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Portfolio Exits

2

Partners & Customers

1

About Hard Yaka

Hard Yaka makes early round investments in exchange space startups. Candidates are either verticals in particular categories of exchange markets or horizontals providing services (i.e. messaging or payments) across exchange sectors.

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DG717 - Coworking Space 717 Market St, Ground Floor

San Francisco, California, 94103,

United States

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Latest Hard Yaka News

AnChain.AI Raises $10M and Wins SEC Contract to Monitor Crypto and Digital Assets

Sep 2, 2021

AnChain.AI , a blockchain security company that specializes in AI-powered platforms, today announced that it raised a $10 Million funding round led by SIG Asia Investments, LLLP, an affiliate of Susquehanna International Group (SIG) in an oversubscribed Series A. Fin VC , Nima Capital , Hard Yaka and Amino Capital also participated in the round. AnChain.AI also announced today that it has been awarded the multi-year SEC contract to provide a platform for deep analysis and tracing on smart contracts to support the SECs ongoing efforts to monitor risk, improve compliance and inform commission policy on digital assets and cryptocurrencies. Founded in 2018 by CEO Dr. Victor Fang  and COO  Ben Wu , AnChain.AI provides blockchain security and regulatory compliance solutions to secure leading crypto exchanges, protocols, and DeFi worldwide for $81 Billion in daily transaction volume. It serves clients in over 10 countries across the financial and enterprise industry, blockchain Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASP), public sector companies and governments. Its technology establishes transparency, trust, and legitimacy to allow all stakeholders to interact confidently and securely with the developing digital economy and the next iteration of global technological infrastructure. The AnChain.AI platform proactively protects crypto assets by providing proprietary AI, knowledge graphs, threat intelligence and data analytics on blockchain transactions, and in-depth cryptocurrency transaction monitoring on a wide variety of public and private chains. “This year’s cryptocurrency boom is merely the preamble to a new wave of necessary regulatory effort, and a complete revamp of the industry’s approach to compliance, as VASPs, financial institutions, and regulatory bodies seek solutions to a new era of virtual asset risk,” said Dr. Fang. “We are building the most secure and compliant infrastructure for digital assets and have expanded our coverage across dozens of emerging blockchains and cryptocurrencies including NFT, DeFi, and stable coins to become the leading blockchain forensics and entity intelligence provider globally.” With the market exceeding $1 Trillion in 2021, and a looming billion-dollar crypto AML problem, demand for revamped regulatory frameworks and technologies have never been more critical. AnChain.AI’s machine learning powered forensic capabilities, which detected the first Blockchain APT (BAPT) hack in history, is now helping international law enforcement and emerging government regulatory efforts with both preventive screening, as well as post-incident investigation. Speaking on the announcement Ye Li , Investment Manager at SIG said, “AnChain.AI has made great progress in developing its market-leading crypto security technology to meet its customers’ broad demand in regulatory compliance and transaction intelligence.” The past year has seen a 400% growth in revenue for AnChain.AI and its solutions now capture over 98.5% of the cryptocurrency market share, securing billions of dollars in daily transactions across many of the major exchanges by delivering real-time alerts and detect the precursors of criminal activity well before conventional forms of identification. Managing General Partner and Founder of Fin VC,  Logan Allin , said, “we are at an inflection point, and a crossing the chasm moment, as it relates to institutional and government adoption of digital assets. The only way to bridge that gap is through robust solutions like AnChain.AI. We look forward to bringing these capabilities to the Financial Services and FinTech industries and continue to safely and securely democratize access to these innovative technologies and asset classes.” AnChain.AI will use the capital to accelerate product development and recruitment across research and development, engineering, customer success and sales Tags:

Hard Yaka Investments

24 Investments

Hard Yaka has made 24 investments. Their latest investment was in AnChain.AI as part of their Series A on August 8, 2021.

