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JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

regenerate natural and social capital

THROUGH THE CREATION OF A NEW CURRENCY

JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

regenerate natural and social capital

THROUGH THE CREATION OF A NEW CURRENCY

Money is a fundamental building block of the economy. Economic actors are incentivised to extract natural and social capital, in exchange for money. As such, the creation of money is directly linked to, and anchored in, extractive practices. However, the world’s resources are finite and therefore the extractive model of our economy not sustainable. In other words, we must “stay within our doughnut”.

We believe that a key component of closing this extractive cycle will be the creation of a new form of currency. In addition to the three existing functions of money (medium of exchange, store of value, unit of account), a fourth is needed: the regeneration of natural and social capital.

Bitcoin has demonstrated that it is possible to create new currencies which challenge our current monetary system. Ethereum has reduced the barrier for building decentralised applications and issuing tokens, while gathering a thriving ecosystem around it. New organisational structures, like Maker DAO, are enabling a new financial system — DeFi (decentralised finance) — with stable cryptocurrencies at their core. However, these projects have failed to deliver on the impact front: they merely replicate the current extractive model of economy and most investors are driven by quick profit.

In spite of this, these projects have built the primitives we need to reorganise society and rethink our economy. We are exploring the use of these building blocks as foundations for a sustainable economic system which directs financial flows towards the regeneration of natural and social capital.

This project is still in its early stages. We are looking for people to join the founding team and explore how we can make it a reality.

 

WHO should apply

You are motivated to build a company that benefits the planet. You are collaborative, committed to your teammates, and able to communicate clearly. You are creative, always asking why, and actively enjoy building a network around the problems and opportunities that you go after. You bring broad technical knowledge that is relevant to the opportunity area (see below). Ideally, you are based in Berlin or are willing to move there.

 

Knowledge and skill’s we’re after (a mix of):

●  Carbon markets and climate finance

●  Blockchain literacy, i.e. familiar with the space, tooling, latest developments, etc.

●  Token engineering and cryptoeconomics

●  Financial instrument design and modelling

●  Legal hacker, e.g. tokenization of real-world assets and decentralised organisations (DAOs)

●  Knowledge of blockchain-relevant programming language, e.g. Solidity, Javascript, Typescript, Go, Rust etc. (include Github with application)

●  Data science for ecological state data, e.g. remote-sensing technologies

●  Open source ecosystem development

●  Environmental policy innovation

●  Operations knowledge, e.g. practical understanding of running & scaling up a project quickly

OUR OFFER

Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, we’ll pay you to start your own company with access to co-founders and up to £500k in pre-seed and seed funding. We’ll also continuously support you in building the venture and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.

Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company throughout its journey.

Money is a fundamental building block of the economy. Economic actors are incentivised to extract natural and social capital, in exchange for money. As such, the creation of money is directly linked to, and anchored in, extractive practices. However, the world’s resources are finite and therefore the extractive model of our economy not sustainable. In other words, we must “stay within our doughnut”.

We believe that a key component of closing this extractive cycle will be the creation of a new form of currency. In addition to the three existing functions of money (medium of exchange, store of value, unit of account), a fourth is needed: the regeneration of natural and social capital.

Bitcoin has demonstrated that it is possible to create new currencies which challenge our current monetary system. Ethereum has reduced the barrier for building decentralised applications and issuing tokens, while gathering a thriving ecosystem around it. New organisational structures, like Maker DAO, are enabling a new financial system — DeFi (decentralised finance) — with stable cryptocurrencies at their core. However, these projects have failed to deliver on the impact front: they merely replicate the current extractive model of economy and most investors are driven by quick profit.

In spite of this, these projects have built the primitives we need to reorganise society and rethink our economy. We are exploring the use of these building blocks as foundations for a sustainable economic system which directs financial flows towards the regeneration of natural and social capital.

This project is still in its early stages. We are looking for people to join the founding team and explore how we can make it a reality.

