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Essential tools for todays digital nomad

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The world isn’t ready for the digital nomad movement.

If projections are to be believed, the growing trend in how people choose to live and work is fast outpacing the service and policy enhancements needed to keep up with a borderless workforce bound only by its need for a reliable Wi-Fi connection. But that’s not slowing down the nomads.

The Economist theorizes that there could be as many as one billion remote workers by 2035. Such a movement has implications for entities ranging from banks and insurance companies to national governments — but few organizations are in the habit of looking 15 years down the road and altering course appropriately. But even short-term, the numbers deserve our attention: about 59 million people are considering joining the digital nomad movement in the next two to three years.

Put another way: in the next 24 to 36 months, roughly the population of Italy plans to sever traditional workplace ties so they can go mobile. How are our global services and infrastructures going to accommodate these individuals?

Having spent more than six years as a digital nomad myself, I can tell you that there’s a steep learning curve to this lifestyle. While it’s one that I’ve found well worth the effort, tapping into the networks and services needed to sustain my professional and personal networks hasn’t always been easy. Looking back to when I first gave into my wanderlust, after starting my career in the late ‘90s dot-com era as a serial entrepreneur in the U.S. digital marketing and ad tech industries, I can’t help but muse that I wish I knew then what I know now.

So for all of those aspiring or early stage nomads out there, in hopes that your own transitions to the nomadic lifestyle might be easier than my own, I’m here to tell you what I know now. While we can expect to see a great deal of change over the next couple decades, as the world economy races to catch up to the digital nomad movement, these are the essential considerations — and your best options — when it comes to the core elements needed to sustain yourself in your nomadic ramblings today.

Accommodations

Let’s start with the basics: where to live.

It’s almost impossible for digital nomads to find suitable accommodations at fair prices within major U.S. metropolitan areas that foster the standard of living they’re seeking. That’s one of the main reasons why so many nomads are ending up in Asian countries and other economical international destinations. In addition to being lower-cost, these destinations offer desirable alternatives to city environments where the standard 9-5 is required to afford everything the city has to offer.

When it comes to finding a place to live, whether for a few days or many months, there are a lot of options. The one that makes the most sense has a lot to do with your individual situation and preferences. Most important is having a place to stay with strong Wi-Fi. Consider:

Airbnb: Given its popularity for vacation rentals, a lot of new nomads initially turn here. While it allows for a more “at home” feel in a rental (because it is someone’s home), it can quickly become cost-prohibitive. Airbnb is great for short-term rentals, but comparatively expensive for anything more than a couple weeks.

Booking and Agoda: Similar to Airbnb, but these sites are more professional in that they’re mostly used by professionally-run apartments, hotels and resorts. All are great for those who are looking for more services with their accommodations. But they don’t always have the home-like feel that many nomads crave, and like Airbnb, they can get expensive fast.

Facebook Groups: A number of Facebook Groups for digital nomads have emerged recently. These groups can be handy because they let guests and hosts connect directly and come to mutually agreeable arrangements. However, these groups aren’t a rental platform. Guests don’t have access to reviews or an easy way to issue payments confidently. So while accommodations can be a bit more affordable when organized through groups, it’s hard to know what you’re going to get.

Hostels: As any rambling college student can attest, hostels are an affordable, social way to see the world. But living at a hostel offers little privacy and near-constant disruption, often of the drunken partying variety. It’s not a terribly viable route for nomadic couples or anyone looking for living space that can also double as an office. 

Hotels: On the flip side, hotels are great for couples. But for nomads spending weeks or even months abroad, they’re expensive and can be isolating for people looking to truly immerse themselves in new local cultures. Hotels are best reserved for short-term expeditions.

VIP hostels (e.g., Selina): This new breed of the hostel experience offers a great combination of co-working and social connections that help nomads connect with like-minded people. They provide some level of privacy, but these accommodations — like others — become expensive in the long term if you want your own bedroom.

Co-living spaces: As with co-working spaces, there’s a growing movement in which digital nomads come together to share the cost of living accommodations, which range from multi-bedroom apartments to large-scale co-living buildings complete with kitchens, shared and private bathrooms, working and community spaces. These environments are great for making connections while having access to privacy when needed, but branded co-living spaces will still cost more than a local midterm apartment.

Midterm rental platforms: For nomads looking to stay in one place for a month or more and truly soak in the culture, midterm rental platforms represent a more-affordable alternative to platforms like Airbnb. These platforms (full disclosure: I now operate one of them, by the name of NomadX) offer affordable month-to-month options with fast Wi-Fi in everyday neighborhoods, which enables you to connect more deeply with the local community without an overly long commitment. That said, this category is still quite new, so midterm rental inventory might be limited or nonexistent in the market you’re considering.

Couchsurfing: Finally, I’d be remiss not to mention Couchsurfing, a social network for travelers and nomads that makes it possible to connect directly with locals and even crash on their sofas for free. That said, Couchsurfing is only designed for short-term stays, it’s not very professional and it’s quickly evolving into more of a dating/hook-up platform than anything else.

Also, a quick note on Wi-Fi: No matter where you stay, you’ll need to ensure you can always be connected in order to stay on top of work. While you can check with your current mobile provider on international roaming plans, the coverage might be limited and ultimately become expensive. You might instead want to consider buying a local SIM card in every country and using it with your smartphone. That way, you can use your phone as a hotspot and get internet on your laptop. In a pinch, though, it’s good to have a backup mobile hotspot option. (For example, I travel with a Skyroam Solis.)

Insurance

We digital nomads are risk takers by nature, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want or appreciate a safety net. After all, having an accident isn’t a choice. Unfortunately, if nomads can’t get coverage for a fair price, many opt to forego insurance altogether and end up resorting to crowdfunding if they end up in a bad situation. I’ve had several friends get into accidents in foreign countries, and they couldn’t get proper medical treatment until they’d crowdfunded the needed resources. This is a worst-case scenario, and it’s one that I hope becomes a thing of the past as more borderless options for insurance emerge.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/06/essential-tools-for-todays-digital-nomad/

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Over 120 VC firms have pumped major cash in blockchain companies. Meet the top 50

CryptoniteFeb 14 · 27 min read

Our view is there is still quite a mental (and emotional) chasm between the risk investors who have embraced the new blockchain paradigm and those who have not. No matter which side of the fence you stand on when you contemplate the growing global mistrust of institutions, the new maniacal concerns about online privacy, and the cold hard industry facts, the blockchain revolution can not be denied.

IBM, for instance, is investing heavily in being the number one blockchain solutions provider. The IBM pitch is: ‘Blockchain is more than technology. It’s a movement to help you redefine your most important business relationships through trust, transparency and newfound collaboration.’ Gartner says that blockchain technology will create more than $176 billion dollars worth of business value by 2025 and $3.1 trillion by 2030.

Late-stage VCs in denial

One indicator at the state of VC denial of blockchain is the current A CBInsights global ‘Unicorn’ tracking report whose last estimate is that 440 private companies are currently valued over $1 billion each with a combined market cap of another $1.4 trillion. No real argument here, except that only 7 out of the 440 listed unicorns are blockchain companies. Of course, they could not deny that a Ripple or Coinbaise belonged on the list, but to skip over pioneering public blockchain companies such as Ethereum ($33B in token value), and Tezos ($2.4B in token value) is highly suspect at a minimum. Another sign was Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report for 2019, the most coveted annual report in the VC scene, the phrases ‘blockchain,’ ‘bitcoin,’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ were not mentioned ONCE in Ms. Mary’s 334-page missive!

Our suspicion is that deep in their souls, many VCs sense the obvious threat the tokenization of assets means to their business. There will always be the need for industry-savvy angels and top-tier VCs who stay very close to the streets of Silicon Valley to identify, qualify and provide seed money for newly minted startups. But after a company is up and running, and can demonstrate success, they will have the opportunity to list on new OTC exchanges such as OpenFinance, Templum, and SharesPost’s newly launched secondary and digital securities trading platform. This new development is a boon for early investors and founders who will enjoy greater and earlier liquidity options. And if founders play their cards right, this also means they can raise money at higher valuations and retain more ownership of their companies.

