The Bitcoin Ecosystem: Strengths & Opportunities

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to give a 30 minute talk at The North American Bitcoin Conference in Chicago about my thoughts as a VC on bitcoin economy. As many of you know, although Chicago Ventures has not made a formal investment in the bitcoin space, myself and some of my colleagues have made both personal and indirect investments into a variety of Bitcoin businesses. It is an industry I am very passionate about and bullish on.

My presentation focused on three main ideas:

  1. Thoughts from my experience in the online poker world that may offer insights for Bitcoin’s regulatory future.
  2. My take as a VC on the current Bitcoin startup ecosystem, with a particular focus on Infrastructure related companies.
  3. Chicago’s potential role as a hub for emerging Bitcoin companies.

About the author

Ezra Galston
Ezra Galston

Consumer focused hustling @Chicago Ventures, Young Entrepreneur @Foundation Capital, Class 18 @Kauffman Fellow, and Chicago Booth MBA. Former professional poker player, with 4 years experience doing marketing/biz dev in the online gaming industry. Launched a "poker hedge fund" in 2011, a record label in College, and produced a festival screened short film in 2006.

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