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Our unique insights are derived from backgrounds in digital media consulting, crypto asset marketing, and private market investing. This perspective enables us to recognize early-on the disruptive potential of blockchain technology applied to private securities. Specifically, we understand the existing inefficiencies inherent in the process of capitalizing, issuing, administering, transferring, and servicing investments in private assets.
We strive to demystify financial decisions by breaking apart various programs into easy to understand tutorials and guides. We read the fine print so you don’t have to.
As a 100% self-funded organization, we started The Tokenist with a mission to help people around the world better understand personal finance and the opaque world of investing. Like many of our readers we’ve been forced to make financial decisions without fully understanding their future impact. We’ve made some good ones and we’ve also made some terrible ones.
Over the years we’ve strived to conduct the most-rigorous research possible. We’ve tested products, spoken with investors around the world and gained first hand experience in what works and what doesn’t. The Tokenist is the culmination of the last five years of research.
The Tokenist team represents experts from the world of traditional finance as well as seasoned online publishers. By combining the new and the old, we help to leverage unique backgrounds to provide the best information possible.
Meet Tim. Tim is a co-founder of The Tokenist. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Tim is a mechanical engineer by training and has been investing his whole life. He started his career with GE in engineering and operations management where he held various leadership roles before leaving to pursue an MBA (he is a proud former co-chair of the Milton Friedman Group at Chicago Booth). After business school, Tim spent several years with Baird Capital where he made private equity investments in consumer and industrial companies. He left Baird to found Protective Technologies Capital in 2018, where he continues to make private equity investments in family businesses looking for help with succession planning. Tim lives in Chicago, where he enjoys watching Michigan football and basketball and traveling with his wife Kristen. Like Sia, he also likes telling jokes. However, his wife adamantly insists that he not share his “dad jokes” publicly so he reluctantly sticks to writing about finance and technology.
Meet Dan. Dan co-founded The Tokenist alongside Tim and Sia with a vision to democratize the Decentralized Finance (DeFI) industry. Born and raised in Michigan, Dan spent his early career at the Dana Farber Institute at Harvard Medical School, co-authoring several publications in the field of translational oncology and bioinformatics. Later, he oversaw dealflow for Wired Investors, a private equity firm for software businesses, and co-founded Next Ventures, a portfolio of publishing websites in the I.T. and security space. In his spare time, you can find Dan on a board somewhere remote, snowboarding or kitesurfing.
Meet Sia. Sia is a cofounder of The Tokenist. Born in Iran and raised in Canada, Sia has spent the last decade as a high school teacher before making a slow transition to online entrepreneurship. After founding a small marketing agency and selling it to a competitor, he went down the rabbit hole of personal finance and investing. Five years later, he's built 10 different businesses and done some mostly unsuccessful angel investing. When he's not helping people understand personal finance, he's traveling, working on fitness goals and telling bad jokes on Twitter.
Meet Shane. Shane first starting working with The Tokenist in September of 2018 — and has happily stuck around ever since. Originally from Maine, Shane spent almost a decade working for the U.S. government in various facets. In seeking something else but not sure what, Shane decided to study philosophy in Belgium. He authored a publication in the British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy, but eagerly wanted to be active in the world, not just academic literature. He became interested in the fusion of technology and economics, which is what led him to The Tokenist. When he can, Shane takes time to enjoy — and appreciate — the outdoors.
Summer is a banking professional and business school graduate turned expert finance writer. Raised in a small low-income town in the southern United States, Summer, like a lot of millennials, learned the ropes of personal finance the hard way. Both her work and life experiences led to discover her true passion for educating others about the complicated field of finance. Summer currently resides in the Greater Nashville Tennessee area with her husband. When she’s not writing, Summer enjoys exploring the beautiful world and hiking all of the challenging trails along the way.
As a long-time DeFi and crypto enthusiast, Vodin started writing for The Tokenist in 2019 and decided it was very fun indeed. In an attempt to get away from the mundane, Vodin studied Japanology in Serbia — his favorite subject was Japanese economics, and he wrote his graduate thesis on the Lost Decade and how it still impacts the world today. One thing led to another, and Vodin found himself in a very interesting predicament — writing about fintech and the global economy for The Tokenist. When all the finance stuff gets tiring, Vodin likes to play heavy metal on his guitar, or maybe some blues, depending on the mood.
Originally from Ireland, Eimear’s background lies in the political sphere. During her time there, she promoted better solutions for housing, health, education, and finance, including policies that supported families struggling with debt. She now helps people to better understand—and empower themselves through—personal finance. In her spare time, Eimear enjoys drinking tea, reading, and listening to jazz, preferably all at the same time.