Vinny Lingham Joins Multicoin Capital as General Partner
Cryptofund Recruits Top Blockchain Talent, Brings on Brian Smith as CFO
AUSTIN, Texas, December 5, 2017-- Multicoin Capital, a thesis-driven cryptofund that invests in blockchain tokens, today announced that Vinny Lingham is joining the firm as a General Partner. This announcement closely follows the official launch of the fund, and the addition of Brian Smith as Chief Financial Officer in September 2017.
Vinny Lingham is a South African entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Civic, a global decentralized identity platform that leverages blockchain technology and recently completed a $33M token sale. Lingham is also the co-founder of Silicon Cape, an NGO based in South Africa, and is a prominent investor. He is a regular Shark on Shark Tank South Africa.
"The pace of innovation around blockchain technologies is accelerating rapidly. Investing responsibly in crypto requires a lot of time, research, and nuance; you need a team of dedicated experts to react to new breakthroughs, keep up with the latest projects, and actively manage your portfolio. I realized I wasn't the only one who needs that team, and that is a large part of what drove me to join Multicoin Capital as General Partner," said Vinny Langham, General Partner, Multicoin. "Civic is currently my main priority, and I’m investing in the Multicoin team because I believe I can help Kyle and Tushar build an industry leading cryptofund. I look forward to collaborating with them in the years ahead."
The firm also recently announced Brian Smith as its Chief Financial Officer. Smith is uniquely suited for this role having previously worked in New York and San Francisco for private equity and hedge funds in both investing and operational roles. Prior to Multicoin Capital, he served as the Vice President of Finance at Bazaarvoice and helped lead the organization for over three years through a private placement, IPO, follow-on offering and two acquisitions. His duties include both operational and fiscal responsibilities at the firm.
“The crypto ecosystem is starting to go mainstream,” said Kyle Samani, Managing Partner, Multicoin Capital. “We’ve reached an inflection point where enough of the right people have discovered what we’re doing; now, the brightest minds in crypto are rallying around Multicoin. Our new General Partner and executive are evidence of that. I could not be more proud of what we’ve built or more bullish about our future together.”
Multicoin Capital is actively hiring entry-level analysts, expert research associates, developers, and data scientists to fill out its staff. It expects its first $100M fund will be fully subscribed by the end of Q1, 2018. For more information visit https://multicoin.capital.
Disclosure: This press release does not constitute an official offering.
About Multicoin Capital
Multicoin is a thesis-driven cryptofund. We invest long-term in tokens that reshape entire sectors of the global economy.
Blockchain technologies will create trillions of dollars of value over the next decade. But investing in tokens is fundamentally different than investing in companies. New tools, heuristics, and security measures are required to responsibly invest in this ecosystem.
We believe in making decisions based solely on first principles and deep understanding of technology. We rigorously research blockchain protocols, teams, and market opportunities to deliver venture capital economics with public market liquidity.
Please contact us at https://multicoin.capital/contact/.
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