For the VC panel we were joined by Amir Mirzaee, Head of Family Office at Eisbär Capital, Jan Miczaika, Partner at Holtzbrinck Ventures, Kartik Talwar, General Partner at A.Capital and Julian Gropp, Principal at Hashed.
Amir shared a lot about the family’s investment strategy — coming from a third generation business in Chemicals, diversification is very important for them as well as being able to learn early on. This is reflected by their portfolio of direct as well as fund investments, including crypto. He believes that for learning purposes it is important to allocate to crypto at this early stage but due to the complexity of the asset class it has to be managed by professionals with a dedicated focus on the space.
Crypto is a global phenomenon happening all around the world.
Being based out of San Francisco, Kartik shared with us how important it is in crypto to have a view on the world. He tightly follows other global crypto communities and hubs also through his role with ETH Global, a series of global hackathons within the Ethereum developer community, most recently being held in Berlin as part of Berlin Blockchain Week with around 500 developers attending last weekend.
Representing one of Germany’s largest and best known venture funds Jan shared the firm’s investment focus with us covering anything from internet consumer, enterprise Saas and mobility. Given their investment into Upvest they have deeply looked into blockchain and crypto, but haven’t made any token-based investments into protocols yet as the fund would not allow for that in its current generation.
Based out of Seoul in Korea, Julian added a lot of insights from an Asian perspective to the panel — the firm has recently focused more on blockchain games as well as DeFi and has a broad perspective with their teams in Asia and San Francisco. Berlin as he believes is clearly one of the global hubs and having German roots himself he couldn’t be more happier about that.