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Arjun Balaji

Arjun Balaji is the founder of Shomei Capital, an investment fund focused on cryptoassets. He was formerly a software engineer at HubSpot and Flip.


Reviews by Arjun Balaji

🔑 5 positive | 💩 7 negative

Binance Coin (BNB) is the best example of a pure tokenized security: $15M ICO -> partial claim on cash flows, future fund returns, etc.

2018-06-04 | Full Review


The path that Zcash and other next-generation blockchains (Tezos, DFINITY, etc.) have taken is to set up incentives and off-chain governance processes to align early contributors and help guide the project from infancy to adulthood. While this trades off early on with decentralization, it allows for independence, time, and resources to be committed to more intensive research questions.

2018-06-28 | Full Review


I love the 0x protocol—trust-minimized, p2p exchange and a team that regularly ships. Digital securities trading is a great idea.

2018-10-11 | Full Review

Bitcoin Cash forking into ABC and SV is a Pyrrhic victory for Jihan and Craig, where the battle inflicts such a devastating toll on the “victor” that it is tantamount to defeat.

2018-11-16 | Full Review


Even assuming AWS and EOS are interchangeable . . . why do I want a "decentralized AWS" run by a cartel? What would I prefer to build there vs. AWS (or Google Cloud Platform or something else)?

I've not only heard of AWS—I've actually used these services. They're great.

2018-12-08 | Full Review


Civic was at the nascent stages of starting a potentially successful identity startup, which could have been a boon to traditional financial services companies. The gluttony of 2017 pushed them and many others to make short-sighted decisions. Not every company needs to become a “project” and embrace the ethos of “Web 3.0. — not that Civic even comes close — Civic’s project isn’t even open-source in counter to the cypherpunk ethos of other self-sovereign identity projects.

2018-12-21 | Full Review


My bullishness [in Augur] is due to (1) a full year elapsing with a working product (2) improved UX/choice of clients (3) increased brand awareness (4) demand in the market for a non-custodial prediction market (5) stablecoin integration and (6) better market-making and liquidity provisioning.

2019-01-01 | Full Review


If you prefer your [Mimblewimble] implementation to have some VC flavor, there’s the Beam project, with a pre-sale and centralized team!

2018-10-07 | Full Review


On-chain governance [as in Decred] is an interesting experiment that'll likely be seen as an over-engineered solution looking for a problem.

2018-05-24 | Full Review

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