The Team

We are professional investors and entrepreneurs driving innovation based on Blockchain technology.

Management
Team

P. Bart Stephens

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Bart Stephens is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in the blockchain technology sector and the first to raise a venture fund through an ICO. Blockchain Capital is the pioneer and most established VC firm in the Blockchain sector with more than 75 portfolio companies across three funds. Bart is also a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Stephens Investment Management, LLC (SIM), a family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother and Co-Founder, Brad, invented the term and pioneered “Nanocap” investing – venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities.

Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm.

Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and Head of Corporate & Business development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the internet’s largest cancer related web site before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in 2001.

Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early internet innovator in online financial services. While at E*TRADE, he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development and corporate development.

Bart earned a B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University.

W. Bradford Stephens

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Brad Stephens is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the premier venture capital fund investing in the blockchain technology sector and the first to raise a venture fund through an ICO. Brad is also a Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management LLC (SIM), which he co-founded in 2002. His diverse background in domestic and international finance includes sell-side securities analysis, hedge fund management, venture capital and family office management.

Prior to co-founding SIM, Brad worked as the senior analyst at Fidelity Ventures, the venture capital arm of Fidelity Investments. At Fidelity, Brad focused on the areas of Internet Security and New Media, leading investments into e-Security, Sanctum and Managed Objects. He also founded Fidelity’s Biometric Consortium, a cutting-edge collaboration of all Fidelity’s business units designed to explore, pilot and implement biometric security systems within Fidelity and eventually its consumer clients.

Brad also worked as a research analyst in CSFB’s Technology Group, specializing in Internet Security and Internet infrastructure software. While at CSFB, Brad helped raise over $1.3 billion for companies under coverage. Prior to working at CSFB, Brad worked as a research analyst at Furman Selz (later acquired by ING Barings), where he co-founded their Internet Research Group and co-authored the first financial industry piece on Internet Security.

Brad holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University.

W. Bradford Stephens

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Brad Stephens is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the premier venture capital fund investing in the blockchain technology sector and the first to raise a venture fund through an ICO. Brad is also a Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management LLC (SIM), which he co-founded in 2002. His diverse background in domestic and international finance includes sell-side securities analysis, hedge fund management, venture capital and family office management.

Prior to co-founding SIM, Brad worked as the senior analyst at Fidelity Ventures, the venture capital arm of Fidelity Investments. At Fidelity, Brad focused on the areas of Internet Security and New Media, leading investments into e-Security, Sanctum and Managed Objects. He also founded Fidelity’s Biometric Consortium, a cutting-edge collaboration of all Fidelity’s business units designed to explore, pilot and implement biometric security systems within Fidelity and eventually its consumer clients.

Brad also worked as a research analyst in CSFB’s Technology Group, specializing in Internet Security and Internet infrastructure software. While at CSFB, Brad helped raise over $1.3 billion for companies under coverage. Prior to working at CSFB, Brad worked as a research analyst at Furman Selz (later acquired by ING Barings), where he co-founded their Internet Research Group and co-authored the first financial industry piece on Internet Security.

Brad holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University.

Spencer Bogart

Partner

Spencer Bogart is a Partner at Blockchain Capital, the General Partner of Blockchain Capital’s venture funds. Spencer is a fundamental investment analyst with a rare combination of deep experience analyzing cryptocurrencies as well as traditional equity opportunities.

Prior to joining Blockchain Capital, Spencer was a Vice President at Needham & Company, where he authored Wall Street’s first industry report highlighting the use-cases, companies and potential of blockchain technology. He was also the most active Bitcoin analyst on Wall Street writing detailed reports and research on Bitcoin’s fundamental value proposition, price forecast, and technical advancements. Aside from leading all research efforts related to Bitcoin and Blockchain during his time at Needham & Company, Spencer also covered public SaaS, FinTech, and Internet companies, authored reports on those sectors, and issued price targets on companies under coverage.

Prior to Needham & Company, Spencer cut his teeth in the startup world where he helped build a first-of-its-kind proprietary research platform for analyzing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), which was later acquired by FactSet.

Given his rare combination of skillsets and history of actively publishing reports, Spencer is widely cited throughout the Bitcoin and Blockchain industry and is a regular speaker at industry and startup events. Spencer is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned his B.A. in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jimmy Song

Venture Partner

Jimmy Song is a Venture Partner for Blockchain Capital, the general partner of Blockchain Capital’s venture funds. Jimmy, a Bitcoin Core developer, brings more than 20 years’ of deep technical expertise, programming, and development experience to the firm.

Prior to joining Blockchain Capital, Jimmy served as a developer and programmer at more than a dozen start-ups. Most recently, he served as principal architect at Paxos and vice president of engineering at Amory Technologies, where he managed the development of enterprise-level Bitcoin wallet software. Jimmy started in Bitcoin Development in 2013 and has worked on numerous Bitcoin projects such as Bitcoin Core, btcd, Armory, pycoin and colored coins. Jimmy teaches developers how to program Bitcoin through his seminar Programming Blockchain. He is the editor and author of popular blog, Bitcoin Tech Talk and YouTube Off Chain with Jimmy Song. He’s also the author of the upcoming book, Programming Bitcoin.

