We were delighted to welcome Jason Choi for an AMA session on Wednesday, 21st September 2022! 🚀
Jason is the Co-founder of Tangent Ventures and Founder of The Blockcrunch Podcast, and in the session he talked about his career, Tangent, his podcast, Web3 investing, founding a company and more!
You can find the transcript and further details here: https://medium.com/encode-club/jason-choi-co-founder-of-tangent-ventures-ama-2b1e1ac03945?source=friends_link&sk=80148f082938f67ca25c041c08e5acfb
He is a full-time crypto native investor. Previously, he was a General Partner at Spartan Capital, one of Asia’s first institutional crypto funds. He co-led investments in more than 80 companies and helped scale their fund from $9M in AUM to $500M. As the Head of Research, he led his team to deliver the #1 returns for an emerging fund in 2020 and #1 returns for a hedge fund in 2021.
As an angel investor, he primarily invests in early-stage crypto founders, including the seed stage at multiple unicorns (e.g. Dune Analytics, 1inch, and others).
Since 2018, he has also hosted one of the most followed podcasts in the industry with up to 15M monthly engagement on socials.
In 2021, he was named one of “21 Entrepreneurs and Financiers Leading Blockchain in Hong Kong”. In 2022, he was named Forbes’ 30 under 30 in the Venture Capital and Finance category.
About Tangent Ventures
Tangent is a small collective of successful founders and experienced operators in crypto. Their goal is simple: to be the most value-add investor per dollar on any cap table. They commit both time and capital in a select few Web 3 companies every quarter as angel investors. They offer friendly terms, do not have external investors, and most importantly, do not spray-and-pray. They have built some of the most used protocols in crypto, and are here to help you do the same.
About @The Blockcrunch Podcast
The #1 podcast for crypto natives to learn about new concepts, trends and projects in blockchain, DeFi, NFTs and Web 3. Jason goes deep into the technology and economics behind crypto projects to dissect trends and themes in a global context.
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00:02:44 Vision compatibility
00:03:35 Diving into Web3
00:05:03 Reasons behind diving into Web3
00:06:25 Necessary skills of an Angel Investor
00:08:10 Founder’s specific skills
00:09:48 Career at Spartan Group
00:12:40 About Tangent
00:15:36 Working at Tangent
00:16:51 Tangent company portfolio
00:18:44 Precondition of becoming a Tangent portfolio company
00:21:02 Building during a bear market
00:22:40 The story behind the Blockcrunch Podcast
00:24:49 The best Blockcrunch podcast so far
00:26:53 The idea behind decentralized open environment
00:29:44 L1 vs L2 – privacy norm
00:32:04 Finding promising founders
00:34:03 Desirable trait in a founder
00:35:59 About ZK roll-up technology
00:37:51 5G, 6G, IoT, supply chains apps
00:39:56 Becoming knowledgeable about blockchain
00:42:30 The role of data in decision making
00:44:11 Was switching to crypto a mistake?
00:45:32 About Ian Ballina case
00:46:55 The consequence of regulations and hacks
00:48:57 Efficiency of DAOs
00:50:35 Talking to new L1 founders
00:52:06 Missed opportunities
00:53:45 About upcoming projects
00:54:42 Solving real life problems with blockchain