Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July to our friends and colleagues on both sides of the border. We hope everyone is having a great start to summer.
Here’s a quick recap of the key activities, news coverage and announcements that occurred in Q2. Keep in mind that these are just the things that have been announced publicly; as always, other equally important things have been happening behind the scenes too.
Funding announcements and accolades
Earlier this year, we invested in Celo. This quarter, they lifted the veil and announced what they’re working on. The startup aims to remove the barriers for large-scale adoption of cryptocurrencies as means-of-payment. You can read more about them here.
As you know, we spend significant time on crypto here at Version One. We are excited to think about how crypto will play out over the coming years and how we can should build a firm for crypto as it matures. If you want to dive into the world of crypto this summer, here are some recommended podcasts/videos:
Boris talked crypto with Harry Stebbings on 20VC. They discussed where the crypto market is today, how it compares to the Dotcom bubble of 2000 and why crypto is the biggest disruptor to hit VC in a decade.
Other news and highlights across the portfolio
The Coinbase Index Fund is open for investment. At this stage, the fund is open to those who wish to invest $250,000 to $20M.
San Francisco Business Times had a great profile on how Shippo is taking on Amazon in the shipping fight.
Blockstack announced the first universal app store for decentralized apps. You can find apps on Ethereum, Blockstack, IPFS, Steem, EOS and more. And if you’re a dapp developer, submit your decentralized app today at https://app.co
We’re already moving full-steam into the third quarter. To make sure you don’t miss any of the action, follow us on Twitter. Happy summer everyone!