By Raymond Reijnders, Analyst.
February 8, 2021–6 min read.

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On Thursday 4 February we welcomed Patrick Tang and Yuen Wong from LABS Group — short for “Liquifying Asset Backed Securities” — into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Patrick is Managing Partner, and Yuen is the sitting CEO.

LABS Group are building an end-to-end real estate investment ecosystem, intending to remove barriers to entry and enable fractional investments.

We know that regulation in this area can be complex and many real estate focused blockchain ventures have failed.

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

Daniel Dal Bello Welcome to you both…


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
February 22, 2021–7 min read.

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On Thursday 18 February we welcomed Chad Liu from Tidal Finance into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Chad is the CEO and a cofounder.

Tidal Finance is pioneering single and multi-asset insurance products, describing themselves as, “the first customizable smart contract cover marketplace for the Polkadot ecosystem.”

Tidal Finance allow users to gain exposure to multiple protocols at once, to leverage capital effectively and incentivizes auditors and LP’s to actively take part in the ecosystem–creating long-term economic viability.

Risks of exploits and hacks are still a present threat in DeFi and we’re excited to explore this novel…


By Raymond Reijnders, Analyst.
February 16, 2021–6 min read.

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On Monday 14 February we welcomed Martin Dyring-Andersen and Henrik Aasted Sørensen from e-Money into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Martin and Henrik are both cofounders.

e-Money describe themselves as the “the next generation of money” — a vision they aim to realize through becoming the next-gen of stablecoins.

Their stablecoins are fully collateralized, interest-bearing, transparent, and compliant. Allowing for frictionless payments for the global citizen, business, or corporate.

Stablecoins are a hot topic at the moment as the crypto-markets heat up again… now, more than ever are reliable stablecoins an important topic of conversation.

In this…


By Raymond Reijnders, Analyst.
February 15, 2021–5 min read.

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On Friday 12 February, we welcomed Mance Harmon into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Mance is the CEO and a Cofounder of Hedera Hashgraph.

The Hedera proof-of-stake public network is powered by Hashgraph consensus, achieving security via asynchronous BFT, and fast transaction speeds coupled with low bandwidth consumption.

Base-level architecture has been a hot topic with NEAR Protocol and Polkadot gaining momentum, but Hashgraph is also in this conversation.

Hashgraph is owned and governed by one of the most impressive consortiums in the industry.

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


Published February 17, 2021.

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Today we present our coverage of DePay, a name first debuted at the ETHOnline Hackathon in the second half of 2020 by founder Sebastian Pape as a “drop-in, all-in-all, anything-to-anything, crypto-payment solution”.

The project was ultimately shortlisted as a finalist among 170+ other entrants from this event.


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
February 16, 2021–2 min read.

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Hillrise Capital today announces an investment into cross-chain asset aggregation and yield marketplace Stone Protocol. Hillrise Capital is an independent research and advisory firm exclusively focused on early-stage blockchain startups and crypto-assets.

Today we are happy to announce our investment into Stone Protocol, a newcomer to the expanding ecosystem of decentralized finance (‘DeFi’). As power users of several DeFi protocols ourselves, we are excited to be supporting a startup developing unique products for this growing niche of the industry.

Stone Protocol is themed around their positioning as an anchoring yield aggregation platform. The team will deliver a platform for “Rock…


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
February 11, 2021–4 min read.

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Kairon Labs is a designated market maker and advisory firm based in Belgium. Their team has several years of experience making markets in the blockchain industry having built trading software for foreign exchange markets prior.

Jens Willemen is a Cofounder and Managing Partner of the firm.

In this post we share a conversation with Jens about the market-making business, Kairon Labs’s offering, exchanges and more.

Daniel Dal Bello
Jens, could you introduce yourself and Kairon Labs?

Jens Willemen Sure. I’m the Managing Partner at Kairon Labs, a Belgian-based crypto-market-making and advisory firm. I’ve been working full-time in the space for…


By Raymond Reijnders, Analyst.
February 9, 2021–6 min read.

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On Monday 8 February we welcomed Jan Knežević into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Jan is the CEO of Paralink Network.

Paralink Network is building a multi-chain data ingress engine, supporting a fundamental building block for successful blockchain networks.

With this they introduce ‘Paralink Query Language’ as part of their scalable solution to the oracle problem, addressing the inherent limitations of current solutions.

Paralink Network has chosen Polkadot as an infrastructure layer due to the fundamental design principles of the ecosystem, including cross-chain interoperability and scalability.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and answers from…


By Raymond Reijnders, Analyst.
February 6, 2021–8 min read.

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On Tuesday 2 February we welcomed Sarojini McKenna and Michael Yeates from Alien Worlds into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Sarojini and Michael are both cofounders.

Alien Worlds is an NFT DeFi metaverse project running on the Ethereum and WAX blockchains, where NFT collectibles have in-game utility and are fully user-owned.

Planets in this interdimensional DeFi metaverse are DAOs, each having their own fungible token. The universal fungible token of the metaverse is ‘Trilium’ — an ERC-20 token (‘TLM’) also on WAX.

NFTs, digital collectibles, and gaming have experienced a deserved surge in interest and momentum over…


By Raymond Reijnders, Analyst.
February 4, 2021–5 min read.

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On Friday 29 January we welcomed Eric Chen, cofounder of Injective Protocol into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA.

Injective Protocol was Binance’s 16th Launchpad project — dating back to October 2020.

Injective Protocol introduces a universal DeFi protocol for cross-chain derivatives. Further, their solution enables a suite of financial products we have become accustomed to in this industry, including perpetual swaps, futures, and spot trading.

Using Tendermint-based Proof-of-Stake, interoperability between chains is made possible. The protocol utilizes ‘collision resistance’ and a ‘Verifiable Delay Function’ to mitigate deleterious front-running.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and…

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