matt send, boris sign: 0xb20c2da607babbe71f7cb62250621b56d28105a6418ac86496aa57511bbb85ba
boris send, matt sign: 0xcfa6234ec78b6efd3ba54db1be90b246f938a29fc73e57d216afb264679cefb5
Boris-Matt, investment thesis:
Broad Areas of Focus:
- Innovation Web3 and Blockchain in general present a particular challenge to the innovation process. It is expected that new projects are innovative, but it is not clear which areas require more development. It is our thesis that we should invest in projects that are innovating in some fundamental aspect, not just a product that is new or that competes with existing products. We would like to see strong projects that are tackling some of the more pressing technical issues with smart contracts, tooling, and user onboarding. These will not only be more attractive investment opportunities but, if they were to succeed, will put Harmony at the bleeding edge of decentralization technologies.
- User Experience
Web3 end user adoption is commonly hindered by poor UX/UI design. At the present moment, many Web3 platforms are built by developers, for developers, but leave non-technical users struggling to onboard. Nevertheless, these are not merely usability issues but problems related to the decentralized nature of smart contracts. Thus, any solution requires technical innovation to support a more intuitive usability design. Strong UX/UI leads to a reduction in the learning curve of the end user, providing a gateway to onboard the crypto-curious into Web3 adoption. Any project we invest in must place high value in the end user experience.
- Community, Emerging Markets
Reputation and cultural information transfer are strongly related to community. Projects like proof-of-humanity and BAYC illustrate the power of community as a catalyst for Web3 growth. Any project we invest in must look to inspire individuals to adopt a sense of community, identity, and belonging to create a strong subculture that allows the project’s mission to grow organically and become an easy gateway for newcomers into the Web3 space. In addition, a strong focus on emerging markets will allow our investments to catalyze the growth and adoption of Web3.
🚗 Boris Polania: cross-chain, fixed-rate, events
Boris is a software engineer and prospective economist. He has been working as a software engineer for more than twenty years, many of them in fintech. Also he has experience with industry leaders such as Visa, Insomniac and Honda where he has taken leadership roles in innovation and R&D. Currently he is a senior engineer at Harmony where he is developing the next generation of cross-chain products. Originally from Venezuela and based in California where he lives with his wife and two children, and will cook Venezuelan food for whoever knocks the door on a Saturday afternoon.
🎤 Matt McDonald: DAO onboarding, people ops, events
Matthew McDonald is the founder of World Health Partnerships, a medical 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing surgical care to developing countries. Matthew has also worked as a mental health provider for ten years, serving our veterans at the VA’s Acute Psychiatric Unit and the homeless population in Compton and South LA working in suicide prevention, substance abuse, crisis stabilization, and medication stabilization. Matthew received his Bachelor’s in Behavioral Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon Christian University. He has been a Child Ambassador for World Vision since 2015 and is an avid volunteer with Compassion International. Matthew is also an avid musician and recording artist.