Hydra Ventures DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) backed by prominent investors like 1kx, ConsenSys, and Seed Club, is poised to disrupt the world of fund-of-funds investing with an innovative model tailored for the crypto industry.
The brainchild of pseudonymous venture investor Pet3rpan, a partner at venture firm 1kx, Hydra Ventures has raised $10 million to create a DAO that will support other investment DAOs.
"I think the cool thing about Hydra is that for the first time ever we have builders operating a fund of funds. Just ironic because most people who operate fund of funds come from an institutional capital background and I think this is the first science experiment where we see very active direct ecosystem participants operate fund of funds in a very crypto native way," Pet3rpan shares.
DAOs are blockchain-based organizations without a central authority, employing blockchain technology for governance. According to data from DeepDAO, there are over 40 investment DAOs in existence. Pet3rpan was involved in the creation of one of the first investment DAOs, MetaCartel Ventures, which has 75 members and has invested over $13 million into more than 70 projects, including Gitcoin and Gnosis Safe.
Pet3rpan initially considered the rapid deployment pace of investment DAOs as a drawback. However, he now sees it as an advantage, noting that "investment DAOs are really amazing vehicles for indexing exposure across a certain ecosystem or market focus." Hydra Ventures aims to invest in 30 to 40 DAOs, targeting up to 10% of the investment DAO itself.
The core team of Hydra Ventures includes members from 1kx, MetaCartel Ventures, and Thing3. These members bring valuable experience in navigating the challenges of tax, accounting, and legal aspects of DAO operations. Hydra Ventures will integrate Thing3, an operations-focused service DAO, to address these issues.
Stephen McKeon, managing partner at Collab+Currency, praised the Hydra Ventures DAO team, stating, "The venture DAO space is nascent and constantly evolving — so, to us, Hydra is well positioned to pioneer the DAO fund of funds model."
Hydra Ventures is particularly interested in backing DAOs with a strong investment thesis. Pet3rpan believes that those who are passionate about a specific market domain or space have a considerable advantage in investing, deal flow, and due diligence. This conviction forms the core thesis for Hydra.
Hydra Ventures started raising funds in June last year and closed the round in January. The funds will be stored in a diversified set of stablecoins, with plans to deploy the funds over three years instead of in perpetuity, like MetaCartel Ventures.
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