How Tokenization is Transforming Venture Capital

Published on
February 15th, 2021
50 minutes

How Tokenization is Transforming Venture Capital

The Interview - Crypto ·
Featuring Jill Carlson and Ash Bennington

Published on: February 15th, 2021 • Duration: 50 minutes

Jill Carlson, principal at Slow Ventures, joins Ash Bennington, Real Vision senior editor, to discuss tokenization, venture capital, and the impacts of increased access to investments for the average person. Carlson explains that tokenization of investments has changed the structure of venture capital investments. Tokenization of assets allows for earlier liquidity of investments, dramatically decreasing the normal multi-year holding times for venture capital, which no longer requires them to wait for projects to go public. She points out that the recent Gamestop and WallStreetBets situation is a sign of increased access to investments by the average person, explaining that the growing number of retail investors has created a movement for individuals fighting to be able to use the same financialization and leverage techniques that Wall Street has. She compares this movement to Occupy Wall Street, stating that instead of wanting Wall Street to stop these activities, they are advocating for access to these techniques for everyone, not just “suits.” Filmed on February 1, 2021.

Key Learnings: Crypto is changing venture capital investing by dramatically reducing time to liquidity, completely altering the risk dynamics of the investment class. The rise of the retail investor will change the investment landscape as a whole, and the recent WallStreetBets movement seems to be fighting for equality for the “little guy” in the investment arena.



  • DW
    Derek W.
    16 February 2021 @ 01:43
    Did we watch Ash fall in love?
    • MP
      Matthew P.
      18 February 2021 @ 17:58
      Not sure if he's over Lilly yet! lol
  • SB
    Steve B.
    15 February 2021 @ 23:14
    I thought the interview had good perspective. Even if I don't understand the the the concept of the non fungible tokens, I enjoy hearing perspective from Jill's viewpoint. Thank you Ash for this.
    • AB
      Ash B. | Real Vision
      16 February 2021 @ 17:22
      Funny you should mention that, Steve. We're talking about doing more content around NFTs at RV. Thanks for the comment!
    • MP
      Matthew P.
      18 February 2021 @ 14:32
      Yes Jill helped giving real context! Thats how we learn! NFT is a tough concept and look forward to more educational vids. Loving Investor Tuts as an essential member and education what i hope for from the tier i truly can afford. After being here a year i've learned alot but 90% is way over my head.
  • EO
    Erik O.
    18 February 2021 @ 08:13
    Great interview with knowledgeable insight and interesting perspectives from Jill Carlson. However, When I read the Title, I had hoped the interview had stayed a bit more on topic about Tokenization, especially legal aspects of such. I felt the interview went 50% into political aspects in the US and changes of democratization of Wall street etc. The Topic of Tokenization of assets such as NFT's and then real physical assets such as Real Estate (buildings and land) is massive and the future of crypto. However, having seen several interviews on this channel and others about Tokenization, there are still basic yet fundamental questions noone seem to address such as the legal aspects of ownership when Tokenizing. For example: who really owns the deeds of a real estate and shares of a company when tokenizing? Who controls the company from selling shares as well as Tokens and then who controls issuance of more tokens etc? I understand the whole idea of Crypto is decentralization and community control, however the legal questions still needs to be solved. Would really look forward to an interview where these questions are raised and discussed as the answers to these questions are fundamental for the Tokenization industry to move forward.
  • JL
    JAMES L.
    16 February 2021 @ 17:20
    Beautiful mind
  • tc
    thomas c.
    16 February 2021 @ 16:16
    So she is saying WSB and others want to do what WS does to make money, have the same access. Great so all the things WS did that blew up the economy of the world and caused incredible grief to millions should be available to everyone. Is this where DeFi is going? Rebalancing power alone isn't a solution. Rebalancing risk and more sane, intelligent use of money to create a really prosperous economy would be a real solution. Yes it is nice that people who have a little money can get access to good investments rather than suffer income suppression at the hands of the established financial institutions. I think Defi and tokenization pave the way for that.
  • GC
    Guek C.
    16 February 2021 @ 14:14
    I like her sympatico, how although she's doing okay she's aware of the despair of people on Main Street
  • ds
    durgesh s.
    16 February 2021 @ 06:42
    The Transcript for downloading is having some other pdf pl check and replace
  • SM
    Sean M.
    16 February 2021 @ 02:39
    Wow! I am so impressed with Jill's Vision and understanding of the Dark Money/Crypto Markets. I am going have my 25yr.old and 26 yr. old daughters watch this interview. Thanks for bring her on your show.
  • MR
    Michael R.
    16 February 2021 @ 01:26
    Jill is awesome. Such sharp perspective.
  • MS
    Martin S.
    15 February 2021 @ 22:50
    One of the most impressive guests I’ve personally seen on the platform. Very sharp, I enjoyed the interview.
  • HH
    Ho H.
    15 February 2021 @ 20:04
    I love the quote! lol
  • DL
    Diana L.
    15 February 2021 @ 18:26
    Great interview, thanks!
  • TP
    Timothy P.
    15 February 2021 @ 18:23
    Politically naive, thinks centralized solutions are better. What a jewel of a video.
  • rp
    ravi p.
    15 February 2021 @ 16:30
    young, insightful articulate.
  • JP
    John P.
    15 February 2021 @ 15:01
    Good stuff. Another sub 35 year old ago says the newest filler phrases: “sort of” and “kind of”
  • ML
    Michael L.
    15 February 2021 @ 11:13
    Thanks for this conversation. Ms. Carlson is a refreshing and sage voice--with the credibility of traditional finance and enlightened advocacy of the new frontier. Calling out the hypocrisy of Wall Street increasingly crying-foul as its monopoly on access becomes threatened...Bravo!