‘Our new platform is an important milestone for the digital securities ecosystem. Now companies can efficiently raise capital and provide liquidity globally by leveraging blockchain technology in a way that complies with securities laws. The SharesPost marketplace connects more than 50,000 institutional and individual accredited investors. We believe that over time digital securities will join preferred and common stock as the mainstays of the private capital market.’ —Greg Brogger, Founder and CEO, Sharespost

But these trends also mean that later-stage VCs will fight to stay relevant. The days of easy money are coming to a close. The greater transparency and broader accessibility of blockchain-based trading networks will usher in a massive new class of private company investors. Even students and people living in developing nations will have an opportunity to enjoy the upside potential of early-stage investing. And all along the way, this will allow early angel investors, startup advisors, and hard-working entrepreneurs to diversify their risks by taking a little money off the table as they build their empires.

Top 50 Venture Capital Firms Investing in Blockchain Companies

50 most important and influential venture capital companies investing in blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. They are ranked according to four key criteria: the value of total blockchain investments, the total number of blockchain investments, length of blockchain investment experience, and level of investment activity in the last 12 months.

Top 50 Blockchain Venture Capital Firms

Digital Currency Group

Description: Digital Currency Group is clearly the most influential venture capital investor in the blockchain space. Based in New York, Digital Currency Group has made more investments in blockchain companies, and for more money, than any other investor. Not only was Digital Currency Group one of the first blockchain investors, they have made more blockchain investments in the last 12 months (15) than all but 9 other VCs have made over any period.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 58

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $78 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Ledger, Circle, Blockchain Inc.

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 15

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://dcg.co

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Pantera Capital

Description: Pantera barely edged out Blockchain Capital for the number two spot on our list. Based in Menlo Park where the Bay Area’s tech and VC worlds collide, Pantera ranked in the top 10 in all four criteria we looked at for our rankings. Unlike most of the pure venture capital funds on this list, Pantera is a hybrid hedge fund/venture fund making seed investments in blockchain companies as well as investing in tokens and cryptocurrencies.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 31

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $65 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Circle, Harbor, DMarket

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: https://www.panteracapital.com

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Blockchain Capital

Description: Blockchain Capital came in a close third on our rankings of the top venture capital investors in blockchain. Like Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital, Blockchain Capital is a pure blockchain venture fund. Their first investment in blockchain came in late 2013 with their Series A investment in BTCC, the world’s oldest Bitcoin trading platform, and since that time has made more blockchain investments than anyone but Digital Currency Group. Blockchain Capital is based in San Francisco, CA.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 37

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $71 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Circle, Coinbase, Blockstream, Ripple

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 12

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://blockchain.capital

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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)

Description: Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, is one of the world’s largest venture capital firms, and the first VC on our list to not invest almost exclusively in blockchain and digital assets. In fact, digital assets make up only a fraction of a16z’s more than $4 billion in assets. Andreessen got its start in blockchain investing in 2013 with an angel investment in Ripple followed by early-stage venture funding of Coinbase. Since then, they have made nearly a dozen other blockchain investments in companies like Basis, Harbor, and Chia Networks. Look for Andreessen to move even farther up this list with their recent announcement of their $300 million crypto-focused fund.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 14

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $55 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Coinbase, DFINITY, Harbor

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No (but recently launched fund focused on digital assets)

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 9

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: https://www.a16z.com

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Node Capital

Description: Unlike other top venture funds on our list that primarily make seed and Series A investments in blockchain companies, Node Capital primarily invests via initial coin offerings (ICOs). Node Capital is based in Beijing and has made most of its nearly two dozen blockchain investments in Chinese startups like Fengwo and ChinaUp.com. They have been the most active blockchain investor over the last 12 months. Node was co-founded by Jun Du, CEO of Cointime.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 22

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $20 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Trip.io, HuoBi, Delphy Foundation, Fengwo

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 21

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.nodecap.com

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Boost VC

Description: Boost VC is artificial intelligence, blockchain, and crypto accelerator based in San Mateo, California. Boost began its foray into blockchain investments in 2014 with a seed round in Ripio. Since then, they have made more than 30 additional investments in crypto and blockchain including almost a dozen in the last 12 months, making them one of the world’s most active venture capital/accelerators in blockchain.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 32

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $67 million

Top Blockchain Investments: BlockCypher, Tezos, Ledger, Coinbase

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 11

Based in: San Mateo, CA

Website: https://www.boost.vc/

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IDG Capital

Description: IDG Capital is a private equity and venture capital fund based in New York. Like Boost VC, they invest in a variety of companies and not exclusively in blockchain and crypto-assets. IDG got its start in blockchain with a Series A investment in Ripple in 2013, though they typically make later-stage venture investments. IDG Capital made few other blockchain investments until 2018 when they made investments in Huoxing 24, Circle, imToken, and Mars Finance in just the first five months of the year. In addition to their main New York office, IDG has a satellite office in Bangalore, India.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $31 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripple, Circle, Mars Finance, imToken

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://en.idgcapital.com

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Draper Associates

Description: Draper Associates is based in San Mateo, CA and led by legendary venture investor Tim Draper. Draper makes early-stage venture investments in a variety of technology, manufacturing, and healthcare companies including blockchain companies and startups. Their first investment in blockchain came with a 2014 seed investment in Augmate, an IoT and wearables company focused on the enterprise.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 17

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $25 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Coinbase, Ledger, Factom, CryptoMove

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 6

Based in: San Mateo, CA

Website: http://www.draper.vc

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Ceyuan Ventures

Description: Ceyuan Ventures is an early-stage VC based in Beijing, China, with an additional office in Hong Kong. They primarily invest in technology companies and have made a half dozen significant blockchain investments in companies like Basis, Mars Finance, and Trip.io. Their first blockchain investment came in 2014, and, after making no new blockchain investments in 2016 and 2017, made four in the first half of 2018.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $36 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Mars Finance, Trip.io, OkCoin

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.ceyuan.com/en/index.html

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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Description: Lightspeed is a global venture capital firm based in Menlo Park with six additional offices including in Israel, China, and India. They primarily invest in consumer and enterprise sectors and have also made several investments in blockchain companies like Basis and Ripple. They are also made an early investment in BTC China via Lightspeed China Partners.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $24 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Blockchain Inc., Saga Foundation, BTCC

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: http://lsvp.com

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Techstars

Description: Techstars is a venture capital and technology company accelerator based in Boulder, Colorado. Their entry into blockchain investing came with a seed round investment in Chroma in 2013. Since then, Techstars has made more than three dozen additional, mostly small, investments in blockchain companies.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 37

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $3 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Filament, Tok.tv, Storj Labs, Chainalysis

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 17

Based in: Boulder, CO

Website: https://www.techstars.com

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RRE Ventures

Description: RRE is a venture capital firm based in New York. They invest in technology, media, and financial services companies. RRE began investing in blockchain with a 2013 seed investment in Paxos followed by seed and angel rounds in Gem the following year. In total, RRE Ventures has made angel, seed, and Series A and B investments in a dozen blockchain and crypto companies and startups.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 12

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $32 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Paxos, Ripple, Abra, Gem

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://www.rre.com/

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Union Square Ventures

Description: Next on the list of top venture funds investing in blockchain is Union Square Ventures. USV is one that many may have expected to rank a bit higher on our list. Along with Sequoia, they were one of the most prominent venture funds to be involved in early investing in blockchain companies. However, they have not been as active as late as many newer entrants and blockchain-specific funds. USV is based in New York, NY.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 9

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $28 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Coinbase, CryptoKitties, Polychain Capital

