Collecting NFT Art: From Beeple to CryptoPunks
Date: 2 October Saturday
Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm HKT/ 1:30pm - 2:30pm IST
Venue: DAFA Seminar Area, 1F Asia Standard Tower
Format: Seminar/ Webinar
Speakers: Max Moore, Marco Lim, Jehan Chu, James Near, Twobadour
Moderator: Helen So
NFT fueled crypto art is paving a new way of collecting. From record-breaking Beeple works, to CryptoPunk, one of the first non-fungible tokens (NFT) on the Ethereum blockchain. Decentralized collectible marketplaces have existed since CryptoKitties in 2017, with the growing awareness of NFTs among artists and collectors, how is it shaping the way we collect, and what does it tell us about the future of the art market?
Director, Head of Contemporary Art Auctions
Max Moore recently joined Sotheby’s Hong Kong as Director, Head of Contemporary Auctions for Sotheby’s Asia. Before Hong Kong, Max lead Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction in New York. In July, Max was named Co-Head of Digital Art Auctions for Sotheby’s Worldwide. Since April of 2021, Max has notably spearheaded Pak’s Fungible Collection, Natively Digital and most recently Ape In! the BAYC auction.
Founder & Managing Partner, Kenetic
Jehan Chu is co-Founder and Managing Partner at Kenetic, a blockchain Venture Capital and cryptocurrency trading firm based in Hong Kong. A former front-end developer, he started investing in cryptocurrency in 2013 and has invested and supported over 100 projects. Jehan founded the Ethereum HK community (2014), co-Founded the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (2014) and founded the Hyperledger HK community (2016).
Jehan serves as co-Chairman of the Hong Kong Fintech Association Blockchain Committee, is enrolled in the Kauffman Fellows Program, is a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science and member of the Global Patrons Board of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He also sits on the Board of Para Site Art Space and is co-Founder and Board member of Social Alpha Foundation, a blockchain/social impact non-profit. Jehan holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and MA from Hong Kong University.
Managing Partner, MaiCapital
Marco Lim, Managing Partner of MaiCapital, has over 14 years of experience overseeing electronic sales and trading operations in institutional fixed income, commodities, currencies with major financial institutions. Prior to joining MaiCapital, a Hong Kong licensed blockchain-focused asset manager, he was the Head of North Asia Fixed Income, Commodities, Currencies electronic distribution for Goldman Sachs Asia LLC. Mr. Lim also the co-fund manager for Blockchain Opportunity Fund and the fund manager for the Bitcoin Plus Investment Fund.
Twobadour is a former journalist and GTM strategist in financial technology. Currently Steward of Metapurse, the world’s largest NFT fund estimated to be worth $189 million, which owns the $69 million Beeple piece titled Everydays: the First 5000 Days.
Co-Founder, Digital Art Fair Asia
James Neary is Co-founder of Digital Art Fair Asia. An avid art collector for over 20 years, some of his collection includes Banksy, Andy Warhol, Yang Yongliang, Refik Anadol and other digital and new media artists. He is fascinated by generative and immersive art and the future they foreshadow. With a background in finance, he is an angel investor in crypto and also co-founded some of the biggest Art Tours in the world.
Arts Innovation Lead, Our Hong Kong Foundation
Helen So leads the Arts Innovation team in policy research and advocacy at Our Hong Kong Foundation, the largest public policy thinktank in Hong Kong. Helen’s public service includes various advisory roles appointed by the Hong Kong Government: she currently serves as Member of the Advisory Committee on Arts Development, and Member of the Museum Advisory Committee. She is also Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum Board under the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Her team’s latest policy recommendation proposal on the topic of Arts Tech was Hong Kong’s first-of-the-kind to actively call to action the arts and technology sectors to work together.