Upcoming CoinFund Rabbithole Talks

Image for post
Image for post
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coinfund-rabbithole-talks-with-lane-rettig-ewasm-and-preston-van-loon-prysmatic-labs-tickets-55778404710

Rabbithole Talks is a monthly CoinFund meetup, focused on doing deep dives into innovative token economics and technical design decisions for interesting blockchain-based projects. Past guests have included Doug Petkanics of Livepeer, Hunter Hillman of Connext and Luke Duncan of Aragon. We’re excited to continue the 2019 series with a roster of incredible speakers.

February 28, 2019 with Lane Rettig (eWASM) and Preston Van Loon (Prysmatic Labs)

  • You can RSVP here.

March 26, 2019 with Kevin Owocki (Gitcoin)


Read more about this announcement on CoinDesk.

Summary

  • As its first external collaboration, Grassfed Network and Placeholder are announcing a staking pool — referred to as a Voting Service Provider (VSP) within Decred’s community — to contribute to the security and governance of the network.

Launch of Grassfed Network and Placeholder partnership

We are pleased to announce the launch of Grassfed Network, a CoinFund initiative that directly supports decentralized networks through the development and deployment of software built to gain access to network incentives, aid in network governance, and provide value-additive services and resources. …


Generalized Mining & The Third-Party Economy hosted by CoinFund & Cambrial

October 30, 2018 | Prague Blockchain Week/Devcon4

Image for post
Image for post
Event information can be found here.

A wave of new groups have taken to market to build mining companies and network-facing services that tend to provision staking and validator nodes. Today, they are focused on defensibility strategies having to do with specialized hardware, operational security, and the deep economic understanding of proof-of-stake (PoS) systems. But as decentralized networks become ubiquitous as large-scale coordination mechanisms and, ultimately, publicly-owned institutions, it will become apparent that the role of technological actors in these networks goes far beyond PoS-style block validation. The set of domain-specific problems that can be solved by global networks, from organizational governance to computational resources to social media, is bewilderingly large. We have termed the activity of engaging the set of techno-financial opportunities in decentralized networks generalized mining, a nod to the roots of third-party cryptoeconomics in systems such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. We have termed the general marketplace of networks, service providers, and cryptoeconomic business opportunities as the third-party economy. Investors, companies, and projects play an important role in these upcoming networks. This meetup is intended to bring together the foremost participants in the generalized mining space to explore this set of exciting opportunities. …


Devin Walsh joins CoinFund as Research Analyst

Image for post
Image for post

CoinFund is delighted to announce that Devin Walsh has joined CoinFund as research analyst. Devin will be focusing on blockchain research, due diligence, and fund strategy.

Devin recently completed her MBA in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation track at MIT Sloan, where she studied methods for developing and scaling disruptive technologies and business models. While in school she was a Co-MD for the MIT Fintech Conference, a Teaching Assistant (TA) in the Entrepreneurship program, and a project manager for the Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) at MIT Media Lab. She also worked for uPort (a ConsenSys company) focusing on Strategy, Business Development, and Operations initiatives. Prior to Sloan, she worked at BlackRock as a project manager for firmwide technological innovation, and as a product manager on the firm’s proprietary Aladdin platform. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. …


Michael Bosworth joins CoinFund as CTO

Image for post
Image for post

We are pleased to announce that Michael Bosworth has joined CoinFund, taking the role of Chief Technology Officer. He will be focusing on building the infrastructure and services for decentralized network operations at CoinFund.

Michael joins CoinFund from Google, where he worked as an engineer on security. Prior to Google, Michael worked at two technology startups. One was Moat, an ad tech company later acquired by Oracle, where he created the in-app version of their flagship analytics product. The other was a medium-frequency hedge fund startup, where he joined two other software engineers to build the firm’s automated trading platform. He has a B.A. in Computer Science from Brown University.

