LATOKEN to Link VC Funds With Crypto Startups

Fifth Blockchain Economic Forum by LATOKEN will take place in multiple USA cities to connect top blockchain startups with investors
06 May 2019   239

Three cities in the USA:

  • Los Angeles (1-3 May),
  • San Francisco (6-8 May),
  • New York (9-10 May)

are chosen to host the next Blockchain Economic Forum by LATOKEN. It is already the 5th BEF, previously it has been held in Davos (2019), San Francisco (2018), Singapore (2018) and New York (2017).  

Internationally well-recognized people, multi-billion dollar VC funds, top fintech founders and CEOs visit Blockchain Economic Forum regularly to discuss the transition of capital markets and payment systems to the blockchain.

LATOKEN Blockchain Economic Forum Roadshow gathers investors and entrepreneurs to discuss potential structural change in capital markets and payments systems.

  • Vicente Fox (former President of Mexico),
  • Rosen Plevneliev (former President of Bulgaria),
  • Eva Kalli (member of European Parliament),
  • Tim Draper ($5bln crypto investor),
  • Nouriel Roubini (NYU professor),
  • Joe Oliver (former Minister of Finance of Canada),
  • Laura Tyson (Director of the US President's National Economic Council),
  • Gary Gensler (CFTC Chairman under President Obama) and many others used to be speakers on BEF.

This time LATOKEN BEF USA 2019 adds the discussions on Initial Exchange Offerings, secondary markets for Startups, Private Equity, and VC funds.

It's been really enriching to me. I think we can hold a similar conference in Mexico, because all the knowledge that was here, all the discussions that happened here would be fantastic to impact Mexico's market, to bring in this new culture of forward-thinking.
 

Vicente Fox

Ex-President of Mexico

There is already a plenty of Venture and Crypto funds who confirmed their participation. Among them: Liza Landsman - Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates (14.7 bln AUM), Jack Warning - Fenox Venture Capital ($610 AUM), Kevin Valentine - Reflective Venture Partners ($100 AUM), Michael Kraslow - Amex Ventures and many others.

Here are some of the discussions that emerge at BEF and any participant can join them. Take a look at the highlights of the previous BEF.

Evening part of the event includes networking receptions and investors dinner where selected startups discuss their projects with investors and do fundraising.

Register for the Blockchain Economic Forum 2019 now. For sponsorship opportunities contact: valeria.fedorova@latoken.com

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Interview with Danil Myakin from Squilla Capital

What is Squilla Capital and how they run business in the blockchain industry
14 May 2019   207

Today we are having a conversation with Danil Myakin, Squilla Capital co-founder. Let's start with a couple of questions about yourself and then we will move forward to Squilla Capital. Why did you come to the US? Tell us about your experience.

I am an entrepreneur. I’ve done tons of different things in my life - from working in a bank and selling credit cards to selling trucks of sunflower oil internationally. Before switching to the blockchain, I worked as an HR Director of a retail chain and HR consultant.

I was always interested in tech, so it was inevitable for me to buy a mining rig at some point. Then, since I had to sell mined coins, I found myself day trading crypto, but I quit it after about a month. Information noise was crazy.

When I was doing an MBA program in San Francisco, my good friend offered me a position in his new company. I became the 3rd employee in the company. Now, in one year, we have almost 30 people. From that day, blockchain and cryptocurrency became a major part of my life.

Tell us about Squilla Capital.

Even though we have "Capital" in our name, I would call us a blockchain company, not just a fund. Here is why.

First of all, we have our own projects in the space and an in-house team of developers. This allows us to understand the technology and bottlenecks better when we evaluate investment opportunities. At the same time, we can support our portfolio companies by outsourcing some development for them, or giving access to our technologies.

Second, from day one, we decided to build a platform to automate as many internal processes as we can, such as investment and deal tracking, order execution, coins tracking, sentiment analysis, assets and stakeholder management. This decreased our overhead and gave our internal team of analysts and traders an edge over the market.

Right now this platform is in alpha test internally and with selected partner funds. We may offer it to a broader public later on.

And third, our LPs and partners have really amazing experience in fintech, gaming, and gambling. This places our fund in a sweet spot to benefit from the blockchain technology. Plus we can apply our company’s portfolio technology to existing businesses, giving them that much-desired traction and revenue.

Can you give us some examples?

Yeah, sure. One of our LP is a big microloan provider in Asia and CIS. So we invested in collateralized crypto loans early in the market. Now we are working on the application of blockchain and new approaches to credit-scoring, like a branch, to let unbanked people take uncollateralized loans.

How do you structure your investments?

When we just started, ICOs played a huge role in our investment model. However, the market has changed, so right now we are focused on Trading liquid assets, SAFT and SAFE deals.

We are closely following STO market and companies like sharespost, but haven’t been active in this domain, yet.

What industries or use-cases are you interested in?

As I stated before, fintech, gambling, and gaming are core expertise of our company, so the majority of deal flow is aggregated there. However, we are not limiting ourselves to only mentioned topics. We are actively exploring possibilities in BaaS and Web 3.0 fields.

What is your typical investment process?

We are quite small in terms of AUM, but we have a big team of developers and a good set of LPs. Hence, we try to invest as early as possible, but with a smaller check size, around 50k - 100k. From there we are helping founders to receive traction.

We share our connections to writers, share technology and resources. Since we have our technical team in Russia, we can significantly decrease costs and handheld a company to their first paying clients or promising pilots. From there we use our network to take them to bigger funds.

How the crypto winter affected you?

I would say, we got lucky. While we have been assembling the team and legal structure, winter already came. This allowed us to focus on internal processes and test our strategies and algorithms in really tough conditions.

Moreover, we couldn’t see too many opportunities with good liquidity on the market, so we started the development of internal projects.

By the end of the day, it allowed us to grow the team’s confidence and expertise, and now we are ready to roll.

Blitz:

Facebook and blockchain?

I surely can see a bullish case for them here. With their enormous user base spread all over the world, they have a perfect position to capture massive market share in cross border micropayments. Yeah, a lot of people deactivated their accounts, but they still have them.

IOEs

Hyped ICOs. Fundamentals are the same, plus major exchange listing is basically priced in from the beginning limiting growth drivers. I do not see this model sustainable in the long run.

Best investment?

BNB. When the winter has started, I expected some consolidation and Binance was the best bet. Plus they rolled out a very solid set of products. That allowed me to make 350% ROI during the bear market.

What are your expectations about the market?

We are betting our careers, and, to some extent, lives on this market and technology. That is how I feel about the market.

View Squilla webpage or follow Danil on Twitter: @DanilMyakin