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Nikhil Kalghatgi, Founding Partner at CoVenture Crypto: Why Aligning Incentives in Crypto is Challenging

The Pomp Podcast

Nikhil Kalghatgi is a founding Partner at CoVenture Crypto. In this conversation, Nikhil and Anthony Pompliano discuss Nikhil's work at SoftBank, how to apply Moonshot Investing to digital assets, and what CoVenture is currently excited about as the crypto industry continues to mature.-----Join the Off the Chain newsletter. Pomp's daily email analyzes the crypto market for institutional investors. Simply, it’s the best crypto newsletter delivered to your inbox every morning. No frills. No bullsh*t. Just everything you need to know in a 3-minute read. https://offthechain.substack.com/-----BlockFiBlockFi allows you to keep your crypto, put it up as collateral, and receive a USD loan funded directly to your bank account. They do loans ranging from $2,000 to $10,000,000, and they're perfect for helping you reach your financial goals of all sizes.Visit BlockFi.com/Pomp to learn more about putting your crypto to work without having to sell it.-----If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe. This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at:https://www.blockworksgroup.io

1hr 2mins

1 Feb 2019

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2019 Goals & Nikhil Kalghatgi's 9 Categories of Moonshots - (Ep. 0019)

The Nomics Update

I started thinking about moonshots after speaking with one of our investors Nikhil at CoVenture Crypto. He's a partner there. And I guess the back story on this is Nikhil Kalghatgi met with me and also Ateet from [00:02:30] CoVenture Crypto who runs their quant fund. We met for breakfast when I was in New York, and one of the questions that I like to ask investors is what's the best way to engage you. So Ateet had been helping us out with a bunch of pod related things. He's deep in data all day long. But this was the first time Nikhil and I had met in person, and I posed this question to him. And [00:03:00] he was pretty thoughtful and he responded that he likes to help out portfolio companies with moonshots, right? And so I was reflecting on that and I emailed Nikhil a little bit later, and said, "Hey, I'd really like to take you up on this offer of helping us define moonshots [00:04:00] as a company." And he sent me back this really thoughtful email to help me prepare for this meeting that we were setting up, and in that email, he outlined nine types of moonshots. So these are ... This is his IP. Thanks, Nikhil. So the first type of moonshot that he describes, the first category are [00:04:30] moonshots that are obviously impossible, right? He put obviously in quotes. These are things that you would like to do but are just obviously something that you can't do. And I think that kind of framing pushes you to think bigger. So that's category number one or type one.  Type two, moonshot type two are imaginary dream partners. So when you're going [00:05:00] through this exercise and you get to number two, the objective here is to think about a dream partner that doesn't exist and just sort of define what the partnership would be, right? And the objective there is after you've defined them, you actually start looking for real world examples of these imaginary dream partners.  The third type of moonshot is the brand elevation. So [00:05:30] think huge media partnerships. For us, for Nomics, this might be a partnership with the largest financial publication in the world, right? Providing data to them. Other companies might envision a Super Bowl ad, although that's almost never a good use of ad dollars. But what are some things that you can do that would immediately catapult your brand to the forefront of the space?  [00:06:00] The fourth type of moonshot is distribution channels or partners, right? So if you're a consumer package good company, this might be getting Walmart or Target or whoever the biggest retailer is in your space to get your product in front of a lot of shoppers. The fifth category or type is [00:06:30] unique individuals in other sectors who might come and work for you. And I think often there's very fruitful like cross pollination that can be very beneficial to a company when they hire someone who's a leader in a tangential space that comes in and then runs their playbook in your company. That can be really great. I think there's some of the, actually arguably the biggest, [00:07:00] some of the biggest crypto companies are operating not solely in this sort of crypto-native capacity, right? They have connections in banking and Wall Street and stuff like that.  The sixth type of moonshot is geographical growth. So do you want to expand to Europe or South America, China, whatever. What that might look like hypothetically.  [00:07:30] The seventh category are partnerships that we talked about. Distributions channels and imaginary dream partners. This would be sort of like actual concrete partnerships.  The eight category are what might it look... [transcript truncated due to character count restrictions] Website: https://nomics.com Crypto Market Data API: https://nomicsapi.com Personal Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClayCollins Company Twitter: https://twitter.com/NomicsFinance--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nomics/support

11mins

4 Jan 2019

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Base Layer Ep 002 - Arianna Simpson, David Grider, Meltem Demirors, Nikhil Kalghatgi & Travis Kling

Base Layer

In our second episode we are lucky enough to air a special one hour discussion with some of the best investors and practitioners in crypto today. We discussed capitulation, macro trends, the regulatory landscape and some thoughts on 2019. Not to be missed!

