Investing in Blockchain Infrastructure and Cryptocurrencies
Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. The first fund to focus on Bitcoin related startups. Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. He also has a very large comic book collection.
In 2009, the same year that Adam graduated from UCLA, he founded Xpert Financial, a secondary market for private securities. After settling millions of dollars in private security transactions and becoming a registered broker dealer, he left Xpert Financial in late 2012 and began angel investing, where he backed such startups as Coinbase, Plangrid and Amplitude.
Adam then partnered up with Brayton Williams and to change the face of global startup mentorship. The focus of Boost VC on future technology development stems from Adam Draper's dream to create an Iron Man suit.
Alyse Killeen, Managing Partner of StillMark Co. and StillMark Capital, is a venture capitalist with seed stage to pre-IPO investment experience in infrastructure, enterprise, and consumer technologies, and one of the very first traditional venture capitalists to participate as an investor and advisor in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems - as early as 2013. Alyse was one of the initial few VCs to delve into token incentivized software-based networks and token sales (also known as ICOs or TGEs) in 2013, and an Advisory Board Chairperson to one of the very first companies ever to host such a token distribution. Prior to StillMark, Alyse was an investor with two of Los Angeles’ largest and most esteemed venture capital firms.
In 2015, UN Foundation named her a Top 70 Bay Area Digital Leader, and in 2016, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), a university under the ambit of Singapore’s Ministry of Education, appointed Alyse a Fintech Fellow. In 2017, International Business Times (IBT) recognized Alyse’s contribution to the development of the blockchain ecosystem by including her in the 4th position of IBT’s “VCs Powering the Blockchain Boom” List, following Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, and Naval Ravikant of AngelList. Now in 2018, Alyse is featured in the forthcoming, preeminent documentary on Bitcoin, BIT X BIT: In Bitcoin We Trust.
Alyse has presented internationally for groups including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), TechCrunch Disrupt China, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore Management University, and USA Today, and has been featured in publications including Forbes, Business Insider, and Bloomberg. In 2015, Alyse authored a book chapter in the award-winning Handbook of Digital Currency titled “The Confluence of Bitcoin and the Global Sharing Economy”, and in 2017 contributed to the next book in the series, Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion (2017), co-authoring “Global Financial Institutions 2.0” with Dr. R. Chan of the World Bank.
To give back to the startup community, Alyse volunteers time as a Mentor at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator and Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley, and as a member of New York Fashion Tech Lab’s Expert Network, a nonprofit program for top-tier women-led technology companies. In support of new community and talent infrastructure development, Alyse founded City Fellows Consortium in 2015 and Women in Venture in 2013.
Today at StillMark, Alyse Killeen’s investment practice focuses on global innovation in the finance, healthcare, and marketplace arenas, especially where these fields intersect with advancements in data science and distributed network technologies, or are progressed by blockchain protocols, infrastructure, middleware, or second layer solutions. She continues to advise investment groups and executives in enterprise and consumer technologies and applications broadly, and holds Advisory Board seats at several cutting-edge startups and pioneering investment funds, and a Board of Directors role at BitGive, Bitcoin’s first 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Bart Stephens is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in the blockchain technology sector and the first to raise a venture fund through an ICO. Blockchain Capital is the pioneer and most established VC firm in the Blockchain sector with more than 75 portfolio companies across three funds. Prior to Blockchain Capital, Bart Stephens was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Stephens Investment Management (SIM), a family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother and Co-founder, Brad, invented the term and pioneered “Nanocap” investing – venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities.
Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm.
Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and Head of Corporate & Business Development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the internet’s largest cancer related web site before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in 2001.
Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early internet innovator in online financial services. While at E*TRADE, he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development and corporate development.
Bart earned a B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University.
Matthew is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BlockTower Capital, a leading institutional cryptocurrency investment firm bringing professional trading and portfolio management to an emerging digital asset class. Previously, he served for 11 years at Goldman Sachs, managing and leading many areas of the Firm's investment management practice, including most recently as Head of its U.S. Not-for-Profit Institutions business. Earlier in his career, Matthew was an engineer at Sargent & Lundy, where he focused on multi-disciplinary projects across structural, mechanical and electrical engineering in the energy sector. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Illinois Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, and for two non-profits in education and micro-enterprise development.
Matthew earned a B.S. in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Dan Primack joined Axios in October 2016 as Business Editor to cover deals and dealmakers, from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road. Primack’s morning newsletter, Pro Rata, covers venture capital, Wall Street, M&A and other deal-related topics. Previously, Primack was Senior Editor at Fortune and before that editor-at-large with Thomson Reuters, where he launched both peHUB.com and the peHUB Wire email service.