Our Team

Christopher Smalley
Founding Partner, CIO

Chris is a Founding Partner at 1881 Capital Partners. He was a Vice President in investment banking at Truist Securities working on initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings. He has been personally investing in the digital asset space since 2017 and has worked in the hedge fund and venture capital industries within Web3. He graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce as an Echols Scholar with a degree in Finance and Management. Chris also finished his MBA at the Wharton School of Business in 2024. He holds the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials(SIE), and Series 7, 79, and 63

Nitin Manivasagan
Founding Partner, CTO

Nitin is a Founding Partner at 1881 Capital Partners. He has been working in the digital asset space since 2018. Before coming to Wharton, he was a software engineer at Coinbase Institutional and worked on building security infrastructure for institutions. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2018 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Nitin also finished his MBA at the Wharton School of Business in 2024, graduating as a Palmer Scholar. Nitin worked for endowment funds and fund of funds, researching blockchain and cryptocurrency investment opportunities and institutional use cases

Maggie Moore
Summer Associate

Maggie is a student currently attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. She specializes in AI and networking engineering. She has been following the digital asset space since 2017 and takes interest in Web3 and the metaverse

Our Advisors

Michael Maloney

Michael is a leading blockchain technology and strategy expert and has been active in the blockchain space since 2011. He has extensive technology, advisory, architecture design, and blockchain experience, and is frequently on panels to discuss the future of the asset class. Michael is serving as interim CTO and advisor for several early-stage ventures

Brian Murphy

Brian is an investment management professional with a focus on quantitative investment strategy evaluation and formulation, as well as entrepreneurial endeavors. He specializes in strategic asset allocation, security selection, income-generating investment strategies, security industry compliance, and performance analysis. He is Co-Founder and CEO of an online financial advisory platform focused on unbiased, high-quality investment recommendations and is a CFA holder

Evan Karnoupakis

Evan is an influential blockchain strategist and author working at the intersection of business, technology, and education. He has four publications with O'Reilly Media, including "Blockchain Success Stories" (2021) and "NFTs, the Metaverse, and Everything Web 3.0: the 2023 Guide to the Blockchain and Digital Asset Industry," and contributes regularly to Bitcoin Market Journal. A frequent speaker at companies, conferences, universities, and international delegations, he also provides insights into the regulatory space for government leaders and legislators through his collaborations with Coinbase and The Digital Chamber

Shimon Kogan

Shimon is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Wharton School. He has held several investment management positions and board advisory roles. Shimon enjoys understanding how information is processed in markets and his approach is interdisciplinary, integrating tools and insights from machine learning and AI. His research has appeared in Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Finance, and American Economic Review