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
CEO & Co-Chief Investment Officer

Joey joined Pantera in 2017 to manage the funds as co-CIO. Prior to Pantera, he co-founded the Forecast Foundation, a group that contributes to Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform and solution to the oracle problem. In 2013, Joey also built a point of sale system enabling Bitcoin payments with sound (and did the first Bitcoin payment over sound) and Bluetooth. He co-founded an AngelList syndicate, which is now one of the top fifteen by backing and is an Edmund Hillary Fellow. Joey studied Computer Science at Pomona College prior to pursuing his Thiel Fellowship.

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Joey Krug
Co-Chief Investment Officer

Paul joined as a partner at Pantera in 2014, where he focuses on the firm’s venture capital and early-stage token fund investments. He has helped launch Pantera Venture Funds and the firm’s token funds, executing over 100 investments. Paul also sits on the board of Alchemy, Blockfolio, and Staked, is a mentor at The House Fund, Boost VC, and Creative Destruction Labs, and is an advisor to Audius, Ampleforth, and Set Labs. Paul’s prior experience includes working as an associate at Strive Capital, where he focused on investments in the mobile space, including an early stage investment in App Annie. 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

Lauren joined Pantera in 2018 to focus on the firm's venture and early-stage token funds. Lauren has an extensive technical background, starting off her career as a software developer. Her previous experience includes working on a trading platform, working in trading at Bank of America, and venture capital. Lauren graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Computer Science.

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Lauren Stephanian

Jasper joins Pantera as President where along with Dan, Joey and Paul he will drive and oversee the strategic vision, direction and operations of the firm. He brings over twenty years of leadership experience across Global Investment Management firms. Jasper served as Business Unit Head and Senior Leader at Bridgewater Associates, where he oversaw management and transformation across the Investment, Client and Operational areas of the firm. Prior to Bridgewater, he held a number of senior strategy and operating roles, including Global Head of Strategy at UBS, Head of Alternative Investment Strategy at Citigroup and COO of Citigroup’s Real Estate private equity business. He began his career at The Boston Consulting Group and has worked extensively in the US, Europe and Asia. Jasper holds a LLM from the University of Cambridge and Finance, Economics and Law degrees from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa where he grew up.

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Jasper Lewitton

Samir Shah joined Pantera as Chief Operating Officer, and is responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the business, including the firm’s capital formation and investor relations teams. Samir spent the last twelve years with J.P. Morgan, most recently as Global Head of Digital Solutions and Head of AM Sales for their Asset Servicing business. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Samir spent a decade with McKinsey and Goldman Sachs, helping companies transform their operating models and launch new businesses. Samir received his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Samir Shah
Chief Operating Officer

William joined Pantera to focus on quantitative trading strategies utilized by the Liquid Token Fund. He previously worked at Zero-One Capital where he established himself as a proven investor in digital assets and a distinguished technologist in the fields of algorithms and machine learning. William holds active US patents and an outsized track record of innovation and leadership through prior experience at NASA JPL, Korenvaes Capital, Broadcom, and Project Orca (Broadcom-Google). William graduated double B.S./M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in addition to a B.S. in Business, Economics, and Management from the Linde Institute of Caltech.

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William Fan
Director of Quantitative Strategies

Franklin serves as Pantera's Director of Portfolio Development, focused 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
Director of Portfolio Development

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
Strategic Advisor

Ryan joined Pantera in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, where he oversees all finance and accounting across the firm’s various fund strategies. He previously served as the CFO of Echelon Asset Management, an online marketplace lending platform that manages a half-billion dollars, and as Vice President of Finance at Lightspeed Venture Partners. Ryan began his career in Fund Management and Investor Relations at Bridgewater Associates. Ryan graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Economics.

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Ryan Davis
Chief Financial Officer

Terence joined Pantera in 2022 and is currently the Chief Technology Officer, overseeing all architecture, technology, infrastructure, and engineering. He runs development and operation for investment and client-facing systems and leads overall security architecture and design. Prior to joining Pantera, Terence was the CTO of Quantitative Trading & Execution at Cargill Inc., and Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer of Lake Hill Capital Management and the Lake Hill Division of Leucadia Asset Management. Terence has also held Senior Software Engineer roles at Thomson Reuters, Barclays, Bloomberg, and Lockheed Martin. Terence graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

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Terence Schofield
Chief Technology Officer

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

John joined Pantera as Head of Capital Formation in 2021. Prior to Pantera, he led the family office and institutional capital formation efforts at Lyrical Asset Management, and helped managed Lyrical Partners’ venture investments. From 2004-2013, he was Partner and COO at Capricorn Investment Group, originally the single-family office for Jeff Skoll, the first president of eBay. During his tenure, the firm was an early investor in Tesla, VitaminWater, SpaceX, TrueCar, HeartFlow, and Yammer. Prior to Capricorn, John was CFO and Partner at biomedical venture firm Sanderling Ventures, and had finance roles at Accel-backed Iospan Wireless and Cisco Systems. John graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy, and has an International MBA with high honors from the Moore School at the University of South Carolina. He has served on the University’s Endowment Investment Committee as a Trustee since 2009.

