By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
January 27, 2021–8 min read.

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On Tuesday 26th January, we welcomed Henrik Andersson from dHEDGE into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Henrik is a cofounder of dHEDGE and mStable.

dHEDGE is a one-stop-shop for decentralized, non-custodial managed investments on the Ethereum network. Users can put capital to work in different strategies based on a transparent track record on the dHEDGE app.

Managers make decisions on behalf of a pool of funds — and they compete for the top spot on the dHEDGE leaderboard.

Investors can enter and exit investment pools at any time by interacting with a smart contract, and thanks to dHEDGE’s analytics and the transparency of the Ethereum blockchain, investors can track exactly what trades a manager has made. …


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
January 25, 2021–12 min read.

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On Friday 22nd January, we welcomed Matthijs de Vries from AllianceBlock into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Matthijs is a founder and CTO of AllianceBlock.

AllianceBlock’s overarching vision is to build “the world’s first globally compliant decentralized capital market” — bridging traditional finance and decentralized finance in one platform.

For execution, the team aim to reinvent capital markets with a focus on the creation of compliant derivative products coupled with their blockchain-agnostic protocol.

The protocol itself is a layered platform facilitating multidirectional data flow, compliance, and privacy.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and answers from the event.


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
January 21, 2021–10 min read.

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On Tuesday 19th January, we welcomed Hugh Karp from Nexus Mutual (‘Nexus’) into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Hugh is the founder of Nexus and an insurance expert.

Nexus is one of the original pioneering names for smart contract cover supporting the growth of the DeFi ecosystem.

While we appreciate that the crypto-markets borrow many of the fundamental componentry and infrastructure of traditional financial markets, insurance is one product category that is undoubtedly greatly underserved.

Insurance is a fundamental building block of a healthy DeFi market and is now becoming a hot topic with many new names building in this arena. …


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
January 18, 2021–16 min read.

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On Thursday 14 January, we welcomed Sebastian Pape from DePay into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Sebastian is the CEO and mastermind behind the DePay project.

DePay was debuted at the ETHOnline event in the second half of 2020 as a “drop-in, all-in-all, anything-to-anything, crypto-payment solution”.

Created to be an uncomplicated and effective solution for crypto-payments and spurred on by the lacking applications of incumbents that don’t address this market in an effective way.

Their product suite will include several products including: payment processing and subscriptions, tokenized payroll, lending, token sales, swaps, a wallet product, and bespoke solutions for power users. …


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
January 17, 2021–2 min read.

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Hillrise Capital today announces an investment in insurance marketplace provider Tidal Finance (‘Tidal’). Hillrise Capital is an independent research and advisory firm exclusively focused on early-stage blockchain startups and crypto-assets.

We are excited to share our recent investment into a newcomer to the blockchain insurance ecosystem. As decentralized finance continues to blossom and mature we are pleased to back a startup supporting an underserved product category in the industry.

Tidal is a Balancer-like insurance market that allows users to create custom insurance pools for one or more assets. …


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
January 13, 2021–9 min read.

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On Wednesday 13 January, we welcomed Anthony Georgiades from Pastel Network into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Anthony is a cofounder and early investor in Pastel Network.

Built to improve upon some of the core weaknesses of current NFT architecture on networks like Ethereum and IPFS, Pastel Network is a platform catered to digital artists and NFT collectors.

With Masternode componentry and robust security for storage of NFTs, duplicate detection and NSFW filtering, Pastel Network present a fully functional blockchain design created for transparent and permanent digital provenance for the nascent NFT industry.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and answers from the event.


By Gabriel Tan, Analyst.
January 11, 2021–5 min read.

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Kenrick is the founding partner of LuneX Ventures, one of the first crypto-focused venture funds built out of a traditional venture capital firm — Golden Gate Ventures. Kenrick has a deep history working within the internet space through previous roles with Rocket Internet and Nonstop Games (acquired by King, developer of mobile games including Candy Crush).

Based out of Singapore, LuneX Ventures is more than just a pure crypto-fund, within their mandate is the ability to invest in both tokens (primary and secondary market) and equity into blockchain-focused companies. …


By Gabriel Tan, Analyst.
January 6, 2020–9 min read.

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On Monday 21 December, we welcomed Henrik Hjelte and Anastasia Zudina from Chromia back for a second AMA. Henrik is the CEO of ChromaWay, the creator of Chromia and Anastasia is Social Media and Community Manager.

The overall market for dApps is growing exponentially and with it are conversations about both NFTs and gaming. Chromia is a blockchain that aims to solve scalability issues for dApps and uses a relational database (relational-blockchain) that makes development more favorable for developers.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and answers from the event.

Daniel Dal Bello
Hi Henrik and welcome back — this is the first time we’ve welcomed a previous AMA guest back for another conversation! …


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
December 12, 2020–10 min read.

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On Thursday 10 December, we welcomed Rafael Cosman from TrustToken into the Hillrise Capital Telegram chat for an AMA. Rafael is a cofounder and the current CEO.

You may have heard of TrueUSD, a stablecoin with independently attested and live updated ‘Proof of Reserves’ published on-chain, but that’s not all. TrustToken are working to revolutionize the DeFi industry with their major currency stablecoins through to completely “uncollateralized” lending.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and answers from the event.

Daniel Dal Bello
Welcome Rafael, thanks for joining us today. Looking forward to getting into some of the details behind TrustToken as a whole and some of your DeFi componentry. …


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
December 10, 2020–8 min read.

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On Sunday 6 December, we welcomed J.D. Salbego from AnRKey X into the Hillrise Capital Telegram chat for an AMA. J.D. is the current CEO and founder of the project.

AnRKey X is spearheading the “m$ports” industry through their gDEX platform for competitive DeFi-based games. Their first game is ‘Battlewave 2323’ where players side with a specific “army” to achieve the highest APY distribution on a weekly basis. Players can win ANRX coins back as returns, and for winning teams, rare NFTs.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and answers from the event.

Daniel Dal Bello
Hey J.D. and welcome. We’ve been getting quite a good grasp on both the DeFi and NFT arenas of late — especially with our last conversation here with Axie Infinity and The Sandbox — and here you are touching on both in varying degrees. …

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