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Richard Branson's Family Office: Alexandre Perrin on Investment, Blockchain and how Richard came up with the name Virgin
Alexandre Perrin represents Richard Branson's Family Office, he is responsible for the Virgin Group's blockchain investments, and identifies other opportunities within private equity and venture capital. He shared his views on Blockchain, what are the other high potential segments, and why the company was called Virgin.

Alex's comments come at a controversial time for blockchain, and AltaIR is closely watching as well.
MARVIN LIAO INTERVIEW AND INSIGHTS ON VENTURE CAPITAL AND WHERE ITS HEADED, 8 nov 2018
Recently, I discussed venture capital with Marvin Liao, Partner at 500 Startups, and one of the leaders of Silicon Valley's tech sector. Marvin and I have known each other since 2012 and we discussed how VCs look at startups, what has changed and what they consider to be most important. I agree with Marvin's approach. AltaIR uses similar tactics to evaluate a Startup's ability to deliver. Marvin delivers some insights into what the next big thing is going to be.
ALTAIR STARTUP SELECTION INSIGHTS, 25 apr 2018
A lot of times I get asked how we manage to be successful. What's the process and how do we manage our selection. Every investor looks for advantages, below, I will talk about how we find ours.
We take great care to analyse a lot of companies, trying to locate the projects which have great potential and are suitable for our portfolio.
We have many inbound and proactive sources for our dealflow. Today I will give an example of us working with accelerators.
KEEPGO: DISRUPTION FOR TELECOMS, 21 mar 2018
I spoke to Guy Zbarsky, co-Founder of our portfolio startup Keepgo — which is going on their ICO. Guy told me about the company vision and prospects in the industry, which is dead set on decentralization.
CINEZEN ROCKS THE MOVIE INDUSTRY WITH THE FIRST BVOD: BLOCKCHAIN VIDEO ON DEMAND, 3 mar 2018
A World Cinezen: Sam Klebanov Disrupts the entire film industry, with one of our portfolio companies
Blockchain technology is only in the first inning and has a massive opportunity, so I expect that startups will flock to the sector. Whether they find ways to do an ICO or not depend on a combination of investor interest, regulatory, and the purpose of the project. That said, it seems like things are only getting bigger so a year from now it could be 3-4x what it is today.
Cinezen is one of the more disruptive projects I've encountered in recent months. We've provided seed financing for the world's first BVOD — Blockchain Video on Demand platform. Sam Klebanov, who's IMDB profile and industry expertise represent over 600 movie titles either as production or distribution partner, is based in Sweden. Together with co founder and CTO Pavel Rabetski, who's experience extends from Volvo to Telia he is launching something which will change the landscape of movies at home forever. Сinezen will bring back choice and individual curating of movie selection, and with it, reinvigorate love for films.
MIKO MATSUMURA FOUNDED CRYPTO EXCHANGE EVERCOIN, IS A VENTURE PARTNER WITH BITBULL AND INVESTOR IN THE PANTERA CAPITAL ICO FUND (A $100M ICO-ONLY FUND), 14 feb 2018
Miko Matsumura founded crypto exchange Evercoin, is a Venture Partner with BitBull and investor in the Pantera Capital ICO Fund (a $100M ICO-only fund). As a 25 year operating exec in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in venture capital for Open Source startups and over $200M in ICO capital.
Recently we discussed questions that are not just on my mind, but on the minds of everyone who is in the space.
ALTACLUB CO-INVESTOR VITALIY POLEKHIN ON WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO COINVEST IN EARLY STAGE, 1 feb 2018
I discussed co-investment with angel investor legend Vitaly Polekhin, one of the co-investors with AltaClub where we invite to join Altair Capital in growing companies that have gone through extensive diligence and our assessment. As a member, you receive the same protection as conditions as AltaIR Capital, and split the risks with a seasoned VC partner. As Polekhin explains — this is an important factor of success . Our discussion is both in English and Russian.
Recently we discussed questions that are not just on my mind, but on the minds of everyone who is in the space.
WE DISCUSS ICOS WITH KENZI WANG OF SUPERBLOOM CAPITAL, 18 dec 2017
Recently I talked to Kenzi Wang – Superbloom Capital about his views on ICOs.
Kenzi had some interesting thoughts…
In your opinion, are ICOs here to stay?
Do you believe equity is important in investing in ICO's?
ICOs are to be regulated and they should be. The current boom is not sustainable and not all companies will last. The ones that have an amazing team, product and vision will go on to define the space. In the long run tho, ICO as a new mechanism of funding will drive a lot of innovation in new industries powered by blockchain. ICOs removes a lot of dependancies on big VC players, levels the playing field and breaks the geographical barriers.
Would you invest in a project that gives tokens and equity?
BAD ADVICE: HOW TO QUICKLY KILL A STARTUP, 14 dec 2017
People often ask me to advise them how to achieve success. What is to be done is a perennial question. But one has to face so many ways to nowhere that it becomes even more important to understand what is not to be done.
I broke my advice into several sets, such as team, concentration, money and investors, product and growth. If you want to kill your project as quickly and effectively as possible, use this advice.
GIL PENCHINA, ONE OF THE LEADING VOICES TALKING IN ICO SHARING HIS VIEW, 7 Dec 2017
Recently, Gil Penchina, one of the leading voices in the ICO industry shared his views on ICOs in my blog, offering his own story and some interesting takes on the scene. Gil's background with Paypal and Amazon, at the forefront of tech breakthroughs, and his reputation for expert and precision analysis is incredibly valuable. As original investor in Ripple, Brave, Partner at Ridge he is an industry powerhouse.
1) Where do you think the ICO industry will be be in a year from now?
Blockchain technology is only in the first inning and has a massive opportunity, so I expect that startups will flock to the sector. Whether they find ways to do an ICO or not depend on a combination of investor interest, regulatory, and the purpose of the project. That said, it seems like things are only getting bigger so a year from now it could be 3-4x what it is today
2) What do you think are ICO's and/or blockchain's biggest threats?