Techstars Web3 Convo Series: John Wu from Ava Labs

Nov 03, 2021

As the Web3 space is moving at a lightning-fast pace, we wanted the Web3 founder community to have the benefit of insights from some of the leading minds globally even before the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator kicks off in March 2022.

So, we launched our Web3 Convo Series in October with a fireside chat with Michelle Tsing, who is an active mentor in the Web3 space at the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator and for Singularity University Ventures.  An audio-only podcast version of this first Web3 Convo is also available on the MoneyNeverSleeps podcast, and the shownotes include the key takeaways from the chat.

Next up on November 16th is John Wu, President of Ava Labs, for a fireside chat and Q&A providing insights on:

  • What makes a great Web3 project and eventually, a well-formed Web3 business

  • The impact of the democratization of financial markets

  • Bridging blockchain platforms together into one interoperable ecosystem

John Wu is President of Ava Labs, an Andreessen Horowitz backed technology company building the next-generation blockchain platform: Avalanche. John’s objective is to open up financial services and products to all. In this role, he leverages his expertise from over 20 years as a fintech executive and technology investor to create a blockchain-enabled solution for originating, issuing, and trading financial assets. 

John was previously CEO of the SharesPost Digital Assets Group, enabling compliant token trading of private shares and funds. Prior to that, he was a technology investor and the founder of Sureview Capital, a global hedge fund backed by the Blackstone Group.

John began his investment career at Tiger Management, before managing a global technology portfolio at Kingdon Capital. 

As a preview, here are a couple of snippets from Bloomberg TV and CNBC's SquawkBox featuring John Wu:

  • Bloomberg TV: Ava Labs Stablecoin Regulation Will Create More Crypto Adoption Link

  • CNBC Squawk Box: Crypto in the Crosshairs? Link

To join us for the virtual event with John Wu on November 16th, register here on Crowdcast for what will be an insightful chat that will deliver benefits for all in the Web3 founder community.

We’ve got more to come with Web3 Convos in November with chats with experts from across the Web3 space.  We’ll announce our upcoming guests in the next couple of weeks from blockchain and crypto organisations that you’ll know well, and trust me, their insights are going to be helpful!

About the Author
Pete Townsend

I lead the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator in Dublin, Ireland, and I'm scaling the ongoing pursuit of my passion for helping startups as an early-stage startup advisor, investor and mentor focused on fintech and digital assets. Based in Dublin, Ireland, I have been helping early-stage ventures in fintech and digital assets get their products to market, get traction with customers and raise funding since 2016. I have 25+ years’ global experience in financial services at the startup and enterprise-level with companies such as BNP Paribas, Fidelity Investments, Coinbase, and 25+ startups across Ireland, the UK, Continental Europe, and the USA.