E22: Alyse Killeen on Building Stillmark, Investing in Bitcoin Companies, and Emerging Lightning Network Applications
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Alyse Killeen is the Founding Partner at Stillmark, a Bitcoin focused VC firm.

Alyse and I spoke about her focus on investing in Bitcoin companies, the things Alyse looks for in founders and startup pitches, and the particular segments of Bitcoin and the Lightning Network she is most excited about in 2022.

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00:00 - Intro

01:15 - Alyse Killeen Intro

03:42 - Why Is Stillmark Focused on Bitcoin?  

08:33 - Investing in Bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Companies

10:39 - Emerging Bitcoin Companies

20:28 - Investing in Tokens vs. Equity

23:03 - Is Bitcoin Innovation Constrained by Capital?  

25:30 - Can There Be Too Much Capital in Bitcoin Companies?

29:22 - Down Rounds in VC Investing

33:34 - Benefits of Investing In Bitcoin Startups

38:14 - Web 2 Monopolies vs. Bitcoin Companies  

42:57 - Competitive Moats for Bitcoin Companies

47:26 - Investing in the Lightning Network

49:19 - Should Large Bitcoin Holders Fund Bitcoin Companies?

54:04 - Deciding Which Founders To Invest In

01:01:53 - New Lightning Payment Applications

01:04:39 - Lightning Adoption & Earning Bitcoin

01:11:08 - Bitcoin's Role in Web 3.0  

01:15:56 - What Areas of the Internet will Integrate Lightning?

01:19:25 - How Will Newcomers Interact with Lightning?

01:24:07 - The Lightning Round

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