Uniswap Labs Ventures

April 11, 2022

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of Uniswap Labs Ventures.

At Uniswap Labs our goal is to unlock universal ownership and exchange for everyone, starting with bringing millions of people into the emerging web3 economy. We’re proud of the foundational products and infrastructure we’ve built so far and are excited for the journey ahead. But, we know that no team can achieve this mission alone.

Uniswap Labs Ventures will invest in teams at different stages and levels of the web3 stack, from infrastructure to developer tools and consumer-facing applications. We’re also focused on investing in projects that are closely aligned with our values: building for the long term, collaborating openly with communities, and putting users first.

As a crypto-native development team, we’re uniquely positioned to support the teams we invest in as they launch and grow. We’re excited to leverage our experience to help these teams build and scale across strategy, product, partnerships, engineering, and design.

Additionally, as members of the Uniswap Protocol community, we’re acutely aware of the importance of responsible protocol governance. So, our Ventures team will actively participate in on and off-chain governance when relevant, collaborating with the communities that have formed around the protocols we invest in to support their evolution. So far, we plan to participate in the governance systems of the MakerDAO, Aave, Compound and Ethereum Name Service protocols.

Teo Leibowitz will drive our efforts as Ventures Lead alongside our Chief Operating Officer, MC Lader.

We’ve already been fortunate to invest in 11 companies and several native protocols across the web3 ecosystem—here are a few:

As a best-in-class Ethereum developer platform, Tenderly is a key entry point for developers experimenting with web3. Their success will drive the growth of web3 as a whole, bringing more easy-to-use and secure applications to market and ultimately more users into the ecosystem.

As protocols like Uniswap continue to be deployed across different blockchains, the security and design of the bridges which bring these blockchains together will undergo growing scrutiny and become increasingly important. LayerZero is the category leader in the bridge sector and will help drive protocols towards a multi-chain future.

The credit facility behind the market-leading decentralized stablecoin DAI, MakerDAO is a foundational piece of DeFi infrastructure. The MakerDAO community also continues to lead the way in establishing best practices around governance, mechanism design, and smart contract security.

Decentralized money market, Aave, is an essential part of the DeFi economy, providing asset owners seamless access to passive yield opportunities and borrowers the opportunity to draw liquidity from their crypto holdings. The Aave community has set precedent for cross-chain expansion and continuously innovates on features ranging from exotic asset support to on-chain identity. decentralized money market

Compound Protocol
The first decentralized money market on Ethereum, the Compound Protocol has since served as a pioneering force across risk management and on-chain governance design. In recent months, the Compound Protocol has been integrated by institutional products including Fireblocks and Coinbase Custody alongside leading consumer-facing applications, Argent, Crypto.com, and Zapper.

PartyDAO is the decentralized software organization behind PartyBid, a platform for communities to pool funds together to collectively purchase NFTs. Sitting at the intersection between decentralized capital formation, NFTs, and social coordination, PartyBid transforms the Web3 experience from an individual pursuit into a community initiative.

If you’re building something new and think Uniswap Labs can help, we’d love to hear from you at [email protected].

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