The Team | Pantera

The Pantera team

Pantera’s competitive edge is built on thought leadership, technical talent, and years of investing exclusively in blockchain assets.

Dan founded Pantera Capital Management in 2003, managing over $1 billion of institutional investor assets in its global macro strategy. He previously served as Head of Macro Trading and CFO at Tiger Management with Julian Robertson. Dan began his career at Goldman Sachs as their first Asset-Backed Securities Trader. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize for his thesis.

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Dan Morehead
Founder, Managing Partner

Paul is a Managing Partner at Pantera Capital and focuses on both the venture capital and hedge funds. Paul leads and oversees the investment team on a day-to-day basis and actively engages with our portfolio companies as a board member (e.g. Alchemy, Pintu, Valr) and advisor. He and his team have executed over 200 blockchain investments and facilitated some of the largest acquisitions in the space. Paul’s prior experience includes working as an associate at Strive Capital, where he focused on investments in the mobile space. He also performed partnerships and growth for Urban Spoils, a daily-deal aggregation startup, and worked with LECG and Hatch Consulting. Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Paul Veradittakit
Managing Partner

Lauren joined Pantera in 2018 where she focuses on venture and early-stage token investments. She started her professional career as a software developer and brings this technical background to her current role as an investing Partner. Lauren holds or has held board positions at 0x, VALR, Pinata, BitOasis, and Staked (since exited). She also has experience in trading, having worked at Bank of America. Lauren graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Computer Science.

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Lauren Stephanian

Franklin focuses on supporting and accelerating the firm’s portfolio companies. He was previously Vice President and Blockchain / Crypto Strategy Lead at J.P. Morgan, as a founding member of the Blockchain Center of Excellence in 2015. He previously launched a blockchain-focused strategy consulting firm, as Founding Partner at Scale8 Partners and Associate Director at Wachsman. Franklin's previous experience includes corporate strategy and development at J.P. Morgan, early-stage investing at ff Venture Capital, and advising founders at Techstars. Franklin graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and concentrations in Finance, Management, and Entrepreneurship.

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Franklin Bi

Matt originally joined Pantera in 2005 as a global macro trader and risk analyst. Prior to rejoining Pantera, he was a portfolio analyst at Aperio Group, a quantitatively-oriented investment firm. He was also an equity trader at LPL Financial Services. Matt earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.

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Matt Gorham, CFA
Chief Operating Officer

Marc is the Chief Financial Officer of Pantera and brings more than two decades of alternatives experience to this role.  Before joining Pantera, Marc had a 13-year tenure at Apollo Global Management, where he held the position of Managing Director in their Credit and Private Equity divisions focused on the launch, development and oversight of various funds and strategic platform Prior to his time at Apollo, Marc served as the controller at Strategic Value Partners, and before that, he held the controller position at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking group. Marc earned a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed CPA in the state of New York.

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Marc Selfon
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Legal Officer at Pantera, Katrina oversees the legal, regulatory and compliance functions of the firm, in addition to human resources. Katrina brings complementary experiences across asset management and crypto roles. She was most recently with Coinbase where she was Director & Associate General Counsel responsible for the team supporting the digital asset and exchange Product teams. She was previously GC & CCO of Capstone Investment Advisors and, prior to that, General Counsel, Corporate and Governance, and Corporate Secretary at Och-Ziff Capital Management. She began her career at Venable LLP, was later Compliance Manager at American Express, and Legal and Compliance Counsel at M.D. Sass. Katrina also sits on the advisory committee of Invest In Girls. Katrina holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a JD with a Certificate in Business Law from Brooklyn Law School.

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Katrina Paglia
Chief Legal Officer

Paul Brodsky is an experienced professional investor in traditional and digital asset markets. Prior to rejoining Pantera in 2023, he oversaw PostModern Partners, an actively managed crypto fund. Before entering the digital asset space at Pantera in 2017, he founded and managed two successful traditional asset hedge funds – Spyglass Capital (MBS derivatives) in 1996 and QB Partners (macro) in 2007. Paul returned capital to Spyglass investors in 2006, prior to the financial crisis, and sold QB to a multi-billion-dollar fund manager in 2013. He began his career as a securities and derivatives trader on Wall Street, having worked at Kidder Peabody and Drexel Burnham Lambert. Paul graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Paul Brodsky

Cosmo oversees our liquid token strategies as Portfolio Manager alongside Dan Morehead. He joined us from Nova River, where he ran a long-biased digital asset fund, underpinned by a fundamental, thesis-driven approach with a multi-year time horizon. He brings over five years of digital asset investing experience and ten years in traditional finance. Prior to launching Nova River, Cosmo was Managing Director at Hitchwood Capital where he was responsible for Consumer and Internet investments. He previously worked at Apollo Global Management in their private equity group and in M&A at Evercore Partners. Cosmo graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics.