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://www.usv.com/

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General Catalyst

Description: General Catalyst is a venture capital firm based in Cambridge, MA. They typically make early stage investments in technology companies. They have made series A, B, C, and D investments in Circle, a crypto finance company. In March of 2018 General Catalyst closed a nearly $1.4 billion fund, its largest to date.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $28 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Circle, Bitwise, Bluzelle

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Cambridge, MA

Website: http://generalcatalyst.com

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Liberty City Ventures

Description: Liberty City Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm based in New York, NY. Founded in 2012, Liberty City made its first blockchain investment in late 2013 with seed funding for Paxos. They have participated in multiple funding rounds for both Paxos and Libra. In May 2018 Liberty City announced its Digital Currency Fund had raised $15 million and would invest exclusively in cryptocurrency startups.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $29 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Paxos, Libra

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes (via Digital Currency Fund)

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://www.libertycityventures.com/

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500 Startups

Description: 500 Startups is an early-stage VC and incubator fund based in San Francisco, CA. They have invested in well over 1,000 companies. Among their many startup investments are several blockchain companies including Libra Credit Network, BlockCypher, and Hijro. 500 Startups is led by its CEO, Christine Tsai. In early 2018, 500 Startups announced it would team with Houbi Labs to create a blockchain track program to help blockchain entrepreneurs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 16

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $5 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Libra Credit Network, BlockCypher, Hijro, Stably Blockchain Lab

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: https://500.co

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DHVC (Danhua Capital)

Description: Danhua Capital (DHVC) is a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. DHVC primarily makes early-stage investments in technology companies including almost two dozen investments in blockchain startups. DHVC has really picked up the pace of its blockchain investments this year. In just the first six months of 2018, they have made 15 seed and venture investments in blockchain companies like Hash World, Mainframe, and CertiK.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 21

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $20 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Libra Credit Network, Hedera Hashgraph, Origin Protocol

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 19

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: http://www.danhuacap.com/

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Kindred Ventures

Description: Kindred Ventures is an angel/VC fund based in San Francisco and San Diego, CA. They invest in early-stage companies including at least a half dozen blockchain companies. Kindred was founded by Steve Jang in 2014.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $15 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Radar Relay, TruStory, dYdX, Rare Bits

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 5

Based in: San Diego, CA

Website: https://kindredvc.com

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Sequoia Capital

Description: Some might be surprised to see Sequoia so far down the list of the top venture capital firms investing in blockchain. For one, Sequoia is one of California’s best known venture firms. They have also been in the news regarding blockchain with a high profile lawsuit against crypto exchange Binance. Sequoia has also been involved in some high profile deals, but not as many as some of the top players on our list.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $12 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Guanguan Coin, String Labs, Binance

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 5

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: www.sequoiacap.com

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Future Perfect Ventures

Description: Future Perfect Ventures (FPV) is an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York, NY. FPV’s portfolio mostly consists of blockchain and crypto companies like Abra, BitPesa, Harbor, Blockchain Inc. and others. FPV was founded by Jalak Jobanputra.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 11

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $15 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Blockchain Inc., Harbor, Abra

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No, but mostly

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://futureperfectventures.com

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Fenbushi Capital

Description: Fenbushi Capital is a venture capital firm based in Shanghai and investing almost exclusively in blockchain companies. Fenbushi made its first blockchain investment in BTC Media in late 2015 and has since made nearly 20, primarily seed, investments in blockchain startups. Fenbushi is led by General Partners Bo Shen and Feng Xiao and one of several top 50 blockchain/crypto VCs based in China.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 17

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $12 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Symbiont, Gem, Stream Token, Ripio

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 5

Based in: Shanghai, China

Website: http://fenbushi.vc

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ZhenFund

Description: ZhenFund is the second China-based venture fund to make our list of the top 50 venture capital funds investing in blockchain startups. ZhenFund is based in Beijing and has made venture and seed round investments in companies like BlockSeer, Binance, Silot, and Lino.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 10

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $11 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, LIno, Silot, BlockSeer

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 7

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.zhenfund.com

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First Round Capital

Description: First Round Capital is a VC firm based in San Francisco, CA. First Round typically makes seed-stage investments in technology companies including blockchain and crypto startups such as Abra, Gem, Rare Bits, and Amino Payments. They got their start in blockchain investing with both angel and seed round investments in Gem in 2014.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $6 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Abra, Rare Bits, Amino Payments, Gem

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://firstround.com

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Limitless Crypto Investments

Description: Limitless Crypto Investments is a Houston, TX-based investor. Limitless makes venture investments in blockchain companies and also purchases tokens via ICOs and invests in other digital assets. They were founded in 2017, and in the less than 12 months since their launch has invested in six blockchain startups, mostly via ICOs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $77 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Tezos, Power Ledger, 0x, Kadena LLC

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 6

Based in: Houston, TX

Website: https://www.limitlesscryptos.com/

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FBG Capital

Description: FBG Capital is a crypto/blockchain asset manager based in Beijing, China. FBG has been very active since launching in late 2017. In just the first four months of 2018, FBG made eight separate seed, venture, and Series A investments in blockchain companies. They have invested alongside several other top VCs including Blockchain Capital, Digital Currency Group, and Polychain.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 14

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $30 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripio, Origin Protocol, Eximchain, Lino

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 14

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: https://www.fbg.capital/

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Tally Capital

Description: Tally Capital is another venture investor focused exclusively on the blockchain/crypto sector. They are based in Chicago, IL and have made seed investments in blockchain companies like Blockstream, Factom, BTC Media, Storj Labs and more. However, they have been relatively quiet in the first half of 2018.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 9

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $35 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Civic, MaidSafe, Blockchain Capital

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Chicago, IL

Website: http://tallycapital.com/

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GV (Google Ventures)

Description: Google Ventures (GV) is the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet/Google. They invest in a broad array of technology companies including blockchain startups like Basis, Ripple, Veem, and Blockchain Inc. Blockchain companies still make up a very small, but a growing portion of GV’s investment portfolio.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $14 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Blockchain Inc., Veem, Ripple

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Mountain View, CA

Website: https://www.gv.com/

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Polychain Capital

Description: Polychain capital is a hybrid hedge fund/VC investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. Polychain Capital is based in San Francisco, CA. They make seed and venture investments in blockchain companies like Maker Dao, dYdX, and DFINITY. In addition, they sometimes invest via initial coin offerings (ICOs) as they did with Basis earlier in 2018.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $40 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, DFINITY, MakerDAO, CoinList

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 8

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://polychain.capital/

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Earlybird Venture Capital

Description: Earlybird Venture Capital is a venture capital investor based in Berlin, with additional offices in Munich and Istanbul. Earlybird invests in a variety of industries including technology and blockchain sectors. Their first blockchain investment was a venture round funding of TraxPay in 2012.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $15 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Traxpay, XAIN Group, BigChainDB

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Berlin, Germany

Website: https://earlybird.com

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InBlockchain

Description: Based in Tortola, InBlockchain is essentially a Chinese venture investment firm. A relative newcomer to the blockchain investment scene, InBlockchain has hit the ground running with seven investments in blockchain companies in the first six months of 2018. They invest in series A rounds as well as in ICOs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $18 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Eximchain, Lino, ONO, Trip.io

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 8

Based in: Road Town, Tortola

Website: http://inblockchain.com

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Galaxy Asset Management

Description: Galaxy Digital Assets Fund is based in New York and invests in a variety of blockchain startups and other digital assets. Galaxy only began investing in late 2017 and has already made seven venture and seed-stage investments in companies like StormX, Templum, and NuCypher. Galaxy Digital is led by former Fortress Investment Group hedge fund manager, Mike Novogratz.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $23 million

Top Blockchain Investments: VideoCoin, WePowerNetwork, StormX, NuCypher

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 6

Based in: New York, NY

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8 Decimal Capital

Description: 8 Decimal Capital is a blockchain investment fund based in Palo Alto, CA. Though a relatively new entrant to the blockchain investment scene, 8 Decimal has made a splash with all 15 of its mostly seed-stage investments coming in the last 12 months. 8 Decimal has invested in 0x, Eos, Bluzelle, and Libra Credit Network.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 15

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $6 million

Top Blockchain Investments: BluZelle, Libra Credit Network, 0x

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 15

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: https://www.8dcap.com

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Mosaic Ventures

Description: Mosaic Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in London, UK. One of Europe’s larger seed investors, Mosaic began investing in blockchain in 2014 with investments in Blockstream and Blockchain Inc. Mosaic was founded by Toby Coppel and Simon Levene.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $21 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Blockchain Inc.