 

WHO should apply

You are motivated to build a company that benefits the planet. You are collaborative, committed to your teammates, and able to communicate clearly. You are creative, always asking why, and actively enjoy building a network around the problems and opportunities that you go after. You bring broad technical knowledge that is relevant to the opportunity area (see below). Ideally, you are based in Berlin or are willing to move there.

 

Knowledge and skill’s we’re after (a mix of):

●  Carbon markets and climate finance

●  Blockchain literacy, i.e. familiar with the space, tooling, latest developments, etc.

●  Token engineering and cryptoeconomics

●  Financial instrument design and modelling

●  Legal hacker, e.g. tokenization of real-world assets and decentralised organisations (DAOs)

●  Knowledge of blockchain-relevant programming language, e.g. Solidity, Javascript, Typescript, Go, Rust etc. (include Github with application)

●  Data science for ecological state data, e.g. remote-sensing technologies

●  Open source ecosystem development

●  Environmental policy innovation

●  Operations knowledge, e.g. practical understanding of running & scaling up a project quickly

our offer

Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, we’ll pay you to start your own company with access to co-founders and up to £500k in pre-seed and seed funding. We’ll also continuously support you in building the venture and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.

Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company throughout its journey.

Interviews ongoing

Interviews ongoing

Negative Emissions Markets Team at DSV

current Founders

Raphaël is passionate about leveraging decentralised technologies to prevent a climate crisis. He was recently a winner in the Carbon Footprint Track of the Blockchain for Social Impact Incubator. He has been exploring the key constraints holding back today’s carbon markets, and investigating approaches that have the potential to overcome these limitations.

To learn more about Raphaël’s work, you can email him here.

Nicole is a sustainable finance professional applying data-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to designing business solutions to climate change. She’s currently investigating approaches to support commodities and financial markets with climate-smart, net-negative emissions tools.

To learn more about Nicole’s work, you can email her here.

Mo is looking for ways to accelerate the rate at which NETs are being deployed. He has spent the past few months gaining an understanding of the fundamental roadblocks in this domain, and deriving approaches to overcome them. He’s now assembling the founding teams that will build the companies that will overcome the problems in this space.

To learn more about Mo’s work, you can email him here.

Negative Emissions Markets Team at DSV

current Founders

Raphaël is passionate about leveraging decentralised technologies to prevent a climate crisis. He was recently a winner in the Carbon Footprint Track of the Blockchain for Social Impact Incubator. He has been exploring the key constraints holding back today’s carbon markets, and investigating approaches that have the potential to overcome these limitations.

To learn more about Raphaël’s work, you can email him here.

Nicole is a sustainable finance professional applying data-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to designing business solutions to climate change. She’s currently investigating approaches to support commodities and financial markets with climate-smart, net-negative emissions tools.

To learn more about Nicole’s work, you can email her here.

Mo is looking for ways to accelerate the rate at which NETs are being deployed. He has spent the past few months gaining an understanding of the fundamental roadblocks in this domain, and deriving approaches to overcome them. He’s now assembling the founding teams that will build the companies that will overcome the problems in this space.

To learn more about Mo’s work, you can email him here.

Negative Emissions Markets Team at DSV

current Founders

Raphaël is passionate about leveraging decentralised technologies to prevent a climate crisis. He was recently a winner in the Carbon Footprint Track of the Blockchain for Social Impact Incubator. He has been exploring the key constraints holding back today’s carbon markets, and investigating approaches that have the potential to overcome these limitations.

To learn more about Raphaël’s work, you can email him here.

Nicole is a sustainable finance professional applying data-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to designing business solutions to climate change. She’s currently investigating approaches to support commodities and financial markets with climate-smart, net-negative emissions tools.

To learn more about Nicole’s work, you can email her here.

Mo is looking for ways to accelerate the rate at which NETs are being deployed. He has spent the past few months gaining an understanding of the fundamental roadblocks in this domain, and deriving approaches to overcome them. He’s now assembling the founding teams that will build the companies that will overcome the problems in this space.

To learn more about Mo’s work, you can email him here.