Barry SilbertBarry Silbert is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Digital Currency Group. The company's mission is to accelerate the development of the global financial system, and it accomplishes this mission by building and supporting Bitcoin and blockchain companies.3 In January 2016, Digital Currency Group acquired CoinDesk, a leading source of Bitcoin news, which runs the annual Bitcoin industry conference. The firm has invested in more than 100 Bitcoin-related companies and is the world's leading firm for investing in Bitcoin-related companies, landing Barry Silbert the enviable nickname "The King of Crypto".
Silbert's company also owns Genesis, a trading firm focused on digital currencies, and Grayscale, a company focused on digital currency investing. Silbert also started the Bitcoin Investment Trust (OTC: GBTC), an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the price of Bitcoin.
Blythe MastersBlythe Masters is a former Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). Currently, she is an industry partner or Motive Partners. The company builds encryption-based processing tools that improve the efficiency, security, compliance, and settlement speed of securities trading, specifically Bitcoin. In May of 2018, DAH entered into what appears to be a lucrative partnership with Google Cloud, bringing her company's tools to developers so they will not have to code them from scratch.
Digital Asset Holdings seeks to apply blockchain technology to the typical activities of Wall Street. The company has raised over $150 million in funding and, interestingly, its first client is J.P. Morgan Chase, which has tested its own blockchain technology as a possible way to settle transactions more quickly. Many people think Masters gave bitcoin a lot of legitimacy with Digital Asset Holdings, considering her past, illustrious reputation on Wall Street, where she rose to Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Chase at the age of 28. As of October 2018, her company operates six offices on three continents.
Dan MoreheadDan Morehead is the founder of Pantera Capital, the world’s first investment focused exclusively on cryptocurrencies. In 2013, Pantera launched its first crypto fund and, as of late 2018, was one of the largest institutional owners of cryptocurrencies. The fund has delivered a more-than-24,000% return for investors since its debut.5 Their investments in cryptocurrency-related companies range from exchanges and investment firms, such as Polychain Capital and Bitstamp, to coin trading services, such as Augur.
A former Goldman Sachs trader, Morehead was also head of macro trading and CFO at Tiger Management.
Tyler and Cameron WinklevossTyler and Cameron Winklevoss parlayed the millions they earned after settling their Facebook lawsuit into cryptocurrencies and became the first billionaires from a late-2017 surge in Bitcoin prices.
They claim to own approximately 1% of all Bitcoins in circulation and have devised an elaborate system to store their private key for their assets. The Winklevoss twins are focused on building an ecosystem to attract institutional investors and day traders to the cryptocurrency. To that end, they launched Gemini, the world’s first regulated exchange for cryptocurrencies. The exchange is used to set Bitcoin spot prices for futures contracts at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).8 The Winklevoss brothers also applied to set up a Bitcoin ETF to make the cryptocurrency accessible to retail investors, but, as of October 2019, have been denied by the SEC for the second time.