By Pavel Cherkashin, managing partner at Mindrock Capital

This article first appeared in Forbes Russia.

In August 2018 I wrote a column for VentureBeat. I named it “Homeland-as-a-Service: how blockchain will disrupt the world order”, by analogy with such IT concepts as “platform-as-a-service”, “software-as-a-service” and others. In this column I…

By Pavel Cherkashin, managing partner at Mindrock Capital

It seems that this year Facebook has been using its power to censor content and deleting user posts as often and as fiercely as never before. Grounds are easy to find, it is suffice to mention the pandemic conspiracy theories and fake…

Suppose there are two startups with similar products and other characteristics. But one raises $50m in investments while the other struggles to get noticed. What differentiators led investors to choose one over the other? …

By Pavel Cherkashin

There is no 100% guaranteed way to protect yourself in large deals. However, here are some tips that will help minimize some of the risks:

· Limit the number of intermediaries. I shared my observations about intermediaries in the OTC market in an earlier post. At this…

By Pavel Cherkashin

The OTC crypto market is huge and growing. Though it is impossible to get exact data on its daily transaction volume, $10B would be a safe estimate. Most of that volume is traded in large transactions. Given the very heterogeneous and often shady and inexperienced crowd involved…

By Pavel Cherkashin

Large over-the-counter (OTC) deals in the cryptocurrency market are generally opaque to outsiders. As someone with access to this space, I’m ready to unveil some interesting observations about the main parties involved in these deals and how their interactions lead to a cultural clash.

Buyers

There are…

By Pavel Cherkashin

You woke up one morning and felt the urge to become an entrepreneur. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming about it your whole life and finally dared to try. Anyway, the decision is here — but the experience and a plan of action are not. …

By Pavel Cherkashin

In a recent post, we explored why the index strategy has been the most successful approach to the traditional financial market and argued that applying this strategy to the highly unpredictable cryptocurrency market makes a lot of sense. …

By Pavel Cherkashin

The article was originally published at venturebeat.com on August 19, 2018.

With blockchain-based technologies promising to disrupt nearly all areas of the global economy, I wonder what impact they will have on the global political scene and how we interact with our governments.

The main functions of…

By Pavel Cherkashin

[Almost confidential] Internal instruction for beginning venture analysts on how to quickly sort through incoming deals

In the previous post, I outlined a triage process for screening incoming startup pitches and building a pipeline of projects that merit further investigation. I mentioned that an analyst should pick…

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