Backing entrepreneurs that dream big, and act bigger

About

We are a boutique Tech Venture Fund in Toronto, punching above our weight in early stage investments by adding significant value to the teams we are privileged to work with.

WILLIAM MOUGAYAR

General Partner

 

 

 

 

William Mougayar is an entrepreneur, investor, blogger and mentor to startups. He is an expert and researcher on startup marketing, blockchain technologies, decentralization and peer-to-peer models.

William is on the Board of Directors of OB1, the OpenBazaar open source protocol that is pioneering decentralized peer-to-peer commerce, a Board Advisor to the Ethereum Foundation, a member of OMERS Ventures Board of Advisors, an Advisory Board member to the Coin Center, and founder of Startup Management.

Besides having started and raised capital for 3 companies,- Engagio, Eqentia, and CYBERManagement, his career included senior management positions at Hewlett-Packard, AberdeenGroup and Cognizant. He was the founding chairman of CommerceNet Canada, authored 2 books on Internet business (McGraw-Hill and Harvard Business School Press), and consulted to Fortune 500 companies. As a professional speaker, William keynotes at conferences and private events on the impact of the blockchain on business and technology.

William is a graduate of the University of Washington, the University of Western Ontario Ivey School of Business, and attended the University of British Columbia Graduate Commerce School.

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Companies

Investments, Advisory and Network Relationships

Investment Thesis

Openly decentralized, networked applications and technologies that re-imagine industries and sectors via new intermediaries or protocols. 

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Some beliefs that support our investment thesis:
  • New players are going to displace existing Web players who are vulnerable (the new dinosaurs).
  • Smart things are the new computers and nodes on the network.
  • The network’s topology is changing, therefore its stack is changing.
  • New stacks are intersecting with new value chains, creating “value stacks”. This intersection is pointing to a shift in where value is.
  • We’re in the 3rd decade of the Internet commercialization and there are new opportunities to continue penetrating new industries and sectors that were not as widely affected.
  • New categories will emerge. Old players and existing players are targeted.
  • Empowerment of user at the detriment of operator.
  • DAOs with clear value linking producers and consumers intricately will be viable.
  • Information will continue to create an advantage to those that can manipulate it, analyze it and create higher value services from it.

Blog posts that frame our investment thesis:

  1. Reimagining the Internet’s Third Decade
  2. The Race to Decentralize Everything and Give Power to the Edge of the Networks
  3. The New Internet “User Stack
  4. The Networks They Are A-Changin
Investment areas of interest:
  • FinTech
  • Blockchains
  • Decentralization Technologies and Applications
  • New Intermediaries
  • Peer-to-Peer Economy

 

If you are working in an area related to the above . . .

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Team

As the fund's General Partner, William Mougayar works with an extended team of subject matter experts as Portfolio Advisors, and experienced investors as Fund Advisors.

Fred Wilson

Fund Advisor

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Fred Wilson

Boris Wertz

Fund Advisor

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Boris Wertz

Vitalik Buterin

Portfolio Advisor

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Vitalik Buterin

Juan Llanos

Portfolio Advisor

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Juan Llanos

Tom Emrich

Portfolio Advisor

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Tom Emrich

 

Resources

We hope you'll enjoy this selection of published resources.

VIDEOS and PODCASTS

Interview with Epicenter Bitcoin at DEVCON1 in London

Security and the Blockchain (Georgian Partners, November 2015)

Communicating the Ethereum Narrative (DevCon1, November 2015)

The Business Of Decentralization (Epicenter, July 2015)

Ethereum for Business and Entrepreneurs (June 2015)

Bitcoin, Blockchains and Cryptocurrency: 3 Pillars of a New Economy (April 2015)

Understanding the Blockchain with William Mougayar – A Georgian Partners Podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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