Chris Dannen

Chris Dannen

Chris Dannen is CIO, co-founder, and partner at Iterative Capital, the cryptocurrency investment manager, and head of product at i2 Trading, the wholesale cryptocurrency dealer. His career has been devoted to the study and design of human systems in a business context. As a corporate ethnographer, Chris documented process and organization design inside hundreds of large corporations and early-stage startups. His writing has been published in Fast Company, Wired, and MIT Technology Review. As a strategist, he has consulted privately for Bloomberg LP, Microsoft, Edelman, Soho House, General Assembly and Atlantic Media. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Sneakers Agency in Brooklyn, NY in 2013, and began his first small-scale cryptocurrency mining operation in 2014. He applies his first-hand knowledge to cryptocurrency investing and product management. He is the author and co-author of four books on software development, UX/UI, and design. He is technology advisor for M-RAD Architecture in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Virginia and lives in Manhattan, NY.

2018

Launched: i2 Trading. Based in New Jersey and licensed at the state and Federal level, i2 Trading is a money transmitter and money services business engaged in large block cryptocurrency dealing. It sources coins directly from its own mines and others around the world.

2018

Returned Capital: Iterative Instinct Fund I, an early-stage venture capital fund launched in mid-2016 which returned capital to investors in February of 2018 at a high multiple. It invested in liquid Bitcoin and cryptocurrency positions starting in Winter of 2016, and invested seed-stage equity in crypto-startups. Portfolio companies include Storj, FOAM.SPACE, and Chronicled.

2018

Published: Building Games with Ethereum Smart Contracts, a book of intermediate software projects for Solidity developers, published by Springer Nature under the Apress imprint. (Amazon)

2018

Launched: Iterative Capital, an open-ended LP/GP fund focused on Proof-of-Work mining strategies.

2018

Launched: Neutron Mining, a large scale ASIC mine in Sichuan, China.

2017

Launched & Returned Capital: i2 Storj SPV, the first dedicated Reg. D offering for a token offering, launched in May 2017 and returned capital at a high multiple. (CNBC)

2017

Published: Introducing Ethereum and Solidity, a book teaching the fundamentals of blockchain programmers for beginners. (Amazon)

2016

Launched: Iterative Instinct Fund I (described above).

2015

Joined: As a senior strategist, the NY-based boutique consultancy and venture fund Undercurrent LLC. Learned how to re-organize business units and design tehnical roles and development teams for Fortune 50 clients, as an implementation of the Responsive Organization framework.

2015

Launched: The Responsive Career Design meetup, which sought to apply Responsive Organization principles at the individual level.

2012

Launched: Sneakers Agency, a full-service iOS and macOS development shop and creative services firm. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the agency's clients include Zagat, IBM, Droga5, SYPartners, Cameo (now Vimeo) and Pepsi.

2014

Launched: First personal cryptocurrency mining operation begins in New York with a $40,000 investment, funded by private consulting fees.

2012

Launched: Sneakers Agency, a full-service iOS and macOS development shop and creative services firm. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the agency's clients include Zagat, IBM, Droga5, SYPartners, Cameo (now Vimeo) and Pepsi.

2015

Published: Official 90-page design and UX guide for Microsoft Phone developers. Contracted by MSDN and an outside publisher, and written in the syle of Apple's human interface guidelines, this document synthesized hundreds of UI-related best practices documented by internal Microsoft developers on MSDN.