Ari Paul
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer
BlockTower Capital

Mr. Paul has been involved in the financial services industry since 2006. Most recently, from 2013 to 2017, Mr. Paul served as a portfolio manager and risk manager for The University of Chicago’s $7.5 billion endowment, where he managed a “tail-hedging” strategy via long volatility investments. In his role, he worked with the chief risk officer in risk management and analytics, and performed research on the characteristics of endowment investments and asset classes, including researching cryptocurrency. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Paul was a derivatives market maker with Susquehanna International Group (SIG), and then served as a proprietary derivatives trader until 2013. Mr. Paul began investing in cryptocurrency in 2014. He has previously invested in exchange traded tokens, initial coin offerings, and other parts of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Mr. Paul brings experience as a professional trader, portfolio manager, risk manager and capital allocator to the Digital Asset industry.

Mr. Paul graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a CFA charterholder.


2021 Annual Conference: September 21-23, 2021

A 3-Day In-Person and Digital Conference:

- Sep 21: In-Person Panels, Fireside Chats, and other Sessions

- Sep 22-23: Global Digital Panels, Fireside Chats, and other Sessions

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