Monthly Mint — 03.2022

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What We’re Following

This March, at the Intersection of David Solomon, Doja Cat and Machine Gun Kelly🎧…

The 🐐 is back, Biden has spoken and crypto regulation has finally arrived. Earlier this month, the President issued a monumental Executive Order outlining policy objectives and actions regarding digital assets. Check out this blog post by our friends at Circle for the TLDR. Joe, we think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship 🥂(if we had a nickel for every time someone quoted Casablanca🙄).

Come to think of it, there were a number of new friendships brewing this month — Naomi Osaka and FTX, StateStreet and Copper.co, Brady (🐐#1) and Vitalik (🐐#2), even Goldman and Galaxy Digital are getting in bed together. It’s a modern love story, but replace the dating apps and Whiteclaws with “crypto tokens and vibes.”

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse this week (no, we’re not talking about the Oscars). The U.S. IPO market saw its slowest quarter in six years, with a meager 18 companies raising a combined total of $2.1 billion. It’s a tough start to the year, but at least we still have Elden Ring🎮😈.

IPOs may be slowing, but we have plenty to look forward to in the months ahead. Whether you’re watching Season 3 of Drive to Survive or the current F1 races 🏁(spoiler alert: two Ferraris hold the top spots!), you’ve probably noticed the new crypto sponsors in F1. Even FIFA is bringing on board a crypto sponsor for its 2022 World Cup️⚽️. Why bother with NYSE when Lewis Hamilton and Kylian Mbappe can take you public?

As always, send us a note if you’re going to be at BTC Miami🍹 next week. We’ll be channeling OG Will, not the Oscars Will🤦‍♂️.

🍻 Cheers,

Catherine, Elizabeth, Ethan, Hugh, Kali, Keanan, Kelsey & Scott

Who We’re Following

a16z: Michele Korver joined as Head of Regulatory. Michele was previously the Chief Digital Currency Advisor at the Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Link

Arca: Deborah Djeu joined as Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy GC. Deborah was previously the CCO at Okcoin. Scott Helfman joined as Head of Communications. Scott was previously a Director of Public Affairs at Citi. Annelise Osborne joined as Head of Institutional. Annelise was previously the Head of Strategy at Metechi. Link

Katherine Wu — Archetype

Archetype: Katherine Wu joined as a Venture Partner. Katherine was previously Senior Deal Lead at Coinbase Ventures. Link

Bitstamp: Rika Khurdayan joined as US Chief Legal Officer. Rika was previously a Founding Partner at KSTechLaw. Link Silvia Lacayo joined as Head Marketing. Silvia was previously the Head of Marketing at Viable. Michael Levi joined as Head of Product & Strategy. Michael was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at Kava Labs.

Blockchain Capital: Jason Di Piazza joined as Head of Capital Formation. Jason previously was a senior member of the Business Development and Investor Relations team at Farallon Capital Management.

Chainlink Labs: Dhalia Malkhi joined as Chief Research Officer. Dhalia was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Diem Association. Link

Circle: Brian Schultz joined as VP of Corporate Development. Brian was previously a Director of AWS Corp Dev at Amazon. Link We’re grateful for the continued partnership of Jeremy Allaire, Elisabeth Carpenter and Jeremy Fox-Geen on this assignment.

Jeremy Gray joined as Senior Counsel, Litigation. Jeremy was previously a Partner of Business and Torts Litigation, Antitrust and Competition Law at Jones Day. Link

Coinbase: Roger Barlett joined as VP, Global Financial Operations. Roger was previously an MD and Global Co-Head of Operations for Global Markets at Goldman Sachs. Link We had the pleasure of working with Alesia Haas on this assignment. Leonard Law joined as a Product Manager. Leonard was previously the Head of Financial Services Industry Platform & Blockchain Platform, Google Cloud at Google. Link Christine Parker joined as Deputy General Counsel. Christine was previously a Partner at Reed Smith.

CoinDesk: Alan Campbell joined as President of Data & Indices. Alan was previously a Global Product Manager, Bloomberg Indices at Bloomberg.