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 15

Based in: London, UK

Website: http://www.mosaicventures.com/

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Mandra Capital

Description: Mandra Capital is an early-stage venture investor based in Hong Kong. Mandra’s first blockchain investments came in 2014 when they invested in digital asset exchange OKCoin alongside other top 50 blockchain investors, Ceyaun Ventures and PreAngel.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $24 million

Top Blockchain Investments: PINTEC, OKCoin, Chronicled, Overnest Inc.

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Hong Kong

Website: http://www.mandracapital.com/

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Camp One Ventures

Description: Camp One Ventures is the fourth VC from San Francisco to make the list of top blockchain venture capital investors. Camp One invests primarily in technology including fintech and blockchain. They were an early investor in Ripple, providing them with angel funding in 2013.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $2 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripple, Augmate, Mobius

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://www.camponeventures.com/

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PreAngel

Description: PreAngel is a venture capital firm based in Beijing, China. They primarily invest in fintech including blockchain and crypto companies like OkCoin, Sensay, Origin Protocol, and LendChain.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $5 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Origin Protocol, OkCoin, Sensay, LendChain

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.preangelfund.cn

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Abstract Ventures

Description: Abstract Ventures is an early-stage VC firm based in the Bay Area. Abstract participated in a Series B funding round for Ripple and has since invested in a number of other blockchain startups including Harbor, TruStory, and Compound Labs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $9 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripple, Harbor, Compound Labs, TruStory

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Tiburon, CA

Website: https://www.abstractvc.com

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Foundation Capital

Description: Foundation Capital is a large venture capital firm based in Menlo Park. Though blockchain investments are a tiny portion of their portfolio, they have become more active investors in the space of late. In the second quarter of 2018, they made investments in Origin Protocol, Basis, and OpenSea.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $7 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Origin Protocol, BlockCypher, OpenSea

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: https://foundationcapital.com

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Right Side Capital Management

Description: Right Side Capital Management is a pre-seed stage venture investor based in San Francisco, CA. Right Side primarily invests in technology companies including several blockchain and crypto startups. Their first blockchain investment was MainFrame in 2014.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $1 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Airfox, Chroma, Elemetric, Hanzo

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://rightsidecapital.com/

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AME Cloud Ventures

Description: AME Cloud Ventures is a VC firm based in Palo Alto, CA. AME was founded by former Yahoo! co-founder, Jerry Yang. They invest in technology companies including several blockchain companies like Blockstream, BlockCypher, and Ripple.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $12 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Ripple, ShoCard, BlockCypher

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: https://www.amecloudventures.com/

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1confirmation

Description: 1confirmation is a hedge fund/venture fund based in Palo Alto, CA. Many involved in the crypto investment world may be surprised at the relatively low ranking of 1confirmation given its backing from the likes of Peter Thiel and Marc Cuban. However, they are a relatively new entrant, only making their first blockchain venture investment in late 2017 in cryptocurrency Basis.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 7

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $10 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Harbor, MakerDAO, OpenSea

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 7

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: http://www.1confirmation.com

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Hashed

Description: Hashed is a blockchain venture capital firm and blockchain accelerator based in Seoul, South Korea. Since their founding in September 2017, Hashed has invested in a number of initial coin offerings for startups like StormX, SureRemit, and Bluezelle. Hashed is led by CEO Simon Seojoon Kim.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $20 million

Top Blockchain Investments: StormX, Origin Protocol, Bluezelle, SureRemit

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: Seoul, South Korea

Website: https://www.hashed.com

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FinLab

Description: FinLab is a venture capital and incubator firm based in Frankfurt, Germany. They primarily invest in financial services and fintech companies including blockchain and crypto. FinLab has invested in Vaultoro, Iconiq Lab, and EOS.io

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $50 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Iconiq Lab, Vaultoro, Abra

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Frankfurt, Germany

Website: https://finlab.de/

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Streamlined Ventures

Description: Streamlined Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. They entered blockchain investments when purchasing convertible notes in PayStand and BlockCypher in 2014 and have since participated in seed rounds in Chronicled and Piggy Bank.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $2 million

Top Blockchain Investments: BlockCypher, Chronicled, PiggyBank, PayStand

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: http://streamlinedventures.com

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Greycroft

Description: Greycroft is a technology venture capital firm based in New York. Greycroft has participated in a number of seed and Series A fundings for blockchain companies like Sensay, BitPesa, and The Block.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $4 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Sensay, BitPesa, The Block

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://www.greycroft.com

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Tusk Ventures

Description: Tusk Ventures is a technology-focused venture capital firm based in New York, NY. They have also made a handful of blockchain investments including series D investments in Circle and Coinbase. Tusk Ventures is led by CEO Bradley Tusk.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $26 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Circle, Coinbase

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://tuskventures.com/

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Catagonia

Description: Catagonia Capital is a venture and consulting firm based in Berlin, Germany. So far, Catagonia has participated in blockchain investing via ICOs in companies like HydroMiner, AppCoins, and Envion. Catagonia is led by Founder Ralph Eric Kunz.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $50 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Envion, AppCoins, HydroMiner, Basis

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Berlin, Germany

Website: http://www.catagonia.com/

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Compound

Description: Compound is a technology-focused venture capital firm based in New York, NY. Compound was an early investor in Gem, a cryptocurrency wallet and blockchain platform. They have also invested in NuCypher and Compound Lab.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $2 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Compound Labs, NuCypher, Gem

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://compound.vc/

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Arbor Ventures

Description: Arbor Ventures is a venture capital investor based in Hong Kong, with an additional presence in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv. Arbor participated in series A and series B rounds for Abra, a digital wallet startup based in Mountain View.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $4 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Abra, Silot, Global ID

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Hong Kong

Website: http://www.arborventures.com/

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JAFCO Japan

Description: JAFCO is a multi-billion dollar investment manager based in Tokyo, Japan. They have recently begun investing in blockchain companies like Nayuta, Tech Bureau, and COMSA.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $27 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Nayuta, Tech Bureau, COMSA

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Tokyo, Japan

Website: http://www.jafco.co.jp

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35 of the 50 leading venture capital firms investing in blockchain and crypto are based in the United States. Eight are based in Hong Kong/China and three in Germany.

18 of the top 50 blockchain VCs invest exclusively in digital assets like crypto and blockchain companies or have dedicated digital asset funds. All five of the top 50 invest exclusively in digital assets (including Andreessen Horowitz’s recent announcement of their dedicated crypto fund).

Methodology — Top 50 Blockchain/Crypto VCs

This study began by analyzing over 3,000 venture investments in blockchain companies. The data was filtered down to 127 venture capital firms that have made three or more investments in blockchain companies since 2011. Data comes from an analysis of several thousand venture investments in blockchain companies from Crunchbase as well as data in Crypto Fund Research’s list of crypto funds. Of the several hundred VCs that have invested in blockchain, 127 have made three or more investments and only these were selected for potential inclusion in our rankings.

