Tezos is an open-source smart contract platform for assets and decentralized applications. The origins of Tezos dates back to 2014 when the founders of Tezos, Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, published two papers, a position paper and a white paper under the pseudonym LM Goodman. The papers outlined the motivations for their new blockchain network, the […]
Jun 15, 2021, 1:28PM UTC
Wintermute Trading is a London-based market maker and proprietary trading firm within the digital asset sector. The firm was founded in 2017 by Evgeny Gaevoy, Harro Mantel, and Yoann Turpin, who had previously served as executives for the traditional market-making and proprietary trading firm Optiver.  Today, the firm provides liquidity to notable crypto exchanges like […]
Jun 11, 2021, 10:21AM UTC
Polygon (formerly Matic) was founded in 2017 by Jaynti Kanani, Sandeep Nailwal, Anurag Arjun, and Mihailo Bjelic to provide a scaling solution and framework for Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks. With the rise in popularity of decentralized finance (DeFi) applications and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the Ethereum network has become increasingly congested, with hight cost transactions and limited […]
May 24, 2021, 6:52PM UTC
Based in Hong Kong, Genesis Block was founded in 2017 by Wincent Hung and Clement Lp. Coming from mining and trading backgrounds, Hung and Lp wanted to create a community center and an OTC channel to improve the OTC flow in the digital assets market. Aside from operating a proprietary trading desk and offering market […]
May 17, 2021, 9:42AM UTC
Celo is a blockchain project that uses a mobile-first approach to empower individuals worldwide through access to financial services and the ability to send money to anyone with their mobile phones. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, cLabs, the central team behind the development of Celo’s platform was founded in 2018 by Marek Olszewski, Rene Reinsberg, […]
May 11, 2021, 1:41PM UTC
Paradigm is a crypto-focused fund founded in 2018 by Fred Ehrsam and Matt Huang. Before creating Paradigm, Ehrsam co-founded the crypto exchange Coinbase, and Matt Huang was a partner at Sequoia. Since its inception, the fund has attracted investments from funds such as Sequoia and high-profile university endowments like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale and is […]
Apr 27, 2021, 8:57AM UTC
Terra is a blockchain protocol that enables the usage of fiat-backed stablecoins for global payments. The project was founded in 2018 by Daniel Shin, the founder, and president of TicketMonster, a leading e-commerce company in South Korea, last valued at $1.7 billion. The network currently offers support for stablecoins pegged to the U.S. dollar, South […]
Apr 26, 2021, 9:43AM UTC
Founded in 2015, Digital Finance Group (DFG) is a blockchain and digital asset investment firm that operates out of San Francisco, California. The firm operates three separate funds, a token fund and an equity fund that uses internal capital, and a fund focused specifically on the Polkadot ecosystem that is currently raising external capital. Across […]
Apr 22, 2021, 9:10AM UTC
NEAR Protocol is an open-source platform for decentralized applications, similar to many use-cases offered by Ethereum today. Founded in 2018 by Alexander Skidanov and Illia Polosukhin, the platform intends to solve the technical barriers associated with smart contract platforms and offer higher throughput and less costly transaction fees.  Since NEAR has been in development, the […]
Apr 13, 2021, 9:50AM UTC
Founded in 2018 by Anil Lulla, Medio Demarco, Tom Shaughnessy Jr, Kevin Kelly, and Yan Liberman, Delphi Digital began as an independent research boutique that provided analysis and research on institutions’ digital asset markets. Today, the firm also provides consulting for token projects and operates a podcast and an investment venture arm launched in July […]
Mar 30, 2021, 10:06AM UTC
Algorand is a public blockchain network that intends to provide a highly scalable platform for decentralized applications and financial solutions. The Algorand project was founded in 2017 by Silvio Micali, a Professor and computer scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  Past work accomplishments by Micali include being awarded the Turing Award and […]
Mar 23, 2021, 11:42AM UTC
Multicoin Capital is a thesis-driven investment firm that invests exclusively in digital assets and blockchain companies. The crypto hedge fund was founded in 2017 by Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain based on their beliefs that open, trust-minimalized distributed ledgers will reshape many sectors of our global economy. The firm’s investment thesis for digital assets can […]
Mar 12, 2021, 11:19AM UTC
Founded by Barry Silbert in 2015, Digital Currency Group (DCG) was originally made up of two bitcoin businesses, Genesis Global Trading, a cryptocurrency OTC trading firm and Grayscale Investments, a cryptocurrency asset management firm.  Since then, DCG has made investments in numerous verticals that stretch the digital asset space’s entirety and has become one of […]
Mar 8, 2021, 9:38PM UTC
Avon Ventures is a digital asset venture capital firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, and affiliated with FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments. Although the two firms share the same parent company, Avon’s operations are completely separate from Fidelity’s financial services.  Led by Sachin Patodia, the fund’s main area of focus to date has […]
Mar 4, 2021, 11:21AM UTC
Solana is a blockchain platform designed for high throughput and decentralized applications. The project was founded in 2018 by Alan Yu, Anatoly Yakovenko, Greg Fitzgerald, Raj Gokal, and Stephen Akridge.  The network has attracted an assortment of investors and ecosystem participants. In July 2019, it raised $20 million in a Series A led by Multicoin […]
Mar 2, 2021, 10:34AM UTC
CMS Holdings is a principal investment firm focused on the digital asset ecosystem. The firm was founded in early 2019 by Daniel Matuszewski, Bobby Cho, and Julien Seguin.  . Before founding CMS, Matuszewski and Cho had been in the over-the-counter trading space since the early days of the sector, working for the desks of firms […]
Feb 23, 2021, 12:08PM UTC
Facebook caught the crypto/blockchain sector’s attention, regulators, and lawmakers alike when it first announced its blockchain initiatives, originally dubbed Libra. Libra, now rebranded to Diem, originally had aspirations of issuing a digital stablecoin backed by a basket of different global currencies. Since then, the project has toned down its design to a single dollar-backed digital […]
Jan 7, 2021, 11:52AM UTC
SBI Holdings is a Japanese-Internet financial services conglomerate with three core businesses that extend to financial services, asset management, and biotechnology. Founded in 1999, the company was initially part of the Softbank group and became independent in 2006. The firm has operated off of the thesis that the Internet, fintech, AI, blockchain, and quantum computing […]
Jan 4, 2021, 12:00PM UTC
ParaFi Capital is an investment firm focused on blockchain technology and decentralized finance markets. Based in San Francisco, California, the fund was founded by Ben Forman, a previous executive at the private equity firms KKR and TPG. As of August 31, ParaFi had more than $100 million in assets under management. The firm was one […]
Dec 27, 2020, 9:42PM UTC
The Block Research analyzed a total of 873 blockchain-related investment deals that have occurred this year to identify which crypto funds have been the most active in 2020.  Using Pitchbook, Crunchbase, and our own sourcing/filtering, we mapped out the top 10 most active funds to determine if there is a specific sector that funds are […]
Dec 14, 2020, 12:14PM UTC
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