Former Binance M&A head seeks $100M for crypto fund
The former head of M&A at Binance is seeking over $100 million to invest in crypto businesses around the world.
Why it matters: Valuations in the Web3 world are beginning to reset following several high-profile blowups, giving rise to a handful of funds looking to capitalize on what comes next.
Details: The $100 million is sought by Bill Qian, who left Binance mid-2022.
- “When I think about global crypto investments, the best vintage was 2018 because it was a bear market — and lots of innovation happens then,” Qian tells Lucinda.
- Qian is now chairman and general partner at Cypher Capital Group in Dubai.
- Cypher has already made some investments out of the fund, including in the Sui blockchain system.
- Qian's new fund, first reported by Bloomberg, will bet on early-stage companies in the crypto space, and it may also make investments in Web2 companies that could enter Web3.
Of note: That latter playbook might sound familiar. While at Binance, Qian was known for his bet in LayerZero, as well as for originating the ill-fated deal to invest $200 million in media company, Forbes.
- The Forbes deal was seen as a way to introduce more consumers to Web3 — and to introduce a media company to more crypto.
Zoom in: Binance created a $1 billion crypto recovery initiative last year. Venom Foundation and Iceberg Capital launched a $1 billion fund in January.