Chris Dannen

Chris Dannen

Chris Dannen is CIO, co-founder, and managing partner at Iterative Capital, the New York-based cryptocurrency investment manager, and head of product at i2 Trading, the wholesale dealer and trading desk. His career has been devoted to the study and design of human systems in an entrepreneurship context. As a corporate ethnographer, Chris documented process and organization design inside hundreds of large corporations and early-stage startups, learning how successful products are conceived and executed. His writing on innovation has been published in Fast Company, Wired, and MIT Technology Review. As a strategist, he has consulted independently for Bloomberg LP, Microsoft, Edelman, Soho House, General Assembly and Atlantic Media, plus others as a staff strategist for Undercurrent LLC and ReD Associates, including Samsung, GE, and American Express. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded the iOS development shop Sneakers Agency in Brooklyn, NY in 2013, and began his first small-scale cryptocurrency mining operation in 2014. He is the author and co-author of five books on software development, UX/UI, and design, and serves as technology advisor to 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).

2016

Traveled: To British Columbia, Canada to heli-hike in and around Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park.

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 teams for Fortune 50 clients. Implementated the Responsive Organization framework developed by Microsoft, based on open allocation and agile operating principles.

2015

Traveled: Across Japan for the Fall, to cities including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Ethographic technology research on infrastructure with a focus on payments technologies and devices, in preparation for the launch of Iterative Instinct Fund I.

2015

Launched: The Responsive Career Design meetup, which sought to apply Responsive Organization principles at the individual level, foreshadowing the Iterative Capital investment thesis.

2014

Traveled: To Nuuk, Greenland for a summer of fishing, shooting, and hiking.

2014

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

2013

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.

2012-2014

Worked: As senior technology editor at Fast Company, overseeing Fast Company Labs and reporting on the internal technology processes and principles at the most innovative startups and big tech companies. Launch sponsor for Labs was the retailer Target.

2011

Published: Beginning iOS Apps with Facebook and Twitter APIs: for iPhone, a technical guide to integrating social networking components into iOS applications.

(Amazon)

2011

Published: Application Design for Windows Phone, an official 90-page design and UX guide for Microsoft Phone developers. Contracted by MSDN and Microsoft Press, 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.

2010

Published: iPhone Design Award Winning Projects, a book of interviews, code snippets, and early mockups from Apple award-winning apps including Foursquare, which went on to become one of New York's top startups.

(Amazon)

2010

Traveled: Across India: Mumbai, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Varanasi.

2010

Worked: As a junior consultant at ReD Associates, based in Copehagen, Denmark, for clients such as Lego, Coloplast, Adidas, and Samsung. ReD Associates uses ethnography to understand companies at all levels, helping C-suite executives understand their personnel and solve systemic internal problems.

2009

Worked: As a reporter for CBS news covering enterprise technology while living in Paris, France. Daily original reporting from executives at companies like Microsoft, HP, Oracle, Box, and Salesforce.

2008

Worked: As a junior writer at the satirical newspaper The Onion.

2007

Traveled: Across Europe by bicycle, from Rome to Barcelona, 1000 miles in 30 days.

2006

Graduated: From the University of Virginia with a degree in American Literature and coursework in computer science, economics, and photography. Men's Varsity Crew and Phi Gamma Delta.