Hiking trips, plan Bs, and finding the human behind the tech: how Consensys Ventures’ chief seeks out her next success ​ | New crypto exchange looks to lure traders with Tether futures

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“A tech nerd doesn’t automatically make a CEO – but they can, and you have to find that out” — Kavita Gupta, Managing Partner ConsenSys Ventures

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For a woman running one of crypto’s biggest powerhouses, Kavita Gupta makes her job sound surprisingly straightforward.

“I invest in people. I invest in their minds.”

This is the philosophy driving Consensys Ventures, the arm of Consensys which invests in blockchain and crypto companies. Still, simple as Gupta’s dogma may be, prospective beneficiaries hoping to impress her have their work cut out for them – having to pass a bespoke character analysis.

“You’ve got to really get to know [the founders],” Gupta tells The Block during an interview in London. “A tech nerd doesn’t automatically make a CEO – but they can, and you have to find that out.” 

To cut through the BS, Gupta prefers to get potential business partners outside of the boardroom – often, involving a hiking trip – apparently a common practice for investors in her local San Francisco. 

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