CoinMetrics: Matt Hagel joined as Chief Financial Officer. Matt was previously the CFO at Freshly. Link

Copper.co: Carly Nuzbach Lowery joined as Chief Legal Officer. Carly was previously Associate GC, International at Coinbase. Link Sabrina Wilson joined as Chief Operating Officer. Sabrina was previously an MD and Global Co-Head of Futures, OTC Clearing and FX Prime Brokerage at Citi. Link

Emily Meyers — Electric Capital

Electric Capital: Emily Meyers joined as General Counsel. Emily was previously the Deputy GC at Paxos. Link We enjoyed working with Avichal Garg and Curtis Spencer on this assignment.

Euler XYZ: Brandon Neal joined as Chief Operating Officer. Brandon was previously the Treasury Auction Directorate at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Link

FTX: Steve Sadin joined as Head of Gaming Partnerships. Steve was previously a VP and Studio Head at WB Games Boston. Link

Galaxy Digital: Jane Dietze joined as a Board Member. Jane is the Chief Investment Officer of Brown University. Link

Gemini: Jonathan Tamblyn was promoted to Vice President. Jonathan is currently the Head of Talent.

GoldenTree: Avi Felman joined as Head of Digital Asset Trading. Avi was previously a Co-Portfolio Manager of the Flagship Fund at BlockTower Capital. Link

Goldfinch: Christopher Robins joined as General Counsel. Christopher was previously General Counsel at Binance.US. Link

Sam Rosenblum — Haun Ventures

Haun Ventures: Sam Rosenblum joined as a Partner. Sam was previously a Partner at Polychain Capital.

Kraken: Carrie Dolan joined as Chief Financial Officer. Carrie was previously the CFO at Tradeshift. Link

Ledger: Seth Hertlein joined as VP, Global Head of Policy. Seth was previously the Head of Policy & Government Relations at Stellar Development Foundation. Link

MoonPay: James Freis joined as a Special Advisor. James was previously a FinCEN Director. Link

MystenLabs: Kostas Kryptos joined as a Co-Founder and Chief Cryptographer. Kostas was previously a Cryptographer and Blockchain Engineer at Meta. Link

OpenSea: Justin Jow joined as VP of Strategic Finance. Justin was previously the Head of Corporate and Technology FP&A at Uber.

Pantera Capital: Lauren Stephanian was promoted to Partner.

Polygon: Michael Blank joined as Chief Operating Officer. Michael was previously the SVP Player Network at Electronic Arts. Link Young Ko also joined as Chief Financial Officer. Young was previously the VP of Finance at Penske Media Corporation. Link Urvit Goel joined as VP of Global Business Development, Gaming. Urvit was previously a Senior Manager, WW Business Development, Gaming at Amazon. Link Charnjit Bansi joined as VP of Game Design. Charnjit was previously a Director of Product Management at Mythical Games. Link

Morgan McKenney — Provenance Foundation

Provenance Foundation: Morgan McKenney joined as Chief Executive Officer. Morgan was previously the COO, Global Consumer Banking at Citi. Link We loved working with June Ou and Asiff Hirji on this mission-critical assignment.

Ripple: Michael Warren joined as a Board Member. Michael is a Managing Director at Albright Stonebridge Group. Link

Sealance: Joe Waltman joined as Head of Ecosystem. Joe was previously a Group Product Manager at Coinbase.

Silvergate: Rebecca Rettig joined as a Board Member. Rebecca is the General Counsel at Aave. Link

Super Mojo: Amir Sarhangi joined as CEO and Craig DeWitt joined as VP, Product. Amir was previously VP of Product & Delivery at Ripple while Craig was Senior Director of Product at Ripple. We are thrilled to have incubated Super Mojo, an embedded lending solution for NFT marketplaces that powers point of sale financing and collateralized lending.

TeraWulf: Michael Buccella joined as a Board Member. Michael is a General Partner at BlockTower Capital. Kerri Langlais also joined as a Board Member. Kerri is the Chief Strategy Officer at TeraWulf. Link

Uniswap: Chat DePue joined as VP of Engineering. Chad was previously a Senior Director of Engineering at Snap.

6th Man Ventures: Carl Vogel joined as a Partner and Head of Research. Carl was previously a Senior Product Manager at Paxos. Link

Intersection Growth Partners builds the leadership teams for many of the most exciting crypto and web3 firms in the world. Our venture fund provides these firms with capital: yielding deep alignment and extraordinary outcomes.

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