OUR TEAM

These are the people on our team. Driven, fun, and experienced.

Our experience covers the full gamut of needs a business might have – software, blockchain, legal, marketing, investment banking, and more. With unparalleled background like this, you’ll want us on your team, too.

Aaron McDonald

Aaron McDonald

Co-Founder

Aaron is a 20 year technology veteran with experience leading teams across a wide range of disciplines in portfolios over $1b in value. Aaron is the co-founder of Centrality, a Blockchain venture platform with more than 30 portfolio companies and a global team of over 300 people in 6 countries. Aaron is an award-winning entrepreneur taking out the technology category of the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the year award.

Daniel Gillespie

Daniel Gillespie

Co-Founder

Daniel brings with him over 14 years of international banking and private equity experience. His skill set covers strategic value creation, restructuring, fund raising, deal origination, investment and portfolio management and asset realisations. Daniel has been a Board Member of a number of group companies providing a broad knowledge of fiduciary and corporate legal responsibilities through various markets.

Ben Upward

Ben Upward

CEO, Co-Founder

Ben has more than 17 years of experience as a portfolio manager, financial market analyst, and trader. He has held leadership positions in a $60 billion mutual fund company, a hedge fund organization, and a $2 billion wealth management firm. Ben founded Synchronicity in 2015 and has since constructed and launched three managed futures strategies, a blockchain investment fund, and several ETF portfolios for high net worth and family office clients.

Brandon Fluegel

Brandon Fluegel

CSO, Co-Founder

Brandon has more than 18 years of experience as a proprietary futures trader, portfolio analyst, risk manager, and strategy consultant & has enjoyed leading, managing, and counseling junior traders over his career.  He has consulted for an independent Registered Investment Advisor & contributed trading and market knowledge to a financial news start-up. Brandon is an advisor to Totle, a crypto portfolio manager and DEX aggregator solution.

Tyler Ward

Tyler Ward

CMO

Tyler is a business growth specialist with a digital marketing, sales and brand background. He has a consistent track record of taking businesses from concept to profitability by supporting sales and marketing functions. Tyler has been a part of numerous successful exits in the SaaS and e-commerce industries throughout his career.

Mitsuru Tezuka

Mitsuru Tezuka

Advisor

Tezuka served as a sales representative for Hikari Tsushin, INC. in charge of corporate / retail sales and business strategy since 2000. He established CTIA in Switzerland and Japan in FY 2017, while joining organizations such as Crypto Valley, providing incubation, acceleration and consultation service for fintech companies.

Hirokado Kohji

Hirokado Kohji

Advisor

Hirokado served as President and Representative Director at HMT Co., Ltd. in 2002, leading the marketing segment to grow their professional brands. He later worked at Lion Force International Co., Ltd in the role of President as well. After serving as President and Representative Director of Geothermal Power Co. Ltd., he went to Singapore in 2014 to work at ALTIVE SG PTE LTD as President. After working at CTIA Co., Ltd., Mr. Kohji now devotes his time to blockchain technology.

Jacob Steenhuysen

Jacob Steenhuysen

Analyst

Jacob Steenhuysen graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2015 with emphasis in Global Studies and Economics. He went on to serve in the United States Peace Corps with posts in West Java, Indonesia and Jinhua, Zhejiang, China working in education, agriculture, and teaching business english. Jacob has passed the Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst exam and is studying for the CFA Level 2 exam. He is heavily involved in macroeconomics and solutions for inefficiencies now possible through distributed ledger technology.

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