I’m incredibly excited to be joining Dan Morehead, Joey Krug, Paul Veradittakit, and the rest of the Pantera team to help build out the longest-standing and most established investment firm in the cryptocurrency space. With a background in both quantitative finance and public equities growth investing, I’ll be working on early-stage investments and liquid token strategies.
“Why buy stocks when it’s more interesting, fun, and rewarding to invest in crypto?” is the question I asked my classmates at Imperial College London in a workshop I hosted on crypto investing in 2016, a year after a friend at MIT had convinced me to buy my first Ether. “I don’t understand it”, was the most common response, “I just took a class on tulips”, coming in a close second. Five years later, constrained by the compliance policies of a traditional long/short public equities firm, I began asking myself the same question, encountering few stronger arguments than those I’d met as a sophomore.
The rabbit hole beckoned, and it wasn’t long before I came across Pantera, the oldest and, to my eye, most established firm in the space. As I got to know Dan, Joey, Paul, and the rest of the team, it quickly became clear why. The Pantera team is made up of the most diverse set of experienced financiers, engineers, and entrepreneurs I have ever encountered, with a network I still can’t quite wrap my head around. I cannot think of a better place to be supporting and stewarding the growth of the next iteration of money, work, and the internet.
I am joining Pantera with a passion for the technology underpinning the Web3 revolution. My academic background in mechanical engineering and mathematical finance is rooted in a lifelong passion for understanding and building innovative systems that improve on the status quo; marrying that with my professional experience in growth investing, I can’t wait to continue to contribute to an ecosystem that represents the most exciting leap forward in human innovation in my lifetime.
To start with, I’ll be focusing on DeFi, Web3 infrastructure, dev tooling, and consumer investments, but I’m keen to hear from any experts or anyone building, or thinking about building, in the space. So if you love to build things, then wherever you are in your Web3 journey, I’d love to learn more about you, your project, and story. You can reach me at wreid[at]panteracapital.com
As a final note, I’d like to thank Nader Al-Naji of DeSo for supporting my journey into Web3 and connecting me with the Pantera team.