Paradigm is a group of builders that supports other builders.
Some of our most fruitful collaborations involve deep work with entrepreneurial teams to solve important business and research problems. Sometimes an entrepreneur brings the idea, other times we do. Either way, we love the process of mind melding and bringing a project to life.
A few examples:
Uniswap had only recently launched when Hayden Adams came to pitch Paradigm in 2019. We were fortunate to lead Uniswap’s seed round, and Dan Robinson has dedicated a large chunk of his brain to thinking about Uniswap ever since, including contributing to Uniswap v2, v3, v4, and UniswapX.
Flashbots began as a group chat with eventual cofounders Scott Bigelow, Phil Daian, Stephane Gosselin, Alex Obadia, and Tina Zhen, along with a loose collection of MEV-curious crypto folks including Charlie Noyes, Georgios Konstantopoulos, and samczsun from the Paradigm team. The group chat evolved into a company, and Paradigm was glad to help the Flashbots team form and fund their plans. It’s been a fascinating journey through the dark forest.
Conduit evolved out of a collaboration between a Paradigm entrepreneur-in-residence, Andrew Huang, and Georgios Konstantopoulos. Georgios and others on the Paradigm team had been thinking about infrastructure to support a rollup-centric, multi-chain world. Meanwhile, Andrew had been thinking about ways to apply his web2 infrastructure experiences to crypto. A few months into Andrew’s residency with Paradigm, Conduit was born.
There’s no shortage of great people working in crypto, and we’d like to collaborate with more of them.
We currently have the bandwidth to take on 3 to 5 new, deep collaborations.
You’ll get to work closely with the Paradigm investing and research teams, in addition to support from our talent, legal/policy, design, go-to-market, and data teams.
You can be pre-idea (as an entrepreneur-in-residence) or further along at the seed or series A stage.
You can bring your own idea, or collaborate on one of ours.
A few areas we’ve been exploring:
Intent-centric protocols and infra
Hooks on top of Uniswap v4 (especially ones that focus on LP profitability and loss-vs-rebalancing)
Infra for a rollup-centric, multi-chain world
Onchain games (something we would enjoy playing)
Crypto-native social apps
Prediction markets (creating markets with real liquidity)
Stablecoin payments/fintech (as stablecoins mature and banking becomes more troublesome)
Onchain treasuries (a natural step after stablecoins and before other real world assets)
ZKP apps (there is a ZKP capability overhang: science is ahead of applied research, which is ahead of applications)
Please tell us about yourself or your project by filling out this form. This will be a rolling process, so get in touch anytime. We’ll read every submission, but may not be able to respond to all of them.
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