At the LA Blockchain Summit, the blockchain and fintech venture studio Draper Goren Holm announced the launch of a $25 million blockchain fund called “Fund 1.” According to the announcement the money will be used for promising blockchain and fintech startups in Series A and seed investments.
On October 6, 2020, the Los Angeles-based venture studio Draper Goren Holm revealed the launch of a new blockchain and fintech fund at the annual LA Blockchain Summit.
The studio Draper Goren Holm is basically a partnership between Josef Holm, Alon Goren, and the well known venture capitalist Tim Draper. The company is focused on incubating startups that are working in fintech and creating blockchain solutions. For instance, news.Bitcoin.com reported on Draper Goren Holm’s WordPress plugin that gives anyone the ability to create a crypto exchange on a WP-based site.
At the LA Blockchain Summit the three founders discussed the new blockchain and fintech venture called “Fund 1.” The initial investment strategy will be to invest in novel early-stage projects and Draper Goren Holm already has a portfolio of around 18 startups.
Fund 1’s focus is international and transcends borders but for now, the venture fund will concentrate on Europe. The fund is to start investing in blockchain and fintech projects immediately and the firm is opening a new office in Vienna, Austria.
“This first close was a sort of ‘friends and family’ round,” Alon Goren, Founding Partner of Draper Goren Holm said at the LA Blockchain Summit. “Alongside Tim Draper and other individual friends investing in us again, other blockchain funds like Blockchain Founders Fund and the Keiretsu Capital Blockchain Fund of Funds participated.”
Draper Goren Holm’s 18 startups have already seen internal growth and ideas like the digital securities sector, security tokens, and decentralized finance (defi) have bolstered the development.
“I’m thrilled to participate in Draper Goren Holm’s Fund 1 as the team continues to maintain their dominance in Los Angeles, and soon, internationally,” said Tim Draper. “This new fund will allow us to double and even triple-down on our favorite projects.”
The venture studio’s $25 million blockchain investment fund follows Andreessen Horowitz recently funneling $500 million into the crypto industry with the “Crypto Fund II.” Similarly to Draper Goren Holm’s announcement, in the midst of a gloomy global economy, Andreessen Horowitz’s Crypto Fund II aims to cushion crypto networks and businesses.
While discussing the international expansion, the founding partner Josef Holm, said Europe is becoming a fintech hub specifically with “blockchain innovation.”
“It’s incredible to see how pro-crypto and blockchain European governments have become the last couple of years as their favourable regulations have attracted a flock of talented and diverse entrepreneurs building incredible projects across Vienna, Zug, and Berlin, to name a few,” Holm stressed.
“Fund 1 will capture this ever-growing market and Draper Goren Holm will expand its value-add beyond our initial home borders of Los Angeles,” the executive added.
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