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8 Decimal Capital x Polkadot

We are excited to announce that 8 Decimal Capital has invested in Polkadot. Polkadot is solving one of the most important problems in blockchain, interoperability, and we believe that the team led by Gavin Wood (previously Co-Founder and CTO of ethereum, Founder/Lead Developer of Parity Technologies and Founder/President of Web3 Foundation Team) is well-positioned to take on this challenge. Polkadot will be launching towards the end of 2019 and we are excited to the next wave of innovation coming into the space!


認識阮宇博是在紐約的共識大會上。那天中午,共識大會最後一天,當CoinDesk主編提問孫宇晨業界關於他和Vitalik互懟的原因時,“那是因為Tron團隊的白皮書英文翻譯水平欠佳、表達有誤、產生了溝通問題”的神解釋引得座嘉賓​​心領神會般地哄堂大笑。孫宇晨的高超的公關和營銷技巧以及Tron的版權迷霧讓我對中國90後區塊鏈投創行業產生了更多好奇。而當天下午共識大會“中美區塊鏈行業現狀比較”環節讓我對90後中國區塊鏈創業投資者群體有了更加豐富和全新的認識。

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會上,年僅24歲的阮宇博清晰地向參會者勾畫著區塊鏈在社會和製度層面的影響力評估,以及八維資本在這個行業的佈局。阮宇博認為,中國的區塊鏈行業偏應用以及商業層開發,美國區塊鏈行業更注重區塊鏈基底的技術層開發;去中介化的區塊鏈技術顛覆的是價值交易的環節,優勢在於更加公平和高效的重新分配社會資源;人工智能會讓富人更加富有,但是區塊鏈却会为普通人赋能,重新定義的價值的分配體系;而穩定幣產品和技術會也将重塑全球金融格局。据他介绍,新創立的八維資本已經完成對穩定幣公司TrustToken及其穩定幣產品TUSD、穩定幣交易所Bibox、穩定幣加密交易所Seed CX、Coinsuper等完成股權投資。八維資本在韓國最大的公鏈ICON投資回報率已達50倍,在最大的社區化交易所FCoin的回報率達到100倍。

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當我面對面與阮宇博交流,聽他談起個人創業經歷的時候,卻幾乎無法想像,他屬於的90后中国资本新贵。在无数的媒体报道中,在韭菜與鐮刀野蠻共生的中国资本市场,這代新贵中有不計其數的“一夜實現財富自由”的擁躉,而更多的被自媒體普遍關注的90後焦點人物們則被形容為是“對於想紅的人來說,壞名聲比沒名聲強”的忠誠踐行者。

阮宇博習慣於冷靜觀察社會思考人生。他常有用技術解決社會問題的熱情與衝動,而更加難得的是他所具備的同齡人少有的踏實和韌性。對於他而言,人生成功給他更多的回憶是從讀小學開始就把自己關在實驗室裡埋頭攻克各種技術難題,而無法參與同齡人的各種課外聚會和體育活動;為了開發一款能夠幫助帕金森老年患者的機器人而夜以繼日地尋找最佳算法,將計算機視覺、模式辨認、聲波傳感器、紅外傳感器、操控體系和硬件結構整合,讓機器人可以實時與人和環境互動,幫助辨認家居用品、危險環境、人,甚至幫助完成任務;為了找到能解決智能手機App開發問題的指導書籍,他在圖書城裡艱苦尋覓,結果卻意外結交到了志同道合的忘年好友,並且成為日後商業投資的合作夥伴。成功帶給他的回憶更多的是他將科技理念與製造業、市場營銷以及資本市場運作整合的艱辛歷程和用技術解決社會生活問題的成功後帶來的喜悅。他甚至親自帶領自己的營銷團隊,扛著一箱箱從工廠下線的阿里辛巴智能存錢罐,進到幼兒園和小學,向父母、兒童和老師一遍一遍講解產品的實用性能,讓大家認識到,科學技術能夠成為最有力的早教工具,培養兒童如何用負責任的方式賺錢、省錢,從小養成以負責任的方式實現經濟獨立和財務自由。

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在創業的第八年,他的阿里辛巴智能存錢罐終於成功投產下線並在市場贏利。這項發明不僅僅是他在硬件、以及智能手機App等領域的一次技術鑽研大成,更是他基於對人生社會的深入觀察,嘗試用科技去解決社會問題的一次成功嘗試。而製造智能存錢罐的想法起源於他在童年和父母的一次對話,這讓90後的阮宇博在很小的年就明白:一個經濟發達的成熟社會裡,經濟責任的獨立承擔源於理財能力的早年培養與家庭教養的早期形成,而這都要從兒童的日常習慣形成開始。