These 127 venture capital firms were ranked according to four equally-weighted categories:

Overall Activity — Number of blockchain investments or funding rounds

Capital Outlay — The estimated cumulative value of venture investments in blockchain companies

Blockchain Investment Experience — Time since first blockchain investment

Recent Activity — Number of blockchain investments made in the previous 12 months (June 15, 2017 — June 15, 2018)

Each of the 127 VCs was then ranked in ascending order in each of these four categories. Total scoring was based on the sum of these four ranks. The ranking of top 50 venture capital firms investing in blockchain startups and companies consists of the 50 of these 127 with the best-combined scores in these four categories.

Top 50 Blockchain VCs — Key Stats

# of Blockchain Deals, Total: 556

# of Blockchain Deals, Last 12 Months (through 6/15/2018): 282

Overall Deal Volume, Total: $1.19 billion USD

Average Deal Size: $2.1 million USD

Average # of Co-Investors: 5

Most Common Deal Type: Seed funding

Most Active Blockchain Investor: Digital Currency Group

% Investing Exclusively in crypto/blockchain assets: 34%

Leaders of the pack

The reality has always been that most VCs are followers. They are the money managing sheep that follow the real risk investors who are willing to take some arrows in their back. Cryptonite applauds the firms outlined above for their leadership. And we all know, when the big returns for their early risks start rolling in, the sheep will be soon to follow.

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Our view is there is still quite a mental (and emotional) chasm between the risk investors who have embraced the new blockchain paradigm and those who have not. No matter which side of the fence you stand on when you contemplate the growing global mistrust of institutions, the new maniacal concerns about online privacy, and the cold hard industry facts, the blockchain revolution can not be denied.

IBM, for instance, is investing heavily in being the number one blockchain solutions provider. The IBM pitch is: ‘Blockchain is more than technology. It’s a movement to help you redefine your most important business relationships through trust, transparency and newfound collaboration.’ Gartner says that blockchain technology will create more than $176 billion dollars worth of business value by 2025 and $3.1 trillion by 2030.

Late-stage VCs in denial

One indicator at the state of VC denial of blockchain is the current A CBInsights global ‘Unicorn’ tracking report whose last estimate is that 440 private companies are currently valued over $1 billion each with a combined market cap of another $1.4 trillion. No real argument here, except that only 7 out of the 440 listed unicorns are blockchain companies. Of course, they could not deny that a Ripple or Coinbaise belonged on the list, but to skip over pioneering public blockchain companies such as Ethereum ($33B in token value), and Tezos ($2.4B in token value) is highly suspect at a minimum. Another sign was Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report for 2019, the most coveted annual report in the VC scene, the phrases ‘blockchain,’ ‘bitcoin,’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ were not mentioned ONCE in Ms. Mary’s 334-page missive!

Our suspicion is that deep in their souls, many VCs sense the obvious threat the tokenization of assets means to their business. There will always be the need for industry-savvy angels and top-tier VCs who stay very close to the streets of Silicon Valley to identify, qualify and provide seed money for newly minted startups. But after a company is up and running, and can demonstrate success, they will have the opportunity to list on new OTC exchanges such as OpenFinance, Templum, and SharesPost’s newly launched secondary and digital securities trading platform. This new development is a boon for early investors and founders who will enjoy greater and earlier liquidity options. And if founders play their cards right, this also means they can raise money at higher valuations and retain more ownership of their companies.

‘Our new platform is an important milestone for the digital securities ecosystem. Now companies can efficiently raise capital and provide liquidity globally by leveraging blockchain technology in a way that complies with securities laws. The SharesPost marketplace connects more than 50,000 institutional and individual accredited investors. We believe that over time digital securities will join preferred and common stock as the mainstays of the private capital market.’ —Greg Brogger, Founder and CEO, Sharespost

But these trends also mean that later-stage VCs will fight to stay relevant. The days of easy money are coming to a close. The greater transparency and broader accessibility of blockchain-based trading networks will usher in a massive new class of private company investors. Even students and people living in developing nations will have an opportunity to enjoy the upside potential of early-stage investing. And all along the way, this will allow early angel investors, startup advisors, and hard-working entrepreneurs to diversify their risks by taking a little money off the table as they build their empires.

Top 50 Venture Capital Firms Investing in Blockchain Companies

50 most important and influential venture capital companies investing in blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. They are ranked according to four key criteria: the value of total blockchain investments, the total number of blockchain investments, length of blockchain investment experience, and level of investment activity in the last 12 months.

Top 50 Blockchain Venture Capital Firms

Digital Currency Group

Description: Digital Currency Group is clearly the most influential venture capital investor in the blockchain space. Based in New York, Digital Currency Group has made more investments in blockchain companies, and for more money, than any other investor. Not only was Digital Currency Group one of the first blockchain investors, they have made more blockchain investments in the last 12 months (15) than all but 9 other VCs have made over any period.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 58

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $78 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Ledger, Circle, Blockchain Inc.

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 15

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://dcg.co

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Pantera Capital

Description: Pantera barely edged out Blockchain Capital for the number two spot on our list. Based in Menlo Park where the Bay Area’s tech and VC worlds collide, Pantera ranked in the top 10 in all four criteria we looked at for our rankings. Unlike most of the pure venture capital funds on this list, Pantera is a hybrid hedge fund/venture fund making seed investments in blockchain companies as well as investing in tokens and cryptocurrencies.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 31

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $65 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Circle, Harbor, DMarket

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: https://www.panteracapital.com

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Blockchain Capital

Description: Blockchain Capital came in a close third on our rankings of the top venture capital investors in blockchain. Like Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital, Blockchain Capital is a pure blockchain venture fund. Their first investment in blockchain came in late 2013 with their Series A investment in BTCC, the world’s oldest Bitcoin trading platform, and since that time has made more blockchain investments than anyone but Digital Currency Group. Blockchain Capital is based in San Francisco, CA.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 37

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $71 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Circle, Coinbase, Blockstream, Ripple

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 12

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://blockchain.capital

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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)

Description: Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z, is one of the world’s largest venture capital firms, and the first VC on our list to not invest almost exclusively in blockchain and digital assets. In fact, digital assets make up only a fraction of a16z’s more than $4 billion in assets. Andreessen got its start in blockchain investing in 2013 with an angel investment in Ripple followed by early-stage venture funding of Coinbase. Since then, they have made nearly a dozen other blockchain investments in companies like Basis, Harbor, and Chia Networks. Look for Andreessen to move even farther up this list with their recent announcement of their $300 million crypto-focused fund.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 14

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $55 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Coinbase, DFINITY, Harbor

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No (but recently launched fund focused on digital assets)

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 9

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: https://www.a16z.com

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Node Capital

Description: Unlike other top venture funds on our list that primarily make seed and Series A investments in blockchain companies, Node Capital primarily invests via initial coin offerings (ICOs). Node Capital is based in Beijing and has made most of its nearly two dozen blockchain investments in Chinese startups like Fengwo and ChinaUp.com. They have been the most active blockchain investor over the last 12 months. Node was co-founded by Jun Du, CEO of Cointime.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 22

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $20 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Trip.io, HuoBi, Delphy Foundation, Fengwo

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 21

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.nodecap.com

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Boost VC

Description: Boost VC is artificial intelligence, blockchain, and crypto accelerator based in San Mateo, California. Boost began its foray into blockchain investments in 2014 with a seed round in Ripio. Since then, they have made more than 30 additional investments in crypto and blockchain including almost a dozen in the last 12 months, making them one of the world’s most active venture capital/accelerators in blockchain.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 32

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $67 million

Top Blockchain Investments: BlockCypher, Tezos, Ledger, Coinbase

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 11

Based in: San Mateo, CA

Website: https://www.boost.vc/

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IDG Capital

Description: IDG Capital is a private equity and venture capital fund based in New York. Like Boost VC, they invest in a variety of companies and not exclusively in blockchain and crypto-assets. IDG got its start in blockchain with a Series A investment in Ripple in 2013, though they typically make later-stage venture investments. IDG Capital made few other blockchain investments until 2018 when they made investments in Huoxing 24, Circle, imToken, and Mars Finance in just the first five months of the year. In addition to their main New York office, IDG has a satellite office in Bangalore, India.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $31 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripple, Circle, Mars Finance, imToken

