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Finding Smart Money: Investment Research Opportunities

Finding Smart Money: Investment Research Opportunities

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Hello Crowdholder’s, 

 

Right now, CH is at an interesting time in its development. The key to our survival during the crypto winter was limiting costs, at the same time of growing a stronger community by finding our use case. We all deserve to give ourselves a pat on the back. What is beginning to take fold, is we are seeing surviving Dapps now working on new fundraising rounds. This is primarily being focused on equity-based opportunities while they grow along with the crypto market at its current form. 


 

In the startup world, there is a saying known as “smart money.” This means seeking investment where the investor has connections, experience in your field and matches your portfolio category of interests. Meaning, they have experience with our type of business.


 

In the current form, YUP is known outside of blockchain as a “credit system” model. In fact, being supported outside of blockchain could also make sense, as mass adoption means people don't need to know the technology behind it. Instead, you make a clear simple UX so people say, “it’s so easy your grandmother can do it.” This means that expanding from Crypto to all industries as a strategy for investment, also makes sense. And finding people who have the knowledge to do that, also is beneficial.    


 

Our task is the following: 

 

Look for Venture Capitalist fund/s that relates to the ideology of CH and would be considered as “smart money.” Think of the following questions based on your research.

 

  • Why do you believe this VC fund would make a good shareholder for CH?

  • Does CH fit in their unique portfolio of businesses?

  • Do they have investment rounds available or have a unique program?

 

Although we have our leads/favorites who we are speaking too, this will be helpful to get more qualified leads for us to reach out to and find our “smart money.”

 

We look forward to hearing your findings and advice. 

 

Cheers, 

Crowdholding Team 




 





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According to my research on the Internet, there are five big venture capital firms as belows:

1. RRE Ventures
 It is a New York-based company that specializes in cryptocurrency investments and aims to invest in personal information companies that deal with Internet technology, software, communications and the economy.

2. Fenbushi Capital
The company is China's first venture capital firm to invest exclusively in companies operating on blockchain technology.
Supported companies related to the blockchain include Symbiont, Hashed Health and the famous privacy security token Zcash. Fenbushi is also the team's advisor by Vitalik Buterin and famous figures from Ethereum, which provided the team with a wealth of knowledge and credibility.

3. Pantera Capital
Pantera Capital announced its focus on blockchain and cryptocurrency trading in 2014, a year after it was established through early stages and funding. In the same year, the company formed new partnerships with Fortress Investment Group, Benchmark, and Ribbit Capital, focusing on the trading of bitcoins in a new fund called Pantera Bitcoin Partners. The company also claimed to invest in Xapo, Bitstamp, BitPesa in its portfolio.

4. Blockchain Capital
San Francisco Corporation Blockchain Capital, founded and launched in 2013, is the first venture capital firm focused on cryptocurrency. A company that strives to invest in entrepreneurs and startups who want to build and promote the blockchain industry. Blockchain Capital also shouldered the first burden of the blockchain sector by presenting the first fund to accept capital as Bitcoin.

The company is represented by Brad & Bart Stephens, an experienced developer of Internet security, cryptocurrency, and financial technologies. Brad worked with Credit Suissie and Fidelity and Bart worked with E * TRADE and hedge funds in Silicon Valley.

5. Andreessen Horowitz
The US company is expanding its presence in the cryptocurrency and blockchain economy, and the company has been investing in blockchain-based companies such as Dfinity Network, MakerDAO and dYdX.

Clearly, if CH presents the above mentioned venture capital firms with portfolios and data on transparent business viability, they certainly think they can invest "smart money".

 

2 weeks ago

I think you should consider Boldman Capital. I hold their tokens and receive monthly dividends. they invest in businesses and share profits with their token holders. I  believe both parties would be of great help to each other. 

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2 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

You should take a look at BlueYard. BlueYard invests in blockchain founders and projects with transforming ideas that decentralize markets, empower users and liberates data which CH seems to follow quite well. Their portfolio include Grid, Meatable, Decred, Pitch (who have even posted tasks here on CH), Textile, Vecary and Spaceknow. As you can see, they cover a wide variety of dApps and projects and not necessarily straightforward cash-focused projects. I don't know much about their investment rounds though.


Mosaic Ventures is based in London and is a venture capital firm focused on series A. Their portfolio include Blockchain, Nexar and Convoy which are strictly profit-based companies. Crowdholding can give it a shot though.


Union Square Ventures (USV) has invested in over 100 companies including blockchain-based ones since 2004. USV backs trusted brands that broaden access to knowledge (which Crowdholding is doing so well), capital and well-being by leveraging networks, platforms and protocols. I think this fits CH perfectly. You should do well to contact them. Their portfolio is so diversified and includes Outschool (education-based as you have guessed), Stash (education-based), Sofar (music-based), Otis (investment-based), Marley Spoon (nutrition-based), goTenna (internet-based), Dapper (game-based), Jobbatical, Code Climate and Modern Fertility.


Hyperchain Capital invests in blockchain-based projects and organizations that support innovative technologies. Their portfolio includes Basic Attention Token (BAT), Golem, Tenx, Iconomi, Ethereum and Kyber Network. As you can see, Hyperchain is very profit driven and I won't recommend it so much but it's worth a try.


