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The Helium Flywheel

By Tushar Jain

March 17, 2021 | 5 minute read

Helium is a new crypto economic protocol that underpins a new business model deploying and managing wireless networks at about 100x lower cost than traditional top-down telecom business models. The first wireless technology supported by Helium is LoRaWAN, a popular technology for IoT devices. Multicoin Capital co-led the Series C round in Helium Inc in 2019 along with USV.

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The Helium Flywheel

Helium is a new crypto economic protocol that underpins a new business model deploying and managing wireless networks at about 100x lower cost than traditional top-down telecom business models. The first wireless technology supported by Helium is LoRaWAN, a popular technology for IoT devices. Multicoin Capital co-led the Series C round in Helium Inc in 2019 along with USV.

THORChain Analysis

Multicoin Capital has accumulated a large position in RUNE, the native token of THORChain, a decentralized cross-chain automated market maker (AMM). RUNE represents one of our largest public positions.

The Perpetual Protocol

There’s a long running joke that all financial innovation can be boiled down to two things: figuring out ways to take on more leverage, and (un)bundling risk to more efficiently price assets for investors. The first major financial innovation was the separation of debt and equity back in the 1400s. This innovation unbundled risk, creating two classes of risk holders: debt (lower risk, lower returns), and equity (higher risk, higher returns).

Our Investment in Swivel Finance

Today I’m excited to announce that Multicoin Capital has led a $1.15 million seed round in Swivel Finance, a new decentralized protocol that enables fixed-rate lending and interest-rate derivatives. Electric Capital, CMS Holdings, Divergence Ventures, and DeFiance Capital also participated, as did several angels including Ash Egan, Stani Kulechov of Aave, Alex Pack, Imran Khan, Qiao Wang, and Thomas Klocanas.

The DeFi Stack

Open Finance is one of Multicoin’s three Crypto Mega Theses, wherein Open Finance is a superset of DeFi. Over the past 12 months, there has been an explosion of activity in DeFi on Ethereum: there is $13.6 billion in capital participating in DeFi, up more than 20x over the last year.

Our Investment in OXIO

I’m excited to announce Multicoin Capital’s investment in OXIO. We led OXIO’s $3.5M seed round last year, and now the company is emerging from stealth following a $12M Series A financing led by two of the top VCs in Latin America, monashees and Atlantico Capital.

Watch Fireside Chats with Solana, Helium, Ribbit Capital from the Fall 2020 Multicoin Summit

With another successful summit in the books, I’m delighted to share three of our most popular fireside chats from our fall summit. This year, we held our first virtual event, the first of hopefully many more to come. It was a great format that afforded us the opportunity to reach more people around the world and go deeper than we ever have before.

Kyle Samani Joins Howard Lindzon On Panic With Friends to Talk the Past, Present and Future of Crypto

Listen to Howard Lindzon, a prolific blogger, investor, and entrepreneur, chat with Kyle Samani on his new show, Panic with Friends, about the past and present of crypto, decentralization, Web3, blockchains and thier predictions for the future of crypto.

Epicenter #361: Kyle Samani, Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain

Epicenter originally had Multicoin on the show in February of 2018 when we were still reasonably new and we were in the height of the ICO bubble. Kyle Samani, Co-founder and Managing Partner, joins them back on the show to share not only how Multicoin has changed since then, but also the cryptoasset industry as a whole.

Kyle Samani featured On The Brink hosted by Castle Island

Kyle Samani, cofounder and managing partner at Multicoin, joins the Nic Carter and the team at Castle Island to talk his current views on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and to give an update on web3 and how Multicoin is approaching the opportunity.