What is Gimbalabs? (Intro & Part 1)

by James Dunseith


The first things I’d like you to know about Gimbalabs is that the process of defining “what it is remains ongoing, and that we invite you to participate. Not in some “we’re building this plane as we’re flying it” with a wink and a smile sort of way, but in the fully-active understanding that in order to have any chance of solving the world’s most challenging problems, we must be comfortable with uncertainty, open to new ways of working and willing to question any assumption. We admire many of the ideals expressed across the blockchain industry, especially in the Cardano ecosystem, and we recognize the deep and wide scope of how much we’re all going to have to contribute in order to actualize these ideals.

  • Part 2 continues with a summary of how our priorities have evolved over these first three months of operation.
  • In Part 3, I will ask whether Gimbalabs is a DAO. We aspire to be one (we think!) and we’ll assess our progress by considering individually each word: “decentralized”, “autonomous”, and “organization”.
  • Parts 4 and 5 will support you to make the most of Gimbalabs by providing insight into how we create new work and how we’re thinking about the new age of abundance.

Part 1: Gimbalabs Roots

Gimbalabs was founded in late 2020 by three participants in Cardano’s Project Catalyst: Juliane Montag, Roberto Carlos Morano, and me, James Dunseith. Juliane and I met during Fund 1, where we became fast friends after she offered generous feedback on my proposal. I will forever be an advocate of the Catalyst comments as a place to meet future collaborators.

  • We are ok with inefficiency if we’re learning — that’s a form of investment.
  • We know that we’re living in a historic moment where ideas are plentiful and the value is in doing. We are all capable of more than we think — especially if we recognize learning time as an investment.

Naming Gimbalabs

We are drawn to the Cardano ecosystem, among other things, by its attention to detail. We admire how things are named, and we hope to carry that forward.