I'm an entrepreneur, investor and startup advisor. Currently an investor at Synapse Capital, a hybrid venture/hedge fund focused on emerging technologies.
Previously, I was Co-founder & CEO at Hedgy - a blockchain technology startup with $1.2M in seed funding backed by investors including Tim Draper and Marc Benioff. We started Hedgy to democratize access to the financial markets. We built the first production smart contract allowing bitcoin businesses to hedge volatility risk. Later we built blockchain apps and prototypes for financial institutions. Hedgy was acquired by Wyre, Inc in 2018.
I'm a perpetual learner with a curious mind. I love reading cutting edge books, drinking bulletproof coffee and traveling off the beaten path.
If you stick to the script, you can be assured of mediocrity.
- Tom Barrack
Investor| 2018 - Present
A real estate investment firm that sources, rehabilitates and manages multi family assets located in qualified opportunity zones.
Co-Founder | August 2014 - June 2016
Hedgy is a seed funded fintech startup reimagining financial derivatives using blockchain technology. Hedgy raised $1.2M in seed funding backed by investors including Tim Draper and Marc Benioff. We started Hedgy to democratize access to the financial markets. We built one of the first crypto asset smart contracts allowing businesses to hedge volatility risk. Later we built blockchain apps and prototypes for financial institutions.
Hedgy was acquired by Wyre in 2018.
Learn more here: Hedgy
Individual Investor| 2013 - Present
I began angel investing in 2013. Notable investments include Ethereum, 0x, Cosmos, MakerDAO, Theta Labs, Latchel, Augur, Airhouse, Alto IRA and Seated among others.
Some organizations I am involved with and care about
Kairos Society - Alumni
The Kairos Society works to find and empower the young pioneers who will push the world forward through entrepreneurship and innovation. We view today’s global problems as opportunities for entrepreneurs to focus on the meaningful businesses and innovations that will radically change the world for the better.
Boost VC - Alumni
Boost is a bitcoin focused startup accelerator based in the heart of San Mateo. At Boost we believe that with the proper business and product guidance, any entrepreneur can build a great idea into an amazing company. I participated in Batch 4 in the summer of 2014. Now as an Alumni I help the new startups and give tips on all things startup related.
Donor & Supporter
Moneythink is the only movement of young people working to restore the economic health of America through financial education. We believe financial education is one of the highest-leverage actions we as a society can take to build a better future. We won’t stop until every student in America graduates prepared to navigate the financial decisions of the real world.
Bad Ass Advisor is an invite-only network that matches great advisors to growing companies. The goal being to reduce the time, paperwork, guesswork, happenstance and coincidence in helping startups find advisors.
WiFi Tribe is a co-living, co-working experience for young entrepreneurs and remote professionals. Spend a month living and working with like minded people in amazing places around the world.
Co-Host - Baller Group Co
The Baller Dinner is a highly curated, multigenerational and interdisciplinary dining experience for 8-15 people. Ballers believe in action over talk, humility over arrogance and inclusion over exclusion. (Origin Story)
I have had the great pleasure of working alongside Matt as my business partner for Campus Ink Apparel in Los Angeles, California. Matt’s enthusiasm and rigorous work ethic have led Campus Ink to sales in every state along the west coast and brought in increasing quarterly revenues. His natural leadership and managerial skills have led to our expansion to 10 employees and created extensive training materials for them along the way. His talents in social media allowed us to reach new customers, hire team members, and even raise 3,000 dollars for an incredible social event. Matt is energetic, focused, results driven, a model entrepreneur, and a true team player- a blessing for any company!
— Ofek Lavian