Video length: 34 minutes

Setting the bell-curve in Crypto with The Spartan Group's Co-Founder & Partner, Casper B. Johansen

Kay Van-Petersen
Global Macro Strategist

Summary:  Our fifth Dragon Interview finally takes us to an exciting, controversial & new asset class that is dear to KVP's heart, Crypto. The first in a series of Crypto focused content, join us as we sit down with Casper B. Johansen, Co-Founder & Partner of The Spartan Group - an advisory & digital asset pioneer in the crypto space.

We take a walk-through Casper's background, how him & his co-founders stumbled across crypto, an overview of how to potentially think about this new, dynamic & constantly evolving space, as well as the rise of The Spartan Group.

Setting the bell-curve in Crypto with The Spartan Group's Co-Founder & Partner, Casper B. Johansen 

So we covered global macro trading with the exceptional Ashvin Murphy from AVM. Proprietary trading global currencies across banks with the talented Dacky (Keith Dack). As well as family office macro trader & nature conservationist Geo Chen.

Yet you know we had to go crypto! 

For our latest Dragon Interview we had the pleasure of sitting down with an exceptional entrepreneur & ex Goldman Sachs investment banker Casper B. Johansen.

The first of a number of special series Dragon Interviews on Crypto, we cover a number of things on this first interview with Casper, including:

-Casper's come-up story career wise, from being a Dane educated as a lawyer in the US & jumping immediately to one of Wall Street's most prestigious banks, Goldman Sachs.

-To his first tech start-up in Beijing in 2008, the folding of that a few years later alongside the stripes, lessons & takeaways earned there.

-To coming across crypto in 2017 initially as a VC investor & the inception of The Spartan Group from that. We cover the set-ups, strategy & long-term vision of the group, that Casper Co-founded with Melody He & Kelvin Koh (all Goldman alumni).

-We touch on the last bull market in 2017, as well as the "punched in the face" nuclear bear market that came after, that saw Bitcoin lose more than 80% of its value from its previous peak & naturally a lot of tokens that went to zero.  

-We then delve deeper into crypto with an appreciation of decentralized vs. centralized, how to potentially look at the always evolving space, whilst also covering everything from:

Bitcoin, to Ethereum, to DeFi (Decentralized Finance), to NFTs & also touch on some of the pioneering players in the space including: Origin Protocol, Blockstack, Solana, Dapper Labs, Deribit, Blockfolio.

There is a lot here to digest & at bear minimum, likely one of two if not one of three more pieces to come from the dream team at The Spartan Group.

We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did putting it together.


ps. For more crypto related content one can also check out the BlockCrunch podcast, that is run by crypto analyst Jason Choi, from Spartan Capital, the asset management arm of The Spartan Group.

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