從八年艱難創業成功賺得人生第一桶金轉型成為區塊鏈風投基金的創始人,阮宇博在丹華資本的經歷成為這個轉型的重要一環。丹華資本給了阮宇博潛心聚焦於矽谷最頂級的區塊鏈技術創業公司的機會。在短短的一年時間裡,阮宇博根據CoinMarketCap研究超過100多份白皮書,閱讀比特幣底層代碼,做智能合約開發;此外,依靠丹華的資源和平台,他通過Pitchbook和Crunchbase不斷尋找最頂級公司的創始人聯繫方式,每週都要主動發出去幾十封郵件尋找下一個獨角獸機會。 2017年94事件過後,阮宇博當時看中了剛剛成立不久的幣安,特別是他觀察到了幣安的迅速成長背後的技術實力。而之後幣安平台在全球業務的飛速發展也進一步證實了阮宇博當初的判斷,于是,他在資本市場小試牛刀的自信開始樹立。

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阮宇博以他一貫冷靜的頭腦、敏銳的觀察力以及強悍的行動力讓他迅速找到了區塊鏈行業和加密貨幣交易所領域的痛點。在離開丹華後,他隨即成立了八維資本(8 Decimal Capital),並鎖定0x去中心化交易所的投資機會,50倍的投資回報率讓初創不久的八維資本的盈利水平和投資規模登上了千萬美元級別的台階。在一次活動中,阮宇博結識了剛剛在新加坡的一所大學完成博士研究的Kyber Network創始人Loi Luu,而這次相識給了阮宇博一次難得的投資機會,Kyber Network不僅在去中心化交易所領域的行業標準,其市值在高峰期超過6億美元。今天的八維資本是一家跨境的國際專業區塊鏈投資機構,管理美元和虛擬貨幣兩支基金,總資金規模超過六千萬美金。

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阮宇博認為,區塊鏈技術真正實現對社會的改變路還很長,而作為投資機構自身以及區塊鏈相關行業而言,對於區塊鏈生態系統的投資佈局是至關重要的。八維資本自創立以來,迅速佈局了包括幣世界、星球日報等多加媒體公司的股權投資。阮宇博希望將打造的是一個八維繫的概念,讓資產之間相互產生巨大的協同作用,更快速健康的成長。

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而投資的真正目的是什麼?是僅僅為了賺錢嗎?阮宇博有與眾不同的見地。八維資本對跨境支付公司SendFriend和全球最大的極客開發者社區DoraHacks的投資也貫穿著阮宇博敢於擔當社會責任的一貫風格。

SendFriend利用Ripple技術旨在幫助在美國工作的菲律賓工人有一款手續費用低廉的匯款平台將工資匯回菲律賓的家人。美國與菲律賓之間的國際匯款轉賬不僅耗時可能長達3到5天,而每筆匯款的手續費率也竟然高達7%,在2018年6500億美元的全球匯款額中,手續費的總額竟然高達450億美元。八維資本與麻省理工大學的SendFriend團隊都對用區塊鏈轉賬技術流程解決這個問題抱有極大的熱情,這也得益於阮宇博日常對於銀行金融體系裡現存的各種問題的敏銳洞察,阮宇博相信,SendFriend與Ripple建立合作正是以區塊鏈技術為基礎的金融流程逐漸從系統上解決傳統銀行存在已久的很多根深蒂固的問題,比如效率以及信用等疴疾。

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阮宇博也很清楚區塊鏈技術體系賴以成功的關鍵因素在哪裡。他相信,對於區塊鏈項目的社區建設而言,項目發起人的領導力與技術開發人員的主動性、創造力、以及對於區塊鏈技術的熱誠缺一不可。如果得不到技術開發者對於整個體系和社區的支持,區塊鏈項目無法成功。八維資本投資DoraHacks正是基於阮宇博和其他幾位投資合夥人對於區塊鏈社區領導力建設所答成的共識。 DoraHacks在全世界各地組織背景各異的代碼開發人員展開Hackathon編程馬拉松競賽,比賽現場編隊,以解決特定行業問題和痛點為目的,發揮創造力和想像力,為行業提供解決方案。

在不斷考察区块链以及相关技术服务領域項目、幫助更多有志改變世界的創業者實現自己的理想的同时,阮宇博始終在考慮八維資本投资领域的丰富和创新,通过八维资本的孵化和投資,推动技术进步、商业模式革新及人们生活方式的改变,这个过程也是圓他自己一個人生夢想:將投資作為他终生探索人生和社會的一個工具,找到會對人類未來產生最重大影響的那些最偉大的技術和頭腦。


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Author:Remi Gai,8 Decimal Capital

Since Facebook has released more details regarding Libra on June 18th, 2019, the project has become a hot topic of discussion all over the news and social media channels in the US. In this article, we have collected the perspectives from several western influential figures in the crypto space, who are coming from investment firms, important blockchain companies, and research channels. Let’s take a look on what the Western crypto community members are saying:

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Barry Silbert — Founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group: (Source: Twitter)

“The launch of Facebook’s cryptocurrency will go down in history as the catalyst that propelled digital assets (including Bitcoin) to mass global consumer adoption. Will be remembered as just as important — and transformative — as the launch of the Netscape browser. …


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Image credit: TimeStopper | Getty Images

Author:AJ Agrawal @Founder of Verma Media

Entrepreneurs in nascent industries often face challenges that seasoned entrepreneurs might not have. In the blockchain industry, these challenges have included education, adoption and external forces like global regulation. Just “selling” a new technology to clients can be a challenge.

