Public-Goods-Funding Startup Operator


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We seek builders who will develop, deploy, and iterate on novel mechanisms for funding public goods.
Public-Goods Funding at Protocol LabsProtocol Labs doesn’t just build core protocols for the decentralized web. We think builders and researchers should work on a variety of high-leverage goals for the betterment of humanity.  For that reason, we're developing a lab to develop and deploy better methods of funding the creation and maintenance of public goods. 
As part of our public-goods team, you’ll be enabling outcomes at the forefront of our mission. Our team is granted both the freedom to develop knowledge by working on novel applications and a responsibility to contribute those skills toward advancing the mission of Protocol Labs.  You’ll feel at home working with us if your knowledge and optimism enable you to craft creative solutions working around evolving needs.

As startup operator at Protocol Labs you will…

  • Identify, prioritize, and strategize high-impact opportunities for improving support for public goods.
  • Collaborate with academia and the broader community in exploring new and out-of-the-box approaches to designing and implementing next-generation funding mechanisms.
  • Build relationships and collaborations with mission-aligned partners to exponentially grow communities supporting public goods.
  • Develop, implement, run, and iteratively improve novel mechanisms for funding public goods.
  • Work in a fully asynchronous and remote team.

You may be a fit for this role if you have...

  • Experience with and the desire to improve specific aspects of the public-goods-funding process.
  • Experience creating, running, and iterating on efficient, data-driven processes.
  • Familiarity with Web3 ecosystems and how the industry is evolving.
  • Self-starter, and the ability to navigate complexity and ambiguity to deliver results.
  • A rigorous, process-driven work style backed by an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and interpersonal skills..
  • Deep flexibility and creativity with the ability to adapt to fast-changing needs and priorities.

Bonus points if you have...

  • Prior growth, research, business strategy or development experience in the Web3 ecosystem or prior experience in running your own startup or a project providing a public good.
  • Engineering background or strong familiarity with Web3 technologies.
  • Technical familiarity with relevant flavors of economics (behavioral economics models, cryptoeconomic models, decentralized governance tooling).
What’s it like to work at Protocol Labs?Protocol Labs mission is to improve humanity’s most important technology, the Internet. We build protocols, systems, and tools to improve how it works. Today, we are focused on how we store, locate, and move information. Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and more.
As a distributed team, we hire anywhere in the world, and at various levels of experience (entry, senior, staff). We look for people with unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds.
We have a great benefits package, including parental leave, contributions to your retirement, competitive pay, and unlimited time off. For U.S.-based employees, we also provide platinum-level health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.
Job region(s): Worldwide/Anywhere
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