Today’s guest is Viktor Fischer, the Managing Partner at Rockaway Blockchain Fund. Rockaway Blockchain Fund is a venture capital firm backing leading Web3 founders. Based in Europe and boasting a portfolio of industry-leading decentralized projects, they focus on long-term value creation by providing engineering, liquidity, and community support. At Rockaway, Viktor oversees the onboarding and growth of early-stage blockchain startups. Previously, Viktor worked at McKinsey & Company, focusing on corporate finance and M&A. Viktor previously co-founded Innovatrics, a biometric identification start-up that received multiple awards, including ‘Leading Technology Company in Central Europe’ from the Deloitte Technology Fast 50. Viktor holds a Master's degree from HEC Paris and INSEAD and teaches corporate finance and valuation at Charles University, University Paris XI, and various startup accelerators. We discuss various topics, including Rockaway, Venture Investing, Freedom and Crypto, Decentralization, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the growing positive sentiment towards crypto throughout Europe. Viktor shares how their team is dispersed throughout Europe and how excited he is about the future of crypto in Europe. We pivot our conversation to discuss Rockaway’s, Blockchain Fund. Viktor breaks down how the fund operates and its investment divisions. Viktor discusses his journey to crypto and Rockaway’s backstory to the crypto space. Viktor discusses his insights from investing in projects and what makes a project successful. Viktor stresses the importance of a talented founder as a significant determining factor for the success of a project. We pivot our conversation to discuss the crypto venture investing landscape. Viktor explains the current cultural gap between crypto and traditional venture investors. We discuss why crypto needs to be simpler and easier to use. We discuss some compelling use cases for Web3 and the future of Web3. We have a very important conversation about freedom and liberty. We discuss the fragility of freedom and how having freedoms and rights are something to be cherished. We transition to discuss yield. Viktor explains why yield will continue to be crypto’s driving force. Our final discussion topic centered on the importance of validators becoming more dynamic in their recruitment of stakers. We discuss ways to incentivize decentralization within staking.
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