Founder & CEO
Olaf is the founder of Polychain Capital, a cryptocurrency hedge fund founded in July 2016. He is the former Head of Risk at Coinbase, the largest bitcoin company in the world, where he was the first employee. He received a BA from Vassar College after completing his thesis on distributed networking, financial cryptography, and the blockchain. At Coinbase, he built a 40 person operations team, conducted agent training for the FBI, HSI, and Treasury Department, and designed fraud prevention and account security mechanisms protecting billions of dollars in transactional value occurring in over 30 countries. He is an expert in decentralized ledger protocols, crypto-based financial instruments, private key security, and anti-fraud systems at scale.