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We are a team of experts in blockchain technologies with strong backgrounds in building and scaling successful, consumer-friendly business processes. We are challenging ourselves to realize the next breakthrough, not only as entrepreneurs developing new technology and markets, but as pioneers of the new sharing economy.
Marissa Kim, MANAGING Partner
Marissa Kim advises innovators in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem on go-to-market strategy, token structure and token economics and is also an active investor in the space. She is a thought-leader and world-wide speaker on topics ranging from token sales and cryptocurrency to investing in blockchain.
Previously, Marissa was a corporate lawyer where she represented major financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of public and private company transactional practice, focusing corporate finance, public and private offerings of stock, M&A and the formation of hedge and private equity funds at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in New York City.
RICHARD D. TITUS, MANAGING PARTNER
Richard D. "Titus" is a globally experienced senior executive (CxO) with 20+ years in digital transformation. He has co-founded 11 firms including Prompt.ly and digital agency giants Razorfish (LA) & Schematic. He has also led business divisions for Samsung Electronics, DMGT (Associated Northcliffe Digital owner of the Daily Mail) and the BBC to award-winning levels of performance recognized by CES, GSMA, Techcrunch and the Wall Street Journal.
His superpowers fall into three silos: go-to-market strategy and execution, product management, and informed design-centered thinking. An early blockchain enthusiast - he has advised numerous successful ICOs including: ADEX, HIVE - PROJECT, PILLAR, PO.ET and the upcoming EXPERTY, GUARDIUM, OMEGA ONE, REVEALIT, SCIENCE, SUN EXCHANGE, and SNIP - raising +$200m in funding in the last six months.
CATHERINE BROWN, CHIEF OF STAFF
At fifteen, Catherine discovered the executive assistance career path. Today, she holds over nineteen years of experience and has assisted celebrities, politicians and CEOs across a multitude of industries. She knows the MVP of every team is always one physical step behind the VIP and five mental steps ahead of everyone, and it is this intimate industry experience that is the glue that holds ARK together.
Prior to joining ARK, Catherine founded EM - a matchmaking service for c-suite executives and assistants and graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in conflict mediation and national security. She is a certified personality analyst focused on leadership and organizational behavior, a female founder-focused start-up advisor and a yoga instructor.
MATTHEW BURGESS, PARTNER & SYNDICATES LEADER
Matthew is an entrepreneur, marketer, investor, crypto-enthusiast, husband, father and avid surfer. Prior to joining ARK, Matthew founded Creatalytics Digital Marketing - a boutique marketing agency focused on identifying powerful thought-leaders, platforms, technologies and projects, and amplifying messaging to accelerate business growth.
In blockchain, crypto assets and distributed applications, Matthew also founded Blockchain Disruption Fund to invest in companies, DLT projects and ICOs. Matthew is an LP in Blockchain Capital and has worked with a variety of projects, including: WAX Token, BlockVEE, FileCoin, Sensay, Abra, BitAccess, BitGo, Bitnet, BitPagos, BitPesa, Blade Financial, BlockStream, Case, ChangeCoin, ChangeTrip, expresscoin, Factum, Filament, Gem, Gems, GoCoin, Koinify, Kraken, LedgerX, PeerNova, Tether, ZenBox+.
BIANCA BEATTY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & EVENTS
Bianca is a highly skilled and motivated full-stack marketing professional with over eight years of experience in e-commerce, start-ups and software applications. Her passions include bringing a dynamic and versatile outlook on content strategy with developing brand awareness, generating inbound traffic, cultivating leads for growth, and designing and implementing content strategy to drive community participation and leadership.
matthew nolan, ASSOCIATE PARTNER
Matthew Nolan is a serial entrepreneur & technologist. Co-founder of Speek: acquired by Jive 2015. Former Sr Engineer at JP Morgan. Former Sr Engineer at IBM. Built some of the world’s largest online casinos at High 5 Games. Founder of Verona: one of Fast Company’s “most innovative companies”, 2016. Globally recognized social entrepreneur featured by BBC, NBC, FOX, Vice, more. Webby Awards honoree, 2016. Speaker and Resident at TED conferences. Matthew has been actively working in the blockchain space since 2014 as a founder of Red Button, and is a core contributor to VulcanizeDB.
RICHARD T. HALVORSON, VENTURE PARTNER
Rich is a founder, advisor, and investor who excels in discovering and building strategic value. He leverages insights from energy innovation, enterprise technology, and aviation. His first company licensed global technology and patents to Visa, MasterCard, and Amex. In the impact space, Rich built a non-profit that serves 50,000 people in 25 countries. He has lived or worked in the Philippines, Croatia, Panama, Spain, Colombia, and Haiti.
Prior to his venture career, Rich was a global affairs journalist for The Miami Herald and created the ThinkMTV brand for Viacom. He taught history and coached soccer in Miami-Dade Public Schools. Rich wrote a thesis on global economic theory under Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, and graduated with honors in philosophy from Harvard University.