On this inaugural OG Crypto Series episode, I, Chris Groshong sit down with Managing Partner at Stillmark Capital, Alyse Killeen to discuss what it takes to have longevity in the Crypto and Blockchain industry.
This is a new series we’re launching called the “OG Crypto Series” where I tap into my rolodex of movers, shakers and VIPs, from the Blockchain space that have been around the industry and share their knowledge, perspective and philosophies.
We talk about Venture Capital in Crypto and Alyse’s philosophical approach to investing through Stillmark Capital.
Are there any differences between LA and Silicon Valley approaches to investing?
And what does she look for in founders and does emotional intelligence play a factor?
Hear a story about the history of entrepreneurship in her family dating back several generations.
Alyse and I first met at an afterparty in June of 2014 as part of a conference (no longer in existence) called Coin Congress. She said some very motivating words to me that helped me push through tough times.
I point this out because this industry is small compared to other Technology categories. You never know how the words you speak will be received or the importance someone may give to them. The people you affect may become allies, liaisons or partners in the future.
Be positive, genuine and spread goodwill. You will be rewarded many times over.
Founding Partner StillMark Co. Founder and Executive Director of City Fellows Consortium and Women in Venture. Mentor at Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play Tech Center and Alchemist Accelerator, and to NYFTL by the Partnership Fund for NYC and Springboard Enterprises. Fintech Fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences in Singapore. Company Advisor contributing on issues of Strategy, Finance, Org and Ops, and more. First learned about company building alongside a successful entrepreneurial grandfather, catalyzing an affinity for and commitment to entrepreneurs. Rooting for Underdogs and Outsiders.
Further Reading and Resources