Chris Lepensky leads Data Science at Variant. In this role, he uses data analytics and modeling to help Variant and its portfolio founders make better data-driven decisions. Prior to joining Variant, Chris was a Data Scientist at 0x Labs, where he worked on analyzing the decentralized exchange and aggregator markets in addition to Matcha, their decentralized exchange. Before 0x, he worked for the news aggregator app, Smartnews, as a Senior Data Scientist; he also held multiple data roles at mobile gaming companies working on in-game economies and user prediction models. Chris first became interested in crypto during grad school while mining BTC out of his apartment. Outside of work, Chris is an avid Formula 1 fan, likes to road bike in Marin, ski on the slopes in Tahoe, and go on adventures with his dog, Archie.