Cohesive team, with greater than 20 years of complementary experiences in venture capital, commodities, FX, fixed income, real estate, hedge funds, trading technologies, regulations, compliance and financial back office operations
Frank is an experienced angel investor and entrepreneur in the distributed ledger and blockchain space. Leveraging his experience in the financial services industry as a trader, Frank helps startups navigate regulatory scenarios and other complex assumption paths. His interest developed following a purchase of Bitcoin as part of the 2014 US Marshals auction of Silk Road coins. Frank is an original member of Blockchain Capitals angellist syndicate and the co-founder of Block5, an early stage investment and advisory firm. Frank is also the official advisor to the LBMA (London Bullion Metals Association) on Blockchain. Prior to forming Block5, Frank spent 17 years in JP Morgan’s commodity trading group. He successfully built JPM’s Platinum Group Metals business in London and then served as a Senior Metals derivatives trader for Asia based in Singapore.
Nisa Amoils has been an early stage investor for the past decade. She was previously with Scout Ventures in New York. She is the author of the bestselling book “WTF is Happening? Women Tech Founders on the Rise” which makes the business case for investing in women that are building with disruptive technologies such as Blockchain. She is a former securities lawyer and on the Boards of several institutions including Wharton Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Blockchain Innovation. She writes for Forbes and Blockchain Magazine and is a regular on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox, Cheddar and others. Prior to investing, she was an entrepreneur and spent many years in business development at companies like Time Warner and NBC Universal and worked with many start-ups. She holds a business degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jon has over 15 years managing global markets businesses, as well as individually managing large complex risk positions, for international investment banks including JP Morgan and UBS AG. Over the course of his career he was Managing Director, Head of Asia Commodities Trading for JP Morgan, based out of Singapore, focused primarily on physical bullion, financial energy, metals and agricultural derivatives. Prior to this he was based in London, as Managing Director of a vanilla and exotic derivatives trading business for just under a decade, with a team based in New York, Singapore and London. Outside of risk management, he also brings considerable exposure working closely with regulators across opaque markets as well as developing new product offerings in difficult jurisdictions. More recently, Jon has been an active investor in the Blockchain industry where he to sees significant application across financial markets and commodities. Most recently he was the lead advisor to InfiniGold and the Perth Mint for their blockchain initiative, as well as working closely with Digital Currency Holdings on a range of DLT projects. Jon holds a number of personal investments focused on blockchain solutions for traditional financial services, as well as the commodity industry.