Our mission is to accelerate the development of a better financial system. We build and support bitcoin and blockchain companies by leveraging our insights, network, and access to capital.
It is our view that broad exposure with the optionality to concentrate our focus is a winning strategy. We build service businesses to fill important gaps in the existing market infrastructure. We incubate, build, and operate businesses that provide a variety of financial and professional services to financial institutions, corporations, and startups.
Genesis Trading is a full-service, institutional trading firm focused on digital currencies, providing two-sided liquidity on a daily basis for buyers and sellers.Learn More
The trusted authority on digital currency investing, Grayscale provides unparalleled market insight and investment exposure to the developing digital currency asset class.Learn More
CoinDesk is the leading independent source of blockchain news, research, and events.Learn More
DCG is not a fund. We are a strategic investor, and we are building and supporting the largest early stage investment portfolio in the digital currency and blockchain ecosystem. We aim to support the best teams in our target markets by providing capital through a company’s lifecycle, connecting them to our network, and using our collective knowledge and insights to help companies grow and scale.
The Digital Currency Group team is working hard to create a new model for innovation. We rely on a strong network of entrepreneurs, investors, institutions, governments, and academics - really smart people who are helping shape and guide the vision for this industry.
Why we do what we do at DCG. Our brand defines a common vision, what we believe in, and a set of shared values that define our conduct and engagement model.
Who we work with – this includes a broad network of companies, investors, and other stakeholders. We focus on building strong relationships to connect stakeholders to one another.
How we work with our network. This includes facilitating and coordinating action, organizing around and advocating for our companies, and participating in conversations to move the industry, and our portfolio, forward.
We’re thrilled to be investing alongside some of the most respected venture and corporate investors in the world – and we look forward to working together with them to continue finding and funding the best ideas.
Here are a few highlights from our portfolio
Barry Silbert founded SecondMarket, a platform that enables private companies and investment funds to more efficiently raise capital and provide liquidity to their stakeholders.
While at SecondMarket, Barry discovered bitcoin and became fascinated by the myriad of disruptive opportunities to build a better financial system. Starting in 2012, Barry became one of the first and most active angel investors in the bitcoin space through a vehicle he formed called the Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., which Bain Capital Ventures and RRE Ventures joined as investors in 2014.
The SecondMarket trading desk began trading bitcoin in 2013, and was re-branded Genesis Global Trading in 2014 to distinguish its bitcoin activity from other parts of the SecondMarket business. Barry also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT), a private, open-ended trust sponsored by Grayscale Investments, and the first publicly quoted securities (ticker: GBTC) solely invested in and deriving value from the price of bitcoin.
In 2015, Digital Currency Group was formed through the combination of the portfolio of seed investments Barry created under Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., and the activities of Genesis Trading and Grayscale which were formerly under the SecondMarket brand. The SecondMarket platform business was sold to NASDAQ, and Digital Currency Group (DCG) successfully launched in late 2015 with a great group of corporate, VC, and family office investors.