MoneyNeverSleeps: Techstars Web3 Accelerator Class of 2023

This episode of MoneyNeverSleeps features a rundown of the 12 web3 founding teams that form the Techstars Web3 class of 2023, along with an intro to each of their CEOs.

Builders gotta build, and build better.

That was the Techstars Web3 rallying cry when Pete Townsend and Hugh McGirr opened up applications for the Techstars Web3 2023 cohort in November 2022, as finding those building for the long-term – rather than chasing token markets – was the priority.

Each one of these 12 founding teams embody web3 in their own way, whether they’re building web3 companies, communities, or economies. Techstars found these founding teams all over the world from Taiwan to the West Coast of the US, and they’re building web3 infrastructure, ‘DeFi Mullets’, DAO tooling, and creator ecosystems.

Meet the companies:

TrustWare – Secure, recoverable, non-custodial crypto vault that connects users in a social network for sharing value. Founder location: USA | Featured CEO: Jesse Phillips

TogetherCrew – Some web3 communities fall apart under pressure, others come together stronger. TogetherCrew exists to help build and grow communities by ensuring members and stakeholders create together. Founder locations: Spain, India & UK | Featured CEO: Katerina Bohle Carbonell

SonX – Community platform that allows superfans to subscribe to their favourite musicians via a monthly membership fee unlocking fan-only ticketing, exclusive audio content, and digital and physical collectibles. Founder location: UK | Featured CEO:  Lee Gray

SaveChain – The borderless banking app. Self-custody ‘stablecoin-only’ wallet with banking interface for the global underbanked, with the option to open an FDIC-insured bank account for non-US residents. Metamask meets Revolut. Founder location: USA | Featured CEO:  Igor Khmel

Quest – Data infrastructure enabling organizations to leverage user data in a privacy-preserving manner to unlock powerful user experiences. Founder location: USA | Featured CEO:  Deb Pratiher

Protico – Enabling web3 chat on apps in seconds for enterprises that want to migrate business and engage customers at the web3 level. Founder location: Taiwan | Featured CEO: Howie Young

Peerkat – Taking the pain out of web3 for users, developers, and brands by using deep data science to provide unique insights into digital collectibles. Founder locations: UK | Featured CEO:  Greg Hannam

Ospree – Digital asset compliance infrastructure for centralized and decentralized entities. Founder locations: Singapore & USA | Featured CEO: Javier Tamashiro

OLTA – For creative coders, directors, and studio teams who make interactive art that audiences can explore and participate in, Olta brings the essence of change and ownership to art and story. Founder location: UK | Featured CEO: Terrence Reilly

MintyCode – Decentralised IP marketplace, helping software creators who contribute to open source, by protecting their copyright and opening up new monetisation strategies. Founder location: UK | Featured CEO:  Tatiana Botskina

Loki.code – For anyone lacking the technical capacity to build smart contracts, Loki.code provides a workspace where users can create smart contracts safely and easily by dragging, dropping, and connecting code blocks and using ready-to-deploy smart contract templates. Founder locations: Italy, UK, USA & Brazil | Featured CEO:  Federico Panisi

JR Studio – Gaming backend as a service platform giving indie developers and small teams the superpowers to manage multiplayer, web3 gaming, data, analytics, and operations. Founder locations: Netherlands, Brazil & USA | Featured CEO: Neal Peters


Learn more about the Techstars Web3 Class of 2023 and connect with each team here

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Episode title inspired by World Class by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa

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