When the first two crypto hedge funds came on the scene in December 2017 the entire market and industry was in a completely different place. Bitcoin was trading in five figures and on a seemingly unstoppable upward surge so shorting it, as these funds allowed for the first time ever, was the better bet.
Just over a year later the scene is completely different and crypto markets appear to be a desolate wasteland with Bitcoin eyeing further losses below $3,000. Shorting long term is less than appealing so the only place to go for venture capitalists is long on Bitcoin and crypto. Hedge funds investing in crypto now are starting to look more like VCs as the ICO market dissolves into a different form of investment.