Investment Managers

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

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Frank Amato

Frank is an experienced angel investor and entrepreneur in the distributed ledger and blockchain space. He was an early member of Blockchain Capitals Angellist syndicate and a seed investor in Bitmex Exchange. Prior to venture, Frank was a 17 year veteran of JPMorgan’s commodity derivative team. He is a co-founder of Block5 investment and advisory.

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John Morris

John is an early DLT enthusiast, who began investing in both private and public blockchains on a proprietary basis from 2013. John is a senior advisor to Fund3.co (a quantitative crypto trading fund, based in Los Angeles) and OTCXN (an institutional grade crypto trading and custody platform, based in San Francisco) and provides strategic advice to major family offices in NY and CA.

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Jon Deane

Jon has over 15 years experience managing global commodities businesses, as well as individually managing large complex risk positions, for international investment banks including JP Morgan and UBS AG. Most recently he was Managing Director, Head of Asia Commodities Trading for JP Morgan. Jon is currently collaborating with InfiniGold on a project to tokenise 99.5% LBMA approved bullion.

Advisory Board

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David RICHARDSON

David Richardson began his professional career in the investment business over 30 years ago, within a preeminent Canadian investment house, Walwyn Stodgell Cochrane & Murray (now Merrill Lynch Canada).  In 1987, he joined the Bank of Bermuda in Bermuda as Portfolio Manager, where he personally oversaw the management of >$350 million for the Bank’s top tier clientele. He subsequently joined MeesPiereson (now owned by ABN AMRO) as Head of Private Banking after establishing that business in the Cayman Islands and then Managing Director of MeesPierson (Bahamas) Ltd.  Since 2005, he has served as President and CEO of Mid-Ocean Consulting Ltd., which guides both institutions and individuals on sophisticated international structuring and private placement insurance related strategies.  He is a graduate of the ABA sponsored National Trust School at Northwestern University and is a Member of STEP, the ITPA and the Bahamas International Insurance Association.

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Steve Bellotti

Steve Bellotti has an extensive track record in building and running large, complex Global Markets and Loans businesses and has proven to be a very effective risk taker/manager, leader and investor across global financial markets. He has worked in leadership roles in financial markets for over 30 years across all major asset classes – managing fixed income (including rates, credit and derivatives), foreign exchange, cash equities and derivatives, debt and equity capital markets, including both sales and trading at the Managing Director level for over 22 years. He has built a number of large complex global markets operations for global banks, including Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort in London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. Steve’s most recent role was MD – Global Markets & Institutional Loans, ANZ Bank (managing over AUD$300b in assets); and MD – Head of Global Markets, Dresdner Kleinwort Group. He also has a deep knowledge of real estate and private equity investing.

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Ari Lewis

Ari is a recognized expert and thought leader in the cryptocurrency and blockchain community. He is regularly requested to speak at industry conferences and has been quoted in VentureBeat, Crain’s Cleveland, Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Hedge Fund Alert and Business Insider. Ari was the the co-founder of Grasshopper Capital and was the managing partner of Fund I. He is also the co-founder and managing director of The Sherman Group, a communication, public affairs and public relations firm for blockchain companies. While at the Sherman Group, he was hired as a cryptocurrency advisor to the State of Ohio’s Treasurer’s office. As part of this mandate he was responsible for helping Ohio become the first state in the US to accept bitcoin for tax.

Grasshopper Capital LLC Management

Bob TUCKER

CEO

Bob has over 25 years of experience managing businesses for leading financial institutions and asset managers, including Barclays Capital, Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Man Investments and ANZ Bank.  Most recently, Bob was the Head of Business Management for the Global Markets and Institutional Loans division of ANZ Bank. From 1999 until 2007, he was based in London and Chicago as COO within Man Investments, a US$60bn alternative investment manager listed on the LSE.  His roles included Co-Head of Man Global Strategies (MGS), an autonomous multi-strategy investment management division which seeded and developed emerging hedge funds (US$17bn AUM); and COO / Investment Committee Member of Glenwood, a top-tier US-based Fund of Hedge Funds (US$5bn AUM). Bob is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has also been directly involved in a number of early stage ventures, from start-up phase through to IPO.

FRED PUCCI

GENERAL COUNSEL

Fred is general counsel of global investment management businesses. Previously Head of Compliance for ANZ Bank’s Markets and Institutional Divisions, based in Hong Kong. Formerly a partner at Ashurst; Head of Legal & Policy, Market Supervision, Australian Securities & Investments Commission; and Head of Legal, Trading, Australian Stock Exchange. Georgetown Law graduate.

KOSTA KOurkoumelis

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Kosta is a banking professional with significant experience at top tier global firms, possessing both commercial acumen and disciplined delivery from working in Global Markets across frontline and support roles. Kosta has a record of delivering business results through successful strategy formulation and delivery of business and process improvements while also driving efficiencies to manage operational risk.

Prior to joining the sell-side he was a Management Consultant at Accenture with a track record for the successful delivery of large transformational projects through the various stages of a project life cycle.