Renowned Wall Street veteran Matt Zhang has reportedly launched a $1.5 billion venture capital (VC) firm named Hivemind Capital Partners, per Bloomberg reports. The VC was launched to help crypto-based startups, as well as blockchain projects who are invested in building the infrastructure of the crypto industry.
Hivemind Focused On Building Crypto Infrastructure
While announcing Hivemind earlier today, former Citi executive Matt Zhang discloses that the underlying strategy will be to use part of the funds to encourage crypto-based startups. Not only that, but it will also prioritize projects whose focus is on improving crypto infrastructure and building virtual worlds. Lastly, Zhang says the remaining part of the fund will also be used in trading digital assets.
Meanwhile, as part of the efforts towards achieving the primary aims and objectives of Hivemind, the VC has collaborated with Algorand — a proof-of-stake (PoS) protocol. Algorand is a big deal of a blockchain project. Ranking in number 21, its native ALGO token is valued at over $11.3 billion in total market capitalization, per Coinmarketcap data.
Venture Capital on The Rise
Meanwhile, something noteworthy in the crypto industry this year, is that venture capital has been high on the rise, with promising startups seeing funds to the tune of billions of dollars.
And with this $1.5 billion raised, Zhang’s Hivemind joins the league of dozens of other unicorns — a term used to describe startups with a valuation of over a billion dollars. Recall that Coingape earlier reported about Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz launching a $2.2 billion crypto fund in June, which was the largest ever as at that time. However, investment firm Paradigm, surpassed the June funding when it announced its own $2.5 billion funds in November.
One thing is for sure, and as Zhang claims, blockchain technology gained with its collaboration with Algorand, will go a long way in providing entrepreneurs in the crypto business, with infrastructure support that is not presently available.