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Cosmo Jiang
Portfolio Manager

Dennis joined Pantera in 2018 as the Director of Trading. He previously was a Partner at Cambrian Capital, an investment firm focused on global energy and natural resources sectors, where he led the firm’s trading and operations. Prior to that, Dennis was the Controller at Menta Capital, a quantitatively-oriented investment firm. He also served as a unit manager at State Street, one of the world’s largest asset administrators. Dennis graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Dennis Chou
Director of Trading

Jeff joined Pantera in 2022 and serves as Product Manager of our hedge funds. Jeff has an extensive background in the investment management space as an entrepreneur, investor, and trader. He was a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and held senior roles at York Capital Management and DLJ. He has broad experience across asset classes, having traded equities, fixed income and derivatives on the sell side and for world-class hedge funds. Jeff created The American Flag Football League. In this endeavor, he established a partnership with the NFL, built a community of over 200,000 social media followers, and produced over 700 games and 30 telecasts on CBS, NFL Networks and other media outlets. Jeff received his B.A. and MBA from Cornell University.

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Jeff Lewis
Product Manager, Hedge Funds

Kyle joined Pantera in 2022 as Deputy General Counsel, with a primary focus on venture capital investments, commercial transactions, and portfolio support. Prior to this role, he was an attorney at Fenwick & West and Cooley LLP, where he advised numerous emerging technology companies and investors on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, corporate governance, and crypto offerings. Kyle received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his law degree from Stanford Law School.

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Kyle Canchola
Deputy General Counsel

Kerry Wong is the Director of Investor Relations at Pantera Capital. Previously she was the Director of Investor Relations at Scalar Capital, a blockchain investment firm based in San Francisco. Prior to that, Kerry managed the west coast prime brokerage and capital introduction business for Barclays Bank and was part of Citibank's capital markets sales and trading team. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and previously held FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. Kerry is on the board of the Seattle Alternative Investment Association and volunteers for Help For Children.

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Kerry Wong
Director of Investor Relations

As Head of Systematic Sales at Pantera, Brandon oversees the marketing, communications, and analytics functions of the firm. Before joining Pantera, Brandon had a 15-year tenure at UBS leading teams in strategy development, data analytics, pricing, content marketing, and growth initiatives in both the US and Switzerland. Prior to UBS, Brandon worked in management consulting at Booz & Company as well as client-facing roles at Invesco and Morgan Stanley. Brandon earned his MBA with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Brandon Coonse, CFA
Head of Systematic Sales

Erik joined Pantera in 2017 and is responsible for overseeing and executing the firm’s content marketing strategy as Head of Content. He initially joined the firm as an Investor Relations Associate, helping onboard new investors and serving as a direct line of communication for existing limited partners. Erik graduated from New York University.

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Erik Lowe
Head of Content

Matt is the Head of Research at Pantera. He was previously Senior Mechanism Designer at BlockScience, and has worked with organizations from Dapper Labs to MakerDAO. He has lectured at Columbia University on DAO governance and his doctoral thesis focused on price discovery and endogenous value in NFT markets. Matt has a PhD in Behavioral Economics & Strategy from Columbia University, Master’s in Strategy from Columbia Business School, and M.S. in Economics from the University of Warwick as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Matt Stephenson, PhD
Head of Research

Nick joined Pantera in 2022 to focus on the firm's Talent practice. Prior to this role, he was the first Leadership Recruiting hire at Robinhood where he built out leadership teams and process. Nick has an extensive background in executive search within the tech space and earned his B.A. in Finance from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

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Nick Zurick
Head of Portfolio Talent

Chia joined Pantera in 2022 to focus on the firm’s venture and growth investments, with an interest in DeFi, and Web3 infrastructure. Prior to this role, he was a fintech and crypto investor at Saison Capital, a global fintech fund (a top 10 Fintech VC by CBInsights). Chia previously worked at Bessemer Venture Partners, Rocket Internet, Antler, Allen & Overy. Chia graduated with a law degree from the University of Cambridge and an unfinished MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Chia Jeng Yang

Ryan joined Pantera in 2022 to focus on the firm’s venture and growth investments. Ryan previously was an investor at Emergence Capital, a B2B focused venture firm in the Bay Area. Ryan started his career at Boston Consulting Group where he spent time in their technology and due diligence practices. Ryan graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Management and also competed for four years on their NCAA Division I alpine ski team.

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Ryan Barney

Nihal joined Pantera in 2023 to focus on the firm’s venture and growth investments. Prior to this role, he worked on product & growth at 0x Labs, a Web3 infrastructure protocol. Nihal began his career at Toyota Ventures focusing on early-stage investments in AI, ML, & Blockchain verticals. Nihal graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Data Science.

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Nihal Maunder
Investment Associate

Jonathan joined Pantera in 2021, focusing on enhancing the portfolio experience by supporting and building our community of founders. He has experience in marketing and business operations and previously started Irvine Crypto, an educational cryptocurrency-focused organization in 2017. Jonathan graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.

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Jonathan Gieg
Senior Platform Associate

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