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Who are we?
Master Ventures is a blockchain-infrastructure venture studio, focused on developing the next generation of blockchain-based Web 3.0 system’s innovations, within the crypto industry. Launched in 2018 by Founder and CEO Kyle Chassé, our company’s ethos can best be summarized in the acronym #BeBOLD: Benevolent, Open, Love, Decentralization. Learn more about Kyle here.
Steve Jobs best described Master Ventures ethos in this poem. The current state of the world and the systems in place that dictate essential aspects of our lives, are not adequate and must be improved. The available technology which affects how we spend and store our money, build companies and infrastructure, transfer assets and information, and communicate with each other, is ripe for change. Master Ventures believes in working towards the radical transformation of humankind. It is using disruptive technologies such as blockchain, amongst others, to deploy expertise and financial capital to leading start-ups and projects that align with this vision.
Master Ventures combines the expertise of several executives, each with a master skillset of someone who has held C-Level executive positions at various start-ups, hedge funds, VC, and more. Our team includes top-level industry experts who bring a wealth of experience as founders, investors, and operators within the blockchain space as early as 2012. Collectively, we have built early-stage blockchain startups, accelerated over a dozen blockchain protocols, and deployed and diversified across 50+ blockchain projects.
At Master Ventures, we co-create with entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide to turn the best ideas into disruptive market-defining products. We do this by investing in projects as strategic partners and offering advisory services to projects we believe in. To date, Master Ventures has invested in over 40 crypto projects including the likes of Kraken, Coinbase, Bitfinex, Reef, DAO Maker, Mantra DAO, Thorchain, and Elrond.
We also conceptualize and incubate our own projects through our inhouse think-tank MV Labs, recently rebranded as FUEL, and currently have three projects in the pipeline.
PAID Network was born in mid-2020. Its goal is to become the world’s first borderless SMART Agreement toolkit for all business needs. PAID is in the process of building upon its recently deployed MVP, adding additional functionality and features to the platform in order to support the entire business lifecycle of agreements’. The DApp is currently accessible via desktop devices with mobile deploying in Q2 of this year. Powered by blockchain technology and DeFi tools, PAID’s SMART Agreements make business exponentially more efficient.
The PAID platform also features a number of other features, including incentivized lending and liquidity pools that will allow for insurance and escrow capabilities. Any disputes will be resolved through arbitration, which is governed by community stakers. PAID users will benefit from a built-in reputation scoring system that is validated through biometrics, enabling its users to execute business with other users on the platform trustlessly. The platform will also allow for community-governed crowdfunding, which aims to redefine the agreements between projects and investors.
PAID was successful in securing more than $2 million in funding in December 2020; The raise was led by Master Ventures and Alphabit, but included the following strategic investors and partners: A195, Phoenix VC, Brilliance Ventures, Duck DAO, and AU21.
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Crypto Exchange Alliance (CEA)
CEA was born in the MV LAB (now FUEL) in early 2019. CEA is architected to solve the main problem digital asset exchange operators face today — lack of liquidity. CEA designed a proprietary “Alliance Platform” that facilitates order aggregation, matching and execution as well as KYC and settlement through partnering with some of the most technologically advanced organizations in the financial asset exchange space. The CEA platform will help bring liquidity to exchanges worldwide that partake in the alliance through what we call a global order book. Ultimately, CEA will aid exchanges allowing them to become sustainable, trusted, and transparent. This move will enable mass adoption worldwide, as it lowers the barrier to entry for new exchanges.
CEA’s roadmap is well on the way, closing a successful seed fundraising round that enabled the completion of its tech, A/B testing, and has now started onboarding partner exchanges CoinDBS and Centralex.
For more information and to check out the roadmap, click here.
House of DAO (HOD)
HOD is the WeWork/WeLive of crypto, initially launched as “Crypto Utopia” in early 2018, based in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Currently undergoing development, House of DAO hosted over 35 residents, with dozens of influential visitors such as Tone Vays, Hen Global, Mike “Shill” Nye, Willy Woo, MMCrypto, The Moon Carl, and Didi from “The Bitcoin Family.”.
House of DAO’s goal is to bring together the brightest minds in crypto and blockchain to promote the collaborative development of new next-generation and disruptive technologies to solve our most daunting global problems.
House of DAO will formalize partnerships with numerous players and projects in the blockchain space (through our next project, see below), run co-working and boot camp programs, and host its own crypto conferences and crypto full moon parties the island is most notably known for. The intent is promoting a sense of community in the ever-evolving revolutionary crypto movement.
Learn more about the House of DAO project; click here.
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