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John Jonson
Head of Capital Formation

Jeff joined Pantera in 2022 as Director of Capital Formation. 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
Director of Capital Formation

Dan joined Pantera in 2022 as Director of Capital Formation, where he is responsible for collaborating with a range of global institutions. Prior to joining, Dan worked at The Blackstone Group building relationships with institutional allocators and spent the first 13 years of his career at AQR Capital working with family offices. Dan graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in History and is a CFA charterholder.

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Daniel Schwartz
Director of Capital Formation

Emma Rose Bienvenu holds a JD and BCL from McGill University, a double master’s in economics and finance and in corporate law and financial regulation from U Penn Law/Wharton and Sciences Po Paris, and a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Sciences Po Paris. She has previously worked on Capitol Hill, in Washington; at Linklaters LLP, in London; at Pacific Century Group, in Hong Kong; and at PSP Investments and CDPQ, Canadian investors with >$180 and >$320 bn AUM, respectively. She has published multiple articles in academic journals, legal textbooks, and mainstream media outlets; in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Emma Rose was called to testify as a special witness before the Parliament of Canada to advise the federal government on its response to the global health and economic crisis.

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Emma Rose Bienvenu
Chief of Staff and Special Counsel

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

Heidi von Allmen is managing the co-investment program and expanding our platform to invest in special opportunities such as later stage venture and secondary offerings. Heidi originally joined Pantera in 2004. Over the years, she served as CIO of Pantera Bitcoin Fund, co-CIO of Pantera Über Consumer Fund, and Senior Macro Analyst of Pantera Global Macro Fund, as well as, focused on strategic initiatives. Prior to Pantera, she was a research analyst with Belgravia Capital and a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley. Heidi received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Colgate University where she studied Economics and Computer Science.

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Heidi von Allmen
Opportunities Portfolio Manager

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

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

John joined Pantera Capital as Head Of Community in 2022, where he oversees the curation of unique events, experiences, and opportunities that provide meaningful and memorable interactions for the founders of our portfolio companies. He has a background in marketing, business development, and client services in the luxury industry and was a serial entrepreneur focused in boutique global hospitality. He received his MBA in international business from INSEAD in Singapore and France after spending 15 years in New York City.

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John Munson
Head of Community

Tony joined Pantera in 2022 as Director of Marketing and Communications. He was a founding member and Director of Marketing for The Forecast Foundation and Augur, the first major project on Ethereum. Prior to that, Tony was the Digital Marketing Manager for crypto payment processor BitPay and responsible for many successful Bitcoin campaigns including the first time “Bitcoin” trended on Twitter and the first Bitcoin commercials to air on national television. Tony also consulted with Fidelity, Blackrock, T. Rowe Price, Whale Rock Capital and other financial firms on early exploratory crypto sessions.

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Tony Sakich
Director of Marketing & Communications

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
Senior Investment Associate

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 Jang Yeng
Investment Associate

Sehaj joined Pantera in 2022 to focus on the firm’s venture and early-stage token funds, specializing in DeFi and gaming investments. He also has contributed to projects like Illuvium. Previously, Sehaj worked on technology M&A transactions as an Investment Banking analyst at Lazard. Sehaj graduated with honors from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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Sehaj Singh
Investment Associate

Will joined Pantera in 2022 as an investment analyst, focusing on building out our portfolio of companies and protocols spanning DeFi, Web3 infrastructure, developer tooling, and more. Prior to Pantera, Will worked in long/short public equities growth investing at Alger as a generalist covering crypto. He has Masters degrees in Mathematical Finance from Princeton and in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

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Will Reid
Investment Analyst

Dom joined Pantera in 2022 to focus on Platform Engineering, where he works internally on the capabilities of the Platform and Investing teams, and externally providing support for portfolio companies. Prior to Pantera, Dom worked in consulting R&D for Artificial Intelligence at Cambridge Consultants where he led applied research and development for client projects. His focus was on deep learning, machine learning and data science. Dom has a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London and a BSc in Physics from the University of Surrey.

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Dom Kelly
Platform Engineer

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
Platform Associate

Xavier joined Pantera in 2022 to support the firm’s efforts in quantitative strategies and venture research. Prior to Pantera, Xavier interned at Coinbase where he worked on DeFi data engineering and was a research assistant at Cornell exploring MEV impact. Xavier graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and was the president of Cornell Blockchain. Xavier also taught the university’s first undergraduate class on blockchain.

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Xavier Lu
Quantitative Developer

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