Taisu Ventures

Taisu Ventures is a Venture Capital firm that invests in & empowers early-stage Web 3 companies across the globe.

About Taisu ventures

Taisu Ventures is a Venture Capital firm that supports entrepreneurs who are dedicated to building the future with Blockchain technologies. We invest mainly in seed to early-stage startups. We are chain agnostic. We are a team of experts with profound knowledge and experience in business development and engineering in Web 3 and professionals with financial backgrounds. We are committed to helping our portfolio companies grow and scale by providing access to expertise across all stages of the business.

Our mission is to bridge all the Blockchain Ecosystems across the globe by connecting entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, and industry leaders with our network in Asia, US, Europe, Africa, and Middle East

50+ Portfolio Investments
Chain-Agnostic Web 3 & Blockchain Focus
Investments in Both Token & Equity
Risk-Adjusted Return Focus and Strategies

A Global Leader in Web 3

Taisu Group is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the innovative realm of Web 3 opportunities on a global scale. 

At Taisu Group, we proudly transcend boundaries of specific chains, endorsing a chain-agnostic approach that champions exceptional projects spearheading the development, deployment, and widespread adoption of blockchain technology. Our vision is to serve as the catalyst for progress, forging paths through the uncharted terrains of this nascent technology.

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Portfolio

We invest in ground-breaking companies across four main verticals.

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​​At Taisu Ventures, we dedicate ourselves to investing in early-stage startups and projects within Web3. Our focus is on identifying projects that offer innovative solutions to current blockchain challenges.

OUR INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY

Taisu Ventures is committed to a chain-agnostic stance, investing broadly across the Web 3 ecosystem. We target early-stage projects that are tackling significant challenges, setting the stage for the widespread adoption of Web 3 technologies. Although our investment interests are broad, we have honed in on four critical areas: INFRASTRUCTURE, GAMING, CONSUMER PLATFORMS, and DEFI.

Our Approach

At Taisu, we adopt a long-term and collaborative approach with our portfolio companies. Our support extends beyond financial investment. We partner with these companies from the early stages of ideation, through the development of comprehensive strategies, and towards successful market adoption.

At Taisu Ventures, we do more than just invest; we nurture visionary ideas, fostering a future where the widespread adoption of Web 3 technology is not just a possibility, but a reality. Join us in this exciting journey to unlock the full potential of Web 3.

Ken Kodama

Executive Advisor

Ken is the Founder and CEO of EMURGO, the official commercial arm and a founding entity of the Cardano blockchain. Ken launched Cardano with Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of Ethereum, in 2015, and founded EMURGO in 2017 to focus on the commercial development of the Cardano ecosystem.

Since then, he has led EMURGO’s swift global expansion including launching EMURGO Academy to grow the Cardano developer community, developing Cardano’s first official wallet, Yoroi, launching USDA, a USD-backed, regulatory-compliant Cardano stablecoin, and building the Cardano Spot media platform.

Ken is a serial entrepreneur, having started his own financial planning firm prior to EMURGO, and a crypto veteran who transitioned to the blockchain industry full-time in 2014.

Takashi Hayashida

Managing Partner

Takashi has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. After graduating from Keio University, he worked in fixed income commodities sales, trading, structuring, and marketing at Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

After leaving Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012, Takashi founded Elements Capital and Earth Elements Capital, which managed private equity funds with a focus on small-cap corporates at various stages. He has been involved in investment and incubation of startups in the web3 space since 2017, and has been a member of EMURGO’s corporate venture capital investment committee since 2019.

Kaimin Hu

Director

Kaimin has over 3 years of experience in venture capital and over 8 years of product experience in fintech and digital assets exchanges. Prior to Taisu, he was at Cypholio Ventures, a web3-focused VC, and he helped lead several fintech companies and digital assets exchanges from startup to top 10 global.

Kaimin graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Computer Engineering and obtained a PhD in Computer Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kenny Wu

Investments

Kenny has over 3 years of experience in PE/VC and management consulting. Prior to Taisu, he was at CITIC Culture Capital where he led multiple early-stage TMT investments. He also spent time at Allianz Consulting, specializing in corporate incubation and transformation. He dived into web3 venture capital in 2020, with investment experience at 0xthread Ventures.

Kenny earned a BBA from the University of Toronto and obtained an MBA from the National University of Singapore.

Zoe Yuan

Investments

Zoe has 7+ years of experience in PE/VC, Endowment Fund Management, and Alternative Asset Management, complemented by 4 years in accounting and auditing. At NUS Endowment Fund, Zoe managed global investments across diverse asset classes, leading due diligence, financial analysis, deal structuring, negotiations, execution, monitoring, and exits.

Zoe holds a Global MBA from Manchester University, completed a Postgraduate Program in Taxation Law at the University of Sydney, and achieved a double major in Accounting and Taxation from Curtin University.

Jun Xian Lee

Investments

Jun Xian has over 2 years of experience in venture capital. Prior to Taisu, he was a founding member of ICMG Partners, a Japanese-based venture capital firm, where he oversaw the entire investment process in India and Southeast Asia and led multiple deals in fintech, ecommerce, and infrastructure. He has been in the crypto space since 2020 and has extensive knowledge and a deep passion of the web3 industry.

Jun Xian graduated from King’s College London with a BS in Financial Analysis.

Mona Hautala

Investor Relations & Business Development

Mona, a seasoned Investor Relations and Business Development professional, has strong experience in raising capital for startups, incubators, pre-seed and growth equity funds. She has a strong background in working with various fund managers and facilitating LP-led VC secondary transactions. Over the years, she has cultivated a network of private and institutional investors. Leveraging her expertise and knowledge, Mona aims to contribute to Taisu Ventures’ Fundraising and Business Development efforts. She holds a Master’s in Financial Management.

Amelia NG

Administration and Operations

Amelia has over 10 years of experience in various industries, covering roles in accounting, finance, administration and HR. Prior to Taisu, she was at Mitsubishi Jisho Design, where she oversaw the accounting and HR functions of the company.

Amelia obtained a BA from the National University of Singapore.

Dave Wang

Venture Partner

Dave is an angel investor and advisor to multiple crypto projects. He previously was at SoftBank’s Latin America Fund as Investment Director and Head of Crypto Investments, where he helped create and lead the buildout of the firm’s crypto practice and deployed ~$1B across crypto and fintech opportunities. Prior to this, he has held roles at Morgan Stanley’s Strategy and M&A Group and Blackstone’s Hedge Fund Group.

Dave earned his BA in Statistics from Harvard University, completing a thesis in Machine Learning.

Daniel Jean

Venture Partner

Daniel is an Investor, and engineer by training, specializing in computer science and financial technologies, from the University of Paris and ESILV.  Previously, he worked as a blockchain engineer and developed the technical node support department at Nomadic Labs (Tezos R&D Laboratory) where he was in charge of supporting +20 corporations in their blockchain validation activities.

Daniel is a former international Judoka player within the Olympic French team.

Will Wang

Venture Partner

Will is a full-stack developer as well as a decade-long crypto veteran. His unique background in technology and venture capital has led him to be an early investor and advisor to top projects such as DCG, Polygon, Avalanche, Galaxy Digital, and Abra.

Will is a Founding Partner at TKX Capital, a full-service crypto investment bank in primary and secondary markets. Prior to this, he was the Head of Investment and Business Development at Huobi North America, a leading global crypto trading exchange.

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TAISU Ventures

Taisu Ventures is a Venture Capital firm that invests in & empowers early-stage Web 3 companies across the globe.

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