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Jesse Walden is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Variant. Jesse led the firm's investments in Uniswap, Phantom, Mirror, Flashbots, Foundation and others. Previously, Jesse was an investment partner on the first crypto fund at Andreessen Horowitz and later led a16z Crypto Startup School.
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Li is a General Partner at Variant, where she leads consumer investing for the firm and supports portfolio companies in their comms, community building, and go-to-market strategy.
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Spencer Noon is Co-Founder and General Partner at Variant Fund, where he leads DeFi investing for the firm and supports portfolio companies with their community building and go-to-market efforts.
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Geoff is an Investment Research Partner at Variant, where he focuses primarily on DeFi. Prior to joining Variant, Geoff spent 15 years investing in private and public companies. During that time, helped start and grow five investment firms, including Askesis Capital, Dayah Capital, Sachem Head Capital Management, and Conatus Capital. Before that, Geoff worked at Bain Capital and Bain & Company and studied Economics at Harvard.
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Medha is an Investment Research Partner at Variant. On the evenings and weekends she also runs she256, a 5013c she co-founded in 2018 that aims to increase diversity in the crypto space, and an investment DAO called Komorebi, which invests seed capital into female and non-binary crypto founders.
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Alana is an Investment Partner focusing on infrastructure. Prior to Variant, Alana worked as a consultant at BCG.
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Mason Nystrom is an Investment Partner at Variant, where he focuses on consumer crypto. Prior to joining Variant, Mason was a Sr. Research Analyst at Messari focused on Web3 infrastructure, NFTs, social tokens, and DAO infrastructure. He also worked at ConsenSys focused on marketing strategy for ConsenSys and its portfolio companies.
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Pseudotheos is an Investment Research Partner at Variant focusing on infrastructure. He joined the broader crypto community through BitcoinTalk in 2013 and has been deeply embedded in the space ever since. After several years, he moved towards infrastructure and scalability research in 2018, focusing on Layer 2s and zero-knowledge applications. In 2019, Pseudo jumped full time into freelance work on both DeFi and DAO applications. He frequently publishes research breakdowns on Twitter and Mirror.
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Derek is an Investment Research Partner at Variant, focused on DeFi. His primary research interests include on-chain data analytics and token distribution. He is also a frequent contributor to Spencer’s newsletter, OurNetwork.
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Adam is the Head of Marketing at Variant Fund. He oversees the firm's external-facing content and communications, and advises portfolio companies on marketing, growth, and brand. Prior to joining Variant, Adam built and led his own marketing agency that supported startups across tech and web3.
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Alli is the Director of Education and Events at Variant. In her role, she partners with founders, builders, and community members alike to provide the tools, education, and support needed to bring the ownership economy thesis to fruition. She also hosts an ongoing interview series called “Fem3 Voices,” which aims to highlight the work of women and non-binary builders in web3.
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Caleb is CFO and COO at Variant Fund. Prior to Variant, he was a Senior Manager at BKD CPAs & Advisors.
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Jasman is a senior at Princeton studying international affairs and Mandarin Chinese. He's currently an Investment Intern at Variant where he focuses on consumer crypto.
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Jake Chervinsky is one of Variant Fund’s strategic advisors. Jake is currently the Head of Policy at Blockchain Association, the largest advocacy group for the crypto industry in Washington DC. Prior, he was General Counsel at Compound Labs, one of the first companies to progressively decentralize and make users of the Compound protocol owners.
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Marc is General Counsel of dYdX Trading Inc. Prior to joining dYdX, Marc was a Partner in the Financial Services group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focused on the blockchain and digital assets industry, with particular attention to decentralized finance. He also advised venture funds making investments in blockchain companies and digital assets.
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Nina advises Variant and projects in our portfolio on comms and PR strategy. Nina was previously a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she helped build the crypto fund’s brand through media, events and special programs like the Crypto Startup School. Prior to her work at a16z, she was an account director at the OutCast Agency, a marketing agency specializing in comms, creative, and digital.
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Lucrecia is an EA at Variant Fund. Prior to joining Variant, Lucrecia worked with a number of VCs including Playground Global and Social Capital.
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Elisha is an Executive Assistant at Variant fund. She has over 12 years of experience as an Executive Assistant.
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