Q&A With Our Advisor: Julian Zegelman

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Julian is an experienced corporate attorney, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. He is a Managing Partner at Velton Zegelman PC, a boutique corporate and securities law firm with offices in San Francisco (CA), Sunnyvale (CA), and Moscow (Russia). Julian's practice focuses on corporate law, securities, venture capital, and the emerging field of cryptocurrency law. He is currently acting as company's counsel in numerous high profile token sales ranging from Singapore to Delaware. Julian is also a Founding Partner at TMT Blockchain Fund, a $60M blockchain focused VC fund and a Partner at Jaguar Capital Advisors, a blockchain business advisory firm.

Earlier in his career, Julian was a co-founder and General Counsel of Rolith, Inc., where he focused on fundraising, corporate development, and legal affairs. During his tenure at Rolith, Julian raised multiple rounds of venture capital financing, completed strategic technology deals with large corporate partners, and negotiated inbound and outbound licensing of intellectual property. Rolith was acquired by MetaMaterial Technologies, Inc. in May 2016.

In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Julian was awarded the prestigious SuperLawyers® award in California (only awarded to top 2.5% of the California bar members) multiple years in a row. He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from University of California San Diego and his J.D. from University of Minnesota.

Q: How early did you believe in crypto & blockchain?

I first entered the blockchain space in 2014, when I became an investor and director at Coins Friendly. It was an early blockchain startup developing trading analytics platform for bitcoin traders. Since then I was hooked and never looked back. It was HODL all the way.

Q: What interested you the most about it?

Early on the cross border value transfer potential of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. Since 2016, with the rise of ICOs, I am mostly excited about the application of token economic models to existing business models.

Q: We are seeing a huge growth in ICOs already in Q1 2018. Will ICO replace traditional funding eventually or it will stay the favourite option for blockchain projects mainly?

I believe for foreseeable future ICOs will be mostly used for blockchain projects, since crypto is held by a relatively tiny portion of crypto insiders. Broad public does not yet understand the ICO process and is unlikely to steer away from more traditional assets such as stocks, bonds and real estate.

Q: From your point of view, what are some key values that blockchain brings as technology?

Decentralization, transparency, and community building.

Q: And is crypto anarchy real?

It is real in the minds of its believers ) crypto anarchy is a fringe belief like any other utopian beliefs that do not take into account the existing economic and political realities.


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