But in the case of blockchain and crytocurrency, these challenges are less and less of a problem, as the technology has already become a mainstream phenomenon: Consider just the fact that a company as influential as Facebook has launched the digital currency Libra. …


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“Pandaq, the new financial paradigm,Each generation has its own mission and opportunity”

The future of capital market always involve a combination between technology and finance, and a balance between innovation and regulation.

Pandaq, in which the name comes “Panda” + “Nasdaq”, strives to be a leading financial technology service provider of the Asian market. Pandaq will provide digital asset distribution services for established businesses.

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pandaq.net

Looking back at history, thirty years ago, China issued its first publicly-issued stock, Xiaofeile. At that time, the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission, stock exchanges, brokerage firms, stock index futures, ABS or digital assets didn’t. The capital market’s model, system and process have always been evolving with new technologies that emerged over time.

In the early days, there weren’t any remote self-service transaction systems. All of the customer transactions were conducted over the phone through traders, who would then match deals on exchanges. Nowadays, all the stocks and wealth management products can be accessed and traded on computers and even mobile phones.


We are in an era where global digital economy and financial system is revolutionizing, and has opened the gates to blockchain — known as the “fourth industrial revolution” as described by the World Economic Forum. Blockchain is a decentralized technology that Bitcoin and other digital assets use to store and share data transparently, and be able to perform transactions in a secure and immutable manner in real-time. …


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HyperSnakes was developed by MixMarvel and incubated by 8 Decimal Capital

At 8 Decimal Capital, we believe that cryptocurrency mass adoption could start from the gaming industry, potentially bringing in billions of existing gamers into the space. HyperSnakes, a project incubated by 8 Decimal Capital, strives to become a pioneer in the blockchain gaming space by introducing the classic game “Snake” into the blockchain industry. In HyperSnakes, not only you can make money by playing games, but also earn dividends as a game host, or as a shareholder through token staking.

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3 Billions of gamers can be converted into early digital asset adopters

What is HyperSnakes?

HyperSnakes is another addition to the “Hyper” series created by the MIXMARVEL team, who previously launched the popular blockchain game, HyperDragons. HyperSnakes is also the first real-time, competitive, and blockchain-based multiplayer game in the space. From proposing the idea of bringing classic games to the blockchain world to developing the project and connecting valuable resources, 8 Decimal Capital has been actively involved in HyperSnakes’ growth. …


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The cryptocurrency derivatives market is still quite immature. Currently, there are only an estimated 15 exchanges that offer crypto derivatives, and Bitcoin alone represents 90% of the total derivatives volume. Derivative markets provide a healthy pricing mechanism for the cryptoassets and solves some of the most important problems in the blockchain ecosystem such as volatility in the prices of assets and hedging opportunities. …


Editors: 8 Decimal Research

This article is part of the Internet vs Blockchain Revolution Series. If you are interested in reading the other articles, check out this post.

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Internet vs Blockchain Revolution: the evolution of the market, infrastructures, and companies

Are we in 1994?

Interestingly, when Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape, found himself in Silicon Valley in early 1994, he thought that he was too late and missed the whole thing as the short recession of 1990–1991 hit the technology industry hard. The current stage of blockchain and cryptocurrency development is most analogous to the Internet Revolution in 1994, in which we have invented TCP/IP, HTML, and FTP, and out of these will lead to the development of Netscape (1994) and much later Facebook (2004), and Airbnb(2008). …


Editors: 8 Decimal Research

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Emergent technologies enable new concepts and business models that were not possible or practical before. These new concepts and business models often take time to be validated and require new methods of valuation. As the Internet Revolution has shown us, timing is very important for these new concepts and models to succeed in emerging markets.

The Emergence of New Concepts:

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New concepts that appeared with the development of the Internet and Blockchain

New technologies have the potential to create new concepts and business models, allowing for new markets to emerge. For example, the Internet allowed for the emergence of new concepts such as “unlimited selection” (ex: a book store that sells all the books from around the world — Amazon), or the concept of “instant gratification” (ex: a movie rental store selling all the movies from around the world — Netflix). The internet made these new models possible, and the companies such as Amazon or Netflix understood that consumers’ expectations were changing and focused on shifting their model to satisfy these new demands. Some other concepts include “search engine”, “real-time information”, “instant messaging”, “social media”, “digital advertising” and “streaming”. Although we take many of them for granted nowadays, a lot of these concepts started as an idea and needed time to be tested and proven over time. For example, during the early Internet, Jeff Bezos had the idea of the “everything store” from the beginning but thought it was too grandiose at first and chose to focus on selling books as a proof of concept to validate the business model of “e-commerce”. Books were chosen because they are most similar to a commodity, in which the buyers knew what they would be receiving, and had a relatively high margin. Once Jeff Bezos had proven himself that “e-commerce” could be a viable business model with books, Amazon quickly expanded into other verticals. …

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