Alyse Killeen, Managing Partner of StillMark Co. and StillMark Capital, is a venture capitalist with seed stage to pre-IPO investment experience in infrastructure, enterprise, and consumer technologies, and one of the very first traditional venture capitalists to participate as an investor and advisor in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems – as early as 2013. Alyse was one of the initial few VCs to delve into token incentivized software-based networks and token sales (also known as ICOs or TGEs) in 2013, and an Advisory Board Chairperson to one of the very first companies ever to host such a token distribution. Prior to StillMark, Alyse was an investor with two of Los Angeles’ largest and most esteemed venture capital firms.
Alyse has presented internationally for groups including International Monetary Fund, Channel NewsAsia, California Institute of Technology, and Singapore Management University, and has spoken at events including TechCrunch Disrupt (Beijing), Upfront Summit (Los Angeles), 500 Startups PreMoney Conference (SF), and multiple 500 Startups Unity & Inclusion Summits. She has been featured in publications and broadcasts including Forbes, Business Insider, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Bloomberg TV, and has authored two academic chapters, one in award-winning Handbook of Digital Currency (2015), “The Confluence of Bitcoin and the Global Sharing Economy”, and one in Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion (2017), “Global Financial Institutions 2.0”, a collaboration with coauthor Dr. R. Chan of World Bank.
In 2015, UN Foundation named her a Top 70 Bay Area Digital Leader, and in 2016, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), a university under the ambit of Singapore’s Ministry of Education, appointed Alyse a Fintech Fellow. In 2017, International Business Times (IBT) recognized Alyse’s contribution to the development of the blockchain ecosystem by including her in the 4th position of IBT’s “VCs Powering the Blockchain Boom” List, following Tim Draper, Mark Cuban, and Naval Ravikant of AngelList. Now in 2018, Alyse is featured in Upfront Venture’s five-part video series on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, and in the forthcoming, preeminent documentary on Bitcoin, BIT X BIT: In Bitcoin We Trust.
To give back to the startup community, Alyse volunteers as a Mentor at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator and Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley, as a Mentor at XRC Labs, an NYC-based accelerator, and as a member of New York Fashion Tech Lab’s Expert Network, a nonprofit program for top-tier women-led tech companies.
Today at StillMark, Alyse Killeen’s investment practice focuses on global innovation in the finance, healthcare, and marketplace arenas, especially where these fields intersect with advancements in data science and distributed network technologies, or are progressed by blockchain protocols, infrastructure, middleware, or second layer solutions. She continues to advise investment groups and executives in enterprise and consumer technologies and applications broadly, and holds Advisory Board seats at several cutting-edge startups