Tom Garrambone is a Founding Partner of Tetras Capital. Tetras Capital is a New York City based hedge fund focused on blockchain and crypto assets. Tom started his career in the Financial Sponsors Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank where he worked on leverage buyouts, acquisitions, and financings of mature SaaS, datacenters, e-wallet, and security companies. At Deutsche Bank he worked on some of the largest leverage buyouts, including Protection 1’s acquisition of ADT Corporation. Tom graduated with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Control Systems from Duke University.
Johnny is a systems architect who prioritizes resilience under adversarial conditions, and solves problems where others have given up. He was employee #1 @ Pantera Capital – where he built numerous investment theses resulting in over $1B AUM, in addition to overseeing a Venture Capital arm (most notable investment was Korbit, which recently exited for ~$160m). He was also employee #1 @ Blockstream where he architected the recently announced data feed with ICE (NYSE parent). Johnny is also a Bitcoin Core contributor and is the primary author of the Strong Federations paper.
Rene is a Senior Advisor at BlockFi, a startup that makes loans against crypto. At BlockFi, Rene helps design and manage the company’s pricing, collateral management and liquidation models. Since 2004, Rene was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he most recently was a Managing Director in Equity Markets. During his time there, he built the equity structured lending platform, including risk and regulatory compliance frameworks. Prior to BAML, Rene worked as an equity derivatives trader in Caxton’s Strategic Quantitative Investment Division. He has an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and Columbia Business School. Rene also holds an MSc in Computer Science from Leiden University, Netherlands. Rene is passionate about computer programming, particularly machine learning and Blockchain technology.
Scott represents both privately and publicly held companies in a wide variety of corporate matters including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, business reorganizations, capital markets and joint-venture transactions. Scott has extensive transaction experience in the following sectors: technology & e-commerce, financial services, life science & medical devices, music and music publishing, advertising, real estate, cannabis and aviation & aerospace. Scott also advises investment funds in connection with portfolio investments and realization events, and merchant banks and private equity investors in connection with buy-out transactions. Notable investment fund representations include Global Healthcare Partners, Edison Ventures, King Street Capital and Osage Venture Partners. Scott’s experience also extends to corporate restructuring transactions, in connection with which he represents secured and unsecured creditors, investors, company executives and board members in restructuring and reorganization proceedings, as well as purchasers of assets of distressed companies. Prior to joining the firm as a member in 1999, Scott practiced with Covington & Burling (formerly Howard, Darby & Levin) focusing on general corporate and transactional work, following an internship at the New York office of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s enforcement division. Scott has lectured on corporate law with the New York City Bar Association CLE Program.
Trident Trust is a leading independent corporate, fiduciary and fund administrator, employing nearly 800 staff across a global footprint that spans Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. We provide a comprehensive range of services to almost 500 hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds, with AUM in excess of $35bn. Our clients range from multi-billion dollar funds to mid-market and next generation managers. Our truly global reach, with a physical presence in the world’s major financial centres and a range of major fund domiciles, enables us to consistently meet the needs of our clients and their investors, wherever they may be. David has 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector having held multiple roles in Accounting, Operations and Relationship Management. He holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. David focuses on supporting and growing relationships with our investment fund clients.
Cristina Dolan is Co-Founder and COO of iXLedger, an MIT Media Lab alumna and Internet pioneer with over two decades of experience building software, Internet, AI and FinTech related businesses. She was a co-founder of OneMain.com, which grew to be the 10th largest ISP after a successful IPO (Acquired by Earthlink). Formerly, Ms. Dolan held executive roles Disney, Hearst, IBM and Oracle. She is a member of Forbes Technology Council and the Vice Chair and former Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum in New York, where she hosted several blockchain and fintech events with industry leaders. The award-winning student competition she founded, Dream it. Code it. Win it., was the subject of her TEDx Talk, Just Solve It. She earned a Master’s Degree from the MIT Media Lab and holds a Master of Computer Science and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Computer Science, Data Communications and Business.
Flori is the Co-Founder and the VP of Operations at BlockFi, where she manages legal, underwriting, loan servicing and people operations. Flori has spent her career managing alternative lending products. In the marketplace lending industry, she helped scale and optimize a $125MM portfolio for Bond Street (acquired by Goldman Sachs). As Head of Portfolio Management, Flori managed all operations from point of origination through to default and litigation. Prior to Bond Street, Flori helped develop and maintain institutional partnerships at Oak Hill Advisors, a $30B fixed income asset manager. Flori graduated from Cornell University majoring in pre-law with a minor in economics. BlockFi’s mission is to provide liquidity, transparency and efficiency to digital financial markets by creating products that meet the needs of consumers and corporations across the globe. We build bridges between traditional finance and digital markets that enable growth for all participants. Our first product is secured loans collateralized by digital assets (Bitcoin and Ether). Clients can access liquidity in the form of a loan in fiat currency by putting up their digital assets as collateral. Leveraging a sophisticated infrastructure that integrates multiple blockchains, we plan to expand our product set based on our retail and institutional client’s needs. In December 2017, BlockFi brought on ConsenSys Ventures to lead its Seed Round, which recently closed at $1.5MM.
Meltem is Vice President of Development at Digital Currency Group (DCG), a firm that builds, buys, and supports digital currency and blockchain technology companies by leveraging its insights, network, and access to capital. In her role, Meltem leads the team that drives strategy and growth across DCG’s multiple lines of business. In her role, Meltem manages DCG’s investment portfolio of 110 companies across 30 countries, advises companies on their growth strategy, and connects stakeholders across the DCG network to leverage DCG’s social, human, and financial capital to build long-term enterprise value. She spends much of her time working with corporate boards, family offices, venture firms, institutions, regulators, and other policy stakeholders across the world advocating for new approaches to managing digital currency and blockchain technology adoption and investing. Meltem holds a BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She helped create the MIT “Future of Commerce” online course, the Oxford Saïd Business School Blockchain Strategy Program, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council. She also invests in digital currencies and startups via her own fund, Athena Capital Management, and leads a number of industry initiatives focused on market infrastructure and portfolio management practices.
Jeff Wilson is founder at the award-winning micro housing company Kasita. Named one of Inc’s 25 most disruptive companies in the World in 2017, Kasita homes are 400 sq. ft., incredibly smart, affordable and beautifully designed. Formerly, Dr. Wilson was a Professor and Dean also known as ‘Professor Dumpster’. He lived in a 33 sq. ft. modified trash dumpster for a year as part of a minimalist living and housing experiment. Wilson has authored dozens of scientific articles, was named the University of Texas System’s top assistant professor, and did his post-doctoral work at Harvard. Wilson’s work on sustainability, minimalism, and social experimentation has been featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, NY Times, and The Washington Post. Beyond startups and dumpster diving, Professor Dumpster enjoys traveling – in another experiment he took a girl he met online for a whirlwind date across seven countries in 21 days – with only the clothes on his and her backs (a book and soon to be a movie). Wilson regularly speaks at conferences and private events on innovation, sustainability and minimalism. He also acts as an advisor to startups.
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