Ari Lewis is a recognized expert and thought leader in the cryptocurrency and blockchain community. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences and has been quoted in VentureBeat, Crain's Cleveland, Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Hedge Fund Alert, Business Insider, American Banker, Cheddar, Bitcoin Magazine and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Mr. Lewis is the co-founder of Grasshopper Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in blockchain focused companies. Ari sold a majority stake in Grasshopper Capital Capital to Token Capital Management in December 2018 and is currently an operating partner with the fund. Ari is also a co-founder and managing director at The Green Block Group, a communication, public affairs and public relations firm for blockchain companies. While at The Green Block Group, he was hired as a cryptocurrency advisor to the State of Ohio's Treasurer's office. As part of that role, he helped Ohio become the first state in the country to accept cryptocurrency for taxes. He previously was a technical consultant at Bell Falls Search & Consulting. Before that, he founded Koalah, a betting website using bitcoin.

In his spare time, Ari referees soccer and plays poker. He is based in Cleveland, OH and grew up in Long Island, NY.

You can follow him on Twitter @amlewis4.