Storj Labs Raises $3 Million in Seed Funding

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Storj Labs, a distributed cloud storage provider, has raised $3 million in an oversubscribed seed financing round to advance its open source, distributed cloud storage platform, Storj (pronounced “storage”).

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“As a seed investor, we were more than happy to join the next round for Storj with a great line up of co-investors. We want storing files to be cheaper, faster and more secure and the progress the Storj team has made towards that mission has been phenomenal to watch. We are looking forward to putting more and more of our documents on the Blockchain thanks to Storj,” adds Simon Dixon, CEO, BnkToTheFuture.com.

Angel investors from venture capital firms, Qualcomm Ventures and Techstars, as well as industry leaders in the technology security space, including Cockroach Labs, Ionic Security, and Pindrop Security, are among the early backers.

Storj provides the first decentralized, end-to-end encrypted cloud storage solution to use Blockchain technology and cryptography to secure files. As an open source project, Storj unites a large and growing community of developers who are committed to building tools, applications and products that are private by design.

Data centers serve as the hub of cloud storage capabilities for cloud giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. But data centers come with a high price tag for developers, providers and users, with an even higher cost for data failures and security breaches. From physical servers and networking equipment to other infrastructure demands like electricity, cloud service providers spend billions of dollars every quarter just to maintain or grow their service offerings.

By creating a shared community of “farmers” (users who rent out their spare hard drive space and bandwidth), Storj creates a peer-to-peer network that is orders of magnitude more secure, up to 10x faster and 50 percent less expensive than traditional data center-based cloud storage solutions. A platform, cryptocurrency, and suite of decentralized applications, Storj allows users to store data in a secure and decentralized manner. It uses Blockchain features like a transaction ledger, public/private key encryption, and cryptographic hash functions for security so that users don’t have to assume the risk of censorship or hacking as with data centers.

“Storj aims to revolutionize cloud storage by putting the user back in control over their devices and their data,” said Shawn Wilkinson, co-founder, CEO and CTO of Storj Labs. “The decentralized aspect of Storj means there are no central servers to be compromised, and because of the use of client-side encryption, only the end users have access to their unencrypted files and encryption keys.”

Today Storj touts a community of more than 7,500 farmers and more than 15,000 API users worldwide. Storj Labs has cemented a channel partnership with Heroku, a cloud platform that enables developers to build, run, and operate applications entirely in the cloud. By joining forces with Heroku, Storj can provide developers with a distributed object storage solution with effortless encryption, optimal speed and easy implementation.

Storj Labs was also recently awarded a grant by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to help advance its technology. The funding is part of a grant program hosted by the GOED’s Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP) which will also give Storj access to free mentorship at BoomStartup, a startup accelerator founded in 2010.

“Storj is a unique market phenomena. It sets new standards of unit economics for distributed data storage,”  said Pavel Cherkashin, Managing Partner, GVA Vestor.in

Storj has surpassed 15,000 API users who leverage the Storj network for secure and decentralized data storage. Interested in earning money for your extra hard drive space? Become a Storj farmer! For developers looking to join the technical community, they have plenty of resources and documentation to help you start contributing.

 

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group ($500m+ and 50+ ICOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur.

He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups
and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and
startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat

Ad honorem - Honorary Ph.d - Chair Professor of Blockchain at
China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead
Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business
Automation 4.0 programme. Chevalier (Knight) - Ordre des Arts et des
Technologies at Crypto Chain University and on advisory board of Advisory Board Member of International Decentralized Association Of Cryptocurrency And Blockchain (IDABC) as well as Advisory Board Member at U.S. Blockchain Association.

Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+
innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME
Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for
the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken
(keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich

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 Virgin.com 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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