I live in Marin County with my wife and daughter, which provides us with ample opportunity to get outside, whether hiking in the woods next to our house or heading up to the mountains to ski. Hesitant to go full suburb after more than a decade living in dense cities (largely DC, New York, and Oakland), I've resisted getting a car and try to get around by e-bike to the greatest extent possible, something made easier by the mild weather and all of the dedicated bike paths in our neighborhood. I also love to travel when we're not mired in a global pandemic and from time to time get deeply into craft beverages (e.g., coffee, mezcal).
What I've worked on:
I've recently been helping ConsenSys make the transition from an Ethereum ecosystem building incubator to an integrated blockchain software business. I initially got involved with ConsenSys a little over 3 years ago when they agreed to fund Coven, an open venture investing platform that used crypto economic incentives to facilitate the collaborative sourcing, diligencing, and approval of early stage venture capital investments, which operated in a closed beta among the ConsenSys network from 2018-2020. At the lowest points of the 2018 - 19 bear market, it was among the most heavily used decentralized applications despite being in a closed beta and the investments made through it have generated >3x cash-on cash returns in aggregate in less than 3 years, driven by investments in companies like Bison Trails, Relay Payments, and Axie Infinity. Unfortunately, we had to wind it down due to the deeply unstable cost of capital caused by fluctuations in the crypto currency market.
I started my career in real estate private equity working in acquisitions at NALS, then made a brief foray into politics with an aim to helping the country recover from the financial crisis, before transitioning to McKinsey where I worked as a management consultant for a number of years and gained exposure to the explosive growth of web2 technology businesses. I left there to work in technology full time, helping Honest Buildings successfully pivot from a marketplace business to a SaaS business before its ultimate acquisition by Procore, during which time I was first exposed to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, leading me to Coven and ConsenSys.
How to contact me:
@dfmerin (DM's should be open)