Unlocking the Potential of Web3: Insights from Industry Leaders
Watch this on-demand presentation of the Blockchain Fund, one of Alumni Ventures’ Focused Funds followed by an expert panel webinar featuring the industry leaders for a discussion about the infrastructure and services that power the Web3 economy. This session will give you an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from experienced founders, executives, and investors with a deep knowledge of the latest developments toward a new, better internet.
Your host Alumni Ventures’ Blockchain Fund Senior Principal Jack Statza is joined by Fund Managing Partner Ray Wu, Luke Kim, Founder and CEO at Spice AI, a platform that helps developers working with web3 and blockchain data to build the next generation of apps; Josh Goodbody, COO of Qredo, a cross-chain protocol for asset managers and traders active in the digital asset markets; and Devin Eldridge Chief Strategy Officer at Bitwave, the first enterprise digital asset finance platform designed specifically for businesses to manage cryptocurrency tax, accounting, and compliance.
We will discuss the goal and the structure of the fund, the value of the Alumni Ventures’ model, and some examples of current portfolio companies. This webinar will also provide valuable insights and strategies for businesses looking to capitalize on the potential of Web3 technology. You’ll learn about the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the Web3 ecosystem and how to navigate this rapidly evolving landscape.
Note: You must be accredited to invest in venture capital. Important disclosure information can be found at av-funds.com/disclosures.
Blockchain Fund 4 Open Through June 30
Our Blockchain Fund offers accredited investors a portfolio of ~20-30 disruptive companies innovating in Web3 infrastructure and services, the Metaverse, and more. Blockchain Fund 2 was one of our largest fundraises, and we had to establish a waitlist to accommodate interest.
About your presenters
Ray is a seasoned venture capitalist with over 20 years of investing experience across a wide range of industries and geographies. Before joining Alumni Ventures, Ray was a partner and adviser at several global venture funds focusing on investment opportunities across the U.S. and Asia Pacific. Earlier, he spent more than 10 years in the corporate venture space: He worked at HP — where he served as the managing director for the tech giant’s venture arm, responsible for startup technology evaluation, new business incubation, VC relationships, and minority investments — and earlier at Cisco Systems, holding several senior positions leading investment, M&A, internal incubation, and global consulting. Previously, Ray was a managing partner of a leading Internet consulting firm working with Fortune 1000 companies across North America. He earned a dual MBA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.
Jack Statza brings deep-tech venture investing expertise across sectors and stages to his work at Alumni Ventures. He was previously an early-stage investor at Allstate Strategic Ventures, the venture capital arm of Allstate Insurance Company, primarily focusing on AI/ML, Blockchain, and Enterprise SaaS. Before Allstate, Jack worked in investment banking at Lazard and at Livingstone in Chicago, executing M&A transactions for technology clients. He was also a consultant at the Northern Trust Company, where he gained a deep understanding of the financial markets that blockchain is beginning to disrupt. Jack has been deeply involved in the blockchain space ever since he first mined Bitcoin in 2010 and is a personal crypto investor in many altcoin projects. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he is a CFA charterholder.
Founder and CEO of Spice AI
Over the last 15 years, Luke has brought together the best builders and engineers across the globe to create developer-focused experiences through tools and technologies used by millions worldwide. Before founding Spice AI, Luke was the founding manager and co-creator of Azure Incubations at Microsoft where he led cross-functional engineering teams to create and develop technologies like Dapr.
Chief Strategy Officer at Bitwave
Devin is a seasoned professional with a background in accounting and a passion for entrepreneurship. He has a proven track record in building and scaling high-growth companies and has extensive experience in the digital asset industry. He has been a part of several successful ventures, including founding a technology marketplace in the real estate sector and serving as COO of RADAR, where they developed category-defining products in the DeFi space before selling to Core Scientific and listing on NASDAQ.
COO at Qredo
Josh began his career in traditional finance — working on the legal side of the commodities and derivatives markets. While at a commodities fintech company in 2017, he encountered blockchain for the first time and was blown away by its potential to fix the fragmentation and antiquated processes found in legacy finance.
His first role in crypto was at the cryptocurrency exchange Huobi where he joined as Global General Counsel, later moving on to lead their Institutional Business. His most recent role before joining Qredo was at Binance, where he led and scaled the EMEA organization, helping it to become one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges by trading volume.