Winklevoss Capital Management
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|Founders||Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss|
|Sterling Witzke, Partner|
Winklevoss Capital is a family office founded in 2012 by Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss. The firm invests across multiple asset classes with an emphasis on providing seed funding and infrastructure to early-stage startups. The company is headquartered in New York’s Flatiron District.
On April 11, 2012, Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss revealed ownership of approximately 1% of bitcoins in circulation, worth about $11 million, via Winklevoss Capital. The brothers began buying bitcoin when the value of a single coin was in the single digits.
On July 1, 2013, Digital Asset Services, LLC (wholly owned by Winklevoss Capital) filed a Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to create the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, an exchange-traded fund for bitcoin.
In 2013, Winklevoss also lead a funding round for BitInstant, a bitcoin exchange start-up based in New York City. Winklevoss Capital, along with other investors, raised $1.5 million in seed funding to help BitInstant increase its staff and scale up its product. Since then, Winklevoss Capital has invested in a number of early stage equity companies and token networks in the cryptocurrency space.
In 2014, Winklevoss Capital invested in Protocol Labs. The firm also participated in the fundraising for Filecoin in 2017.
Venture Capital Activities
Winklevoss Capital actively invests in early stage startups in fintech, direct-to-consumer brands, education, and gaming. The firm's investments include:
- August Locks alongside Bessemer Venture Partners, Comcast Ventures, and Qualcomm Ventures.
- Cabify alongside Rakuten.
- Caviar, acquired by Square. Andreessen Horowitz was also an investor.
- Flexport alongside Founders Fund, Joe Lonsdale, Softbank Vision Fund, and First Round Capital.
- FiscalNote alongside Temasek.
- Kindbody. Chelsea Clinton is also an investor.
- Makespace alongside Carmelo Anthony and Nasir Jones (Nas).
- Rowing Blazers
- Teachable alongside Naval Ravikant.
- The Sandbox
In 2017, Winklevoss was expected to buy up to $500,000 worth of shares in Eaze, a cannabis delivery startup. After a new Eaze CEO was named, the firm backed out of the deal and in May 2016 was sued in Delaware court for reneging on the deal. Winklevoss is also an investor in Eaze and participated in its Series B financing round in 2016.
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- "Simple crypto wallet Bitski raises $3.5 million from Winklevoss Capital and Coinbase". November 13, 2019.
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- "Cabify raises $120m at a $320m valuation led by Rakuten to take on Uber in Latin America".
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- "Temasek, Winklevoss twins invest $7m in FiscalNote".
- "Kindbody raises $15M, will open a 'Fertility Bus' with mobile testing & assessments".
- "MakeSpace raises $30 million to pick up and stow your stuff". March 20, 2019.
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