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Protocol Labs

We drive breakthroughs in computing to push humanity forward

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Our mission is to improve humanity’s most important technology, the Internet. We are growing an open ecosystem for decentralized storage and giving developers an open and sustainable platform to build, enhance, and monetize those services.

current challenges

  • Preserving humanity’s most important information
  • Becoming a part of the Web3 wave
  • Participating in an open network
  • Allocation of incentives for bootstrapping
  • Having greater control over operations
  • Leveraging opportunities for innovation

culture & values

  • We are open source to the core
  • We are a global, remote workforce
  • We champion autonomy
  • We welcome diverse ways of thinking


Protocol Labs is a development firm founded in 2014 by Juan Benet. Benet and crew constructed Filecoin and IPFS in tandem, raising a few Seed equity rounds to fund the process. In 2017, we hosted a token sale to secure funds for Filecoin's development, which raised around $205 million in one of the most extensive token offerings.

Protocol Labs seeks to build a fundamental layer for data infrastructure that can be used by both blockchain and traditional providers, like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The project plans to achieve this goal by creating a marketplace in which any user who has storage capacity can connect to the network, creating a supply of unused storage both in consumer hardware and data centers of existing businesses. The Filecoin team believes this will reduce the price of storage, similar to how sharing economy companies like Airbnb reduced the cost of short-term rentals in marketplaces traditionally dominated by prominent players with large capital requirements.

core team

Juan Benet - Founder & CEO at Protocol Labs

Robert Dowling - Associate Engineer at Filecoin Foundation

Rachel Green Horn - Head of Marketing and Communications at Filecoin Foundation

Ally Haire - Developer Advocate

Colin Evran - Ecosystem Lead


As a team member, you will have the opportunity to help define our growth as the organization scales. 

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.

If you’re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you.