Read

Edit

History

Notify

Share

Olaf Carlson-Wee

Olaf Carlson-Wee is an American entrepreneur best known for founding the fund . He was the first employee of and was named in the Forbes 30 Under list in 2018. [1][2] He also featured in Fortune magazine's 40 Under 40 in 2018 and appeared as part of Forbes’ Blockchain 50 2022. [5][6]

Early Life & Education

Olaf Carlson-Wee grew up in rural Minnesota. Both of his parents were Lutheran ministers. [3]
He started studying Sociology at the Vassar College in 2008, where he wrote his thesis on and distributed networks and financial cryptography. [1]

When I was getting into Bitcoin, I didn’t have a clear view of how it would all play out. But I had an intuitive feeling that if we could rewrite the global economic and financial system with a software-based substrate that was run by an algorithm that nobody controlled, rather than by a central bank system, there would be a huge wealth transfer from traditional elites to those in the cryptocurrency sphere.

After graduating in 2012, he embarked on a year-long journey across the United States, staying at friends' homes and carefully considering his future career path. Ultimately, he was drawn to the emerging field of cryptocurrency and decided to pursue it as his vocation. [3]

Career

Carlson-Wee started his career at as the Head of Risk and Product Manager after securing his position as the company's first employee through a cold email in which he pitched his Bitcoin thesis.

I literally cold emailed jobs@coinbase and said, ‘I love bitcoin. Here’s my thesis. I’ll do any job’

Following a 20-minute Skype conversation with , Carlson-Wee was invited for an in-person interview with Coinbase's co-founder in San Francisco. Ehrsam requested Carlson-Wee to prepare two 15-minute presentations, one to demonstrate his expertise in a complex subject and the other to present his vision for Coinbase. During the interview, Carlson-Wee was asked to solve a math problem and was further questioned on his personal philosophy and opinions. [4]

After a four-day interval from the interview, and Ehrsam offered Carlson-Wee a two-week paid work trial. As the sole customer support representative, Carlson-Wee assisted Coinbase's 250,000 users during his three-year tenure at the company, ultimately rising to the position of head of risk. [4]

Polychain Capital

In 2016, Carlson-Wee departed from Coinbase to establish - one of the earliest cryptocurrency hedge funds that he launched from his San Francisco apartment. Forbes reports that the fund had overseen assets worth over $300 million and has secured investments from notable entities such as Ehrsam, Sequoia Capital, and Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. Polychain Capital has made investments in blockchain startups including BitClout, a blockchain-based social network, and Celo, a blockchain payments startup. [4]

See something wrong? Report to us.

Olaf Carlson-Wee

Commit Info

Edited By

0xfaF91FF28393Cf9292A351DbEa5FA6DCF34538D3
yena

Edited On

April 16, 2023

Feedback

Average Rating

No ratings yet, be the first to rate!

How was your experience?

Give this wiki a quick rating to let us know!

Media

REFERENCES

Join the IQ Brainlist

Sign up for the IQ Brainlist to get early access to editing on the IQ.wiki site!

Join Now

Subscribe to our newsletter

The IQ Ecosystem Report will keep you updated on everything IQ.

Subscribe

IQ.wiki

IQ.wiki's vision is to bring blockchain knowledge to the world and knowledge onto the blockchain. A part of Brainfund group

https://twitter.com/IQWIKIhttps://www.reddit.com/r/Everipedia/https://t.me/everipediahttps://www.instagram.com/iqwiki_/https://github.com/EveripediaNetworkhttps://discord.gg/x9EWvTcPXthttps://www.facebook.com/iqdotwiki

IQ

What's IQ?StakingBonds

Company

About usCareersBrandingIQ GPTIQ Dashboard

© 2024 IQ.wiki Powered By BrainDAO & IQ