Qwerty is a blockchain thesis-driven fund with emphasis on long term value creation in the Open Finance and Open Web ecosystems. We invest in blockchain-based networks, tokens, companies and Web 3 infrastructure, including both publicly traded tokens and early-stage private offerings. We intend to also actively participate in networks through hosting, staking, and liquidity provision.
At Qwerty, we believe Blockchain is here to stay and will fundamentally change how we organize as a society. We believe it has the potential to build extremely powerful, fair-for-all networks that will deliver immense value to stakeholders over the coming decades. We are thrilled about its potential to automate legacy processes, bypass intermediaries and provide users with ultimate ownership of their digital presence. The original intent of the internet is to make it accessible to everyone while being controlled by no one and to do it in a self sustainable manner. Web 2.0 got it partly right with huge scope for Blockchain and Web 3.0 to improve upon it. For this reason, we believe blockchain is the end of the beginning of the internet! It’s getting very exciting out there - if you are excited too, come invest with us in the metamorphosis of the blockchain world!
The blockchain space is evolving at breakneck speed. Our team hails from diverse backgrounds, giving us a competitive edge in staying ahead.
Venkat Ghanta | Fund Manager
Venkat leads portfolio construction and thesis formation. Since starting the crypto journey in 2016 (Baring mining BTC & losing it in 2012), Venkat has attended multiple meetups, blockchain conferences and is an active community member in some of the major protocols. He has educated over 50 people on the Blockchain technology and mentored them on conducting personal investments. He actively manages a $1Mn+ personal portfolio, understands the complete stack of blockchain, current and upcoming projects that are addressing various missing pieces to make Blockchain as ubiquitous as the Internet and Smartphone. His prior experience includes working as a Financial Analyst at a bulge bracket bank and Biz Ops, Marketing at a large semiconductor company. Venkat holds degrees in business (where he was the portfolio manager for a $2M student managed investment fund) from ASU and engineering from IIT Madras. Outside of work, Venkat enjoys Karaoke, Archery and is always up for a challenge in Settlers of Catan, physically or Virtually!
Fadi Afa Al-Refaee | Portfolio & Risk Mgmt, Fund Raising
Fadi will oversee QWERTY’s fund operational strategy, manage portfolio trading activities and its compliance with its stated risk profile. With three expansion & contraction business cycles under his belt, including the rise of the internet in the early 90s, Fadi understands the fundamental shifts foundational technologies make and the signs they exhibit during their final push to mainstream adoption. With startup experience & over 20 years of product management in version ZERO to ONE products, he understands the challenges startups in the blockchain space face daily and how to discern which can best navigate them. Fadi coded machine learning algorithms two decades before that term became a buzzword and uses this knowledge to grow a seven-figure personal investment portfolio. Fadi got his electrical engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. He lives according to the motto: “The world is my country, all humans are my brethren, and to do good, that is my religion!”. He loves to build things!
Ram Nikhil Dodda | Private Investments
Ram leads our private investments, including sourcing & analyzing early-stage deals, leading relationships with peer blockchain funds and partnering with technology incubators. He has been an active investor in the Blockchain space since 2019 with a focus on early-stage projects. His work experience includes product management roles with a proven record of building and shipping IoT products to millions of customers, and consulting state governments in India on startup initiatives. He holds an engineering degree from IIT Madras and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Outside work, Ram is an avid poker player and a passionate supporter of his home cricket team - Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Ravi Teja Kanneganti | Private Investments
Ravi leads partnerships with incubators, OTC desks and manages our legal and financial processes. He advises our portfolio companies on tokenomics, marketing, business models and fundraising. He is a professional trader and a product leader with over 10 years of experience trading equity index/commodity derivatives and a proven record of building and scaling tech products. He pursued his MBA from The Wharton School and studied engineering at IIT. Ravi enjoys traveling and keeping fit.