Carl Cervone

Hi, I’m Carl. I’m interested in using data to improve governance and public goods funding.

Right now, I’m working on Kariba Labs. We build technology to measure impact in the open. Our first product is an analytics platform called Open Source Observer that helps foundations and ecosystem funds allocate funding to open source projects.

Previously, I worked at Protocol Labs on Hypercerts, a flexible data standard for rewarding contributions in domains as varied as journalism, climate solutions, and event sponsorship. Before that, I cofounded Enveritas, a technology-based platform for verifying sustainability conditions on coffee farms. Enveritas is currently active in more than 20 countries and used by leading corporations to monitor their supply chains.

I’m a Gitcoin steward, Y Combinator alum (S18), board member of Cup of Excellence, and a Vice President at my local PTA.

My path is pretty atypical. Back in college, I spent my first two years on a Computer Science track before switching to Environmental Science. I did a minor in a field called Science & Society (a blend of philosophy of science and economics). My thesis used remote sensing and soil spectrometry to predict erosion in a Tanzanian village. I raised some grants to go back to Tanzania after graduation, which became what I fondly call my “DIY Peace Corps” experience. I learned Swahili and started a microfinance program in the same village. After that, I worked at an international development organization called TechnoServe. I started out as a volunteer helping coffee cooperatives build accounting and inventory management systems. I then played a key role in securing and implementing a $65 million grant from the Gates Foundation, and setting-up a large crossfunctional team in Ethiopia. We helped over 100 cooperatives get new financing and produce wonderful specialty coffees. I went on to be a founding member of their Strategic Initiatives team in New York, leading partnerships and consulting engagements with a portfolio of coffee companies. I also completed an MBA at Columbia during this time and hatched the idea for Enveritas while on a work trip to Cuba. After helping grow Enveritas to a revenue base of more than $20 million, I decided it was time to climb a new hill. That led me to Protocol Labs, and going deep into understanding the software supply chain.

I live in New York with my wife and two young boys. In the winter, I enjoy skiing in the Catskills and the rest of the year I love having friends over for pizza on the Ooni.

Most of my recent writing has been about Open Source Observer and the need for better funding infrastructure for digital public goods. I also write about data visualization, coffee, travel, and random stuff like mini art projects or a bracket to find the best pizza in NYC.

If you’re interested in connecting, send me a message on Twitter.