Carolin Funk Spoke at Blockchain Expo North America

Blockchain Speakers Interview Series

The Blockchain Expo conference arrived in Santa Clara on 28-29 November 2018. The conference featured notable experts exploring the industries set to be disrupted most by blockchain technology.

Introducing Carolin Funk

Carolin Funk is a Venture Partner at Blue Bear Capital. She has been closely monitoring IoT, blockchain and AI applications for the energy and manufacturing space over the last 7 years. First at Siemens in the venture space, then an energy storage startup and now at Blue Bear Capital. She has screened about 4 dozen companies who apply distributed ledger technologies to the broader energy world. A few hurdles have held Carolin and her team back from investing so far.

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How was your talk meaningful for Blockchain Expo attendees?

“Blue Bear Capital’s focus is the energy industry – including renewables, grid as well as oil & gas. We are experts in that industry, know their operational challenges and are looking for the next generation of solutions for them. People who attended my talk learned about these opportunities.” 

What specific tips or insights did attendees get?

“They learned the do’s and don’t’s of raising funding as a blockchain startup. We were in the last days of 2018 with a very different dynamic than the optimism we saw over the last 2 years. We discussed what 2019 will bring and what measures of success will be relevant.”

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What was the date and time of your panel?

“My panel was on 11/29 at 11:40am: A VC view of the marketplace. In this session, leading venture capitalists and investors examined the emerging blockchain, IoT and AI technology landscape and why there is so much attention around these sectors.”

Why did you decide to give this talk?

“We’re always looking for founders, investors and experts to grow companies and help move the energy supply chain into the 21st century. Let’s move away from the buzzwords to creating real solutions for those markets.”

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About Blockchain Expo North America

Attendees at Blockchain Expo North America can expect to meet with over 8,000 + like-minded individuals, 400+ exhibitors such as IBM, SAP, Hyperledger, Stratis, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Bitfury, in a series of networking opportunities. The Blockchain Expo will also allow you to ask questions to the events 250+ thought leading speakers in Q&A sessions.