More than a web3 angel collective,
Daedalus is founders helping founders

More than a web3 angel collective,
Daedalus is founders helping founders

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In Greek mythology, Deadalus was an inventor, architect, and master craftsman. Trapped in a maze with his son Icarus, he fashioned wings of feathers and wax to help them escape, warning the boy not to fly too low or too close to the sun. Drunk with power, Icarus ignored his father’s advice and was immediately rug-pulled into the ocean.

Icarus - like many blockchain upstarts - needed guidance but opted to go it alone, wasting potential and causing his own demise. At Deadalus, we provide crypto innovators with the necessary tools, strategy and insider know-how to make sure they don’t repeat the same mistake.

Daedalus Investments:

Tenderly

Comprehensive Ethereum developer platform for real-time monitoring, alerting, debugging, and simulating smart contracts. Enabling Solidity developers to build innovative and stable blockchain primitives.

Sismo

Sismo builds up your Ethereum profile (ENS) with anonymised attestations created from your other accounts. Aggregate your web3 reputation - confidentially - for display on your public profile.

Transak

From fiat to crypto in any dApp. Transak is a developer integration for a fiat-to-crypto payment gateway, integrating local compliance, payment methods, and liquidity from around the world.

Aurora

An Ethereum Virtual Machine built on NEAR Protocol, Aurora delivers a turn-key solution for developers to operate their apps on an Ethereum-compatible, high-throughput, scalable platform with low transaction costs for the end user.

Merit Circle

A P2E-centric DAO, Merit Circle invests in play-to-earn games and creates new earn-to-play opportunities for those that want to help build the metaverse. Through scholarships, competitive in-game assets and hands-on training, Merit Circle is bridging the gap between gamers, DAO contributors and blockchain educators.

Impossible

Redefining the Launchpad experience. Impossible Finance is a multi-chain incubator, launchpad, and swap platform offering a robust, product-first ecosystem that supports top-tier blockchain projects to targeted user audiences.

Kosen

AI-driven optimization layer for DeFi. Kosen Labs delivers AI-grade solutions for active liquidity provision on AMMs like Uniswap v3 and SushiSwap’s Trident.

Cryowar

Free-to-play mobile PVP arena, developed in Unreal Engine and built on the Solana network. Cryowar is a unique blend of traditional gaming experience and blockchain best practices, including DAO voting, NFT loot, and decentralized finance.

Pods

Hedge crypto assets on the Ethereum blockchain. The Pods Protocol is a decentralized non-custodial Options Protocol that allows users to buy, sell and provide liquidity using the new Options AMM.

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Our Angels Also Invested in:

zkSync (MatterLabs)

Ethereum’s most user-centric ZK rollup. zkSync is a trustless protocol for scalable low-cost payments on Ethereum, fixated on security, user and developer experience.

Wintermute

Leading global algorithmic market maker in digital assets. Wintermute creates liquid and efficient markets on centralized and decentralized trading platforms and off-exchange.

Near

Climate-neutral, high-speed, low transaction fee Layer-1 blockchain platform. Through simple, secure, and scalable technology, NEAR empowers millions to invent and explore new experiences.

Polygon Zero (MirProtocol)

Scaling Ethereum with zero-knowledge proofs. MirProtocol is joining Polygon to utilize groundbreaking ZK technology and build Polygon Zero; a highly-scalable, Ethereum-compatible ZK Rollup.

TheGraph

Making blockchain data easily accessible. The Graph is a web3 protocol for indexing and querying blockchain data with GraphQL. Anyone can build and publish open APIs, making data easily accessible.

SoRare

Collect & trade digital cards in a global fantasy football game. Over 200 officially licensed football clubs - including Liverpool, Real Madrid and PSG - have already joined Sorare, with new additions each week.

Arweave

Store data, forever. Arweave is the first truly permanent information storage network, backed by sustainable and perpetual endowments.

Zerion

The easiest way to build and manage your digital asset portfolio from one place. See what’s trending, compare historical returns and trade at the best prices, with zero added commission.

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Who We Are

Ivailo

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Software engineer turned VC, Ivailo’s been active in the crypto space through mining, arbitrage and market-making since 2012. Hyper-connector by nature (with a rolodex of industry contacts and NFTs to boot), he’s previously built two successful web2 startups in the aggregation niche. Currently at ReFi.network, working to improve capital efficiency for collateralised lending and borrowing.

Nemo
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Software engineer gone rogue into product development and growth. Ex-CPO at Santiment.net, an all-in-one token intelligence platform. More recently, Nemo’s worked with the Polygon core team on their go-to market strategy for DeFi and NFTs, and still frequently advises Tenderly and other web3 projects on their roadmap goals. Early member and admin of LobsterDAO, a prominent group of web3 and DeFi devs, builders and researchers. Currently building Tesseract, a yield aggregator with 2 other Deadalus angels.

Valentin
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Senior software developer and ex Santiment CTO, Valentin turned full-time farmer in mid 2020 and now regularly performs security audits for yield-chasing hedge funds. Currently building Tesseract - yield aggregator and the first project hatched from YFI Combinator -  with 2 other Deadalus members. A must-follow for high level discussions on platform exploits, smart contract audits and all things yield.

Luka
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After building multiple web2 companies and acting as startup-dev evangelist for large corpos (Deutsche Telekom, Cisco, Intel, SAP), Luka pivoted to web3 to help leading protocols attract early-stage startups and developers to their ecosystems. Currently building a yield aggregator with Valentin & Nemo, and always on the lookout for the next big APY oppo.

Nick
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Head of Strategy and Partnerships at Perpetual Protocol. Once a prominent founder and product lead in web2, Nick got into crypto back in 2013 and promptly got goxxed. Previously the head of a crypto arbitrage fund, Nick is now committed to sharing his web3 experiences (the good and the gox-level bad) with young upstarts.

Lyuben
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Partner at Launchub Ventures, an early-stage VC fund that invests with LPs such as the European Investment Fund, International Financial Corporation and others. Lead the round at Iconomi in 2014. Equal parts bull and bear market investor that backed dozens of successful projects including Livepeer, Near, 1inch, TheGraph, Arweave and many more.

Facu
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Former telecommunications engineer, Facu left his 15-year career to become an industrial BTC miner in LatAm. Currently a core contributor at Yearn Finance as coordinator and attaché to Yearn’s many ecosystems. Thanks to his connections and product acumen, Facu’s quickly become an invaluable resource to tons of groups and up-and-coming projects in the web3 space.

Dino
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Resident wordsmith and marketing nerd, Dino oversees all things content. Previously head of Content and SEO at Santiment, Dino’s trekked in startups big and small, specializing in content creation, search optimization and many other -ations. Refreshingly average swing trader.

Isaac
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As the 2nd hire and Chief Operating Officer at Nansen.ai (leading blockchain analytics platform), Isaac helped grow the nascent team from 5 to 100+ people and scale the platform from seed round to a $75m Series B. Previously working as a lawyer and corporate counsel, he pivoted to crypto after the 2018 crash - just in time to catch the early DeFi wave. His BUIDLing and degen prowess aside, Isaac’s legal background also makes him uniquely helpful to any blockchain upstart in this ever-changing regulatory climate.

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