1hr 10mins

7 Dec 2018

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Base Layer Ep 2: Arianna Simpson, David Grider, Meltem Demirors, Nikhil Kalghatgi & Travis Kling

Base Layer

In our second episode we are lucky enough to air a special one hour discussion with some of the best investors and practitioners in crypto today. We discussed capitulation, macro trends, the regulatory landscape and some thoughts on 2019. Not to be missed!

1hr 10mins

7 Dec 2018

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Nikhil Kalghatgi – Moonshot Investing - [Invest Like the Best, EP.82]

Invest Like the Best with Patrick O'Shaughnessy

My guest this week helps me complete the first trilogy of guests on the podcast. His name is Nikhil Kalghatgi. Along with past guests Ali Hamed and Savneet Singh, Nikhil is a partner at the asset management firm CoVenture. If you liked those two conversations, you will love this one—it is somehow even more wide-ranging than the first two. Nikhil is the CEO of CoVenture Crypto, but he ended up there because of an overarching investing style that he calls moonshot investing, which we explore right from the start and in great detail. He is obsessed with productivity and happiness, and we spend a long time on those topics. One of the most interesting experiments I’ve heard about on the podcast is his Happiness project, for which he interviewed more than 100 of the wealthiest people in the world. The lessons he gleaned from those conversations are very helpful, and I won’t soon forget the lesson related to sacrifice. We also discuss asteroid mining, networking, shared experience, and philosophy. Oh and crypto currencies. Nikhil’s take on crypto has always been refreshing to me. In fact the first time I met him he was throwing cold water on a room full of enthusiastic crypto investors. Within crypto we discuss business opportunities, mining, and how new retail and institutional capital will affect the asset class.  Hash Power is presented by Fidelity Investments. Please enjoy this sparkling conversation with Nikhil Kalghatgi. For more episodes go to InvestorFieldGuide.com/podcast. Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at InvestorFieldGuide.com/bookclub. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag Show Notes 2:42 – (First Question) –  What moonshot investing is 4:41 – Creating sustainable differential investment advantage 9:30 – Assessing the market for moonshots 12:15 – Types of people suited for moonshots  13:42 – The Happiness Project 17:45 – Commonalities among successful people 25:15 – The importance of humor in life 17:16 – Recipe for a good joke 28:00 – The night Patrick and Nikhil met 29:17 – His perspective on the world of venture capital 33:26 – What did Nikhil learn from his time at SoftBank 34:52 – Craziest thing Nikhil has done 40:27 – What he took away from his time in military intelligence 46:10 – The idea of manufactured serendipity 47:13 – Nikhil’s approach to investing in cryptocurrency and what he finds interesting about it 53:23 – How Nikhil reconciles the excitement of crypto with the lack of tangible asset 58:10– The timeline of retail and institutional investors becoming more involved in crypto 1:02:43– Exploring their liquidity strategy 1:04:10 – What happens if regulators shut down the cryptomarkets 1:09:48– The role of miners in crypto and how that might change moving forward 1:10:43 – What is the frontier of crypto mining 1:12:31 – What’s the most compelling rabbit hole in crypto 1:16:23 – How would the original creators of crypto currency feel about the current state of the market 1:20:01 – What Nikhil sees as the value proposition for the whole ecosystem. 1:21:00 – Kindest thing anyone has done for Nikhil Learn More For more episodes go to InvestorFieldGuide.com/podcast.  Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at InvestorFieldGuide.com/bookclub Follow Patrick on twitter at @patrick_oshag

1hr 22mins

10 Apr 2018