Valkyrie to launch venture capital fund

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  • Issuer Valkyrie announced plans for an upcoming venture capital fund focused on early stage “web 2.5” firms.
  • The firm will geographically focus on startups in the US and Israel, primarily those building middleware and what Valkyrie has dubbed “web 2.5.”

Issuer Valkyrie is raising for an upcoming venture capital fund focused on early stage "web 2.5" firms.

 It's brought a number of financial products to market in recent months, but now it's working on a different kind of fund. Valkyrie Ventures is the firm's first foray into venture capital. It brought in Lluis Pedragosa to head the venture. Pedragosa comes to Valkyrie from VC firm Team8, which focused on enterprise technologies, artificial intelligence and fintech.

The firm will geographically focus on startups in the US and Israel, both areas of expertise for Pedragosa. The plan is to invest in startups seeking to bridge the gap to web 3 for the average user, a sector Pedragosa and Valkyrie have dubbed "web 2.5." Filling in the gap between the familiar web 2 user experience and connection to web 3 assets is the path to the next billion users of blockchain, according to Pedragosa.

"I'm looking for companies that provide a web 2.0 user experience with an underlying crypto native infrastructure of web 3 so people can use the assets without even knowing they're using blockchain," he said. "The point is the user doesn't need to know that all this stuff is web 3 or blockchain, people generally don't want to know."

In addition to firms creating that user experience, the fund also plans to invest in "middleware" startups – those dealing with "the picks and shovels of blockchain," as Pedragosa put it. Essentially, firms building secure blockchain infrastructure. Most firms have to retain full-stack developers in order to build crypto products. Pedragosa says he's looking for startups that lower that barrier.

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