Sam Cassatt, once the Chief Strategy Officer of ConsenSys, is now leaving the company to create his own venture fund called Aligned Capital. According to a blog post from Cassatt himself, the goal is for his company to “anticipate civilization-scale, evolutionary changes in human behavior, and to invest in their core technologies.”
He goes on, stating that as of now, only 1 in 5 people “believe the system is working” in their favor. Essentially, many people don’t trust the way the world works right now, and Aligned Capital is meant to help change that mindset by funding new technologies that can do so – and ones that are utilizing blockchain technology in that respect. In Cassatt’s words:
“True to its name, Aligned Capital seeks to align capital with stepwise changes in human behavior that solve civilization-scale problems with high leverage, where energy is clearly pent up due to a mismatch between people and their institutions. I hope it is also aligned with you. And I hope others who are similarly inspired will join me in this endeavor.”
Continuing the post, Cassatt claims that people believe the system is against them in three key areas: The Global Financial System, Physical and Mental Health, and Artificial Intelligence and Human Beings.
Solving the world’s biggest problems
The first one is already being tackled by blockchain technology across the board. Projects like Bitcoin, Monero, and others are looking to be the solution to our current financial crisis.
The second has seen much more awareness since the rise of social media, with more and more people speaking about their struggle. Ideally, Aligned Capital would help mental health spaces improve their offerings and services with the decentralized distributed ledger.
Finally, the third is relevant to the world suffering from the spread of fake news, censorship, and deepfakes. Blockchain would help bring validity to content online and users would be able to see where it comes from and if they can trust it.