FOUNDER & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Jake is the founder and CIO of Tradecraft Capital.
Jake brings over 20 years of professional experience in software technology and investing in traditional markets to world of crypto asset investing, which is the harmonic blend of technology and finance.
As distributed ledgers are ultimately technologies, his understanding how each blockchain works as well as fundamentals of the underlying technologies enhance his investment edge.
A noted author, Jake’s recent work Crypto Asset Investing in the Age of Autonomy was published by John Wiley & Sons.
He writes long-form content where he breaks down ideas in crypto and investing. He’s a contributor to Bloomberg Radio, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review (HBR), and Real Clear Markets. He’s a special contributor to the Digital Assets Council for Financial Professionals (DACFP) with Ric Edelman as well.
He has been a frequent panelist at many conferences including the Los Angeles Blockchain Summit (LABS), the Harvard Business School SoCal Association event on cryptocurrency, CryptoBlockCon conference, Crypto Investment Summit (CIS) and was keynote speaker and content chair of the Autonomy 2040 summit as well as private investor and TDAmeritrade and Fidelity registered investment advisors (RIA) conferences.
As well, he has been on several podcasts including the Pomp Podcast, Delphi Digital, Investor Connect, the Crypto Street Podcast, Crypto 101 and Expert Dojo where he discusses all aspects of investing in crypto assets.
Prior to the formation of Tradecraft Capital and the sponsorship of the Fund, Jake was the founder and CEO of a specialized software development services firm, VCG.
His current positions also include venture advisor at Mucker Labs, strategic advisor at Diversis Capital, a private equity firm, as well as an advisor to several venture-backed start-ups. Jake holds a degree in Computer Science with an concentration in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the University of Texas at Austin.
James M. Diorio, Jr.
PRINCIPAL & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
James is a principal and Chief Executive Officer of Tradecraft Capital.
He is an executive, serial entrepreneur and advisor with depth creating and growing successful businesses throughout his career.
His foundation as an engineer and broad entrepreneurial background is combined with experience in startups, large corporations, national consultancies and international ventures has yielded depth across all core corporate disciplines including operations, technology, sales, marketing, service, leadership and team building.
These fundamentals, augmented with a passion for training and empowering people to be their best, allows James to approach business from a well-rounded perspective and produce exceptional results.
Prior to joining Tradecraft Capital James' most recent exit was a SaaS turnaround in which he assumed the role of CEO and led the company to achieve 7 consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in America culminating in strategic acquisition.
Notably, immediately after this exit, he played a strategic role in restructuring a national MSP, positioning it for sale, and leading the efforts which resulted in successful acquisition in 2018.
It was in 2018 that James took a deep dive into the blockchain space, ultimately becoming an investor and advisor to Tradecraft Capital before being invited to take the operational reigns. James also advises multiple blockchain startups, is a mentor at Expert Dojo, and was Co-Founder of the Autonomy2040 conference where he was a moderator, contributor, and event facilitator.
A technologist at heart James holds a degree in computer science from University of California, Santa Barbara.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Sofia Koo is a financial industry veteran with over 15 years on Wall Street including roles as AVP in the GSO Treasury Group at Blackstone and as a Portfolio Analyst for CLOs for Credit Suisse Alternative Investments. Most recently, she was at the Cash Management team with Apollo ISG with direct responsibility for managing liquidity, cash, derivatives (including swaps), FX spots/forwards, facilitating ongoing reconciliation, and innovating systems and processes to promote more efficient treasury management.
As a contrast to the world of big banks, Sofia also brings of entrepreneurial experience from the SMB world where she was focusing on optimizing accounting and operations for various startups and medium size businesses. In 2019 Sofia jumped into the world of Crypto investing where her financial acumen has allowed her to understand the nuances and complexities of crypto investing, accounting and management. A Korean Bolivian who is fluent in English, Spanish, Korean, and conversational in Portuguese, Sofia graduated from West Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Communications and holds a Certificate in Accounting from Baruch College.
GENERAL PARTNER & STRATEGIC ADVISOR TO TRADECRAFT CAPITAL
Michael Terpin is a blockchain investor through his family office, Transform Capital, and the founder and CEO of Transform Group, a global communications, blockchain advisory and investor events firm that has served more than 300 blockchain companies, including more than 60 percent of the CoinMarketCap 100. Terpin also co-founded BitAngels, the world’s first angel investor network for digital currency startups, in May 2013, which has expanded to 15 city chapters. Previously, Terpin founded Marketwire (now Globe Newswire), one of the world’s largest company newswires, and he now serves as chairman of First Block, a media distribution company that owns Blockchain Wire.
FORMER SVP OF NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK & ADVISOR TO TRADECRAFT CAPITAL
Mr. Cone brings to Tradecraft Capital a 30-year career in the international capital markets as a trader, salesperson, and manager of risk products and people. His trading experience includes US Treasuries, FX, Interest Rate Derivatives, and Money Markets. He has managed trading rooms for some of the biggest international banks in the world. He's worked directly with regulators (OCC, NY State Banking, Federal Reserve, FINRA, SEC). In addition, he has managed consulting projects in broker dealer startups, regulatory risk reviews, anti-money laundering investigations and remediation, and anti-corruption compliance. He graduated from SMU in 1980 and lives with his wife in Palm Desert, CA.