Through investment, expertise, and network engagement, CoinFund is actively shaping the future of decentralization technology
CoinFund is a cryptoasset-focused investment and research firm founded in 2015 and based in Brooklyn, New York. We have supported the development of the blockchain space from the inception of the first decentralized networks.
CoinFund is a highly multidisciplinary team bringing together engineering, mathematics, financial analysis, social science, and product expertise in blockchain.
CoinFund directly engages with decentralized networks and contributes support to companies designing blockchain protocols and applications. We provide network services, team time, and resources to our portfolio companies.
Jake is Managing Director & CEO at CoinFund. He has a decade of experience spanning pure and financial technology, quantitative research, technology market research, and blockchain. Previously, Jake was Partner & CTO at Triton Research, a technical product manager and engineer at Amazon.com, and spent five years as a financial technologist at Highbridge Capital Management and as a quantitative researcher at Kohera. He studied pure mathematics and computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and the honors program at Rutgers University.
Jake's focus is a specialization in all technical, financial, and sociological aspects of blockchain and decentralization technology. Observing the development of blockchain technology since 2011, Jake has worked as an advisor to companies like Kik Interactive and YouNow, the first major VC-backed technology companies to take on blockchain-based business models, as well as decentralization-focused projects like Decentraland, Aragon, and Cent.
Alex is Co-Founder and Managing Director at CoinFund. He is a multidisciplinary thinker with a special interest in social and technological innovation. He has 13 years of experience in developing pricing, risk management, and high-frequency trading software at Goldman Sachs. Holding a dual degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from New York University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon, Alex bridges technological insight with social science and psychology.
Alex is Managing Director and CIO at CoinFund. He leads investments and spends a majority of his time researching new projects and evaluating decentralized business models and token economics. He has 10 years of financial services experience including underwriting, research, and investing. Most recently, he arranged deals for American Capital, a private equity firm based in New York. Previously, he held roles at BofA Merrill Lynch, RBS and Guggenheim Partners. He is an active technology angel investor and has been covering the blockchain space since 2013. Alex has a degree in Economics and Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and is a former world-class ski racer.
Oleg is Managing Director, COO, and General Counsel of CoinFund. Oleg applies his legal, technical, and entrepreneurial experience to all of CoinFund's endeavors with a focus on investments and compliance. Prior to CoinFund, his diverse practice ranged from private equity transactions at Kirkland & Ellis to advising early stage tech companies. Oleg worked as a software engineer at Computer Associates before his legal career and has continued to program as a start-up founder. He holds a law degree from NYU School of Law and a degree in Computer Science from Binghamton University.
Devin is focused on blockchain research, due diligence, and fund strategy.
Prior to joining CoinFund, Devin completed her MBA in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation track at MIT Sloan, where she studied methods for developing and scaling disruptive technologies and business models. While in school she was a Co-Managing Director for the MIT Fintech Conference, a Teaching Assistant in the Entrepreneurship program, a project manager for the Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) at the MIT Media Lab, and a Strategy & Operations intern for uPort (a ConsenSys company).
Prior to Sloan, she worked as a product and technical project manager at BlackRock. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics in 2011.
Ryan focuses on high-level research and constructing investment strategies.
Prior to joining CoinFund, Ryan completed his M.S. in Financial Math from MIT, where he also conducted research on crypto asset-class economics with the MIT Digital Currency Initiative. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern University.
Jason is focused on participation in decentralized blockchain networks and maintaining reliability of internal systems.
Prior to joining CoinFund, Jason was an early stage employee at a number of NYC technology startups. He has a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
Olga is focused on day to day operations, community management, and assisting the team in client-facing and internal initiatives.
Olga has a B.S. in Applied Psychology from NYU and previously had a successful career in gymnastics as an Olympic alternate and a U.S. and Pan American Champion. In the last few years, she has gained management experience running her own company.
Brian leads the due diligence of and strategic investment into the key financial infrastructure stack that will help enable the broad adoption of decentralized products and financial services.
Prior to joining CoinFund, Brian founded BXV Capital, an independent investment and advisory firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Crestwood Capital Management, leading global long/short investments in software and payments. Brian was also a Founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Value Capital, a concentrated long-biased equity hedge fund formed in partnership with The Parthenon Group, a leading strategic advisory firm. He began his career as a strategy consultant for The Parthenon Group and a founding member of the firm's Private Equity Practice.
He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Williams College.
David has been a Partner at Venrock since 2008 and focuses on early stage consumer and enterprise internet companies. Before Venrock, he spent 12 years as an internet entrepreneur. David was the CEO of eMusic, the world's leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. Prior to joining eMusic, David co-founded Myplay in 1999 in Redwood City, CA, which introduced the "digital music locker" and pioneered the locker category. In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann's ecommerce Group. Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple's Music Group and worked at Apple for five years.
David is a graduate and a former Overseer of University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science where he received a BSE in Computer Science Engineering. He serves on the Board of Part Of The Solution in The Bronx, loves tennis, and plays drums. In 2017, David was named one of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights.
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