I’m very pleased to announce the launch of the LAMINA1 Ecosystem Fund (L1EF) on AngelList. Unlike other crypto ecosystem funds, L1EF is a rolling fund—the first layer-1 blockchain rolling fund in history.
Ecosystem funds are the second great invention in blockchain ecosystem development. The first was the idea of the Foundation — a not-for-profit entity that organizes capital, dreamers, thinkers, and operators, and focuses them on building the underlying value of the chain’s assets, balancing the need for coordination against the need for quality decentralization.Read more: L1EF is a Rolling Fund Investing in Everything You Want to Do in the Metaverse
Sometimes launching takes a while. Building a vibrant community and ecosystem always takes time — even when the core chain launches quickly. Post-launch, a Foundation can bring its entire balance sheet resources to bear, but it usually can’t use its token before mainnet. Ecosystem funds bridge this gap with “hard” fiat currency deployable ahead of mainnet launch. In exchange, they usually achieve broad macro-market access to an entire ecosystem at early-stage prices.
I launched the first layer-1 foundation, the Bitcoin Foundation, with Gavin Andresen in 2012 and we raised Bitcoin from Bitcoin holders; today, foundations raise fiat capital from investors and use that money to get the chain launched.
As layer-1 investors and operators have become more sophisticated, they have concluded that the equity-value companies building on chain have different capitalization and cap table dynamics than the chain itself; that’s where the ecosystem fund fits in. It’s a professionally managed investment fund devoted to making high-quality investments with the leverage that comes from partnering with a nascent fast-growing blockchain.
We’ll be investing in games, fashion, music, art, NFT projects, emergent AI, Defi, Gamefi, DeSoc, virtual machines, layer-2 protocols, identity, data storage, data availability, privacy, payments, DAOs, marketplaces, bridges, applications, and immersive experiences.
I’m honored to be joined by some incredible partners for L1EF’s inception—Neal Stephenson is my cofounder at LAMINA1, a well-known visionary. Rebecca Barkin runs LAMINA1 operations, is fiercely effective, and will oversee content and transmedia-related investments. Music industry and arts exec, Jessica Toon, will head up our music investments. Christine Keung is here to keep us in line and ensure we can execute.
Investors should be aware that most L1EF partners work on LAMINA1 and will own LAMINA1 tokens, and plan to continue to own them. We will likely encourage portfolio companies to hold Lamina1 tokens as part of their business operations, and likely require most portfolio companies to have a clear use case for the LAMINA1 blockchain, and an integration path with the chain. I own a venture studio, Studio6, which launched LAMINA1, and the studio will launch other LAMINA1 ecosystem companies.
Read more details at AngelList.com. Apply to Invest Now to set up your subscription. If you’d like to get in touch with the partners, email us at email@example.com.
If you’re a builder and want to apply for an investment from the L1EF fund, please submit an application at lamina1.com/ecosystem.