Epicenter – Podcast on Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

#085 Adam Draper: Accelerating 100 Bitcoin Startups with Boost VC

Epicenter – Podcast on Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

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Revolutionary progress doesn’t happen without lots of work and in the case of Bitcoin that requires many different startups building technology. Few have contributed to this as much as Silicon Valley based startup accelerator Boost VC, which has been focusing on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency startups since 2013. Focusing exclusively on Bitcoin for an extended time, they’ve invested in companies such as Blockcypher, Coinprism, Coinjar, Mirror, Snapcard, Zapchain and many others.

Boost VC Founder Adam Draper joined us to discuss running an accelerator, their investment thesis and why they’ve chosen to add Virtual / Augmented Reality startups to the program.

NOTE: Applications to join the next tribe of Boost startups can be submitted until Wednesday July 1. If you’re interested in applying go here: http://bit.ly/1IG49MQ

Topics covered in this episode:

  • The qualities they look for in companies (8:50)
  • What the overarching Boost VC investement thesis is (14:40)
  • His view on the BitLicense rules and how they affect cryptocurrency startups (38:14)
  • How regulatory concerns have risen among their startups (41:40)
  • Why they chose to add Virtual / Augmented Reality to the program (47:50)

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This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on YouTube, SoundCloud, and our website.

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