DIRT Protocol

A protocol for trusted data.
Our mission is to organize the world’s information and to make it freely accessible.
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Decentralized Trust - Information curators can be inaccurate, biased, or dishonest. For example, some websites receive payments in exchange for positive product reviews and financial data in unregulated markets may be purposely made inaccurate. If a central source has incentives other than data accuracy, DIRT is a more reliable alternative.


Accurate Data at Scale - Crowd-based data solutions often struggle to maintain quality at scale because there are limited incentives for moderation. DIRT protocol enforces accuracy using token-staking to make it economically irrational for misinformation to persist.


Free - Data in the 21st century is like oil in the 20th century - an immensely valuable asset that is critical to the economy. Unfortunately most data is privately held and expensive to acquire. This creates data silos, limits competition, and stifles creativity. We aim to make structured data about the world freely accessible to allow new applications and utilities to emerge.

How DIRT works

DIRT is a protocol for decentralized information curation that uses token staking to incentivize honesty. DIRT is not a Token Curated Registry (TCR). DIRT is a protocol to build TCRs.

Similar to Wikipedia, DIRT allows anyone to contribute information. DIRT maintains accuracy at scale because every contributor needs to deposit tokens to write data. If the data is correct, it is freely shared. If the data is incorrect, anyone can challenge the data and earn tokens for identifying these inaccurate facts. Our protocol and platform makes it economically irrational for misinformation to persist in a data set.

We are releasing our whitepaper shortly. Join DIRT's mailing list to stay updated.

Meet the team

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Wil Chung

Lead Ecommerce Engineer @ Pebble · Cofounder @ Noteleaf (YC'11) · First engineer @ Frogmetrics · MS @ JHU & BS @ UIUC

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Mark Erdmann

Principal Engineer @ CBRE · Led iOS development @ The Hunt · Early engineer @ Docker, CrowdFlower · UCSB

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Yoshio Goto

First Hire @ Tidbit · Engineer @ Radius · Cofounder @ GoGenie · BS @ London School of Economics, Peking University

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Jane Park

Software Engineer @ Google · Computer Science @ Cornell

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Yin Wu

Principal Engineer @ Microsoft · Cofounder @ Double Labs (Acquired by MSFT, YC'11) · Computer Science @ Stanford

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Ricky Yean

Cofounder @ Upbeat and Crowdbooster (YC'10) · Stanford



Caffeinated Capital
David King
Digital Currency Group
DDC Fund
Danhua Capital
Elad Gil
Fred Ehrsam
General Catalyst
Greylock Partners
Hustle Fund
Jerry Cain
Katie Jacobs Stanton
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Linda Xie
Liquid2 Ventures
Nafis Jamal
Othman Laraki
Pantera Capital
SV Angel
Village Global
Vy Capital

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We are a team of engineers and serial entrepreneurs. We are focused on shipping great products that enable other developers to build on top of the data we unlock. Join us on this journey.

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