Michael’s interests include skiing, beautiful prose, the merciless inversion of dominant business models at the hands of decentralization, and tea.


Today, CoinFund is pleased to announce that we have entered into a strategic partnership with the team at Venrock. CoinFund has had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Venrock partner David Pakman. We deeply value his insight, experience, and vision for the next generation of blockchain technology-enabled open Internet. The transaction will help to support our growth and expand our network to the greater technology markets.

The partnership reinforces the mandate for CoinFund to continue building out a technology-focused and scientific approach to investment in decentralized networks and new business models enabled by blockchain technology. By leveraging each other’s domain expertise, our two teams will be able to mentor, advise, and support teams in the space more effectively than ever before. CoinFund and Venrock are both backers of YouNow’s PROPS Project and have worked together to help founder Adi Sideman realize his vision of a blockchain-based ecosystem of participatory video applications, starting with its flagship application Rize. …


CoinFund Update, August 2017

Image for post
Image for post

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — The CoinFund team is pleased to welcome Kenny Rowe as a Senior Consultant at CoinFund. Kenny will work alongside the CoinFund team on select blockchain advisory projects.

Kenny has been a valuable contributor to the CoinFund community and brings deep experience in the context of internal operations of blockchain-focused and decentralization projects. Kenny currently manages the operations unit of the RChain Cooperative, an open-source next-generation blockchain launched out of Seattle, and is a core member of the MakerDAO team where he acts as the Head of Operations of the Dai Foundation. He is also an advisor to the Aragon project, focusing on community management and governance. Kenny brings with him 10+ years in information systems, business development, and strategy.

Please join us in welcoming Kenny to the CoinFund team. You can find him on the CoinFund Slack and Twitter as @kennyrowe!

— The CoinFund Team


Image for post
Image for post
Image credit: Ben O’Bro/Unsplash

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — The CoinFund team is pleased to welcome Alex Felix (@flex on CoinFund Slack) to the advisory board of CoinFund LLC and as a Stakeholder in the CoinFund Portfolio.

Alex has been an active researcher in blockchain technology for the past 3 years. His extensive background in finance brings to CoinFund added perspectives and expertise on investments and the study of cryptoeconomic business models. For the past five years, Alex arranged deals at American Capital, a private equity firm based in New York. During his tenure, he structured more than $3 billion worth of deals and researched hundreds of companies across technology, business services, consumer, healthcare, and industrials sectors. Previously, he worked in leveraged finance and portfolio management for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Royal Bank of Scotland. …


Image for post
Image for post
Copyright and Image Credit: unsplash.com/@kazuend

It’s fair to say that 2016 has been “one hell of a year” for crypto. Earlier in the year, we’ve seen Ether produce 20x returns and recently Bitcoin produced highs not seen since the winter of 2013. In the middle of the year, we became acquainted with the dangers of DAOs, hackings, DoS attacks, and the Ethereum Classic hard fork. Meanwhile, financial industry R&D on blockchain is in full swing, over a billion dollars came into the space via venture capital, and Steemit has emerged as one of the few projects in blockchain to attract a small but impressive base of mainstream users. …


NEW YORK, N.Y. — CoinFund is excited to partner with Byte Academy to offer a comprehensive educational workshop taking participants through the forward-looking digital world of Bitcoin, Ethereum, blockchains, smart contracts, and the companies making use of these exciting technologies.

While mainstream media covers blockchain as “efficiency technology” for the financial industry, an exponentially growing space of startups, open source projects, and decentralized networks is positioning to disrupt verticals as diverse as social media, ridesharing, insurance, crowdfunding, and much more.

This in-depth 5-hour course will focus on public blockchains — novel peer-to-peer distributed databases which enable cryptocurrencies and custom economics systems — and their implications for the world of privacy-conscious consumers, investors, and technology companies. …

About

CoinFund

The best way to invest in a community is to be a part of it. Blockchain research & cryptoasset investments.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store