dlab is excited to announce our latest partnership, with Advanced Blockchain AG, the publicly-listed blockchain development company. In addition to being significant investors in the Polkadot ecosystem, Advanced Blockchain also incubated blockchain IoT company Peaq, operate smart contract auditing firm Stela Labs, and have been technology and strategy consultants to a number of high profile Ethereum-based DeFi projects.

We will be working together over the coming months to incubate and accelerate a number of brand new projects at dlab from the earliest stages, and Advanced Blockchain AG will be contributing significant development and design resources along with their expertise in…


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. As the longer-term reality of the new normal settles in, we’ve been working diligently with our staff and our portfolio companies to figure out how to best navigate this unfamiliar environment. We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone and sincerely hope that all of you are staying safe…


Real-world use cases for crypto from globally distributed teams

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…


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. In addition to five startups, we’re also interviewing and hiring five Cardano Fellows. …


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…


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

SOSV AND EMURGO JOINTLY ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF dLAB/EMURGO, A DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATOR

(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. The New York City-based program…


Surveying cryptocurrency portfolio tools: What’s available now and what’s coming next

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…


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! who would have thought?!), I had to manually migrate — or at least extensively edit — most of the content. Only the top 50 or so articles that were receiving significant traffic from Google Analytics…


A few weeks ago we unveiled the latest eight companies that are part of our URBAN-X smart cities accelerator in Brooklyn. This is the second time we’ve run this program, which differs a little from SOSV’s other ecosystem accelerators, in that the space isn’t constrained by the deep intricacies of a vertical (manufacturing, biotechnology, etc) as much as by environment and mission. …


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.

Years later, when I was building my first product business…

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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