It goes without saying that things have been a bit chaotic over the past few weeks. At dlab HQ in New York, our office is one of thousands that are closed amidst a city-wide shutdown the likes of which were difficult to imagine as little as two months ago. …

TL;DR: We’re launching a new global incubator program for early-stage blockchain companies this spring to complement our more traditional startup accelerator offering. Selected companies will receive a small pre-seed investment accompanied by dlab team mentorship and lightweight virtual programming. It’s designed to help build and test innovative ideas quickly and efficiently. UPDATE April 2020: Read about how COVID-19 is impacting our start date and program operations.

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While recruiting for our second accelerator cohort last fall, we looked at well over 200 companies working in the blockchain space. …

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So much has happened since the launch of our first cohort of accelerator companies earlier this year. In the last six months we’ve seen several cryptocurrency market price movements (it’s never a dull day in this industry, yeah?), continued progress towards institutional adoption in finance and other corporate use cases, and an explosion of new decentralized finance applications. Some have even heralded the latter as being the first real killer app for Ethereum, with well over 500m in assets locked up in smart contracts as of this writing.

Real-World Use Cases

However, despite all the excitement going on in this corner of the world, it’s important to remember that these are all still relatively insignificant accomplishments in the grand scheme of things, and that the user base itself is still quite small. For example, it was recently reported that almost 80% of the total supply of Dai is held by the top 100 Maker CDP addresses. Clearly, for any of this technology to really matter, we need to get outside of the blockchain bubble and support initiatives that have broader ramifications in the real world, where the end users don’t care about buzzwords (and aren’t whales!) We need more people actually using crypto, which means we need to developers to focus on user experience, scalability, and (most of all) real-world use cases. At dlab we strive to work with entrepreneurs who are focused on these sorts of problems, and back them with the funding, resources, and mentorship they need to help them deliver products that solve real problems for them. …

Our first dLab/emurgo accelerator cohort starts in just a couple short months, and we couldn’t be more excited to get to work. If you haven’t seen our Call for Startups yet, please check it out! We’d love to hear from you if you’re building a blockchain or DLT startup.

But I don’t want to talk about startups today. I want to talk about fellowships. …

A couple weeks ago we announced dLab/emurgo, a new blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) accelerator program operated by SOSV (“the Accelerator VC”) and our partners at EMURGO. The new program is designed to bring the resources of both organizations together under one roof with a mission to invest in, support, and scale early-stage startups who are tackling truly important problems in this space; startups who have ambitions to create society-scale outcomes. We’re looking to fund five of these for our first cohort in February.

What follows is a list together of some of the topics we’re interested in exploring with dLab. We expect this to evolve over time, and it’s in no way meant to be comprehensive. In fact, it’s usually the case that the best applicants to SOSV’s programs are working on ideas that we haven’t even yet considered. …

We’ve been working on this for awhile now, and I’m excited to finally be able to share it. Here we go:


(New York City, 11 October 2018) — SOSV, the early-stage VC that runs leading deep-tech startup accelerators such as HAX (hardware), RebelBio and IndieBio (life sciences), Chinaccelerator (Asian market entry) and Food-X (food tech), in partnership with EMURGO, the commercial venture development arm of the Cardano blockchain ecosystem, jointly announce the launch of dLab/emurgo, a new startup accelerator and venture studio. …

So you’ve been doing this crypto thing for awhile, right? Based on your most recent Facebook posts, you must be some kind of crypto kingpin.

You’re probably HODLing most of your OG coins in cold storage somewhere: one copy of the laminated paper wallet stored in a safety deposit box at Bank of America (oh, the irony!) and another buried in a fire safe beneath a rock that has no earthly business in a Maine hayfield. You probably also have 6–8 different exchange accounts set up, at least 3 of which are Korean, with a smattering of different altcoins spread throughout them, in order to limit your exposure in case some of those assets were to, you know, just disappear. …

I migrated my blog last weekend. Over ten years worth of articles! (though I should say that I haven’t blogged regularly since 2013) Goodbye self-hosted static site with CSS from 2009. Hello Medium. It’s possible that I’m a little late to this party.

In the end, I didn’t end up importing everything. Because Medium appears to lack the ability to auto-import articles from Jekyll (preposterous! …

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A few weeks ago we unveiled the latest eight companies that are part of our URBAN-X smart cities accelerator in Brooklyn. …

When I was getting started as a software developer, I had a great mentor (hi Steve!). I didn’t realize it or even acknowledge it as some form of “mentorship” at the time, but that’s exactly what it was. Steve helped reinforce good habits, encouraged me to be prolific with my work, push my tools — or write my own — and question the reigning conventions of the day. He also schooled me on classic video games and classic cars and was frequently humored by my preference for dynamically typed languages.

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Years later, when I was building my first product business, I was fortunate enough to work with a wholly different set of mentors who helped me sort out SaaS business model questions, iterate on product quicker, learn how to talk to customers, and reign in my tendency towards feature frenzy. I still see many of these people today. …


Nick Plante

Cereal entrepreneur. Developer. Working on AI, ML, OSS, ETH, BTC, crypto, frontier tech & frosted flakes. VC, PD, & R&D @dlabvc by @sosvvc. Hates acronyms.

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