The Graph Launches Hosted Service for Indexing Data From Ethereum and IPFS Onstage at Graph Day

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Blockchain Project Announces $2.4M Seed Round, Six Launch Partners

On Friday at Graph Day, Graph Protocol Inc. launched its flagship Hosted Service and Graph Explorer for indexing data from the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS. In addition, the company announced that it has raised $2.4 million in a seed round led by Multicoin Capital to finance their mission of building a fully decentralized indexing layer for Web3 applications. Additional investors included: Compound VC, CoinFund, DTC, Kilowatt, Reciprocal Ventures, SPC, and others.

The Graph is a query layer for blockchains, initially focused on Ethereum. Query functionality is a critical piece of development infrastructure. Prior to The Graph, developers had to build homegrown, centralized indexing servers to serve up data for decentralized applications (dApps). This approach takes time, is capital-intensive, and re-introduces centralization, defeating the purpose of the dApp. The new hosted service by The Graph enables developers to quickly index data from smart contracts, unlocking rich new data sources to power dApps. The company plans to offer both centralized and decentralized services in 2019.

“The Graph solves the problem of extracting valuable blockchain data by exposing both Ethereum and IPFS to developers using a distributed, redundant, permissionless network via a GraphQL endpoint,” said Kyle Samani, Managing Partner, Multicoin Capital. “The problem that The Graph solves is immense. It will have expansionary effects on the market as a whole. We firmly believe that it’s going to be one of the most critical protocols in the Web3 stack.”

During a research presentation, a spokesperson also revealed details about the project’s decentralized network design for the first time and shared its multi-step roadmap for decentralizing the protocol.

“Today, The Graph is publishing the spec for the hybrid decentralized protocol. This version allows anyone to run a node to provide indexing and query processing services to the network in exchange for payment,” said Brandon Ramirez, Research Lead, The Graph. “This spec is open source and includes details about indexing, querying, payments, token mechanics, and incentive design in the network. Our team is calling on researchers and academics to review the specs and help us fulfill our mission of accelerating decentralization.”

In conjunction with the launch of the service, the project team also announced seven launch partners: Dharma, Compound, Uniswap, ENS, Origin, Decentraland, and Livepeer. All seven protocols are now available on The Graph for third-party developers to access.

“I’m very proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished in a short period of time. Web3 is an evolving platform that’s open, secure, stable, and verifiable. However, it’s still difficult to build usable applications with this nascent technology. The Graph is an important protocol in the Web3 stack and the tools we released today will enable developers to build the next wave of applications on a solid foundation,” said Yaniv Tal, co-founder and project lead, The Graph.

With these announcements, the development community now has a new way to access organized data from Ethereum and IPFS. Moving forward, The Graph will on-board additional protocols to make even more data available to innovative developers wanting to build dApps powered by blockchain data.

To check out the new Graph Explorer please visit https://thegraph.com/explorer.

About Graph Protocol

The Graph is a query protocol for Web3.

We’re building The Graph because we’ve experienced the challenges in getting data off blockchains. We envision The Graph as a truly decentralized ecosystem where the community can collaborate on curating quality data sources available to all. Together, we can build a new generation of the web free from data silos and monopolies.

To learn more or get involved, please visit https://thegraph.com.

About Graph Day

Graph Day is an annual blockchain summit in San Francisco hosted by Graph Protocol Inc. The inaugural 2019 event attracted over 150 developers and investors from the Web3 ecosystem, including speakers from Livepeer, Compound, Decentraland, and others. The event intends to build support around key areas that can drive the Web3 platform toward mainstream adoption. To learn more or get involved, please visit https://thegraph.com/graphday.

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