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://en.idgcapital.com

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Draper Associates

Description: Draper Associates is based in San Mateo, CA and led by legendary venture investor Tim Draper. Draper makes early-stage venture investments in a variety of technology, manufacturing, and healthcare companies including blockchain companies and startups. Their first investment in blockchain came with a 2014 seed investment in Augmate, an IoT and wearables company focused on the enterprise.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 17

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $25 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Coinbase, Ledger, Factom, CryptoMove

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 6

Based in: San Mateo, CA

Website: http://www.draper.vc

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Ceyuan Ventures

Description: Ceyuan Ventures is an early-stage VC based in Beijing, China, with an additional office in Hong Kong. They primarily invest in technology companies and have made a half dozen significant blockchain investments in companies like Basis, Mars Finance, and Trip.io. Their first blockchain investment came in 2014, and, after making no new blockchain investments in 2016 and 2017, made four in the first half of 2018.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $36 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Mars Finance, Trip.io, OkCoin

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.ceyuan.com/en/index.html

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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Description: Lightspeed is a global venture capital firm based in Menlo Park with six additional offices including in Israel, China, and India. They primarily invest in consumer and enterprise sectors and have also made several investments in blockchain companies like Basis and Ripple. They are also made an early investment in BTC China via Lightspeed China Partners.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $24 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Blockchain Inc., Saga Foundation, BTCC

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: http://lsvp.com

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Techstars

Description: Techstars is a venture capital and technology company accelerator based in Boulder, Colorado. Their entry into blockchain investing came with a seed round investment in Chroma in 2013. Since then, Techstars has made more than three dozen additional, mostly small, investments in blockchain companies.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 37

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $3 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Filament, Tok.tv, Storj Labs, Chainalysis

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 17

Based in: Boulder, CO

Website: https://www.techstars.com

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RRE Ventures

Description: RRE is a venture capital firm based in New York. They invest in technology, media, and financial services companies. RRE began investing in blockchain with a 2013 seed investment in Paxos followed by seed and angel rounds in Gem the following year. In total, RRE Ventures has made angel, seed, and Series A and B investments in a dozen blockchain and crypto companies and startups.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 12

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $32 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Paxos, Ripple, Abra, Gem

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://www.rre.com/

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Union Square Ventures

Description: Next on the list of top venture funds investing in blockchain is Union Square Ventures. USV is one that many may have expected to rank a bit higher on our list. Along with Sequoia, they were one of the most prominent venture funds to be involved in early investing in blockchain companies. However, they have not been as active as late as many newer entrants and blockchain-specific funds. USV is based in New York, NY.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 9

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $28 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Coinbase, CryptoKitties, Polychain Capital

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://www.usv.com/

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General Catalyst

Description: General Catalyst is a venture capital firm based in Cambridge, MA. They typically make early stage investments in technology companies. They have made series A, B, C, and D investments in Circle, a crypto finance company. In March of 2018 General Catalyst closed a nearly $1.4 billion fund, its largest to date.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $28 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Circle, Bitwise, Bluzelle

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Cambridge, MA

Website: http://generalcatalyst.com

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Liberty City Ventures

Description: Liberty City Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm based in New York, NY. Founded in 2012, Liberty City made its first blockchain investment in late 2013 with seed funding for Paxos. They have participated in multiple funding rounds for both Paxos and Libra. In May 2018 Liberty City announced its Digital Currency Fund had raised $15 million and would invest exclusively in cryptocurrency startups.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $29 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Paxos, Libra

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes (via Digital Currency Fund)

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://www.libertycityventures.com/

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500 Startups

Description: 500 Startups is an early-stage VC and incubator fund based in San Francisco, CA. They have invested in well over 1,000 companies. Among their many startup investments are several blockchain companies including Libra Credit Network, BlockCypher, and Hijro. 500 Startups is led by its CEO, Christine Tsai. In early 2018, 500 Startups announced it would team with Houbi Labs to create a blockchain track program to help blockchain entrepreneurs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 16

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $5 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Libra Credit Network, BlockCypher, Hijro, Stably Blockchain Lab

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: https://500.co

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DHVC (Danhua Capital)

Description: Danhua Capital (DHVC) is a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. DHVC primarily makes early-stage investments in technology companies including almost two dozen investments in blockchain startups. DHVC has really picked up the pace of its blockchain investments this year. In just the first six months of 2018, they have made 15 seed and venture investments in blockchain companies like Hash World, Mainframe, and CertiK.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 21

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $20 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Libra Credit Network, Hedera Hashgraph, Origin Protocol

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 19

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: http://www.danhuacap.com/

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Kindred Ventures

Description: Kindred Ventures is an angel/VC fund based in San Francisco and San Diego, CA. They invest in early-stage companies including at least a half dozen blockchain companies. Kindred was founded by Steve Jang in 2014.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $15 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Radar Relay, TruStory, dYdX, Rare Bits

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 5

Based in: San Diego, CA

Website: https://kindredvc.com

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Sequoia Capital

Description: Some might be surprised to see Sequoia so far down the list of the top venture capital firms investing in blockchain. For one, Sequoia is one of California’s best known venture firms. They have also been in the news regarding blockchain with a high profile lawsuit against crypto exchange Binance. Sequoia has also been involved in some high profile deals, but not as many as some of the top players on our list.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $12 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Guanguan Coin, String Labs, Binance

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 5

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: www.sequoiacap.com

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Future Perfect Ventures

Description: Future Perfect Ventures (FPV) is an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York, NY. FPV’s portfolio mostly consists of blockchain and crypto companies like Abra, BitPesa, Harbor, Blockchain Inc. and others. FPV was founded by Jalak Jobanputra.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 11

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $15 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Blockchain Inc., Harbor, Abra

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No, but mostly

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://futureperfectventures.com

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Fenbushi Capital

Description: Fenbushi Capital is a venture capital firm based in Shanghai and investing almost exclusively in blockchain companies. Fenbushi made its first blockchain investment in BTC Media in late 2015 and has since made nearly 20, primarily seed, investments in blockchain startups. Fenbushi is led by General Partners Bo Shen and Feng Xiao and one of several top 50 blockchain/crypto VCs based in China.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 17

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $12 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Symbiont, Gem, Stream Token, Ripio

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 5

Based in: Shanghai, China

Website: http://fenbushi.vc

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ZhenFund

Description: ZhenFund is the second China-based venture fund to make our list of the top 50 venture capital funds investing in blockchain startups. ZhenFund is based in Beijing and has made venture and seed round investments in companies like BlockSeer, Binance, Silot, and Lino.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 10

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $11 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, LIno, Silot, BlockSeer

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 7

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.zhenfund.com

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First Round Capital

Description: First Round Capital is a VC firm based in San Francisco, CA. First Round typically makes seed-stage investments in technology companies including blockchain and crypto startups such as Abra, Gem, Rare Bits, and Amino Payments. They got their start in blockchain investing with both angel and seed round investments in Gem in 2014.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $6 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Abra, Rare Bits, Amino Payments, Gem

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://firstround.com

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Limitless Crypto Investments

Description: Limitless Crypto Investments is a Houston, TX-based investor. Limitless makes venture investments in blockchain companies and also purchases tokens via ICOs and invests in other digital assets. They were founded in 2017, and in the less than 12 months since their launch has invested in six blockchain startups, mostly via ICOs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $77 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Tezos, Power Ledger, 0x, Kadena LLC

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 6

Based in: Houston, TX

Website: https://www.limitlesscryptos.com/

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FBG Capital

Description: FBG Capital is a crypto/blockchain asset manager based in Beijing, China. FBG has been very active since launching in late 2017. In just the first four months of 2018, FBG made eight separate seed, venture, and Series A investments in blockchain companies. They have invested alongside several other top VCs including Blockchain Capital, Digital Currency Group, and Polychain.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 14

