is an open-source research and development lab, driving breakthroughs in computing technology to push humanity forward.
In mid 2021, focus shifted toward developing and growing the Protocol Labs Network, an ecosystem of companies jointly improving computing technology. Having built fundamental web3 infrastructure and funded cutting-edge research, we found a dire need for better tools to support the creation of network goods: non-excludable goods like digital infrastructure or open-source software that have value in the context of a network. These goods create immense value for their respective networks, but often cannot capture value without perverting the nature of the good provided.
To address this need, the Network Goods team was formed to design new mechanisms that support the creation and fostering of these network goods.
This may be the world's first network goods team, but we hope to prompt every network-adjacent company to form a network goods team, from computer networks to social networks, and local communities to cryptocurrency communities.
We are a group of researchers, builders, and funders
working on multiple projects
to achieve our shared mission…