Team

Fred Ehrsam

Fred Ehrsam

Cofounder and Managing Partner

Fred Ehrsam is co-founder and Managing Partner at Paradigm. Previously, Fred co-founded Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency company in the US, and held the role of President from 2012 to 2017. Fred purchased his first Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an angel investor in some of the space’s most formative companies. Prior to Coinbase, Fred was a foreign exchange trader at Goldman Sachs in New York. Fred holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics with honors and departmental distinction from Duke University.

Matt Huang

Matt Huang

Cofounder and Managing Partner

Matt Huang is co-founder and Managing Partner at Paradigm. Previously, Matt was a partner at Sequoia Capital focusing on early-stage venture investments including leading the firm’s cryptocurrency efforts. Matt was the founder and CEO of Hotspots, a YCombinator company acquired by Twitter in 2012, and angel investor in companies such as Bytedance and Instacart. He purchased his first Bitcoin from MtGox in 2012. Matt holds a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT.

Alana Palmedo

Partner and COO

Alana Palmedo is a Partner and COO at Paradigm leading all business functions including operations, finance, legal, business development and investor relations. Alana began her career in asset management in 2008 at Cascade Investment, LLC, the investment office for Bill & Melinda Gates. She later joined the investment team at the Boston University Investment Office. Alana earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and BBA from Pacific Lutheran University.

Arjun Balaji

Arjun Balaji

Investment Partner

Arjun Balaji is an Investment Partner focused on crypto investments. Previously, Arjun was an independent cryptocurrency analyst, consulting with NY-based hedge funds and family offices on allocation models, mining, crypto-derivatives, and other financial services and infrastructure businesses. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

Charlie Noyes

Charlie Noyes

Investment Partner

Charlie Noyes is an Investment Partner focused on crypto investments. Previously, Charlie was a member of the investment team at Pantera Capital, where he co-led early stage investments for the firm. Charlie became interested in crypto markets at a young age, and attended MIT for one year before dropping out to focus on crypto full-time. His research on blockchain technology began during his high school years and has been recognized by the Intel competitions, the NSA, and the ACM, among others.

Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson

Research Partner

Dan Robinson is a Research Partner focused on crypto investments and research into open-source protocols. Previously, Dan was a protocol researcher at Interstellar. Before Interstellar, Dan practiced as a litigation attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Harvard University.

Kathy Du

Kathy Du

Controller

Kathy Du is the Controller at Paradigm. Previously, Kathy was the Controller at Passport Capital where she worked across a spectrum of fund offerings, including the firm’s dedicated crypto funds. Earlier in her career, she worked in public accounting as a Senior Auditor at Rothstein Kass & Company, LLP (now KPMG). Kathy earned her B.S. in Business Administration at UC Berkeley.

Lehua Cortez

Lehua Cortez

Executive Assistant

Lehua Cortez is an Executive Assistant at Paradigm. With nearly 15 years in the field, Lehua has worked at Sequoia Capital, Biocodex and Trinity Services where she supported managing partners and CEOs. Lehua earned her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology at Cal State University, Los Angeles.

Gillian Reid

Gillian Reid

Executive Assistant

Gillian Reid is an Executive Assistant at Paradigm. Previously, she was the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant at Lyra Management LLC. Before Lyra, Gillian interned and worked for the United States House and Senate, in the offices of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Senator Dianne Feinstein. She earned a B.A. in History at the University of Oregon.