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $30 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripio, Origin Protocol, Eximchain, Lino

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 14

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: https://www.fbg.capital/

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Tally Capital

Description: Tally Capital is another venture investor focused exclusively on the blockchain/crypto sector. They are based in Chicago, IL and have made seed investments in blockchain companies like Blockstream, Factom, BTC Media, Storj Labs and more. However, they have been relatively quiet in the first half of 2018.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 9

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $35 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Civic, MaidSafe, Blockchain Capital

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Chicago, IL

Website: http://tallycapital.com/

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GV (Google Ventures)

Description: Google Ventures (GV) is the venture capital investment arm of Alphabet/Google. They invest in a broad array of technology companies including blockchain startups like Basis, Ripple, Veem, and Blockchain Inc. Blockchain companies still make up a very small, but a growing portion of GV’s investment portfolio.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $14 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Blockchain Inc., Veem, Ripple

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Mountain View, CA

Website: https://www.gv.com/

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Polychain Capital

Description: Polychain capital is a hybrid hedge fund/VC investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. Polychain Capital is based in San Francisco, CA. They make seed and venture investments in blockchain companies like Maker Dao, dYdX, and DFINITY. In addition, they sometimes invest via initial coin offerings (ICOs) as they did with Basis earlier in 2018.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $40 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, DFINITY, MakerDAO, CoinList

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 8

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://polychain.capital/

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Earlybird Venture Capital

Description: Earlybird Venture Capital is a venture capital investor based in Berlin, with additional offices in Munich and Istanbul. Earlybird invests in a variety of industries including technology and blockchain sectors. Their first blockchain investment was a venture round funding of TraxPay in 2012.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $15 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Traxpay, XAIN Group, BigChainDB

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Berlin, Germany

Website: https://earlybird.com

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InBlockchain

Description: Based in Tortola, InBlockchain is essentially a Chinese venture investment firm. A relative newcomer to the blockchain investment scene, InBlockchain has hit the ground running with seven investments in blockchain companies in the first six months of 2018. They invest in series A rounds as well as in ICOs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $18 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Eximchain, Lino, ONO, Trip.io

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 8

Based in: Road Town, Tortola

Website: http://inblockchain.com

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Galaxy Asset Management

Description: Galaxy Digital Assets Fund is based in New York and invests in a variety of blockchain startups and other digital assets. Galaxy only began investing in late 2017 and has already made seven venture and seed-stage investments in companies like StormX, Templum, and NuCypher. Galaxy Digital is led by former Fortress Investment Group hedge fund manager, Mike Novogratz.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $23 million

Top Blockchain Investments: VideoCoin, WePowerNetwork, StormX, NuCypher

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 6

Based in: New York, NY

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8 Decimal Capital

Description: 8 Decimal Capital is a blockchain investment fund based in Palo Alto, CA. Though a relatively new entrant to the blockchain investment scene, 8 Decimal has made a splash with all 15 of its mostly seed-stage investments coming in the last 12 months. 8 Decimal has invested in 0x, Eos, Bluzelle, and Libra Credit Network.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 15

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $6 million

Top Blockchain Investments: BluZelle, Libra Credit Network, 0x

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 15

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: https://www.8dcap.com

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Mosaic Ventures

Description: Mosaic Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in London, UK. One of Europe’s larger seed investors, Mosaic began investing in blockchain in 2014 with investments in Blockstream and Blockchain Inc. Mosaic was founded by Toby Coppel and Simon Levene.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $21 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Blockchain Inc.

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 15

Based in: London, UK

Website: http://www.mosaicventures.com/

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Mandra Capital

Description: Mandra Capital is an early-stage venture investor based in Hong Kong. Mandra’s first blockchain investments came in 2014 when they invested in digital asset exchange OKCoin alongside other top 50 blockchain investors, Ceyaun Ventures and PreAngel.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $24 million

Top Blockchain Investments: PINTEC, OKCoin, Chronicled, Overnest Inc.

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Hong Kong

Website: http://www.mandracapital.com/

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Camp One Ventures

Description: Camp One Ventures is the fourth VC from San Francisco to make the list of top blockchain venture capital investors. Camp One invests primarily in technology including fintech and blockchain. They were an early investor in Ripple, providing them with angel funding in 2013.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $2 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripple, Augmate, Mobius

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://www.camponeventures.com/

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PreAngel

Description: PreAngel is a venture capital firm based in Beijing, China. They primarily invest in fintech including blockchain and crypto companies like OkCoin, Sensay, Origin Protocol, and LendChain.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $5 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Origin Protocol, OkCoin, Sensay, LendChain

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Beijing, China

Website: http://www.preangelfund.cn

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Abstract Ventures

Description: Abstract Ventures is an early-stage VC firm based in the Bay Area. Abstract participated in a Series B funding round for Ripple and has since invested in a number of other blockchain startups including Harbor, TruStory, and Compound Labs.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $9 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Ripple, Harbor, Compound Labs, TruStory

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Tiburon, CA

Website: https://www.abstractvc.com

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Foundation Capital

Description: Foundation Capital is a large venture capital firm based in Menlo Park. Though blockchain investments are a tiny portion of their portfolio, they have become more active investors in the space of late. In the second quarter of 2018, they made investments in Origin Protocol, Basis, and OpenSea.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $7 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Origin Protocol, BlockCypher, OpenSea

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Menlo Park, CA

Website: https://foundationcapital.com

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Right Side Capital Management

Description: Right Side Capital Management is a pre-seed stage venture investor based in San Francisco, CA. Right Side primarily invests in technology companies including several blockchain and crypto startups. Their first blockchain investment was MainFrame in 2014.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 8

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $1 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Airfox, Chroma, Elemetric, Hanzo

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://rightsidecapital.com/

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AME Cloud Ventures

Description: AME Cloud Ventures is a VC firm based in Palo Alto, CA. AME was founded by former Yahoo! co-founder, Jerry Yang. They invest in technology companies including several blockchain companies like Blockstream, BlockCypher, and Ripple.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 6

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $12 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Blockstream, Ripple, ShoCard, BlockCypher

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 1

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: https://www.amecloudventures.com/

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1confirmation

Description: 1confirmation is a hedge fund/venture fund based in Palo Alto, CA. Many involved in the crypto investment world may be surprised at the relatively low ranking of 1confirmation given its backing from the likes of Peter Thiel and Marc Cuban. However, they are a relatively new entrant, only making their first blockchain venture investment in late 2017 in cryptocurrency Basis.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 7

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $10 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Basis, Harbor, MakerDAO, OpenSea

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 7

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: http://www.1confirmation.com

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Hashed

Description: Hashed is a blockchain venture capital firm and blockchain accelerator based in Seoul, South Korea. Since their founding in September 2017, Hashed has invested in a number of initial coin offerings for startups like StormX, SureRemit, and Bluezelle. Hashed is led by CEO Simon Seojoon Kim.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $20 million

Top Blockchain Investments: StormX, Origin Protocol, Bluezelle, SureRemit

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: Yes

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 4

Based in: Seoul, South Korea

Website: https://www.hashed.com

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FinLab

Description: FinLab is a venture capital and incubator firm based in Frankfurt, Germany. They primarily invest in financial services and fintech companies including blockchain and crypto. FinLab has invested in Vaultoro, Iconiq Lab, and EOS.io

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $50 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Iconiq Lab, Vaultoro, Abra

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Frankfurt, Germany

Website: https://finlab.de/

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Streamlined Ventures

Description: Streamlined Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. They entered blockchain investments when purchasing convertible notes in PayStand and BlockCypher in 2014 and have since participated in seed rounds in Chronicled and Piggy Bank.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $2 million

