Crypto assets are an important emerging asset class.
Crypto asset investing requires the application of public market investment techniques plus access to and understanding of venture-stage tech investing. This dynamic landscape demands active portfolio management and flexible investment strategies. Consistent alpha production from crypto asset investing requires dynamic tools to execute specific processes inside a well-defined investment framework.
Ikigai is a crypto asset management firm.
Ikigai has built a team of experienced investment professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, and data scientists. We seek to generate superior risk-adjusted returns on a repeatable basis from investment in crypto assets and Distributed Ledger Technology opportunities.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." The word "ikigai" is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile.
Kana & Katana is an effort by Ikigai to provide education, market insights, and philosophies to guide you through the dynamic value mobility era. We believe our efforts will bring more focus and thoughtfulness to your life, giving you comfort and confidence in spending less time on topical content and investing more on timely and timeless content.
After all, today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s birdcage liner.
TRAVIS KLING | CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Travis spent ten years in traditional finance before founding Ikigai. Most recently, he was a L/S Equity Portfolio Manager ($200mm) at Point72 ($90bn) through 2017. Prior to that, Travis was an Energy Analyst at Magnetar Capital ($4.6bn), 2011 to 2015, investing across the capital structure in L/S equities and non-control private equity and debt. From 2008 to 2010, he was an Investment Banker with Simmons & Company, focused on M&A. Travis has a BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University.
TIMOTHY LEWIS | CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER
Before founding Ikigai, Timothy spent 20 years in security, architecture, and data expediency. He has held top network and security certifications in Cisco and Microsoft, including CCIE (in written, security, R&S, and Voice), MCSE, MCDBA, CCDP, CCNP, and CCVP. Timothy led teams in development and security with organizations at Société Générale, Oracle, and Kaiser Permanente, and became involved with Bitcoin in late 2009. He was an early investor in Ethereum and began to advise on and invest in numerous other crypto asset projects starting in 2014. In early 2018, Timothy founded a leading EOS block producer, LibertyBlock.
ANTHONY EMTMAN | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Anthony is an experienced leader and startup executive, building businesses in FinTech, blockchain, real estate, transportation, and video intelligence spaces before founding Ikigai. Anthony served as CFO for Jogg, a Disney Techstars company. Before that, he Co-Founded as CFO and Software Developer, MARK Labs, a Barclays Techstars company. Additionally, Anthony was an active duty Captain in the U.S. Air Force serving as a Contracting Officer for Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM ($3bn) and as a Software Developer. He holds a BS in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a MS in Finance from Georgetown University.