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Convex Labs is building a crypto innovation network.



Convex Labs

Convex Labs is founded by current and former leaders of the Stanford Blockchain Club with expertise in blockchain forensics, quant trading, organizational design, and venture capital.

The team is building a digital R&D platform for web3 projects focusing on security and inefficiencies in core blockchain infrastructure. Their first public project, Honest Protocol, is building a decentralized trust and curation platform for web3, starting with Ethereum.

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Oak HC/FT, Canvas, Ethereal Ventures, Floodgate

Founder(s) Background

Ricardo Rosales - CEO - Ricardo is an MBA at Stanford and President of the Stanford Blockchain Club. He became interested in crypto in 2013 after a friend mentioned that Ricardo’s self-built computer, used for machine learning research, could be used to mine Bitcoin. After a failed attempt to launch a crowd-sourced hedge fund on Ethereum, he started his career as a high-frequency trader at Goldman Sachs. He later moved to Marshall Wace, a $50B+ multi-strategy hedge fund, where he led the Americas trading business. Since early 2020, he has spent his time working, advising, and investing in crypto startups.

Tony Douglas - CDO (Chief DAO Officer) - Tony is an MBA at Stanford and Head of Governance for the Stanford Blockchain Club. Prior to Stanford, Tony received a Master’s in Organizational Psychology where he focused on applications of machine learning to organizational development. He started his career at Goldman Sachs as an internal design consultant (process engineering, UI/UX design, etc). He then co-led the creation of an Organizational Design team at Goldman before leaving the firm to join an HR tech startup. Tony now applies these organizational design and development experiences, plus his general passion for ‘Future of Work’ tech, to the research of decentralized autonomous organizations.

Nick Bax - Head of Research - Nick caught the Bitcoin bug in 2012 and has been working as a cryptocurrency forensic analyst since 2017. He has consulted individuals, private companies, and top crypto VCs on a number of topics including cryptocurrency fraud detection/mitigation, sim swapping, and both on-chain and off-chain forensics. At Convex Labs, he applies scientific methodologies to blockchain-related problems. Nick was previously an Officer of the Stanford Blockchain Club and graduated from Stanford with a PhD in structural biology in 2021. Before Stanford, Nick studied Chemistry at Princeton.

Max DiGiacomo-Castillo - Research Partner - Max studies Computer Science at Stanford and previously led education efforts for the Stanford Blockchain Club. He has done crypto research in labs at Stanford and MIT, and has published his work in IEEE conference proceedings. Before Convex Labs, he worked in a data analysis role at Prysm Group, a blockchain economic consulting firm led by Harvard PhD economists.

Kun Peng - VP of Product - Kun is pursuing a master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford and is the Founding Director of the Stanford Blockchain Accelerator program. Prior to Convex Labs, Kun worked as Strategy Lead at Cook Finance, a decentralized crypto index management platform, and launched several NFT projects on the side. Kun got into the crypto space in 2017, and he previously worked as a part-time product manager at Nebulas and Thundercore. Kun was born in China and raised in Argentina speaks six languages fluently. He is knowledgeable and well connected in both the Latin American and Chinese crypto ecosystems. Kun advises, mentors, invests, builds, and operates crypto projects.

Chinedum (CK) Umachi - VP of Business Development - CK is a current MBA student at Stanford and the Marketing and Recruiting Director of the Stanford Blockchain Club. He has worked in Venture Capital focused on investing in crypto companies with NFX, Galaxy Digital, and SeaX Ventures. Prior to Stanford, CK worked as an Expert Product Manager for Blockchain at Pacific Gas & Electric, leading several pilots and partnerships. He has been investing, building, learning, and tinkering in the crypto space since 2017 and has an engineering degree from MIT.

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