I am an investor at Avon Ventures, the bitcoin and blockchain-focused venture capital fund affiliated with FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments. Before Avon, I was Dir. of Blockchain Research at Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, and before that held roles managing technical investigations for internal, litigation, and compliance inquiries.
I spend a lot of time researching cryptocurrencies and applied cryptography, interrogating foreign policy, and producing hip hop music. I want to build and help people access tools to increase self-sovereignty, privacy, security, and liberty.
I’m a child of the internet. I launched this website – AlexThorn.com – in 1999 when I was a young teenager. My generation grew up with the earliest incarnations of the internet, and came of age as the internet did. My first computer was a Macintosh Classic, and I think I set it on fire. Cell phones became widespread when we were in middle and high school, smartphones when we were in college. We were the first users of social media platforms like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. AOL, AIM, ICQ, IRC, Hotline, Napster, Bittorrent – these technologies defined our early use of the web. First as a hobbyist and then as a professional forensic investigator, I became interested encryption and network penetration tools, and discovered bitcoin.
I’ve worked on Fidelity’s bitcoin projects since the beginning. Here’s a video of Abby Johnson, Fidelity’s CEO, describing some early consulting I did for them in her 2017 keynote address at the Consensus conference.