Co-Founder & Managing Director
Branson has been an active early stage investor in the blockchain ecosystem since 2013. He was a founding investor of the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company (dba Electric Coin Company) and Zcash protocol, and has Seed invested many of the premier teams in the crypto space as Managing Director of his family office Bollinger Investment Group. Previously, he founded a company which automated the contract staffing process.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Aaron has been an active investor in the blockchain ecosystem since 2015. He was a founding investor of the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company (dba Electric Coin Company) and Zcash protocol. Previously, he was an executive in the energy industry as CFO of Pneumatic Technology, which sold in 2017. Aaron earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Texas Christian University, Neely School of Business.
Prior to Zenith Ventures, Dmitriy worked with CoinFund, a blockchain-focused cryptofund, where he conducted investment due diligence and research, and co-founded a crypto-asset portfolio management platform, where he led business development and operations. Prior to this, Dmitriy was an Assistant Vice President with Deutsche Bank Labs, where he engaged with startups, investors, and academia to discover, evaluate, and adopt innovative technologies into the Bank. Prior to this, Dmitriy was an Associate in the Strategy & Business Development team within Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking (GTB) Division, where he supported senior management with the development, execution and monitoring of GTB’s strategies, governance and operating models. Dmitriy received his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley-Haas School of Business.
Phil was an early mover into the digital asset space by investing in Bitcoin in 2013. In 2017 he helped launch the first cryptocurrency fund of funds, BitBull Capital, out of the Stanford StartX incubator. While there he made allocations to top tier funds such as Polychain, MetaStable, and Pantera. He is a partner at the Digital Asset Strategy Summit, an institutional investment event on digital assets held annually in Dallas. Previously he held roles as an equities analyst at a family office, and built out online banking center as a banker for the largest commercial bank in his home state of Kentucky.
Ryan has been an active investor and entrepreneur in crypto since 2012, backing both start-ups and token-enabled networks. Prior to leading Polychain’s private investment portfolio, he was an early investor in a number of projects in the Ethereum ecosystem, ran a bitcoin mining operation throughout 2013-2014, and built a bitcoin-remittance firm in South America. Ryan has led the transition to SAFTs as a legitimate investment instrument. He is known in the space for his commitment to being a value-add investor, leveraging his prior experience as CEO of a large Brazilian renewables firm. Prior to his time in renewables, Ryan worked in investment banking focused on financial technology. Ryan’s contributions to Cryptoeconomics include the concept of Keepers, a new cryptoeconomic model for carbon credits, the SportsDAO and he launched a lab at his alma mater the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada.
Richard has been building companies since 2008. Along the way, he went to Hacker School and has trained in various coding languages including Ruby on Rails, Objective-C, and Sinatra. Richard joined Stripe near the beginning in 2012 and the company grew beyond $1b during his tenure. Richard worked for the Ethereum Foundation in 2014 before starting his company Balanced Software. Balance is Open Finance software that allows for the tracking of tokens, loans, and investments.