Blockchain Speakers Interview Series
The Blockchain Expo conference arrives in Santa Clara on 28-29 November 2018. The conference features notable experts exploring the industries set to be disrupted most by blockchain technology.
Introducing Dylan Sharkey
In 2017 Dylan Sharkey left his role as Head of Sales Solutions for Linkedin’s entire Middle East Region to work full time as a blockchain startup mentor. Now as a venture partner with the Blockchain Open Fund he has helped one of his clients raise $350 million.
How will your talk be meaningful for Blockchain Expo attendees?
“When you come to my my panel discussion, “The Secrets to a Successful Start-up,” you’ll learn what VCs look for when evaluating startups. This includes what our due diligence process looks like, how startups can improve their chances of success, as well as regulatory and geographic factors to consider. I’m excited to be sharing the stage with legendary investors like Bill Tai, Sophie Liao and Manny Fernandez.”
What specific tips or insights will attendees get?
“I’ll explain how pure play crypto funds no longer invest in utility tokens only. Crypto funds like ours are becoming more like traditional VCs due to the changing market conditions over the past 12 months. We need equity and/or security tokens.
While ambitious, utopian decentralized dreams are to be applauded, we want to see actual revenue and strong traction with users. Or, at least a clear path to revenue. I’ll also share case studies from one of our highest potential portfolio companies, HODL Finance. This is a Fintech startup that’s lending fiat currency to consumer and businesses while using major cryptocurrencies as collateral.”
What is date and time of your panel?
“You can catch me at 9.50 AM on Day 1 at the Innovation & Investors Zone. I’m always open for networking and building the connective tissue between Europe and North America. Feel free to grab me for a chat after the talk or later during the conference. You’re welcome to reach out to me on LinkedIn with a personal note, too.”
Why did you decide to give this talk?
“The main objective of our fund is to build bridges between the European and North American Blockchain investment communities. We want to network with sophisticated investors, regulators and people building the infrastructure of the next wave of blockchain tech and regulated investment.
We’re also interested in looking at business development, partnership and alliance opportunities for our portfolio companies like HODL Finance. And we’ll be looking to participate in promising startup funding rounds led by other well known US-based Crypto and VC funds.”
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.