Ari Paul is the co-founder and chief investment officer of BlockTower Capital, an investment firm that manages a portfolio of crypto assets and was started in 2017.

Paul also authors the blog The Cryptocurrency Investor. Noteworthy papers include topics such as cryptocurrency lending, the history of money and applying investment concepts to cryptocurrency.

Paul previously worked for the University of Chicago as a portfolio manager. He assisted in managing a $140 million hedge portfolio, and additionally assessed the risks for the university’s $8 billion endowment. In his previous role, Paul traded derivatives for the Susquehanna International Group, where he exchanged equity options, commodities, forex, and power.

Paul’s investment firm BlockTower Capital was originally funded by notable venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. In addition to managing a portfolio of crypto assets and trading the assets, BlockTower has also invested in decentralized ledger startup Hedera Hashgraph, decentralized marketplace startup Origin Protocol and crypto media outlet The Block.