#Ep. 38: How a Dubai family office partnered with Techstars and ventured into blockchain? With Gary Sheynkman

May 17th, 2019 · 40 mins 35 secs

About this Episode

In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak with Gary Sheynkman, an Investment Partner at Ginco Investments and the Corporate Lead for Techstars Dubai.

We find out what Ginco Investments is, their role in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and their enterprise-focused investment thesis. Being the first Emirati family to operate a pure play early-stage VC, they have also ventured into the blockchain space.
We dig deep into the different investments they have made, in particular, their blockchain investments, which revolve heavily around the verticals of financial services, developer toolsets, and broad enterprise use cases.

We also talk about what crypto related services will pave the way in the short term to medium term future, such as crypto asset management and custody solutions that hedge funds and professional investors inherently need.

Gary also shares his views and insights on how start-ups should approach this region and how they should set their expectations when starting in this new market.

Finally, we also talk about the regional banking system, how they should improve and change and why on earth we are still using paper to change small details in our bank accounts!

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