Top Blockchain Investments: BlockCypher, Chronicled, PiggyBank, PayStand

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Palo Alto, CA

Website: http://streamlinedventures.com

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Greycroft

Description: Greycroft is a technology venture capital firm based in New York. Greycroft has participated in a number of seed and Series A fundings for blockchain companies like Sensay, BitPesa, and The Block.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 5

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $4 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Sensay, BitPesa, The Block

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://www.greycroft.com

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Tusk Ventures

Description: Tusk Ventures is a technology-focused venture capital firm based in New York, NY. They have also made a handful of blockchain investments including series D investments in Circle and Coinbase. Tusk Ventures is led by CEO Bradley Tusk.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $26 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Circle, Coinbase

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: http://tuskventures.com/

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Catagonia

Description: Catagonia Capital is a venture and consulting firm based in Berlin, Germany. So far, Catagonia has participated in blockchain investing via ICOs in companies like HydroMiner, AppCoins, and Envion. Catagonia is led by Founder Ralph Eric Kunz.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $50 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Envion, AppCoins, HydroMiner, Basis

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: Berlin, Germany

Website: http://www.catagonia.com/

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Compound

Description: Compound is a technology-focused venture capital firm based in New York, NY. Compound was an early investor in Gem, a cryptocurrency wallet and blockchain platform. They have also invested in NuCypher and Compound Lab.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $2 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Compound Labs, NuCypher, Gem

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 2

Based in: New York, NY

Website: https://compound.vc/

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Arbor Ventures

Description: Arbor Ventures is a venture capital investor based in Hong Kong, with an additional presence in Shanghai, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv. Arbor participated in series A and series B rounds for Abra, a digital wallet startup based in Mountain View.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 4

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $4 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Abra, Silot, Global ID

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Hong Kong

Website: http://www.arborventures.com/

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JAFCO Japan

Description: JAFCO is a multi-billion dollar investment manager based in Tokyo, Japan. They have recently begun investing in blockchain companies like Nayuta, Tech Bureau, and COMSA.

Total Blockchain Company Investments: 3

Value of Venture Investments in Blockchain: $27 million

Top Blockchain Investments: Nayuta, Tech Bureau, COMSA

Exclusively Invests in Blockchain/Digital Assets: No

Blockchain Investments, Last 12 Months: 3

Based in: Tokyo, Japan

Website: http://www.jafco.co.jp

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35 of the 50 leading venture capital firms investing in blockchain and crypto are based in the United States. Eight are based in Hong Kong/China and three in Germany.

18 of the top 50 blockchain VCs invest exclusively in digital assets like crypto and blockchain companies or have dedicated digital asset funds. All five of the top 50 invest exclusively in digital assets (including Andreessen Horowitz’s recent announcement of their dedicated crypto fund).

Methodology — Top 50 Blockchain/Crypto VCs

This study began by analyzing over 3,000 venture investments in blockchain companies. The data was filtered down to 127 venture capital firms that have made three or more investments in blockchain companies since 2011. Data comes from an analysis of several thousand venture investments in blockchain companies from Crunchbase as well as data in Crypto Fund Research’s list of crypto funds. Of the several hundred VCs that have invested in blockchain, 127 have made three or more investments and only these were selected for potential inclusion in our rankings.

These 127 venture capital firms were ranked according to four equally-weighted categories:

Overall Activity — Number of blockchain investments or funding rounds

Capital Outlay — The estimated cumulative value of venture investments in blockchain companies

Blockchain Investment Experience — Time since first blockchain investment

Recent Activity — Number of blockchain investments made in the previous 12 months (June 15, 2017 — June 15, 2018)

Each of the 127 VCs was then ranked in ascending order in each of these four categories. Total scoring was based on the sum of these four ranks. The ranking of top 50 venture capital firms investing in blockchain startups and companies consists of the 50 of these 127 with the best-combined scores in these four categories.

Top 50 Blockchain VCs — Key Stats

# of Blockchain Deals, Total: 556

# of Blockchain Deals, Last 12 Months (through 6/15/2018): 282

Overall Deal Volume, Total: $1.19 billion USD

Average Deal Size: $2.1 million USD

Average # of Co-Investors: 5

Most Common Deal Type: Seed funding

Most Active Blockchain Investor: Digital Currency Group

% Investing Exclusively in crypto/blockchain assets: 34%

Leaders of the pack

The reality has always been that most VCs are followers. They are the money managing sheep that follow the real risk investors who are willing to take some arrows in their back. Cryptonite applauds the firms outlined above for their leadership. And we all know, when the big returns for their early risks start rolling in, the sheep will be soon to follow.

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Analyst Casts Doubt on Bitcoin Halving’s Role on Institutional Interest

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There’s much hype surrounding the upcoming Bitcoin halving, with almost every industry expert forecasting an increase in the price of the top cryptocurrency when the block rewards are finally cut from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC.

However, a Wall Street insider is decrying the notion that the halving is affecting one of Bitcoin’s most notable applications- investments. Kevin Koh, the Chief Investment Officer at Spartan Capital and a partner at banking conglomerate Goldman Sachs, made an appearance on the Blockcrunch Podcast with Jason Choi recently. There, he spoke about the increased institutional interest in Bitcoin as an investment vehicle, while also touching on the potential for the asset to attract even more investors as time goes on. 

The Halving Doesn’t Influence Institutional Interest   

However, instead of going with the general view that the halving will draw more institutional investors to Bitcoin, oh expressed skepticism, explaining that it is highly unlikely that big institutions will have a strong view on the impact on investment prospects.

“That’s not to say that you wouldn’t find an odd CIO who has researched the asset class very closely and who has a strong view and wants to deploy,” he said, “but I’d say for the average institutional investor, that’s probably not what’s driving their decision to invest in crypto.”

Koh also spoke on the various types of institutions, explaining that a lot of them have complex organizational structures that determine whether a potential investment is worth it. The due diligence requirements are rather extensive, and most of the time, it could prevent a firm from investing in an asset even if it has considerable support from the board.

Institutions’ Timing is a More Pivotal Factor

As he explained further, he hinted that organizational leadership structures have an essential role to play in the timing of a firm’s entrance into the crypto space-even more than the halving. He referenced a survey from Bitwise Asset Management, which took responses from 415 U.S.-based advisors who manage a collective $24 trillion. As the survey notes, only 6 percent of advisory firms invest their clients’ funds in cryptocurrencies.

“The other 94% largely still plan to avoid investing in crypto in 2020, and roughly 55% of them will definitely not invest in crypto this year,” he forecasted. 

The sentiment from Koh about the halving and its effects on Bitcoin’s institutional investment prospects is, in a way, backed up by historical data. Institutional interest in Bitcoin has been on the rise since the asset started its resurgent drive early last year, and there’s an argument to the fact that institutions are much more interested in how the asset can grow with or without the upcoming halving. 

Studies have also shown that many institutions aren’t even are of the halving that’s coming up. A recent report from Grayscale Investment read, “The halving is close enough that it’s time to start talking about it more seriously, but far enough out in the future that it’s unclear whether it’s priced into the market efficiently.”

For now, however, it remains to be seen whether the halving has been instrumental in fueling this drive.

Source: https://insidebitcoins.com/news/analyst-casts-doubt-on-bitcoin-halvings-role-on-institutional-interest/248472

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Women in Quantum Engineering event 4-5 December

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This two-day event took place on 4/5th December and was aimed at encouraging female and non-binary students to consider continuing their quantum technology studies to PhD level.

The event featured talks from quantum scientists and engineers, working both in universities and industry, giving insight into their current roles and their careers to date.  Our visitors were given the opportunity to ask questions and  discuss motivations as well as any concerns with our current Quantum Engineering CDT students.

 

Source: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/quantum-engineering/news/2019/httpwwwbristolacukquantum-engineeringeventswomen-in-quantum-engineering.html

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