Senior Quantitative Analyst
Brothers Robert Riva and Michael Margaritoff launched Jefferson Capital, a company that manages hedge funds that invest exclusively in cryptocurrencies.
They coined the name Jefferson Capital after founding father Thomas Jefferson, who once said: “The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.”
Robert Riva is a CFA level 3 candidate and holds both the series 7 and 63 licenses. He began his financial career as a self-taught options trader and then as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley where he spent 5 years. While at Morgan Stanley, he and his team managed several households and over $50 million. An early crypto adopter, Robert was and continues to be a firm believer in the value proposition offered by cryptocurrency.
He attended both Bentley College and University of Miami school of business, graduating in 2010 with honors.
Michael Margaritoff first began tracking Bitcoin in 2010, at the age of 16. Later, his perfect ACT scores earned him a full ride scholarship to NYU in Shanghai, where he became fluent in Mandarin (his 5th language). As a featured writer for his school newspaper, Michael became known for his ability to digest and express esoteric subject matter. He is now a contributing writer for Hacker Noon, a popular tech publication.
Kunal Malhotra is a seasoned finance professional having worked as part of a core team that launched a quantitative smart beta ETF and a hedge fund. He was primarily responsible for designing the trading algorithm for the fund. He started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan where he worked on over $2bn of capital raises.
He became interested in the crypto currency space in 2017 and has been closely analyzing the sector ever since. His core skills include using time series analysis, econometric modeling and other quantitative techniques to design alpha generating trading strategies.
He holds a Masters in Financial Engineering form UCLA and is Series 7 and 63 certified.
"Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient.”
– Bill Gates
"...a smart currency, designed by very forward-thinking engineers. It eliminates the need for banks, gets rid of credit card fees, currency exchange fees, money transfer fees, and reduces the need for lawyers in transitions… all good things.”
– Peter Diamandis
"As a registered investment advisor I felt it was important to understand the intricacies of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. After meeting with Robert and Michael, I not only undertood, but was excited to participate and relay my new found knowledge to friends and clients."
– Maria Castillo
Founder, Beta Capital Management
"Robert and Michael show an intuition and wisdom far beyond their years. If anyone in finance has a clear vision of the future of blockchain, it's these two."
– Wayland Hicks
Former CEO of Nextel and COO of Xerox