Digital Currency Group-DCG-Top crypto investment house
DCG was founded by Barry Silbert, an early investor in Bitcoin and a serial entrepreneur who founded the private equity trading platform SecondMarket in 2004, which was acquired by NASDAQ in 2015. Glenn Hutchins, co-founder of Silver Lake, and Lawrence Lenihan, co-founder/CEO of Resonance Design Group.
DCG is an investment giant in the blockchain industry, with subsidiaries such as media platform Coindesk, asset management company Grayscale, and crypto brokerage service provider Genesis, and has an extensive investment footprint. Its representative investments are as follows.
- Coinbase: the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, a US-listed company.
- Flow: the NFT application public chain from Dapper Labs.
- Acala: the DeFi hub of Poca Ecology.
- Lido: a solution for liquidity pledges on ethereum.
- Mask Network: building a bridge from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0.
- API3: Web 3.0 decentralized API services.
- The Graph: a data indexing and querying layer for Web 3.0.
- Filecoin: a decentralized storage project based on IPFS.
- Decentraland: a virtual reality platform on ethereum.
- CoinList: a platform for compliant token offerings.
- Zcash: a blockchain system for anonymous transactions using zero-knowledge proofs.
- Blockchain.com: the world's leading crypto wallet.
- NIFTEX: NFT fragmentation and trading platform.
Coinbase Ventures was founded by leading cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to provide early-stage investments in cryptocurrency and blockchain startups to support the industry as a whole. coinbase is a US compliant exchange and is listed on NASDAQ.
D1's key investments include Ether, Polkadot, Near and their ecological applications in native scenarios. The representative investments are as follows: Polkadot: Polkadot, a new generation of public chain integrating heterogeneous sharding and cross-chain technologies; DODO: DEX driven by active market maker (PMM) algorithm; The Graph: Web 3.0 data indexing and query layer; Near Protocol: fully sharded, scalable PoS blockchain network; Octopus Network: application chain network built on Near; Web3API: Web 3.0 common integration standard; Litentry: Web 3.0 decentralized identity management service; Efinity: blockchain on polka built for NFT; Zenlink: polka-based cross-chain DEX protocol; Handshake: decentralized domain name system; Whale: a project created by WhaleShark, the NFT giant whale
Alameda Research is an investment organization founded in late 2017 by Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), founder of the FTX exchange. a graduate of MIT with a degree in physics, SBF worked as an international ETF trader at Jane Street, trading various ETFs, futures, currencies, and stocks, and designing automated He also designed automated OTC trading systems. In February 2021, Forbes announced 11 billionaires in the crypto space and SBF was ranked #2 with a net worth of $4.5 billion.
Founded in 2018, Takedown Capital focuses on investments in the blockchain sector, with layouts in the whole industry chain, including public protocols and infrastructure, financial services, DeFi/DApp, NFT, etc. The current investment focus is on polka ecology, and has established Polka Ecology Extremeizer, which is dedicated to providing capital support, development consulting, community building and marketing services for early stage polka projects.
CoinGecko Ventures is CoinGecko's crypto investment fund that invests in groundbreaking blockchain companies. incorporated in Singapore in April 2014, CoinGecko is a globally recognized blockchain quotation data query platform. CoinGecko Ventures' representative investments are as follows: Dune Analytics: blockchain data query platform; Covalent: provides blockchain data query and indexing services; Serum: head DEX on the Solana chain; ParaSwap: cross-chain DEX aggregator; DefiDollar: stablecoin index. Coin98 Labs: DeFi product developer; Frontier: off-chain DeFi aggregation layer.
AU21 Capital was established in 2017, co-founded by Hongcai Guo (Bao Erji) and Kenzi Wang, which is based in Silicon Valley and invests mainly in early stage blockchain projects. AU21 has extensive presence in areas such as DeFi and NFT, among which there are many well-known projects. Its representative investments are as follows: The Graph: a data indexing and querying layer for Web 3.0; Covalent: providing blockchain data querying and indexing services; Nftfy: an NFT fragmentation project; Reef: a cross-chain DeFi aggregator built on polka; Crust Network: a decentralized cloud storage/cloud service system built on polka. Terra Virtua: NFT integrated application platform; Blackhole Protocol: Blackhole Protocol, an ethereum-based cross-chain burning platform without license; Bagels Finance: cross-chain leveraged aggregation revenue platform; Apron Network: decentralized base setup service network; Frontier: off-chain DeFi aggregation layer.