Episode 37

Miko Matsumura ·  Recording History With Blockchain

“All the blockchain is, is a novel history recording device. That's all it is, right? And, and the question is, what makes it novel? One, it's a consensus history, which is a shock. It's a shock because history has always been written by the winners—whoever won the battle writes the history. But in the case of blockchains, it's, it's actually written by some random node somewhere, you know? The second property that's exciting is that it's a history that has a property of immutability.”

Miko is a General Partner with Gumi Ventures, a US $30M investment fund focused early stage blockchain startups and a cofounder of crypto exchange Evercoin.

Miko ignited his passion for open source software 25 years ago as chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems. Since then he has been building open source software startups in Silicon Valley including raising over $50 million in venture capital for developer platform companies such as Gradle and financial infrastructure companies like Hazelcast and has participated in multiple exits including INFRAVIO, webMethods, and Db4O. He is an advisor in successful startups like Celsius (CeFi Lending), Idle Finance (DeFi Yield Aggregator), Pundi X (Payments), and KEYLESS (ID infrastructure). He has been an investor with Focus Ventures, a firm with over $800M under management, 9 IPOs and 44 exits and blockchain firm Pantera Capital. He holds a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks. Miko’s mission is to promote increased transparency, equality, inclusion, innovation and lower cost financial infrastructure through open source.


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