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Balaji Srinivasan

Balaji Srinivasan

Formal First Name
Balaji
Dates
1980 - present

Balaji Srinivasan is a highly renowned investor, entrepreneur, executive and academic. Dr. Srinivasan is Cofounder and Board Member of Coin Center, a leading non-profit focused on the policy issues facing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. He is also an early investor in many successful tech companies and crypto protocols. Dr. Srinivasan served as the Chief Technical Officer at the digital currency behemoth CoinBase and a General Partner at the storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was the cofounder and CTO of Counsyl, where he won a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Medicine and was named to the MIT TR35. He was also the co-founder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), and Teleport (acquired by Topia). Dr. Srinivasan is the author of The Network State, a WSJ bestseller. He also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013, which reached 250,000+ students worldwide.

Professional Experience


Academic History

INVESTMENTS

  • Alchemy, Ava Labs, Bitcoin, Cameo, Chainlink, Clubhouse, Dapper Labs, Deel, EPNS, Ethereum, Instadapp, Lambda School;

  • Mighty, NEAR Protocol, OnDeck, Opensea, Replit, Republic, Roam Research, Solana, Soylent, Superhuman, Synthesis, XMTP, and Zora


COINBASE

  • Dr. Srinivasan sourced and closed $1.5B+ in deals for  Coinbase Custody with Sam McIngvale and Juan Suarez.

  • He supervised the integration of Earn.com into Coinbase and subsequent expansion to 100+ countries.

  • He organized both the business and technical sides of the USDC stablecoin launch, now at $1B+ in market cap.

  • He drove the addition of new assets to the Coinbase platform across all products and supervised the buildout of a wholly new infrastructure.


EARLY CAREER

  • As a General partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he moved into biomedicine and blockchain through both investments and recruiting.

  • He was Co-founder of Teleport, a search engine for digital nomads which was acquired by Topia in 2017.

  • He was Co-founder and CTO of Counsyl, responsible for scientific codebase, marketing, design, public relations, recruiting, training, fundraising, and technical vision.


HONORS & RECOGNITIONS

  • MIT Technology Review's "Innovators Under 35"

  • Wall Street Journal Innovation Award