Asian VC fund Sora Ventures relocates to ‘crypto friendly’ Taiwan Liam ‘Akiba’ Wright · 3 hours ago · 2 min read
The $70M fund is moving to Taipei as it considers the launch of a Fund 2 along with new staff hires
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Asian VC firm Sora Ventures has announced it is moving its business to Taipei in Taiwan in favor of “a very crypto-friendly environment.” Sora Ventures was previously based in Hong Kong and other areas of Asia.
Sora is, however, far from bearish on the Chinese crypto industry. Speaking recently on CryptoSlate’s SlateCast, the Managing Partner of Sora Ventures, Jason Fang, stated that the Chinese crypto market will “eventually open up… when that happens, we want to be prepared for that.”
Sora Ventures Moving to Taipei is a part of its ongoing strategy “to hire new staff and expand on operations for a potential Fund 2.” The firm has historically made solid business decisions regarding investments, risk management, and its ability to time the market.
It was one of the earliest venture funds in Asia dedicated to blockchain technical and digital assets. However, as an early investor in Immutable, Origin Protocol, and Casper Labs, along with 50 other web3-related businesses, it chose to exit most of its positions in late 2021.
Since then, it has been “holding USD for over a year now, making very conservative bets on founders [Fang] personally knew and had a strong track record in the industry.”
Fang spoke to CryptoSlate to give insight into the Taiwan move. Currently, Sora manages over $70M in assets as one of the “leanest blockchain funds in Asia to deploy a hybrid strategy tailored to the Web3 environment.” Fang stated:
“Our biggest advantage today is that we’re probably one of the oldest funds in Asia that have data on our fund performance on a monthly basis since early 2018.
If you’re seeing what’s going on in our industry recently, the real issue with operating funds really boils to 2 things: transparency and discipline.”
Fang further explained that Sora’s investors are up “several multiples” and that the firm’s most crucial aspect is risk management while aiming for 3-4x on current returns. In conclusion, Fang commented that
“We’ve played every hand right the last 2 years, and we’re now looking to finish strong and reward our investors for staying with us since 2018.”
Disclosure: Sora Ventures is an investor in CryptoSlate as of 2022.