/who we are/

We’re a venture studio working with founders and early-stage companies to use blockchain to build and restore trust.

/what we believe/

There have been a lot of missteps and false promises in the blockchain ecosystem. Too many people saw the space as a way to make a quick buck and buy a Lamborghini. As cryptomarkets fell, blockchain lost its mojo. For many, blockchain represented the potential for a fairer and more resilient future. Many believers were pushed aside to usher in those who did not share in those values. 

And it’s not just the blockchain space that lost its way. So has our world. Distrust in our governments, institutions and each other have led to divisions that at times feel insurmountable. 

14%

Only 14% trust their national government a lot, to do what is right for their country. 

7 in 10

Nearly 7 in 10 worry about false information or fake news being used as a weapon.

Those numbers look even more urgent when polling Generation Z, who will represent 40% of all U.S. consumers by 2020. That's about $143 billion in direct spending and $333 billion in total spending influenceable.

1 in 10 

Global Gen Z-ers trust their national government a lot, to do what is right for their country.

6%

Gen Z trust corporations to do the right thing.

34%

Of Gen Z are deleting their social media accounts

49%

Of U.S. High School students don't trust the media to accurately and fairly report news.

We believe that building the trust economy is necessary today. The companies and leaders that will succeed and remain competitive must invest in scalable solutions to establish trust. Before it’s too late.

/building trust/

We know that if we’re going to create a paradigm shift and tackle systematic lack of trust, we need to create the place to problem solve. We workshop concepts, poke holes in theses, beta test, bring in outside advisors and come up with ways to apply new technology to current companies wanting to stay competitive.

We are building the trust economy. While trust plays a critical role in our everyday lives, we are beginning with industries which we believe will see the greatest transformation in the next decade due to trust. We intend to solve lack of trust by building companies that empower you to:

=>> Access Trusted Financial Services
=>> Give You Back Ownership of Your Data
=>> Eliminate Systemic Biases 
=>> Accurately Call Out Information and Lies 
=>> Encourage Civic Engagement

/workshop/

We build adaptable, scalable, trustworthy and socially conscious solutions for real people, like you and like us that you can use today and tomorrow. We are taking a three-pronged approach to achieving this: (1) we co-build alongside exceptional founders who have similar outlooks on life, (2) we design blockchain solutions for early-stage and established companies that recognize trust is key to their business strategy, and (3) we invest in companies building trust using distributed technology.

We provide the place, the structure, and the network to help you ideate, iterate, create, and operate.

Over 6-8 weeks we set out to answer five questions:

1. Are we building for trust?
2. Do we need blockchain?
3. Are we solving a real human problem?
4. What is sustainable business design? 
5. What is the quickest way to product-market fit?

It’s in our workshop where we work with entrepreneurs to spark new ideas, test them for viability, and match them with strong founding teams. We take founders through a proven process of discovery, opportunity, conceptualization, to market validation. 

More information about our workshop: [download pdf]

To apply for our workshop: info@onwardlabs.co.

/why blockchain/

Because why not? We believe in the underlying technology of blockchain, which combines the openness of the internet with the security of cryptography to give you a more efficient and safer way to verify key information and establish trust.

We believe that distributed technology will be mass adopted by generation-z and future generations as the way to secure and maintain mutual trust.

/for the people/

Unlike our competitors who are focused only on the technology (and their bank accounts) and are not thinking about the people they are building for, we are thinking about the people who are yearning for a trusted, verified solution first and build for them to use today and tomorrow.

/onward!/

We plan to restore trust in our governments, in our institutions, on our technology platforms, and among one another.  We believe we have set up an experienced team with the best co-founders and advisors who have developed a proven process with the perfect amount of structure to build companies that restore trust. Together we will build a company that makes financial institutions transparent, a company that gives you back ownership of your data, a company that accurately and unbiasedly calls out misinformation and lies, and a company that encourages civic engagement giving you your trust in your governments back.

We are asking you to step up, and join us, and help us restore trust.

Our Team

Josh Thompson

Co-Founder

Abbey Titcomb

EIR + Strategy

Mohit Mehta

Operations

Brad Tucker

Co-Founder

Chris Collins CFA

Investment

Aram Barnett

EIR

Bob Visnov

Technology

Our Co-Founder

With Human Ventures as our co-founder, we offer a structured and creative building environment that is proven, stable, and compliant.

Our Advisors

Sarah Olsen

Director of Business Development, Gemini

Billy Waterson

Director, Galaxy Gives

Carol van Cleef

CEO, LeClair Ryan

Derek Handley

Astronaut in waiting, virgin galactic; entrepreneur
©2018 Onward Labs
386 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016
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