How Does VC Funding Work in Crypto?​




Lucy Gazmararian’s venture into crypto is unlike no other. After spending years in investment banking and private wealth management in London and Hong Kong, she joined PwC’s crypto team during the tail end of the ICO boom, and had to advise traditional financial institutions during a time when the word “crypto” essentially meant “scam” in the eyes of many. In early 2021, she decided to strike out on her own and founded Token Bay Capital, an early-stage venture fund for digital assets. Her first fund closed in July 2021.
In this episode, we spoke to Lucy to understand how VC funding actually works in crypto, the types of projects Token Bay Capital invests in, and how she uses her experience in TradFi to advise her portfolio companies. Also the Founder of Women in Crypto Hong Kong, she lays out her mission to foster collaboration and education among women in the crypto ecosystem.


Lucy Gazmararian is the Founder and Managing Partner of Token Bay Capital. She is also a Board Member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and Founder of Women in Crypto, Hong Kong. Prior to founding Token Bay Capital, Lucy was a senior leader of PwC’s Global Crypto team where she advised entrepreneurs, start-ups and financial institutions on their crypto and blockchain projects. She also worked with many central banks and other regulatory bodies around the world to help formulate their crypto asset policies.
Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, she holds a Type 9 (asset management) license with the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. Lucy was named a Top 10 Rising Women in Crypto in 2020 (FinTech Times and Wirex) and #22 Top 100 Women in FinTech in 2021 (FinTech Magazine).

Guest:Lucy Gazmararian

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