WHO WE ARE

The Blockforce Capital team includes senior financial executives, technologists, and PhD quantitative researchers.

 

Blockforce Capital Team

 
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ERIC ERVIN
Co-Founder & CEO

Eric is the Co-founder and CEO of Blockforce Capital, an innovative asset management firm that offers multiple investment products in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Recently named by Frank Chaparro "as a top crypto pioneer in Business Insider’s bitcoin Wall Street power list" (April 2018). Eric has guided the firm from being exclusively focused on dividend growth strategies to being a trailblazer and innovator in the blockchain technology investment space. Eric is a frequent blockchain commentator on CNBC, FOX Business, CNN, and The Street, and he is regularly featured as a blockchain thought leader in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report (among other media outlets and publications).

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TOM TRIVELLA
President Reality Shares ETFs

Tom brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with over 25 years of financial industry experience in business management, operations, and administration with several east coast institutional brokers. Primarily focused on US Equities, Tom has managed various sales, trading, research, client acquisition, risk management and operational functions throughout his career, and within his most recent positions as Chief Operating Officer at the institutional brokers Citadel Securities, LLC and ICAP, PLC.

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DAVID MARTIN
Managing Partner Blockforce Private Funds

As a former portfolio trader focused on volatile asset classes and emerging markets, David is charged with helping establish our entry into digital asset trading. He is primarily focused on managing a quantitative directional long-biased portfolio fund as well as an arbitrage strategy on digital assets.

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Eddie Ranchigoda
VP, Product Marketing

Eddie is a senior marketing professional and brand strategist with 20 years’ experience spanning Gaming, Education Technology, Health & Fitness and Fintech. He’s launched over 100 products, services, and apps with Microsoft/Xbox, Cranium, Visa, Zynga, Sony/GSN, and several innovative start-ups including PopCap, OSMO, Pivotal Living, and Lark Fitness.

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Mike Dow
Venture Partner

Mike is a serial entrepreneur with multiple start-up initiatives under his belt. He brings a wealth of knowledge in digital web and mobile applications, and experience deploying dynamic multi­ channel marketing strategies in the B2B and B2C tech space, including digital assets. Mike has significant experience with venture investing in crypto assets and blockchain companies going back to 2012.

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Kevin Yedid-Botton
Managing Director

Kevin Yedid-Botton is a technologist and global finance business leader. He serves as the Managing Director of Blockforce Capital and is in charge of business development, operations, and strategic investments. He also serves as investment manager of DQN-I, LLC, a capital markets investment firm based in San Diego. In 2015, Kevin served as the CEO of Tenzar Technologies, a software company providing products for data centers, machine learning, and computing. Kevin received his B.S. in Applied Physics from Emory University.

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Bob Dochterman
EVP Key Accounts and Strategic Partnerships

“Doc” helps lead commercial operations for Blockforce Capital, including marketing, sales, distribution and business development. Doc brings more than 25 years of financial industry leadership experience to the firm, including a deep understanding of the unique needs of institutional investors, financial advisors, intermediaries and other market participants.

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Scott Hershorin, J.D.
Director Compliance and Legal

Scott is an experienced regulatory professional with years of experience in the financial services and payment tech industries. Prior to joining Blockforce Capital, he worked as an investigator for FINRA’s Department of Enforcement, where he worked on a number of high-profile enforcement actions. After leaving FINRA, Scott joined a Fintech payments company as their Director of Compliance, overseeing and implementing Money Services Business compliance and fraud/risk management programs. Scott received his J.D. from American University in Washington, DC.

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Chris McHeffey
Sales Director

Christopher is co-leader of the sales team charged with marketing Reality Shares products to a wide range of investors throughout the country. Throughout his 20 years experience in the financial industry, 15 years were with UBS Wealth Management/UBS PaineWebber.

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Ryan Ballantine
EVP Investor Relations

Ryan Ballantyne is charged with engaging hedge funds, mutual funds and the brokerage community in the adoption of Blockforce Capital’s products for implementation in their trading, hedging and investment strategies. He is also is actively involved in the development of new products in collaboration with the Blockforce Capital management team.

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Kasey Price
Operations Manager

Kasey specializes in project and product support and development. She leads communication and project development in many areas at Blockforce Capital. In her role, she provides direct support for operations and marketing growth, helping to generate, secure and advance various initiatives throughout the organization.

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Kian Salehizadeh
Senior Analyst, MBA

Kian brings over 14 years of financial industry experience in financial analysis, investment management and brokerage operations. Mr. Salehizadeh began his career in 2004 at Brandes Investment Partners where he spent five years in the Corporate Reorganization and Pricing departments, working closely with the firm's portfolio managers and research analysts.

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Zhuokang (Joseph) Feng
Senior Analyst, CFA

Joe serves the Index Committee as a Senior Analyst, leading research and data efforts for the selection of index constituent securities, and analysis on index portfolio optimization. Mr. Feng lends his highly quantitative skillset to historical back-testing and data generation, while developing extensive forecast modeling for new and existing indexes.

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Simin (Ivy) Chen
Senior Analyst, Level II CFA Candidate

Ivy brings several years investment industry experience to the Firm, providing quantitative analysis on markets, securities, and derivative instruments. Currently serving as Senior Analyst for Reality Shares and Chairwoman of the Index Committee, Ms. Chen leads the creation, development and management of the Reality Shares index effort, with principle responsibilities focused on portfolio construction, reconstitutions, rebalances and performance attribution.

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Kannan Natarajan
Senior Analyst

Kannan is an experienced investment research professional, spanning roles in quantitative investment research, index/ETF research, and research management support. In his current role, he oversees index product development, including origination of underlying index methodology and rule-sets. Prior to his work with Blockforce Capital, Mr. Natarajan worked exclusively with Deutsche Bank supporting their Equity Quant group and Research Management divisions.

Dr. Joe, PhD.
Director of Research and Quant Strategies

With a background in binary black holes, gravitational waves, and supercomputers, Dr. Joe brings the analytical prowess and inquisitive passion to identify and evaluate quantitative investment strategies. He will also help establish the hedging methods and arbitrage opportunities for the algorithmic trading Alpha Predator system.

Bill Engels
Quantitative Researcher, Machine Learning

Bill Engels is a Data Scientist with expertise in Bayesian modeling. He has experience with transitioning machine learning projects to production systems. He is in charge of developing and validating quantitative strategies. Bill graduated with an M.S. in Statistics from Portland State University.

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Charlie Smith
Analyst

Charlie joined Blockforce Capital full time in August, 2018 after working as an intern with the company. Prior to working at Blockforce Capital he was finishing up his degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated with a BA in Economics. During his time at UCLA he worked as a financial educator at the school’s Financial Wellness Program.

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Aubrey Appelbaum
Programming Analyst

Aubrey lends his significant programming talents and knowledge of algorithms and data structure to our ever-increasing data analytics needs. Aubrey will principally support development of the venture platform.