MetaWeb Ventures, a world enterprise capital agency centered on pre-seed and seed investments in crypto start-ups, introduced Thursday the launch of its first fund (Fund I), with whole capital commitments of $30 million.
Restricted companions (LPs) within the fund embrace NEAR Basis, Sequoia Capital, Dragonfly Capital, GSR Markets, Octopus Community, SevenX, Mentha Companions, in addition to notable entrepreneurs comparable to NEAR’s co-founder Illia Polosukhin, Matrix China’s co-founder Bo Shao, Alchemy Pay’s founder Shawn Shi, Dodo’s co-founder Mark Wang, and extra, MetaWeb stated in an announcement.
MetaWeb goals to create outsized returns by investing in extremely progressive initiatives and builders who can unlock the mainstream adoption of blockchain for billions of customers.
“We based MetaWeb to again the longer term Web3 leaders who will disrupt the world via blockchain. As former entrepreneurs, we are going to work facet by facet with the founders all through their journey,” stated Amos Zhang, Managing Companion at MetaWeb Ventures.
The whole MetaWeb staff is deeply embedded into the blockchain developer ecosystem and is ready to assist founders within the earliest phases. The Fund will primarily put money into the decentralized social media, DeFi, gaming, infrastructure, and DAO verticals. A Second Fund (Fund II) will comply with in 2023.
MetaWeb is targeted on supporting builders and researchers constructing the way forward for Web3.
The Fund has been working in stealth mode over the previous few months and has already invested in 33 start-ups. Most notably, MetaWeb invested in Orderly, Area of interest, CornerstoneDAO, Sender Pockets, Kino, and Play3.
The agency is led by crypto veterans Zhang and Dani Osorio. Zhang is a serial entrepreneur who has run start-ups in blockchain and software program as a service (SaaS) with a number of profitable exits.
Earlier than becoming a member of MetaWeb, he ran International Advertising and was the Genera Supervisor for Asia at NEAR Protocol.
Osorio has spent over 15 years at excessive progress start-ups; earlier than becoming a member of MetaWeb she co-founded an non-fungible token (NFT) Infrastructure start-up, led Developer Ecosystem at NEAR Protocol, and was a Director at Infura/Consensys.
She volunteers as Head of Content material at crypto competition EthDenver, in addition to sits on the boards of SporkDAO and the CypherPunk Guild.
“On the core, MetaWeb is exclusive in that we’re all builders who additionally make investments– we’ve got direct entry to early initiatives as we are able to present a really particular sort of assist to our founders,” stated Osorio.
With deep area experience in each blockchain expertise and NEAR Protocol, MetaWeb was created as NEAR’s first ecosystem fund. That imaginative and prescient was aligned with that of a multi-chain future, so MetaWeb started investing in the perfect platforms and purposes throughout further protocols together with Ethereum, Aurora, Cosmos, and extra.
In the present day, MetaWeb Ventures has a staff of 9 throughout New York, Denver, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, and Lisbon. That is its first enterprise fund.