About the company

Verifiable data engineers to the core​

Usher Labs creates tools and tech to secure data in blockchains. This is especially for managing digital assets. We call this data security “data protocols” – a set of conditions that enforce data validity.

Our purpose

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Blockchains are tamper-resistant, transparent, and secure. But, they need to secure data from the outside too. Bad data can cause big losses. So, it’s crucial to protect digital assets from compromised or inaccurate information. To enhance user trust, our tools promote the prevention of manipulating sensitive data. Intermediaries in a data pipeline should not be able to create bad data, whether on purpose or not.

Our goal is to secure integration of data in the world with blockchains, ensuring it is:

  1. Tamper-resistant
  2. Censorship-resistant
  3. Privacy-preserving
  4. Transparent
  5. Accurate

Outcomes include:

  • Tamper-resistant data from IoT devices to blockchain.
  • Verifiably accurate integrations between trusted financial institutions, data providers, and blockchains.
  • Insight into the health and trust of data and systems powering the next-generation financial system.

Ultimately, we support the global adoption and user trust of Web3 and on-chain financial services.

Our Story

Usher Labs was founded with the launch of “Usher”. It is a Web3 integrated Referral Marketing solution. It supports the trustless growth of NFT and DeFi projects.
We identified the first primary data security risk. Referral data must pass through a centralised authority. Web3 referral software is vulnerable to tampering and mismanagement. This led to trust issues among stakeholders.
Recognised the need for a new infrastructure. It would securely move events and data to decentralised storage. This established a new purpose.
Began developing the Log Store Network. It's a decentralised and immutable time-series database for global events. It introduced the concept of programmable data protocols for unified asset management.
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See technical spec on the Log Store Network.
Clarified a logical assumption in data protocols. Censorship resistance does not need immutability. This prompted rapid evolution of Log Store.
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  • Researched MPC-TLS cryptographic primitive for tracing data to its original source.
  • Collaboration with the Stellar Ecosystem. Creating transparency solutions for Stellar Anchors. These are centralised off-chain bridges between the real world and the Stellar Blockchain.
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  • Published paper that refined the vision and application of our technology.
  • Conducted research into zero-knowledge transparency. Discovered “trusted data” as a heuristic. Refining our understanding of trust establishment and maintenance.
  • A paper detailing the heuristic focuses on protocols bound by centralisation and authorities. Real-world assets (RWAs) are the primary sector for these protocols.
  • Onboarded data-centric app-chains, DePINs, and data-driven protocols. Continuous definition and simplification of holistic vision and roadmap for data protocol technologies.
  • Attestation framework for zero-knowledge or high-frequency decentralised verifiable data processing. Builds upon the asset manager protocol establishing the Internet Computer as a co-processor.
  • X NFTs: Fully on-chain game based on verified X/Twitter data on the Near Blockchain in partnership with Mintbase.
  • Trust analysis and reports shared with Usher Labs’ community
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Rewind to where we started

Usher Labs’s original Web3 Referral Marketing Technology is now open source and available for you to adopt and evolve.

We’ve kept this technology available because it symbolises a piece of our history. The core value of referrals in Web3 is significant. The issue is the dynamic and event-driven nature of the technology. It highlights the need for tools to create data protocols.

The question is, how can an operator of referral marketing technology minimise assumed trust to securely serve decentralised and anonymous stakeholders?

The answer is “Usher Labs”.

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