Context Labs, has offices in Cambridge, MA and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 We provide enterprise grade blockchain-enabled platform solutions that deliver trust and transparency for the digital and physical worlds.  

Everything we share and use is part of a supply chain.  Digital and physical.  

We are all interconnected in a supply chain of relationships, ideas, intellectual property, invention, products, and services.  

This supply chain has innate value, and in today's digitally interconnected world, must be protected and secured. Today's Internet has disconnected and obfuscated the relationship between producers and consumers.  

Our technology builds a trusted and transparent bridge back to direct peer-to-peer supply chains, enhancing the value chain for all.  We bring Context to Connections.


The Context Labs core platform product line consists of micro-service level components that enable core blockchain interoperability, big data enterprise integration, and insightful analytics.  These components are called Chainplate Foundation™, Snapshackle Interoperability™, and VUEGraph Analytics™.  

These components then snap together to produce a variety of industry solutions: Physical Asset Supply Chain, Digital Asset Supply Chain, and Consumer and Labeling Applications, and Innovation ecosystem modeling.

The company achieves this by vision by delivering platform innovation integrating secure distributed and shared ledgers (Blockchain), network graph analytics and visualizations, data interoperability, trusted identity management, and micro-payment enablement.  

Our enterprise-grade solutions help customers develop new channels to market, reducing channel friction to provide higher margins, while concurrently retaining and growing direct customer relationships.

Context Labs was founded by Dan Harple, an Internet pioneer and technology entrepreneur, having founded and built technologies, companies, and products that have been used by billions of Internet users.

The team have been responsible for -among others- seminal products for Voice over IP (VoIP) and media streaming (Netscape), standardizing the realtime streaming protocols in the Internet, building the core software platforms for both Oracle Fusion/Collaboration Suite and Sina Weibo -currently enabling realtime communication between 600+ million mobile phones in China.  

The Context Labs team consists of experts in software platforms, distributed and shared ledgers, encryption, network science, social/local/mobile, big data, and visualization. The team has extensive experience in at-scale innovation, strategy, and building breakthrough platforms and apps.

Innovation Dynamics

Context Labs roots and founding team stem from our work at MIT Sloan and the MIT Media Lab focusing on innovation dynamics, commencing with the group’s co-founding in 2012 of MIT Sloan’s Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab (REAL).

The InnovationScope™ platform, a real-time navigator of innovation clusters, enables cities, regions and countries to deeply describe their geographical innovative activities.  It granularizes by entrepreneurial and innovation clusters, successes and gaps. The platform helps organizations make informed decisions regarding their strategic investments focused on innovation.

The subsequent technology developed in this effort by our founders, known as InnovationScope™, with its platform for global data interoperability from diverse data sources, proved foundational for Context Labs development efforts for Chainplate Foundation™, Snapshackle Interoperability™, and VUEGraph Analytics™.

Similarly, InnovationScope™ can support and advise multinationals and early-stage investors for strategic and targeted investments regarding certain domains or regions, facilitating a better predictive metric for return-on-investment.

The underlying core of the InnovationScope™ framework is known as Pentahelix™theory, implemented as a big data analytics platform called the Cluster Rank Engine™ (CRE) which was developed by the Context Labs team. The framework integrates big data analytics, graph theory algorithms and systems dynamics, to produce insights to influence outcomes in innovation strategy and planning.

In addition, and to encourage interoperability between a multitude of global data resources and devices, Context Labs developed an open data format that generalizes to a wide range of urban data streams, called CityX™.