May 11, 2022
Alyse Killeen is the founding Managing Partner of Bitcoin VC firm Stillmark. In BTC since 2013, Alyse is the Past President of the BitGive Foundation, Bitcoin’s first 501(c)(3) non-profit. The San Francisco Bay Area native also mentors at Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play Tech Center, Alchemist Accelerator, and NYFTL by the Partnership Fund for NYC and Springboard Enterprises. Reach out to Alyse at https://www.stillmark.com/
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00:00 Promo codes
01:59 Growing up in SF Bay Area
04:35 Childhood dreams: science, research & statistics
05:25 Studying psychology
06:04 Interest in health, first responders
07:09 Traumatic stress response
08:27 Finding peace in health
10:17 Pivoting to venture capital
12:26 How does VC work?
14:54 Valuating companies
17:31 Where does the capital come from?
19:29 Learning about Bitcoin early on
23:02 Financial inclusion
24:36 Dignity and freedom through commerce
25:30 iTrustCapital break
26:18 Fold app break
26:51 Building Bitcoin VC firm Stillmark
29:47 Token investing
32:41 Investment growth in BTC space
35:13 Taro integrating fiat with Bitcoin over Lightning Network
37:19 Stablecoins vs. Bitcoin adoption and growth
38:57 Institutions coming into Bitcoin
40:37 Economic environment and BTC price
43:01 Bitcoin not on Stillmark's balance sheet
44:50 Pink Frog Games (Candy Crush) utilizing Bitcoin & Lightning
48:11 Backing decision makers, supporting founders
50:59 Advice for a young Alyse getting into VC
52:26 Bitcoin in the future
52:59 Pitches don't have to be perfect