered by COVID-19, we were inspired to launch this Summer’s cohort as fully virtual and were amazed by the response: receiving a record 250 applications from all over the world with increasing quality.

Blockchain Developer Report Q2 2020

In 2020, a new entrant secured a top 5 spot in share of smart contracts, dapps and daily active users. 3 top-20 protocols suffered greater than 50% declines in developer activity, and one protocol saw a meteoric 931% rise in core protocol development. At Outlier Ventures, we’ve indexed millions of commits across thousands of repositories to compile a report on blockchain developer activity over the past year.

Blitzscaling ZIP: Introducing ZIPdao

As a community, ZIP is open and inclusive by default. It does not discriminate. In order to effectively align and coordinate a rapidly growing community around our shared goal, we believe a DAO with simple, but well designed, governance is critical. Therefore we are excited to announce the soft launch of ZIPdao.

Z!P: A stable crypto commodity

We believe one of the most important barriers to meaningful adoption of the emergent Web 3 Stack is the volatility of tokens: both gas and token price as a commodity. The solution is something we call FUEL.

18 Predictions for 2020

Over 11 years since the creation of Bitcoin, 2020 will be the year we follow the S-Curve of technology diffusion out of the period of Installation and into Deployment, where we see ‘synergy’ and ‘consolidation’ of the technology begin to take effect. Blockchain will finally grow up, with institutional money trickling into the market based on fundamentals – real traction and usage.

Outlier Ventures reveals its top blockchain predictions for 2020

Over 11 years since the creation of Bitcoin, 2020 will be the year we follow the S-Curve of technology diffusion out of the period of Installation and into Deployment, where we see ‘synergy’ and ‘consolidation’ of the technology begin to take effect. Blockchain will finally grow up, with institutional money trickling into the market based […]

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.

Announcing our first Base Camp Accelerator cohort

Over the coming weeks we will be leveraging the combined resources of our tried and tested venture platform of experts, mentors and ecosystem we will add measurable value where each team needs it most. This isn’t a cookie-cutter program, but a bespoke solution for accelerating the billion dollar token networks and transformational web 3.0 businesses […]

Diffusion 2019: 15 Protocols, 25m+ lines of open source code, 2 days of hacking

For the first time since 2013, Outlier Ventures and 15 protocols including Fetch.AI, Cosmos, IOTA, Chainlink, Enigma, Sovrin, Evernym, Haja Networks, Agoric Systems, Ocean Protocol, FOAM, Alkemi, RightMesh and SEED have come together for a combined dev con, “Diffusion” to build an alternative web.

Outlier Ventures announce our first dev con Diffusion 2019 alongside 15 of the world’s most promising tokenised protocols

350 developers will apply to test their skills to hack using 25m+ lines of open source code over a 2 day period for thousands in prizes Hack teams will be drawn from some of the worlds largest corporations, technical universities, leading dev shops and the crypto scenes best indie Github contributors The first protocols to […]

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.

Outlier Ventures Labs

This means they must be active developers, administrators and participants of networks. We call this Outlier Labs, and it has been our commitment to the space since 2014 and includes a multitude of activities such as: building apps, hackathons, dev cons, running network nodes and applied academic research. Recent work: Decentralised data to decentralised data […]

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.

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.

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.

What we do at Outlier labs

If you think investing in crypto is hard – investing in our Convergence Thesis, how DLT combines and converges with IoT, Big Data and AI is even harder. The technical complexity of keeping pace with multiple deep technologies and their interactions is hugely demanding and requires a dedicated team of technical analysts who can only really learn by doing. This means they must be active developers, administrators and participants of networks.

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.

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.

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.