Silicon Valley’s NFX Guild Partners with Synereo to Accelerate dApp Dev Teams


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Synereo closed a huge deal  this week when a partnership was announced between the NFX Guild and  Synereo. The two will be working together to build the decentralized web on top of Synereo’s Blockchain 2.0 platform. NFX Guild has chosen Synereo over other major Blockchain platforms such as Ethereum and Lisk to accelerate dApp Dev Teams in their portfolio Blockchain companies. 

NFX Guild is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator founded by partners and long-term tech investors James Currier, Gigi Levy-Weiss and Stan Chudnovsky. With financial backers including CRV, Shasta Ventures, and Greylock Partners.

The exclusive program is accessible only to a select few of the most promising teams. To kickstart the program, NFX Guild and Synereo will invite developers to participate in a hackathon, presenting and developing their ideas for Synereo-powered decentralized applications. Winners of the hackathon, as well as handpicked Project 11 laureates, will be invited to apply to the prestigious NFX Accelerator Program. Accepted teams will receive $120,000 in investment funds from NFX as well as an AMP grant from Synereo.

James Currier, Managing Partner at NFX, explained the Guild’s decision to choose Synereo’s technology for the project, stating:

If you do the analysis, Synereo comes out as the superior platform for developing decentralized apps. It runs fully distributed instead of massively replicated. It’s JVM top to bottom rather than Python. It’s forward compatible, vs other platforms anticipating multiple hard- forks. Synereo has the identity layer built in which provides distribution advantages and network effects. Lastly, fine-grained concurrency, vs other platforms’ linearity, provides greater speeds and scalability

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The NFX Guild is a program and an alumni group led by the leading experts for network effects, a key aspect of creating sustainable, defensible digital ecosystems. NFX recognizes that Synereo is a major player in the decentralized economy, focusing heavily on creating opportunities for network effects for new applications in the decentralized paradigms, and, perhaps more importantly, between decentralized applications.

“We have been looking at digital currencies, Blockchain, and the decentralized economy for over a decade. We’ve been looking for a time and a group that was not just cryptonerds, but that was practical, who wanted to build applications, who wanted to make it about the users experience of something great – not just about the technology and the math. The Synereo team has that balanced perspective, and we’re looking for practical, growth oriented founding teams with the same approach to build apps on the Synereo platform.”
James Currier, Managing Partner, NFX Guild

The potential for network effects in Synereo’s ecosystem, facilitated by this joint venture, cannot be understated. As walled gardens become a thing of the past, each new dApp in the Synereo ecosystem means more functionality and more users in the decentralized economy, creating value for all participants and for each new application developer.

“We found the Synereo team to have a unique combination of cryptocurrency and modern digital finance understanding alongside a real understanding of developer requirements and the know-how of how to build strong developer tools. We strongly believe this combination puts Synereo in a great position to be the leader in the adoption of blockchain tech into the everyday world.”
Gigi Levy-Weiss, Founding Partner, NFX Guild.

Synereo recently graduated from the NFX Guild’s unique accelerator program, while receiving significant investments and enjoying the wisdom of these tech industry veterans. Placing a safe bet on the decentralized paradigm, NFX will invest resources, efforts and time in accelerating the development of an array of applications deployed on top of Synereo, heralding the age of the Decentralized Web.


About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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