Jimmy earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.

Jimmy Song

Venture Partner

Jimmy Song is a Venture Partner for Blockchain Capital, the general partner of Blockchain Capital’s venture funds. Jimmy, a Bitcoin Core developer, brings more than 20 years’ of deep technical expertise, programming, and development experience to the firm.

Prior to joining Blockchain Capital, Jimmy served as a developer and programmer at more than a dozen start-ups. Most recently, he served as principal architect at Paxos and vice president of engineering at Amory Technologies, where he managed the development of enterprise-level Bitcoin wallet software. Jimmy started in Bitcoin Development in 2013 and has worked on numerous Bitcoin projects such as Bitcoin Core, btcd, Armory, pycoin and colored coins. Jimmy teaches developers how to program Bitcoin through his seminar Programming Blockchain. He is the editor and author of popular blog, Bitcoin Tech Talk and YouTube Off Chain with Jimmy Song. He’s also the author of the upcoming book, Programming Bitcoin.

Jimmy earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.

JoAnne Lauer

Director of Operations

JoAnne Lauer is Director of Operations for Blockchain Capital. She draws from over 30 years in financial services and educational organizations, generating growth in her roles spanning leadership, operations, relationship management, and professional training. JoAnne plays a strategic role at Blockchain Capital in managing operations, systems and resources, from investor relations and investment execution to legal & regulatory compliance.

Prior to Blockchain Capital, JoAnne was the Global Program Director for two international executive leadership and communications firms before founding her own professional coaching and consulting practice.

JoAnne was also VP, Investor Relations & Regulatory Affairs for Belvedere Capital, the first private equity firm to become a bank holding company, where she managed multiple complex regulatory relationships, coordinated fundraising, and managed all investor, portfolio company and outsourced legal and accounting relationships, as well as the administrative team.

JoAnne earned her B.A. in Business Management, Human Resources and Organizational Development from Sonoma State University, and is a certified professional coach.

Zalia Aliriza

Controller

Zalia Aliriza is the Controller for Blockchain Capital. She has more than 25 years’ experience in finance, operations and management roles, upholding the highest standards in the industry.

Prior to joining Blockchain Capital, Zalia served as Director of Finance and Operations for Voicebox Creative, a San Francisco based branding and packaging design firm. Over her ten-year tenure, she was responsible for all management & accounting functions, as well as design and implementation of operational systems and control procedures.

After four years in a management accounting role in Hong Kong, Zalia founded and grew her own accounting practice. Over eight years, she supported dozens of clients with monthly accounting services as well as budget development & management, tax return filing, and strategic planning. Zalia began her professional career leading worldwide corporate health & wellness retreats.

Zalia earned her B.A. in Business and Finance from London School of Business Management and is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.

Zalia Aliriza

Controller

Zalia Aliriza is the Controller for Blockchain Capital. She has more than 25 years’ experience in finance, operations and management roles, upholding the highest standards in the industry.

Prior to joining Blockchain Capital, Zalia served as Director of Finance and Operations for Voicebox Creative, a San Francisco based branding and packaging design firm. Over her ten-year tenure, she was responsible for all management & accounting functions, as well as design and implementation of operational systems and control procedures.

After four years in a management accounting role in Hong Kong, Zalia founded and grew her own accounting practice. Over eight years, she supported dozens of clients with monthly accounting services as well as budget development & management, tax return filing, and strategic planning. Zalia began her professional career leading worldwide corporate health & wellness retreats.

Zalia earned her B.A. in Business and Finance from London School of Business Management and is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.

Advisors

Mike Novogratz

CEO, Galaxy Investment Partners, LLC

Alison Davis

Director, Royal Bank of Scotland, Fiserv, Unisys and Ooma

Kathryn Haun

Former Federal Prosecutor, US DOJ
Director, Coinbase

Gavin Wood

Co-founder, Ethereum
Founder and CTO,
Parity

Terry Schwakopf

Fed Reserve Bank of SF

Charlie Lee

Founder, Litecoin
Director of Engineering, Coinbase

Sonja Perkins

Founder, Broadway Angels
Managing Director, Menlo Ventures

Mary Cranston

Director at Visa

Vinny Lingham

CEO, Civic

Simon McNamara

CAO of Royal Bank of Scotland

Bobby Lee

CEO, BTC China

Matt Ocko

Partner, Data Collective

Will O’Brien

Co-founder, BitGo

Wayne Vaughn

CEO, Tierion

Eric Sippel

Former COO, Eastbourne Capital

Michael McAdam

CFO, Union Bank