By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst
April 4, 2021–10 min read

On Friday 2 April, we welcomed Harvie from MoonSwap and Sami Tannir from Conflux Network into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for a conversation about AMMs in a unique fast-growing ecosystem.

Prominent layer-1 Conflux Network is the only public blockchain backed by the Chinese government. It has been making some big strides with its ecosystem since our last AMA in November 2020.

MoonSwap is the first AMM (‘Automated Market Maker’) DEX built atop Conflux technology. MoonSwap has a strong focus on optimization, near-zero gas fees, lightning-fast transactions, and incentivization of liquidity providers.

We were excited to explore the two unique…


By Gabriel Tan, Analyst
April 15, 2021–10 min read

On Monday 12 April, we welcomed Nick Chan from Refinable into @hillrisecapitalchat to talk about bringing mainstream adoption to NFTs.

Refinable is a BSC-based NFT platform addressing key issues within NFT markets. It will integrate NFT platform features with additions including NFT minting, trading, royalties, fractionalised ownership, and collateralisation.

Refinable is backed by Binance and MrBeast — arguably one of the most influential content creators on the internet with 59m YouTube subscribers.

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

Daniel Dal Bello Hi Nick, welcome and thank you for joining us today. After your…


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
April 13, 2021–1 min read.

Hillrise Capital has acquired land on the planets Neri, Kavian, Eyeke, and Veles within the Alien Worlds metaverse throughout late March and early April.

Hillrise Capital is an early supporter of and investor in Alien Worlds, a simulated NFT metaverse game in which players are incentivized to participate in all aspects of the metaverse — economy, governance and in the future, quests and player versus player combat.

Land in Alien Worlds serves as a distribution method for Trillium, the currency which can be mined from land on each of the 6 planets within the game. …


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
April 12, 2021–1 min read.

Hillrise Capital will support the launch of the Unicly mainnet by contributing a set of Ai42 Loops NFTs to the platform starting April 10, 2021. Hillrise Capital is an early supporter of Unicly — a protocol to combine, fractionalize, and trade NFTs.

Unicly is built around the desire to create more liquidity in NFT collections for creators as well as investors. Unicly allows both parties to liquefy their collections, creating a price discovery tool and ultimately an auction model.

To try out the Unicly mainnet, you can check out the platform or read more about Unicly in their Medium introduction.


By Gabriel Tan, Analyst.
March 26, 2021–10 min read.

On Tuesday 23 March, we welcomed Andriy Velykyy from APYSwap into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for a conversation about the unique concept of tokenizing yield.

APYSwap introduces a new framework for the trustless trading of tokenized yields and furthers the DeFi ecosystem through its layered product suite.

While layer-2 implementation is in the pipeline the project is already developing for Binance Smart Chain, Huobi ECO Chain and Polkadot.

The native token of the product ecosystem is called APYS. …


By Gabriel Tan, Analyst.
March 26, 2021–6 min read.

On Friday 26 March we welcomed Michael Zemrose and Ryan Hill from Tellor into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for a conversation about oracles and their importance in the blockchain technology stack.

Tellor is a decentralised oracle solution for bringing off-chain data into Ethereum (and Eth-based layer-2 protocols). It follows a hybrid staking-PoW system for data validation and provisioning.

Among many achievements of late, V2 was recently implemented and increased speed by a multiple of 10. This year promises to bring Tellor V3 that will significantly advance the entire ecosystem and help push towards critical mass.

In this post, we…


By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
March 30, 2021–10 min read.

On Monday 29 March we welcomed Vincent Khoo from Stone DeFi into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for a conversation about their yield aggregation platform.

Stone Protocol is positioning itself as the go-to anchoring yield aggregation platform for DeFi. The team will deliver a platform for ‘Rock Solid Yield’ by creating innovative asset pools motivated by maximizing returns whilst keeping liquidity provider capital secure.

Stone Protocol aims to create a robust passive income platform for the DeFi ecosystem.

Technical development are initially led by the team from RockX, a consulting and institutional staking firm cofounded by Xinshu Dong, Partner of…


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
March 26, 2021–2 min read.

Hillrise Capital today announces an investment into Alien Worlds — one of the most popular blockchain games in existence and the only DeFi game cross-denominated on both the WAX and Ethereum blockchains. Hillrise Capital is an independent research and advisory firm exclusively focused on early-stage blockchain startups and crypto-assets.

Alien Worlds is an already established presence in the crypto-gaming niche of the blockchain industry. As blockchain-enabled gaming and gamified decentralized finance continues to snowball momentum we are more than excited to back a startup leading this charge.

Alien Worlds is a DeFi NFT metaverse where you can collect and play…


By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
March 12, 2021–10 min read.

On Friday 12 March we welcomed Marvin Tong from Phala Network into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA about the future of privacy-preserving smart contracts.

Phala Network enables cloud and smart contract processing without giving up data confidentiality. It takes advantage of TEE-based privacy technology found within most modern processors.

A variety of services are already being built including Web3 Analytics and a Google Analytics competitor.

As a layer-1 protocol, the native PHA token will be used to purchase computing resources and data, and for staking and governance.

With concern around data privacy growing, we were excited to…


By Gabriel Tan, Analyst.
March 16, 2021–9 min read.

On Tuesday 16 March, we welcomed Lawrence Lim from RAMP DEFI into the Hillrise Capital Telegram Chat for an AMA. Lawrence is the co-founder of RAMP.

RAMP allows you to maximize capital efficiency on your staked crypto cross-chain. This is achieved by allowing users to use them as collateral to mint the ERC-20 rUSD stablecoin. This can in turn be used to generate yield elsewhere.

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

Daniel Dal Bello Lawrence, thank you for joining us today for the second time! It’s always great to have returning guests. As…

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