Harmony’s Project-X Investment Thesis
Achieving social impact through blockchain technology
Blockchain technology has the capacity to solve fundamental societal problems such as securing medical records and land registries, providing identity to the unbanked, facilitating digital identity, as well as improving value-chain and environmental traceability. We are looking to invest in projects that bring blockchain solutions to the practical world, with a particular emphasis on those that seek to achieve social impact.
We believe that such an approach will:
- Bring added equity to emerging markets
- Enable local economies in emerging markets to grow and thrive
- Create an ownership economy such as transparency & traceability tools in supply chain management
These projects are under the categories of emerging markets, social impact and regional economic impact. We evaluate projects based on their present utility, business viability, and long-term sustainability.
We are looking for projects that are still at a pre-series A funding stage with a maximum valuation of $25M. We are flexible in terms of investment instruments: tokens, NFTs, equity, or debts. We expect the teams to have relevant background and expertise, and have at least a minimal version of the working products with existing users. Teams will have an advantage if they are already actively involved with Harmony's social media, familiar with the culture of the community and are respected by the Harmony community.
🐍 Jack Chan: validators, product partners, grants
Jack Chan recently led teams to build scalable web apps on the cloud. He worked at large enterprises such as Adobe, Apple, Shutterfly and Amazon and ground-level tech startups. Jack dabbled with mining Ethereum before switching his focus to Proof-of-Stake blockchain networks, which evolved into co-founding a validator service across multiple networks, now responsible for a sizable staking delegation.
Jack is a Computer Engineering graduate from Illinois Tech, with an MBA from San Jose State University. In his free time, he enjoys improving his golf game, playing pickup basketball and a good walk.
🇳🇬 Ed Deprez : Social impact, community
Ed Deprez is the founder of the GeoAnalytics Center, a Nigerien based organization whose objective is to build community resilience, counter violent extremism and disinformation, and strengthen governance through locally adapted technological solutions.
Eduard also provides training and consultancy services on the use of technology to prevent / counter violent extremism (PVE/CVE). He previously supported the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on a police reform program across the Sahel and has held the position of Niger Country Director for USAID’s countering violent-extremism flagship program for the Sahel from 2012 to 2014. He has experience working in Afghanistan on human-security related projects in Helmand and Kandahar provinces. His development expertise is backed up by six years of experience in export trade finance with Deutsche Bank in Barcelona, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Jakarta.
Ed holds a BBA & MBA from ESADE University Barcelona, a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, NY and he obtained his PhD at the War Studies Dpt at King’s College