Author Archives: Ari Paul

About Ari Paul

Ari Paul is co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital. He was previously a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago's $8 billion endowment, and a derivatives market maker and proprietary trader for Susquehanna International Group (SIG). Ari earned a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in economics, entrepreneurship, strategic management, and econometrics & statistics. Ari is a CFA charterholder.

Early stage valuations fall to earth

I initially wrote the following as an internal memo to our team this morning, but thought it might be interesting to the broader crypto world. We’re seeing something play out in real time (but slow motion) that we’ve long expected.  … Continue reading

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Education – University of Chicago Alumni Event

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Forbes Article: It’s 1994 in Cryptocurrency

Comparing Cryptocurrency in 2017 to Tech in 1994: https://www.forbes.com/sites/apaul/2017/11/27/its-1994-in-cryptocurrency/  

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Cryptocurrency And The History of Money

I helped Alliance Bernstein analysts Gautam Chhugani and Gaurav Jangale write the note below for their clients. AB_CryptoFinance Insights_Is Bitcoin money

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Disclaimers and disclosures

Last updated 03/07/2018 Twitter is a challenging medium for a manager of an investment firm, since the character limit makes standard disclaimers impossible.  A suggestion that I took to heart, was to include a link to such disclaimers and disclosures … Continue reading

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Don’t ignore the competition

Cryptocurrency investors usually only look at the investable landscape.  They ignore those projects that are hard (or impossible) to invest in.  This is a big mistake when considering an investment in a competitive industry. ++ When I talk to cryptocurrency … Continue reading

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Table Selection

++ Back in my college days, I played poker. A lot of poker, at high stakes. I played online, in Atlantic City, in underground Philadelphia poker clubs, and against other UPenn undergrads. I was a very good player, but I … Continue reading

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