Bastian Brand, Ph.D. is the organizer of the Bitcoin Startups Munich Group and an Investment Manager of the Pathfinder Crypto-currency Fund (PCF) at Pathfinder Capital. Having studied finance and politics, Bastian Brand has co-founded an e-commerce start-up and worked for several years as a corporate finance consultant at McKinsey & Co. He first encountered Bitcoin in autumn 2011 while conducting research for his Ph.D. thesis. He maintains a keen interest in emerging markets, and applies traditional financial and strategic analysis within the
Crypto-Currency ecosystem, in an effort to separate fiction from reality.