Crypto Bear Market Affecting Venture Capital Valuations

February 12, 2019
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According to venture capitalist Jalak Jobanputra, venture capital valuations have been hit hard by depressed cryptocurrency prices.

Venture capital (VC) valuations have been deeply affected by the cryptocurrency bear market, sais Jalak Jobanputra, founding partner of Future Perfect Ventures. Jobanputra commented on the current state of venture capital in the crypto space in an interview with Fortunes’ Balancing the Ledger on Feb. 11.

When asked whether there is a trend of discounted venture evaluations across the digital currency space, Jobanputra said that “given how much the volumes have decreased in the last year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we are seeing valuations come down on the secondary markets for some of these companies.” A recent report suggested that shares of crypto finance firm Circle were trading at a 75 percent discount on secondary markets.

Jobanputra, who also sits on the board of directors at digital foreign exchange BitPesa, has purportedly invested in crypto- and blockchain-related firms like Civic and Blockstream.

Speaking about the company’s decision not to invest in initial coin offerings (ICOs), Jobanputra argued that “they were exposed financially to the downturn in the crypto markets as well as from a technology standpoint. And a lot of my experience investing in the Internet days informed a decision to stay out of the ICO market.”

Jobanputra also said that cryptocurrency companies are pivoting into the venture capital space, although previously most VC funds were reportedly staying away from that markets. She said that it is necessary for firms to find new ways to raise capital in order to survive in the existing environment.

Founded in 2014 in New York, Future Perfect Ventures is a venture capital firm focusing on early stage investments primarily in technology companies, including blockchain, machine learning, and data analytics.

Recently, Bloomberg released a report stating that amid the 2018 market slump, the launch of new crypto venture funds for the first time exceeded that of new hedge funds in the space. 125 new crypto venture funds were reportedly launched in 2018, as compared with 115 new investment-oriented crypto hedge funds.

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