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Brian Kelly founded BKCM in 2013 after experiencing a well-publicized conversion about the investment potential of Bitcoin and its supporting blockchain technology, an epiphany he chronicled in his book The Bitcoin Big Bang. As CEO, he brings more than two decades of experience managing global macro strategies, as well as building investment funds and independent investment firms from the ground up.
Brian is the portfolio manager for the BKCM Digital Asset Fund, an actively managed portfolio of digital assets. He is a sought-after commentator: a regular CNBC contributor, on Fast Money and other programs; and a frequent keynote speaker at crypto and blockchain conferences around the world. In 2015, Brian was named one of the “30 Most Influential People in Bitcoin” by Inside Bitcoin.
Throughout his career, Brian has specialized in trading multiple asset classes, cross-border investments and risk arbitrage—all crucial skillsets for managing alternative investment strategies. Prior to founding BKCM, he was co-founder and Managing Partner of Shelter Harbor Capital LLC where he managed a Global Macro Hedge Fund. He was also a co-founder of MKM Partners, a brokerage firm catering to institutional investment managers.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business. He has served on the Board of Advisors for tZERO Company, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, and The CME Bitcoin Futures Board.