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Protos invests in the digital assets of the protocols we believe will be the foundational infrastructure and biggest applications in the third major computing revolution. Tokens are a new asset class that has captured public attention in some cases because of their enormous increases in value, but overall because of the extraordinary innovation in investing in and raising funds for emerging growth companies. Much of the value is driven by investment from users of blockchain based applications, investors in the early Internet, and by technologists who see that distributed applications are the third revolution in computing.
For the first time in history, one Internet user can transfer any unique piece of digital property to another Internet user. The first revolution was the PC, the second was the Internet, and we feel the third is now distributed applications based on Bitcoin like cryptographic technology. To invest in the first two computing revolutions you’re required to buy shares in companies. To invest in the blockchain revolution, you have to purchase tokens.
Blockchains are distributed ledgers which track tokens. Tokens can represent anything from access to a platform to securities, currencies, real world or digital rights, assets or identity. Value may accrue to tokens in blockchain companies.
We believe that Protos is unique in its approach. In addition to investing in new digital tokens, we are among the first funds building a robust database of digital token and crypto currency market data and using advanced technical trading strategies. We are unlocking the second major investing wave in crypto and once data on the market exists, we anticipate we’ll see an explosion in trading strategies just as it did in stock trading. We are driving this second wave with the goal of benefiting of our token holders through our crypto trading strategies.
Protos purchases tokens as an investment. As a purchaser of Protos Tokens, you can earn returns based on the investment returns that Protos earns by investing in tokens.
Location: Vancounver, Canada
Matthew has had a long and illustrious career in complex capital markets, spanning 30 years and three continents. Matthew has been a Founder and General Partner of First Block Capital since March 2017. Prior to cofounding First Block Capital and Protos Cryptocurrency Asset Management, Matthew set up a family office for his family focussed on angel and early stage investments in renewables, fintech, tech, digital assets and impact investments. From 2003 to 2013 Matthew was an Advisor to the Chairman of Gazprombank and as part of that role, established and jointly ran a carbon fund joint venture between Gazprombank and Dresdner (then Commerzbank) called Carbon Trade & Finance SICAR. From 2002 to 2003 Matthew was General Manager, DEPFA Investment Bank Limited (DIBL), focussed on complex national debt. From 1987 through 2002 Matthew held several positions at major financial institutions including ANZ Merchant Bank and UBS, working on complex governmental financial products including multi-country debt cancellation swaps, trading and market making. Matthew is also the founder of Navigator Capital, DEPFA Investment Bank Limited, Protos, mCloud Corp and SteviaLife Sweeteners. Matthew is a Graduate at Singularity University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester University, UK and an MBA from Bradford University, UK.
Philipp has significant experience of the strategy development for systematic trading strategies across asset classes (including equity, bonds, commodities and fiat currencies). Philipp has been an Advisor of First Block Capital since May 2017. Prior to this, Philipp was Director at Harcourt/Vontobel Asset Management AG in Zurich, Switzerland from 2013 to 2017. While at Harcourt Philipp specialized in the application of machine learning to multi factor market dynamics, as well as examining risk and return characteristics of a large universe of individual commodity trading advisors (CTAs) and in particular analyzing the relationship between the failure of CTAs and market volatility, frequency and autocorrelation. From 2012 until 2013 and a successful exit, Philipp was a co-founder at Jumiya Inc. in Palo Alto, California, working on the application of big data analytics to financial data. From 2008 until 2013 Philipp was a co-founder at Alligator Trading GmbH in Berlin, Germany and Partner at Centrade Capital Management GmbH in Zurich, Switzerland, which also successfully exited. From 2006 to 2008, Philipp was a Quantitative Analyst at the Landesbank Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Philipp is an alumnus of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and has a Doctorate in Computational Neuroscience as well as Diplom in Engineering and Management and Diplom in Psychology and Vordiplom in Physics from TU Berlin, Germany.
Tom has been investing in cryptocurrency and ICOs since their early days in 2012. Tom has been a Founder and General Partner of First Block Capital since March 2017. Prior to co-founding First Block Capital, Tom Co-founded Fintech Enterprises Inc., one of the first North American buy/hold Bitcoin and Ether funds and the Blockchain platform Walter.ai. From 2011 to 2012, Tom founded gridbid.com, the world’s first roof auction, providing a platform where people posted roof space for auction and solar brokers bid on the space. From 2009 to 2011 Tom was an equity partner and investee at Green Angel Energy, a publicly traded clean energy technology investment fund focused on commercializing technologies that produce renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, or use renewable energy resources such as water, wind and solar. From 2007 to 2011, Tom founded Habitat Carbon Assets, one of the first developers of carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism in Latin America. Tom is an alumnus of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Geography from Simon Fraser University as well as a Diploma in Finance from National University of Singapore.