About This Talk
2023 marks a pivotal year for the crypto bear market, as Web3 startups concentrate their efforts on building robust infrastructure and developing innovative decentralized applications (dApps). These advancements aim to significantly enhance the Web3 user experience, driving the adoption of blockchain technology and ensuring a more decentralized internet. To better understand the current landscape and what the future holds for Web3, we have assembled a panel of leading venture capital specialists. These experts will share their insights on emerging trends in the blockchain and crypto space, discuss their current investments and successful projects, and reveal their future investment strategies. This engaging discussion will provide attendees with valuable perspectives and offer a glimpse into the exciting potential of Web3 technology.
Gumi Cryptos Capital
Miko is a General Partner with gCC Gumi Cryptos Capital, a Silicon Valley investment fund with over $500M in assets including early-stage investments in unicorns like OpenSea, Yield Guild Games, VEGA Protocol, Qredo, Agoric, Astar and 1Inch Network.
Miko fell in love with open source software 25 years ago as chief Developer Evangelist for the Java Programming Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems. Since then he has been building open source software startups in Silicon Valley including raising over $50 million in venture capital for developer platform companies such as Gradle and financial infrastructure companies like Hazelcast and has participated in multiple exits including INFRAVIO, webMethods, and Db4O. He is a board member or advisor in successful startups like IntoTheBlock (algorithmic trading), LIT Protocol (NFT Access Control) and KEYLESS (ID infrastructure). He holds a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks.
Softbank Opportunity Fund
Anand Chandrasekaran is a partner at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that partners with founders from seed through growth stages to build companies that withstand the test of time. Anand drives General Catalyst’s investment activity in India and leads activity in the Consumer, Enterprise, Crypto, and Health Assurance areas.
Prior to joining General Catalyst, Anand was a CPO at Five9, Bharti Airtel and Snapdeal and a board member of Future Group India. Previously, he led over 80 seed investments in companies across a spectrum of industries from climate and agriculture to healthcare. At General Catalyst, Anand has backed a range of software and services leaders including Loop Health, OneCode, and FarMart.
Anand holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. from PSG College of Technology, India. In 2010, Anand was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2017, he was named to Fortune's ‘40 under 40’ India.