You can partner with Outlier Ventures for support to design, build and scale at every stage of Crowdholding's development. Outlier Ventures also provides access to specialists (and connections) across their venture platform. Their portfolio include Haja Networks, Ocean Protocol, Ethereum and Agoric.


Earlybird Venture Capital is focused on European technology innovators. Earlybird has three different, autonomous and specialised teams focusing on different geographies and sectors, one of which CH might fit. Its portfolio is also very diverse and includes Wunderlist, Wilex, Socialbakers and Targomo.


Krypton Capital claims its "smart money" helps its partners grow with them. Its investment experience ranges from blockchain, media and technology to financial services and healthcare. Its focus is therefore on software solutions for various industries (I'm talking dApps and other blockchain-based software), online (and social media) marketing, online news and data, education and healthcare and global payment solutions. Its portfolio includes CryptoAcademy, Hacken, Cryptovest and Smartologic. I believe Crowdholding fits this one too so well.


You might want to check out Fenbushi VC based in China which invests exclusively in blockchain-enabled companies. Its portfolio cuts across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Its European portfolio includes Polkadot, Parity and Hacken. With its diverse portfolio I think Crowdholding will be a nice fit.


Hard Yaka has over 65 investments in 15 countries, and is operated by a team with experience in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. It invests in insights that empower and better society. Crowdholding definitely fits here too and a partnership can be struck - if not an investment.


You might want to look at Hashed since they are focused on the mass adoption of blockchain (projects and startups) by investing in innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of engineering, game theory and economics. I'll place CH under economics so it will be worth a try.


You can look at some other ones over here https://mediashower.com/blog/best-blockchain-venture-capital-firms/

I took the time to select VC firms that were less profit-driven as much as possible since most of the blockchain-based VC firms such as Andreessen Horowitz, Digital Currency Group, Y-Combinator and Pantera are very profit-centric and aim to bring in decent amounts of ROI within a short term after investment.

This recommendation (also pointed out by Karen) may be far-fetched but considering the conditions based on the research, I think Tim Draper's influence will advance the cause of Crowdholding to a very large number of people and even venture-capital organizations/companies. Tim definitely has the money to invest and even though CH might be very new to him, I believe he will embrace the CH concept and roll with it. It might be crazy but who knows. 

With respect to the investment rounds and unique programmes, I think it will be best to contact and enquire these ventures via their website using their contact forms since all of them have one. I'd wanted to but it will be disrespectful in a way since I don't have any project I've started that needs funding.

2 weeks ago

1. I think a VC fund could make a good shareholder, but I would choose one, that is exclusively active in the blockchain field.

If we watch the top VC fund list (credits to Rapheal Ngenehttps://www.crowdholding.com/link/161726/?28554 ) I would prefer the first ones, Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital, Blockchain Capital, as these are focused exclusively on crypto projects. Node capital would also be interesting, but they are based in China and therefore maybe not the right bet for an English platform (by the way, are you at CH planning to implement other languages as well?). I would recommend crypto-only VC funds because they will have experience in the field and will also contribute technology-wise. Andreessen Horowitz and the likes bring more attention but I could imagine that this kind of players will see results immediately and don't know the crypto ecosystem very well.

2. I am not so sure if CH fits into the usual portfolio of a VC fund.

Seems that these funds invest foremost into cash flowing businesses like Ledger, Trezor or exchanges. CH has no recurring income model and I think the token sale is the best viable option for fundraising for CH. VC funds invest in business outside of the token economy, like service providers, but a token or cryptocurrency should in my opinion not require any investment into a company, I like a lot the path that energi is following, by implementing a self-funding treasury.

3. Don't have any clue how they are working. But I propose a different approach anyway.

CH could search for partnerships (like already done, AE for example) and offer potential partners a deal that they can't refuse. These would be especially helpful, if CH could agree a partnership with an exchange (Latoken for example, I don't use this exchange, but they have a lot of promos and could potentially being interested in a partnership).

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

I came across an online interview with brothers Tim & Adam Draper. They are fourth generation venture capitalists. They are very much into block chain and crypto & seem to have a good understanding of the technology. They also like to invest in start ups. Tim Draper is worth $1 billion. Sounds to me like they would.be a good fit for crowdholding!

2 weeks ago

Whats the name of tim draper's company or does he work as stand alone not affiliated to any company.

1 week ago

Karen M guru

Timothy Cook Draper is an American venture capital investor, and founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper University, Draper Venture Network, and Draper Associates. Wikipedia

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Tim presently isn't the CEO of Draper Fisher Jurvetson any longer.

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Karen M guru

Ah ok. I copied that from Wikipedia (& credited them in my post)

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

No worries. Just trying to keep my friends updated.

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Ejay Dario guru

I'm more experience and know the circulation in this Blockchain Industry.

I believe that it can may a good impact for us. Yeah it will fit in the unique portfolio of businesses. Maybe both for me because any probability in the end I will support this because this is a great platform for us .

2 weeks ago

I did some little online research about some keywords like, smart money, venture capital and others and also some search on top venture capital investments and since this information are readily available i got some on my hands.

I searched about venture capitals investors for blockchain related projects and got some names, they are Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital, Blockchain Capital which are the top three, the rest of them can be read HERE

I also came across a chinnese company that deals with intenet related issuess called tencent havent read much about it, but i know that a lot of goods will come out from this.

I also came across this article from forbes it is a list containing a lot of information i think it will also be useful too. HERE

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