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Hard Yaka Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/12/2021

Series A

AnChain.AI

$10M

Yes

Amino Capital, FinVC, Nima Capital, SIG Asia Investments, and Undisclosed Investors

5

6/8/2021

Series A

BlockDaemon

$28M

Yes

Blockchain Capital, BlockFi, BOLDstart Ventures, Borderless Capital, CoinFund, CoinShares, Goldman Sachs, Greenspring Associates, Heavybit, Illuminate Financial Management, Kenetic Capital, Lerer Hippeau, Uphold, Voyager Digital, and Warburg Serres Investments

5

3/26/2021

Series A

Avanti Financial Group

$37M

Yes

1843 Capital, AP Capital, Binance, Ceresio Investors, Coinbase Ventures, ECMC Group, Equity Management Associates, Eric Ly, Greybull Stewardship, HashKey Capital, Holon Global Investments, Lawrence Lepard, Lemniscap VC, Madison Paige Capital, Marcel Kasumovich, Morgan Creek Digital, PJT Partners, Rob Kauffman, Slow Ventures, Susquehanna Private Equity Investments, Tim Keefe, Trace Mayer, and University of Wyoming Foundation

4

2/25/2021

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

7/28/2020

Series B

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$99M

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10

Date

8/12/2021

6/8/2021

3/26/2021

2/25/2021

7/28/2020

Round

Series A

Series A

Series A

Seed VC

Series B

Company

AnChain.AI

BlockDaemon

Avanti Financial Group

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$10M

$28M

$37M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Amino Capital, FinVC, Nima Capital, SIG Asia Investments, and Undisclosed Investors

Blockchain Capital, BlockFi, BOLDstart Ventures, Borderless Capital, CoinFund, CoinShares, Goldman Sachs, Greenspring Associates, Heavybit, Illuminate Financial Management, Kenetic Capital, Lerer Hippeau, Uphold, Voyager Digital, and Warburg Serres Investments

1843 Capital, AP Capital, Binance, Ceresio Investors, Coinbase Ventures, ECMC Group, Equity Management Associates, Eric Ly, Greybull Stewardship, HashKey Capital, Holon Global Investments, Lawrence Lepard, Lemniscap VC, Madison Paige Capital, Marcel Kasumovich, Morgan Creek Digital, PJT Partners, Rob Kauffman, Slow Ventures, Susquehanna Private Equity Investments, Tim Keefe, Trace Mayer, and University of Wyoming Foundation

Sources

5

5

4

10

10

Hard Yaka Portfolio Exits

2 Portfolio Exits

Hard Yaka has 2 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Trim on April 26, 2021.

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Exit

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Sources

4/26/2021

Acquired

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4/26/2021

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4

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Hard Yaka Partners & Customers

1 Partners and customers

Hard Yaka has 1 strategic partners and customers. Hard Yaka recently partnered with Yoyo Wallet on October 10, 2018.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

10/29/2018

Partner

Yoyo Wallet

United Kingdom

Yoyo Wallet enters into partnership agreement with Hard Yaka

UK-based payment and loyalty app Yoyo Wallet has entered into a partnership agreement with investment company Hard Yaka .

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Date

10/29/2018

Type

Partner

Business Partner

Yoyo Wallet

Country

United Kingdom

News Snippet

Yoyo Wallet enters into partnership agreement with Hard Yaka

UK-based payment and loyalty app Yoyo Wallet has entered into a partnership agreement with investment company Hard Yaka .

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2

Hard Yaka Team

3 Team Members

Hard Yaka has 3 team members, including current Chief Operating Officer, Margaret Slemmer.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Greg Kidd

Founder

Current

Margaret Slemmer

Chief Operating Officer

Current

Jun Hiraga

Managing Partner

Current

Name

Greg Kidd

Margaret Slemmer

Jun Hiraga

Work History

Title

Founder

Chief Operating Officer

Managing Partner

Status

Current

Current

Current

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