TechCrunch Founder's Crypto Fund Tops $100 Million, Completes First Acquisition

An investor in Arrington XRP Capital has put up another $30 million, enabling the fund to acquire an Australian trading firm.

AccessTimeIconMar 27, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 9:01 a.m. UTC

One of Arrington XRP Capital's largest limited partners (LPs) has injected a fresh $30 million into the digital asset firm, according to its founder Michael Arrington.

"The reason is, like everyone, we didn't do particularly great last year, but we did better than the market. And that was a win," Arrington told CoinDesk. With the additional investment, Arrington says the fund has now surpassed its initial target of raising $100 million.

First announced at Consensus: Invest 2017, the TechCrunch founder has never disclosed his eponymous fund's LPs (other than to indicate that Ripple is not one of them).

The fresh capital enabled the company to acquire another fund, Australia's ByteSize Capital, founded by brothers Ninos and Ninor Mansor, who have joined Arrington XRP as partners. Arrington also announced that Experian alum Geoffrey Arone will move from being a partner to an advisory role.

Ninos Mansor said he appreciated the experience that Arrington and fellow Arrington XRP partner Heather Harde brought to the table:

"One thing that stood out to us as we discussed a merger was the fact that they've been working together for over a decade. Two tech booms gives you scars and judgement that you just can't replicate."

Adapted strategy

The ByteSize acquisition allows the fund to operationalize what Arrington called a "barbell strategy," designed for an uncertain market, where venture investments are balanced by crypto trading.

Trading should improve the fund's performance in both bear and bull markets, but Arrington emphasized that venture investing will remain a major emphasis for the fund.

"We are seeing a new market," he said. "It's not 2017. It's not 2018. Funds like ours will continue to find ways to make money in markets that are unpredictable."

He explained that much of the loss in 2018 wasn't due to poor venture investments, but leaving funds in crypto, rather than fiat. "These great deals we all did, it just didn't matter," Arrington said. "We'd still put it right back into ETH and we'd lose it."

Arrington believes the addition of the Mansors will be able to help offset such losses.

"We didn't have the DNA to do trading, but now we do with these guys," Arrington said. In addition to trading know-how, Arrington says the ByteSize team has proprietary market analysis tools that will come over with the acquisition.

"We are very excited to deploy these strategies at scale," Ninor Mansor told CoinDesk, adding:

"This is exactly the right time to be joining forces, when most are checking out."

Arrington XRP's portfolio includes a wide array of crypto companies, including Thunder, Spacemesh, Terra and Blockstack.

Michael Arrington image via CoinDesk archives


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