The potential of blockchain goes far beyond Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As we continue to evolve to a mobile and digital-first society, we believe blockchain will become critical for the coordination of resources and activities, providing ways to record, store, share information about, and exchange assets.
Alumni Ventures’ Blockchain Fund will offer investors a way to further diversify their venture portfolio: through investing in venture investments that use blockchain technology to change how business is conducted. Watch our live, 45-minute webinar to learn more about Alumni Ventures’ Blockchain Fund, featuring our CIO Anton Simunovic, Blockchain Fund’s Managing Partner Ray Wu, Principals Sophia Zhao and Jack Statza, and moderated by EVP of Community Peter MacEwan.
Topics we’ll cover during the session include:
- Introduction to Alumni Ventures
- Blockchain Fund Overview
- Fund Thesis
- Strategy and Process
- Sample Deals
*You must be accredited to invest in venture capital
Anton Simunovic | CIO | Alumni Ventures
Anton has 20+ years of technology experience as a proven venture capital investor, entrepreneur and operating executive in companies ranging in size from start-up to Fortune 10. Most recently, Anton founded and led Vener8 Technologies, a technology commercialization company he started with GE. Previously in his career, Anton led the Software and Internet Infrastructure Group at GE Equity where he directly invested $72 million in 10 companies generating more than $500 million of realized gains. Anton has substantial international experience in Canada, China, Europe and Israel, and has served on the board of directors of more than 20 private and public companies. Anton has a BSc. Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ray Wu | Managing Partner | Blockchain Fund, Alumni Ventures
Ray is a seasoned venture capitalist with over 20 years of investing experience across various industries and geographies. Before joining Alumni Ventures’ Blockchain Fund, Ray was a partner and advisor of several global venture funds focusing on investment opportunities across the U.S. and the Asia Pacific.Ray has spent more than ten years in the corporate venture space. He was the managing director of HP’s new business ventures, responsible for startup technology evaluation, advanced business incubation, VC relationships, and minority investments. Before HP, Ray spent over six years with Cisco Systems holding several senior positions in leading investments, M&A, internal incubation, and global consulting. He was also a managing partner for a leading Internet consulting firm that worked with Fortune 1000 companies across North America. Ray has a dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley and Columbia University.
Sophia Zhao | Principal | Blockchain Fund, Alumni Ventures
Sophia dived into the exciting world of crypto in 2017 when she joined Galaxy Digital’s advisory team, supporting a portfolio of blockchain startup clients with fundraising, investor relations, and ICO preparation. She continued building her crypto deal flow and book of investor contacts during her tenure at Huobi US and Crypto.com’s exchange, working with institutional clients such as crypto hedge funds, high frequency traders on market-making, and volume trading initiatives. Sophia comes from a background of business development and corporate development, having worked with CXOs and Entrepreneurs on their financing and business strategies. She’s a mentor with Yale’s Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, as well as an active participant in startup communities such as Techstars, 500 Startups, and Plug and Play. She holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University, an MBA from University of British Columbia, and an MAM from Yale School of Management.
Jack Statza | Principal | Blockchain Fund, Alumni Ventures
Jack Statza brings deep-tech venture investing expertise across sectors and stages to his work at Alumni Ventures. He was previously an early-stage investor at Allstate Strategic Ventures, the venture capital arm of Allstate Insurance Company, primarily focusing on AI/ML, Blockchain, and Enterprise SaaS. Before Allstate, Jack worked in investment banking at Lazard and at Livingstone in Chicago, executing M&A transactions for technology clients. He was also a consultant at the Northern Trust Company, where he gained a deep understanding of the financial markets that blockchain is beginning to disrupt. Jack has been deeply involved in the blockchain space ever since he first mined Bitcoin in 2010 and is a personal crypto investor in many altcoin projects. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he is a CFA charterholder.
Moderated by: Peter MacEwan | EVP of Community | Alumni Ventures
Peter has startup experience in both the non-profit and business sectors, a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from The Wharton School. Peter developed expertise building teams and strategic planning in the San Francisco Bay Area, driving growth across multiple seed- and early-stage companies (with many nights spent as informal adviser to a network of entrepreneurs). Peter has a passion for social impact and loves working with people who love what they do and strive to get better at it.