Team

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Ayesha Kiani

VP of Business Development

Experienced Business Development, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Capital Professional.

Previously Managing Director for Republic Crypto where she led $10M+ fundraising efforts.

Faculty Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Investor Board Member at Ventures for America, and Venture Partner at NextGen Ventures.

J.D. from NYU Law. Previously lawyer for Skadden Arps.

DR. Chris Pei

Head of Quantitative Strategies

Deep experience developing quantitative strategies for traditional and digital asset markets. Most recently, Chris served as CIO for a quantitative digital asset investment firm.

Previously, Chris worked in senior capital markets positions at Cantor Fitzgerald and Oppenheimer & Co.

Ph.D in Astrophysics from Ohio State University, M.S. in Financial Mathematics from University of Chicago.

Daqing Su

Portfolio Manager & Quantitative Software Developer

20+ years of developing quantitative financial software at firms such as Virtu Financial, Altonomy, and Bloomberg.

Most recently, Daqing was the tech lead for building out a full scale DeFi trading platform at a quantitative digital asset investment firm.

B.A. from Tsinghua University in China, M.B.A and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne.

Edward SImeniger

Quantitative Software Developer

Edward is a quantitative software engineer with several years of experience at derivatives firms such as Panorama Partners.

He has primarily handled automation and data management, with more recent involvement in modeling and strategies.

B.S. in Computer Science and a Minor in Music Engineering from Tufts University.

Joel John

Principal - DeFi and VC Investing

8+ years experience in digital assets. He has explored the use of Bitcoin for creating remittance networks, gaming economies, and the use of tokens for financial inclusion

Previously a venture analyst at Outlier Ventures, participating in 60+ deals and advisor to several projects.

Joel's research has been cited by numerous policy think tanks and industry forums. He publishes a newsletter at Decentralised.co.

Dr. Johannes Van Zeijts

Chief Technology Officer

15+ years of experience as a quantitative Portfolio Manager and software developer (Quantbot, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch).

Previously was a founding partner of Sibyl Trading. Worked at several large national accelerator laboratories before making the move to Wall Street.

Ph.D in Theoretical Physics from Twente University in the Netherlands.

DR. Kibeom Seong

Portfolio Manager - HFT Strategies

10 years of experience developing HFT systems and quantitative strategies (Tower Research Capital and Goldman Sachs).

Previous digital asset hedge fund Co- Founder in South Korea focused on high frequency trading and market- making.

Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Nikhil Talwar

Portfolio Manager - Volatility Trading

10+ years of experience managing and trading volatility at quantitative proprietary trading firms.

Previously, Nikhil traded across multiple asset classes and products including US Index and ETFs, Energy, and Metals.

M.S. in Data Science from Northwestern University.

Samneet Chepal

Quantitative Analyst

Samneet Chepal has spent the past two years focused exclusively on quantitative cryptocurrency research using a variety of statistical modeling tools.

He has a keen interest in the evolution of the cryptocurrency derivatives market and actively engages with new projects in the space.

MS of Data Science from the University of British Columbia and passed all three levels of the CFA program.

Shiliang Tang

Chief Investment Officer

10+ years developing and trading derivatives and quantitative strategies (UBS, Bank of America).

Seasoned startup founder and Fintech executive who was previously Cofounder and COO of WorldCover, a global Insurtech startup backed by prominent venture capital investors.

B.S. from MIT. Completed both the CFA and CAIA programs.

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