Anand Venkateswaran, aka Twobadour, co-founder of Metapurse
Anand Venkateswaran, aka Twobadour, is the co-founder of the world’s largest NFT fund, Metapurse. The fund bought the $69 million NFT by Beeple and claims to spend around $250,000 a week on NFTs. Venkateswaran shares his digital art investment strategy and tips for building crypto wealth. See more stories on Insider’s business page.
When the global pandemic upended how society approaches work, some individuals were able to sit back and evaluate what matters most to them and how they would approach their future careers.
For Anand Venkateswaran, also known as Twobadour, he decided to take a leap of faith into the world of crypto.
Over the course of a year, Venkateswaran went from fintech journalist to becoming a digital art maven that oversees the world’s largest non-fungible token fund, Metapurse.
Why did he make the shift? “I guess one fine day I decided to get paid for work,” Venkateswaran said, jokingly.
Journey from journalism to crypto
Venkateswaran met fellow Metapurse co-founder Vignesh Sundaresan (Metakovan) back in 2013 in his capacity as journalist.
The two kept in touch and by 2017, Sundaresan had a number of crypto enterprises under his belt, while Venkateswaran was just starting to dip his toes into the world of crypto by writing about decentralized finance.
When the pandemic hit, Venkateswaran was ready to get some skin in the game.
“I spent my entire life looking at art from a distance, not understanding much, or not trying to understand much,” Venkateswaran said. “… but then the catalyst in me trying to engage with art happened because of the NFT space.”
An NFT is a cryptographic token that exists on the blockchain and can represent items, such as art, music and real estate. Each token represents a unique digital item and can’t be exchanged for another, the way a cryptocurrency can.
“ that’s when it started to come together, Metakovan’s thesis about NFTs and mine