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Cypherpunk Holdings (CSE:HODL / OTC:KHRIF) has named Jeffrey Gao as its new CEO, taking over from COO Daniel Cawrey, who is leaving the company. Gao had previously been an advisor to the company’s investment committee.

Previous CEO, Tony Guoga, has been appointed the Executive Chairman. Cypherpunk said the changes were scheduled to take place on 7 November.

“Jeffrey is the right person to lead Cypherpunk into the future, given his strong command of our business and already bringing lots of value as a member of the Investment Committee,” Guoga said. “We are on a positive growth trajectory and are well-positioned to build on our strong momentum.”

The company said that Guoga will continue to play a key role and be actively involved in the business. He will act as an advisor and also help to shape long-term strategy.

Who are Cypherpunk Holdings?

Cypherpunk Holdings is a listed company which invests in digital assets related to cryptocurrency and privacy. Its vision is to build up a store of value in the new generation of assets that will play a big role in defining the economy of the future. While it has a big treasury of Bitcoin and is seen by some investors as something of a BTC proxy, it owns stakes in private companies which also play a big role in the infrastructure of the digital economy.

Among the investments it has already made are IPv4 addresses, which it can lease out, as well as physical infrastructure like Bitcoin mining machines. Last month the company said it was buying into digital entertainment firm Animoca Brands via a secondary market trade.

Who is Jeffrey Gao?

Gao has been involved with Cypherpunk since April when he joined as an advisor to the investment committee. He trained as a quant and data scientist and has a degree in Commerce (Actuarial Science) from the University of Melbourne. Based out of his home town of Melbourne he has worked with a range of start up projects. He holds a lecturing position at Kaplan Business School. He is also a sophisticated investor and runs a small family office managing private wealth. his expertise will be of great value in taking Cypherpunk’s investment strategy forward to the next level.

What makes Cypherpunk Holdings one to watch?

Cypherpunk Holdings represents an already diversified play on the fast-evolving landscape of digital assets, many of which can be difficult for the private investor to access otherwise. The company is pursuing an investment strategy which can differentiate between equity stakes in existing platforms and infrastructure in the cryptocurrency space, yield plays like its IPv4 address library, and raw crypto assets like its Bitcoin reserve.

Guoga’s ongoing involvement in the company will be welcomed by investors. A former European politician and high stakes poker player, he leverages a considerable network within both the European and wider global digital assets and privacy marketplace. Combined with Gao’s expertise, this looks like the foundations for a solid management team that can take Cypherpunk through to the next stage in its evolution.

Cypherpunk Holdings will host an investor webinar on Tuesday, November 09, 2021, at 20:00 EDT to discuss the recent management changes and the Company’s vision and business outlook.


This article is not investment advice. Investors should do their own research or consult a professional advisor.

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse has spent 25 years in journalism and marketing, including as a wealth management editor for the Financial Times group, covering capital markets and international private banking, and as an investment banking correspondent for Euromoney in Hong Kong. He was the founder editor of The Hedge Fund Journal.

Stuart has worked at CMC Markets, supporting the re-launch of its global financial spread betting and CFD trading platforms. He is also the author of two books on trading, published by Financial Times Pearson. Based in The Armchair Trader’s London office, Stuart continues to advise fund managers, private banks, family offices and other financial institutions.

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