Juan Bruce

Managing Partner

Juan started working with startups in the 90s at Stanford and continued at BMW’s Technology Office Silicon Valley and the renowned design firms IDEO and Continuum. Most recently Juan was the founder and CEO of the venture backed media tech startup Epoxy.

Juan founded and led Robert Downey Jr.’s first Downey Ventures fund with 4x returns. Juan also founded First Cut VC and has been an active startup advisor for the last decade.

Juan is trained as both an engineer and designer with a focus on UX and UI. Juan has designed and engineered technology products for companies including Apple, BMW, Palm, Handspring, P&G, Sony, Tivo, and Toyota.

Stanford University BS Design, MS Engineering, and MBA.

Wesley Pryor, CPA

Partner, Trading

Wesley is an early adopter of blockchain technology with over five years experience in the space. Wesley began trading digital assets when he was only 13 years old by automating the generation and subsequent re-selling of digital items from popular MMORPGs. He later became infatuated with cryptocurrencies while in graduate school and built his first Bitcoin mining rig in 2013. 

Wesley has designed multiple market making strategies that are leveraged by top exchanges and projects. He also serves as a trusted advisor to several early stage ventures and prominent exchanges that service the sector. 

Wesley is also known for identifying the largest ICO fraud to date in 2017 as part of investment due diligence.

Holder of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

David Grider, CFA

Partner, Research & Analytics

David is an expert in the areas of token economics, fundamental crypto valuation and blockchain technology research. He has advised numerous crypto projects on the development of their system design and token economic models.

He was previously a financial instrument valuation specialist at PwC, providing portfolio valuation consulting work to Fortune 500 financial institutions, venture capital funds, and middle market corporate debt and equity.

David began his career in investment banking where he performed equity research on companies in the technology and media space. He later joined a capital markets desk and worked on the successful completion of transactions that raised more than $200 million for emerging tech and life sciences companies.

Holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Evan Owens

Partner, Operations

Evan was the founder and CEO of the ticketing startup Pogoseat. Evan has also served as COO of The Atlantic Clinic and First Cut VC. Evan is an active investor in technology startups for a family office.

Evan first began exploring crypto in 2014 after discussing the space with his CTO and being immersed in the emerging crypto startup culture in Los Angeles. He has strong ties to crypto founders, engineers, and investors including DNA in Los Angeles, Consensys in NYC, and TokenMagic.

Evan started his career as a trader on the NYSE. University of San Diego, BA Philosophy.

Tyler Morris, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Tyler has considerable capital markets experience having audited multiple investment banks, broker-dealers, and M&A transactions. Mr. Morris previously worked for the global accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. At PwC, Tyler was in charge of performing financial analysis and testing over various company’s financial statements, control and regulatory attestations, and managed the day-to-day relationships with top executives of clients. Tyler has thorough knowledge related to business operations and has leveraged his technical finance/audit skills to obtain a deep understanding of cryptoeconomics and decentralized protocols.

B.A. and Masters in Accounting from the University of Florida. Tyler is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the licenses for the Series 7 & 63.

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