Orlando, Fla.-based Global Blockchain Ventures has launched a $100m blockchain technology focused venture capital fund.
Led by Al Weiss, David Metcalf Ph.D., Max Hooper, Ph.D., and Dieter Kondek, Global Blockchain Ventures Fund, LP, has a core investment focus on blockchain technology and synergistic technology platforms including Internet of Things, MedTech, and Artificial Intelligence.
The firm is building out a team of advisors and venture partners, as well as forming relationships with other venture funds.
As part of their investment and execution strategy, the fund intends to leverage its strategic alliances across the globe, such as its alliance with Blockchain Financial Group (BFG), a blockchain technology business with operations in financial services, ICO consulting, advisory and research, as well as blockchain technology and cryptocurrency investments. BFG holdings include Stonegate Global Fund Services, Stonegate Global Financial Technologies and Stonegate Digital Capital Group.
- Al Weiss has a 39-year career at Disney. His last position was President of Worldwide Operations for Disney’s $10 Billion+/95,000 employee Walt Disney Parks and Resorts business. He serves on multiple boards.
- David Metcalf, Ph.D. has more than 20 years; experience in the design and research of web-based and mobile technologies converging to enable learning and healthcare. After founding and running a spinoff for NASA, Dr. Metcalf became and is currently the Director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training. Dr. Metcalf is active on several for-profit and nonprofit boards and has launched several successful for-profit and nonprofit ventures.
- Max Hooper, Ph.D. has over 30 years’ experience serving leadership positions for financial services with a specialty for debt and equity financing, he studied FinTech and Blockchain with cohorts at MIT and Crypto Currencies and Business Disruption with cohorts at the London School of Economics.
- Dieter Kondek has over 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, startup investor and senior executive in the technology industry. He is currently Ambassador Florida for the Society3 World Innovation Forum. Kondek co-founded and exited multiple successful startups and served as CEO and other senior leadership positions in software and infrastructure technologies industries for companies such as IBM, Dell, Pivot3 and Techdata. He has played several roles in launching and scaling companies from $0 to $10m, $10m to $50m, and $100m to $1.5 billion.