By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
July 15, 2021–2 min read.

Today we present our coverage of Zilliqa, a high-throughput public blockchain platform and pioneer of sharding technology with deep connections to academia. Born out of the National University of Singapore in 2017 and a longstanding fixture in the upper echelon of crypto-asset valuations.


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
July 15, 2021–2 min read.

Hillrise Ventures today announces an investment into DeRace — a decentralized NFT horse racing platform. Hillrise Ventures is the private investment arm of Hillrise Group.

DeRace is bringing horse racing into the digital age by combining a traditional sport with blockchain-enabled gaming through a platform that caters not just to horse racers (owners), but all stakeholders in the sport — like hippodrome operators and spectators alike.

Players can access horse customization and breeding via NFTs, while hippodrome owners can also manage races and set the parameters for entrants and betting — fostering an environment for an incentivized community and userbase.


By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
July 12, 2021– 9 min read.

On Friday 9 July, we welcomed Makoto Takemiya, CEO of Soramitsu — contributor to Polkaswap into the Hillrise Group Telegram chat for an AMA.

Building on the shortcomings seen in CEXs, Polkaswap is a DEX built with interoperability, liquidity, and security in mind since day one.

The platform includes an aggregator for both DEX and CEX markets which, combined with cross-chain bridges, makes for a compelling new user experience.

Polkaswap has previously received a Web3 Foundation grant in the 6th wave of ecosystem grants and has soft-launched late April.

We were curious to learn more about how Polkaswap is gearing…


By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
July 9, 2021– 10 min read.

On Tuesday 6 July, we welcomed Richard Seeger, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Oh! Finance into the Hillrise Group Telegram chat for an AMA.

Oh! Finance aims to offer its users a fairer alternative to traditional savings methods, such as a savings account — which are now often burdened with negative returns.

This also fits well with their focus on simplifying yield and providing the end-user with a non-technical background with the ability to participate.

Oh! Finance has yet to come to market, as development continues steadily we were eager to learn more about how Oh! …


By Raymond Reijnders, Senior Analyst.
July 6, 2021–2 min read.

Hillrise Group is an independent venture capital and consulting firm comprising Hillrise Ventures and Hillrise Research, two distinct brands supporting emerging Web3 startups. Hillrise Ventures and Hillrise Research are independent arms of our business, focusing on venture funding and educational material respectively.

Since our inception in 2019, we have funded 20+ blockchain startups and hosted over 60 AMA events with some of the most prominent brands in the industry.

We are looking for passionate and self-driven technical writers for our Hillrise Research arm. The ideal candidate is excited about conveying their knowledge about blockchain and cryptocurrencies to our growing audience.


By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
July 5, 2021– 9 min read.

On Friday 2 June, we welcomed Emin Gün Sirer, founder and CEO of AVA Labs into the Hillrise Group Telegram chat for an AMA.

Created by Ava Labs, Avalanche is a high-performance, scalable, customizable, and secure blockchain platform.

Avalanche is open-source and allows anyone to launch decentralized applications, interoperable DeFi dApps, and much more.

We were excited to have Gün share his time with our community and discuss Avalanche as it continues to work towards being a staple in the blockchain space.

In this post, we have compiled key questions and answers from the event.

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By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
July 1, 2021– 8 min read.

On Tuesday 21 June, we welcomed Adomas Juodišius and Adelaida Sinkevič from DeRace into the Hillrise Group Telegram chat for an AMA.

DeRace is creating a virtual horse racing universe — complete with breeding, racing, track management, and trading.

It connects the crypto-native audience familiar with NFT-based simulation games with the global sports betting market. Users can own and operate hippodromes, breed and race their horses and bet on race results.

We were eager to learn more details about their project as they are progressing toward launching their in-depth decentralized horse racing simulation platform.

In this post, we have compiled…


By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
June 28, 2021–8 min read.

On Friday 25 June, we welcomed Matthew Larby and Joban Thomas, co-founders of Realm into the Hillrise Group Telegram chat for an AMA.

Realm is blending augmented reality (AR) and blockchain into their very own metaverse.

By bringing together AR and gamification, REALM empowers users to not only create their very own “microverses”, but also customize and monetize them with NFTs.

As these microverses are connected you can also visit other people’s microverses, exhibits, games, and more, while bringing along your pets for good measure.

Realm’s elaborate toolset is being built on the open-source decentralized game engine Godot, giving strategic…


By Rowan Zwiers, Analyst.
June 18, 2021–6 min read.

On Tuesday 15 June, we welcomed Bruce Chau, founder of OpenSwap into the Hillrise Group Telegram chat for an AMA.

OpenSwap is a one-stop DeFi Hub solution built on Binance Smart Chain that aims to reduce the friction of asset exchanges on different chains through a decentralized bridging mechanism, saving end users cost and time.

The OpenSwap team is also working towards creating ‘True-Value farming’, allowing users to stake assets to generate and receive synthetic stablecoins which can then be used within DeFi.

With its DEX Aggregator, Liquidity Queues, and Hybrid Smart Router OpenSwap will help give traders and liquidity…


By Daniel Dal Bello, Director.
June 15, 2021–8 min read.

To many the mainstream adoption of crypto-products is the true holy grail achievement. Some may believe that widespread use of a platform like Coinbase or a stablecoin like USDT is impressive, however mainstream adoption of a crypto-native product like the TerraUSD (‘UST’) or TerraKRW (‘KRT’) stablecoin gives us a glimpse into an exciting future.

In this post, we’ll give you an introduction to the Terra ecosystem and explore its core ideas.

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