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Shima Capital is a pioneering California-based VC firm investing in crypto-native startups, usually at Seed and Private stage. Founded by Yida Gao (Forbes 30 Under 30) in 2021, the fund supports innovative entrepreneurs at the earliest stages backing them in the range from $500,000 to $2,000,000, filling the gap left by larger VC funds that target mainly billion-dollar deals. 

Based on its deep expertise in crypto, the fund has made a staggering 315+ investments in Web3 and 10 successful exits (several of them were from Funcurve, DotOracle, Qouth) in a very short period of time. 

Shima believes in the revolutionary potential of blockchain technology across various industries and is committed to backing founders who are shaping the future of the decentralized world not only with funds, but also leveraging portfolio companies with professional networking, talent acquisition, engineering, and marketing teams.

CoinLaunch Score: Last update:
High 18 Sep 2023

Shima Capital Overview

Type: Venture
Total Investment: 3
Project Support: Very High
Social Influence: High
Last Investment: 01 Mar
Region of Origin: California / San Juan, Puerto Rico
Influence Geography: North America, Western Europe, Asia, Middle East, Asia
Type of project assistance: Financing; Marketing; Networking; Recruiting; Product Dev

Shima Capital - About

Shima Capital is a rather young, but highly prominent venture capital company in the crypto space that focuses on early-stage investments in the blockchain industry. Since its foundation, Shima Capital has made more than 300 investments of various types, which makes it the most active VC fund in the crypto domain.  The fund supports  Web3 projects in such areas as consumer, gaming & metaverse, composable financial systems, decentralized infrastructure, and next-generation blockchain technology.

Among the notable Shima Capital’s portfolio projects, there are such teams as Polkadot, Maverick Protocol, IoTex, Algorand, Coinweb, Galxe, Secret Network, Orchid, Router Protocol, Gunzilla Games, Zebec Protocol, Web3Go, Ava Labs, 0xboost, Parallel Finance, and many other prominent members of the Web3.
So, based on our research, it’d be fair to declare that for any bright-eyed founder with a compelling blockchain idea seeking early-stage support, Shima Capital is a good partner to turn their vision into reality.

Here is the current balance of interests in the Shima portfolio.

  • Total number of investments: 161
  • GameFi: 37.8%
  • DeFi: 24.4%
  • Blockchain Service: 19.1%
  • Blockchain Infrastructure: 7%
  • NFT: 5.2%
  • Social: 3.5%
  • Other: 1.3%
  • CeFi: 1.3%
  • Stablecoin: 0.4%

Shima Capital - Indusries

Shima Capital Team

Hazel Chen
Hazel Chen
Chief of Staff and Head of Platform
Brandon Stahl
Brandon Stahl
Yida Gao
Yida Gao
Managing General Partner
Carl Hua
Carl Hua
Alex Lin
Alex Lin
Head of Research
Cory A. Ross
Cory A. Ross
Head of Marketing and Communication

Shima Capital News

Shima Capital – Investments

Project Score Date Price Status Industry
BitsCrunch logoBitsCrunch
N/A Past
DexGuru logoDexGuru
N/A Past
Saakuru Protocol Animated logoSaakuru
$0.023 Upcoming

Shima Capital – Co-investors

Fund Score Type Project Support Social Influence Co-investments
Hashkey Capital logoHashKey Capital High Venture High Medium
Genblock Capital logoGenblock Capital N/A Venture N/A N/A
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