A Conversation With Miko Matsumura, Blockchain Investor, And Unicorn Builder About Web3 Investing
“When you browse a website like OpenSea, there’s a feeling of freshness, and this is what it looks like when people don’t tell you what you want to hear and the centralized power isn’t forcing you to buy anything; people are just buying whatever they want, and the rawness and the freshness of it is what makes it revolutionary…” — Miko
Miko Matsumura, Blockchain Investor, and Unicorn Builder joined us on this episode of NEWFORUM.
Miko is a General Partner with gCC Gumi Cryptos Capital, a Silicon Valley investment fund with over $500M in assets, including early-stage investments in unicorns like OpenSea, Yield Guild Games, VEGA Protocol, Qredo, Agoric, Astar, and 1Inch Network.
Miko fell in love with open source software 25 years ago as chief Developer Evangelist for the Java Programming Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems. Since then, he has been building open source software startups in Silicon Valley, including raising beyond $50 million in venture capital for developer platform companies such as Gradle and financial infrastructure companies like Hazelcast, and has participated in multiple exits, including INFRAVIO, webMethods, and Db4O.
Miko is also a board member or advisor in successful startups like GIANT Protocol (Network Infrastructure), IntoTheBlock (algorithmic trading), LIT Protocol (NFT Access Control), and KEYLESS (ID infrastructure).
In this episode, we had a deep dive into a conversation about Web3 Investing to get insights as to where Miko sees the significant potential in the space right now.
Miko tweeted a post about a bill of Earl Grey tea that he paid with Bitcoin 9 years ago. He explained what sparked his interest in the Crypto and Web3 world and the starting point of becoming a Blockchain and Crypto Investor.
Miko has a wealth of knowledge and experience as an investor. Our community was honored to get some advice from him regarding startups and investors. He shared the top three things he looks for when considering a Project or Startup investment.
Curious about Miko’s experience as a seed investor of Opensea and what made him one of the early believers of the Platform and NFTs?
Our community wanted to know if he imagined it to scale rapidly and what made him so persistent with investing in this Technology.
Watch his full interview to hear all about it!
Nowadays, we don’t hear much about DeFi; NFTs and DAOs are on everyone’s lips in Web3. Miko is interested in DeFi, but besides DeFi, he talked about some of the most relevant investment opportunities he sees right now and in the upcoming years. He also discussed his views on what is happening now with the recent popularity of DAO and NFT projects, the current need in Markets, and projects he hopes to see more of within the Creative Economy.
We also discussed the current state of Web3 and Crypto; his perspective on how he sees the mass adoption of Web3 tools and Blockchain enrolment within the next three years. He shared what he believes are the missing steps to get there in his interview on NEWFORUM.
The NEWFORUM community is diverse, with many creators, visionaries, and founders. We enjoyed getting Miko’s top three tips and suggestions for early-stage founders when they are fundraising. He also shared feedback to our community of investors on where and how to find the unicorns.
Our conversation with Miko concluded with a discussion on his disagreeing reaction to Web3 Gaming Failing unless it can audit their Economies. He explained where he sees difficulties with Gaming Startups. Is Miko interested in investing in Gaming Ecosystems? Watch his full interview to find out and hear his feedback to Web2 investors and funds currently looking into the Web3 space.
Join the NEWFORUM community to enjoy this insightful and inspiring episode with Miko🔥
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