Blockchain 101: Key Drivers, Investment Trends, and Opportunities

Blockchain is a disruptive technology with broad applications. Gartner estimates blockchain will generate $3.1 trillion in new business value by 2030. Watch a short highlight of the presentation, in which we’ll delve into blockchain technology trends and why venture capital firms are investing record amounts in blockchain-based startups.

During the session, we will discuss:

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    Web3, Blockchain and Key Drivers

    Introduction to Web3, blockchain technology and key drivers pushing the industry forward. We will also cover adoption, challenges, and maturation of blockchain.
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    Recent Funding Trends & Capital Markets

    Learn more about the types of blockchain startups receiving venture capital funding and other market indicators.
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    The Web3 Stack & Market Sectors

    An overview of different sectors within the blockchain industry and how Web3 tech stack is revolutionizing new and existing markets.
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    What's Next

    A summary of our investment strategy in blockchain.

Note: You must be accredited to invest in venture capital. Important disclosure information can be found at av-funds.com/disclosures

Alumni Ventures’ Blockchain Fund will focus on new sectors and ventures using blockchain tech. We will provide investors in the fund with a portfolio of ~20-30 promising, venture-backed companies innovating in areas like decentralized finance (DeFi), the Metaverse, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and more. This is an actively managed fund led by a three-person investing team, all with deep VC and blockchain experience.

To learn more, click below to review fund materials or book a call with a Senior Partner.

About your presenters

Edward Tsai
Edward Tsai

Edward has 15+ years of investment experience in the U.S. and China, including a successful track record with investments such as Cruise Automation (acq. by GM), Life360 (IPO), Palantir (IPO), and Brave Software. In addition, Edward has served on the limited partner advisory committees at Cendana Capital and Ten Eleven Ventures, and he has deep operating experience at tech and cybersecurity companies. Most recently, he was Director of Investments at enterprise security company Qianxin, where he led $700 million in fundraising, ran multiple M&A deals, and managed a large investment portfolio. As Assistant GM for Qianxin, he also incubated their cybersecurity spinout fund Security Capital. At 360, he led International Investments and Strategic Development. He started his venture career as Vice President at DCM, a global early-stage VC firm managing $4 billion. He holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from UCLA, where he is a Kauffman Fellow (class of ’15).

Drew Wandzilak
Drew Wandzilak

Drew has worked in high-growth industries as both an investor and operator, focusing on how people and technology interact within organizations. His venture experience began at AV’s Seed Fund, identifying and supporting early stage founders across a variety of industries. This experience led him to join Holistic Industries, a leading private multi-state operator of cannabis cultivation facilities and dispensaries, where he focused on business intelligence, corporate development, and M&A. Prior to rejoining AV, he worked with the founding team of Mirage, an NFT marketplace and view layer for augmented reality assets. Drew has a BS from Northwestern University in Education and Social Policy with concentrations in Learning & Organizational Change and Entrepreneurship. He is also an ambassador of Northwestern’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a member of Chicago Inno’s 25 under 25.

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