Dan Elitzer
Dan Elitzer is co-founder at Nascent. Previously, Dan co-founded IDEO CoLab Ventures, a crypto-focused venture firm associated with the renowned design agency, IDEO. During that time, he also helped launch YAM Finance. Dan began his career in social enterprise and microfinance, working with both domestic social impact organizations and international development agencies. Dan earned an MBA from MIT Sloan, where he co-founded the MIT Bitcoin Club and MIT FinTech Club, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pomona College.
Josh Felker
Josh Felker is co-founder at Nascent. Previously, Josh was founder of Montreal-based proprietary trading firm Vigilant Global, a leader in latency-sensitive and technology-driven trading which was acquired by DRW Trading in 2012. Josh served as a partner at DRW for 5 years where he helped to oversee a highly diversified global trading firm spanning liquidity provision operations, risking-taking/directional trading, venture investing, and cryptocurrency trading. Josh has a bachelor’s degree in genetics from Western University and is a father of four.
Theresa Regenstreif
Head of Finance and Operations
Theresa Regenstreif leads Finance, Operations, and People at Nascent. Previously, Theresa was Head of Finance at an early stage Fintech company that was acquired, with a VC who built and invested in early stage consumer facing Fintech companies, and worked with an impact investor seeding early stage agribusinesses in sub-Saharan Africa. Theresa holds a graduate degree in Accountancy from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.
Sid Ramesh
Sid Ramesh is a Principal at Nascent focused on early-stage venture, trading, and business operations. Previously, Sid was an independent advisor, consulting with startups such as dYdX and Valiu on crypto-derivatives, emerging markets, and DeFi. Earlier in his career, Sid worked on growth and business operations at Dharma where he helped grow their crypto loan originations to over $30m USD. His interest in bitcoin and blockchains began during his freshman year at UW-Madison which he attended for two years before dropping out to pursue crypto full-time.
Brock Elmore
Lead Architect
Brock Elmore is Lead Architect at Nascent, designing technology and advising portfolio companies. Previously, Brock helped launch YAM Finance, consulted on smart contract engineering, and built Ethereum-focused trading and liquidation systems. Brock has a background in machine learning, smart contract engineering, and finance. Brock attended UPenn’s Wharton Undergrad before dropping out to go full time to start a small crypto-focused fund.
Matt Klein
Portfolio Strategist
Matt Klein is a Portfolio Strategist at Nascent focused on optimizing the liquid portfolio, trading, and early-stage venture. Previously, Matt was a trader at Citi on the FX Options and Equity Derivatives desk, providing liquidity to institutional customers in the full spectrum of vanilla and exotic products. His interest in crypto began as a DeFI user who was mesmerized by the possibilities for a programmable and open-source financial system. Matt graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Howard Peng
Data Analyst
Howard Peng is a Data Analyst at Nascent, focused on on-chain data, monitoring, and finding early-stage DeFi projects. Previously, Howard joined Binance in 2018 after graduating from NDHU with a bachelor’s degree in CS, taking on many different roles with the Binance Info, Binance Core Operations, Binance Derivatives, and Binance Smart Chain teams. He is enthusiastic about crypto and visualizing data, and believes that crypto can be one of society’s most important technologies to improve the world.
Chris Novick
Senior Software Engineer
Chris Novick is a Senior Software Engineer at Nascent working to design and implement our technology. Chris's professional background spans a wide range of experience from working to help solve long-term spaceflight challenges at NASA Glenn Research Center, to helping Disney create a new generation of media software running on millions of embedded devices around the world. Chris's journey in cryptocurrencies started in the early days of Bitcoin as a hobby interest, then more seriously with smart contracts after recognizing the magnitude of the disruption on the financial industry and others. Since then, Chris has spent untold hours reading, building, and investing in all things DeFi. Chris graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering.