Episode length: 31 min 48 sec
EPISODE #45 – Cryptocurrency Investing with David Abner
In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we explore cryptocurrencies and investment opportunities in crypto with keynote speaker, David Abner.
- 0:00 Opening remarks and introductions
- 1:36 About Gemini
- 6:18 ETFs and the beginnings of bitcoin ETFs
- 10:38 Why invest in bitcoin?
- 13:19 Bitcoin as a hedge to inflation
- 17:23 Cryptocurrency adoption
- 21:40 Regulation, volatility and other obstacles to crypto adoption
- 26:44 Growth drivers for cryptocurrencies in the coming years
- 31:16 Closing remarks
David Abner – Global Head of Business Development, Gemini
David Abner is the Global Head of Business Development at Gemini. In this role, David oversees the expansion of Gemini’s institutional business and leads the relationships with major institutional partners and high-net-worth individuals on a global scale. Prior to joining Gemini, David spent the last 20 years focusing on driving the growth of the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) industry. He was instrumental in bringing ETFs from a fringe arbitrage trading tool to an investment product utilized by institutional asset managers, reaching more than 7 trillion in assets under management. His most recent book, The ETF Handbook (Wiley Finance) describes the inner workings of ETFs and how to achieve efficient portfolio implementation and execution. Most recently, David was the CEO of the European Division of WisdomTree Asset Management and a member of their global executive committee. He joined the firm as a startup and helped it grow to more than $60 billion in assets under management. Prior to that he held Managing Director roles at BNP Paribas and Bear Stearns & Co, Inc.
Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs
Prior to founding Evolve ETFs, Mr. Lala served as Head of WisdomTree Canada – a division of WisdomTree Investments Inc., one of the world’s largest ETF issuers. Prior to this, Mr. Lala was Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Markets for Fiera Capital Corporation, a prominent Canadian investment management firm with over $100 billion in assets under management. Mr. Lala co-founded and served as President and CEO of Propel Capital Corporation (which was acquired by Fiera Capital Corporation in September 2014). Propel raised approximately $1 Billion in structured products in its five years of operation. Prior to Propel, Mr. Lala worked with Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala held several roles at Jovian including President of JovFunds Inc., an asset management division of Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.