VC Corner Q+A: Jake Brukhman

Jake is Managing Director and CEO at CoinFund. He has a decade of experience spanning pure and financial technology, quantitative research, technology market research, and blockchain.

Previously, Jake was Partner and CTO at Triton Research, a technical product manager and engineer at Amazon.com, and spent five years as a financial technologist at Highbridge Capital Management and as a quantitative researcher at Kohera.

He studied pure mathematics and computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and the honors program at Rutgers University. Jake’s focus is a specialization in all technical, financial, and sociological aspects of blockchain and decentralization technology.

Please enjoy this Q+A with Jake Brukhman.

Q&A:

What is your / your fund’s mission?

We are a cryptonative fund focusing on full-stack decentralization investing and direct network participation (generalized mining).

What is one thing you are excited about right now?

Decentralized finance

Who is one founder you think we should watch?

Andy Bromberg of CoinList

What are 3 top qualities of every great leader?

  1. Being right
  2. Being able to rally talent
  3. Being able to positively influence morale

What and when was your very first investment? What struck you about them?

CoinFund LLC — Bitcoin

CoinFund LP — Messari

What is one question you ask yourself before investing in a company?

Is it a company or decentralized network? (i.e. Where does value accrue?)

What is one thing every founder should ask themselves before walking into a meeting with a potential investor?

What is the value this investor will bring to the table?

What do you think should be in a CEO’s top 3 company priorities?

From a crypto perspective:

1. When are we going to production?

2. When are we going to be on-chain?

3. How does my business/structure generate revenue and where does it accrue?

Favorite business book, blog or podcast?

Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives by John C. Hull

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Acrylic painting

Who is one leader you admire?

Elon Musk

What is one interesting thing most people won’t know about you?

I am a published poet.

What is one piece of advice you’d give every founder?

The more sure you are about a future outcome, the greater the probability that you are wrong.

How can startups reach you?

Startups interested in an opportunity to pitch CoinFund can apply here.