Protocol Labs

We make IPFS and Filecoin (the Distributed Web)

HEADQUARTER Palo Alto, CA

COMPANY SIZE Between 5 and 10

# OF ENGINEERS Between 5 and 10

FUNDING Private

TAGS Bitcoin, Bitcoin Mining, Cryptocurrency, IPFS, Bittorrent, Peer-to-Peer, Data Storage, Distributed Web, YC Summer 2014

EXTENDED EXERCISE WINDOW? No

What do we do?

We are making the distributed web, though cryptocurrency operated infrastructure. We make two (layered) protocols:

- IPFS is a peer-to-peer hypermedia distribution protocol.
- Filecoin is a data storage network and electronic currency based on Bitcoin.

Our systems improve how the web works, based on protocols like Git, DHTs, BitTorrent, Bitcoin, and SFS. We are focused on providing (a) a data-locality aware, secure network stack for distributed applications, and (b) a model for ambient and network-efficient storage.

Technical challenges

1) build massive p2p networking and storage infrastructure
2) build webapps that operate disconnected / offline
3) build cryptocurrency operated services
4) making and running open source projects

Why join us?

1) creating new foundational infrastructure for the internet
2) have a core team of brilliant engineers, including {git, kernel, os} contribs
3) IPFS named one of the most promising open source projects of 2014
4) what we make is Open Source

Our press coverage

We've been staying out of press, but:
- http://www.wired.com/2015/01/black-duck-rookies/
- http://www.businessinsider.in/The-25-most-exciting-Bitcoin-startups/11-Filecoin-Storage-space-via-Bitcoin/slideshow/46662705.cms
- http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/business/dealbook/data-security-is-becoming-the-sparkle-in-bitcoin.html
- http://bravenewcoin.com/news/the-old-cloud-is-dead-welcome-to-the-new-blockchain-cloud/

Our tech stack

  • IPFS
  • Github
  • Node
  • C
  • bitcoin
  • Git
  • Go
  • Node.js
  • p2p
  • React JS