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Drew Brownell has 10+ years of experience as a key contributor in finance and operations capacities. After beginning his career at Glencore, he pivoted to become an early finance hire at an online education startup which grew from five employees to a successful exit. He enjoys corporate finance, concerts, and comedy.
Tell us about yourself!
I was born in Chappaqua, New York and grew up in Westchester County. I went to school at Boston College. My first job was on the commodities and analyst — mergers & acquisitions team at Glencore when they were still private. Then I worked in risk management at Morgan Stanley. I did aluminum for Glencore and oil for Morgan Stanley. I became a VP at Ormet in 2008, which was an interesting experience in management. I pivoted and went to a private equity firm that specialized in education companies. We built a startup from inception to a 1,500-person company and achieved a successful exit. Around that time I got my MBA in strategy and corporate finance from NYU. I pivoted again after the company sold, this time into blockchain.
What piqued your interest about blockchain technology?
Being a person with a finance background, I saw the word ledger and my ears perked up a little bit. That was my first attraction. As my interest increased, I read that blockchain technology would make growth easier for companies that couldn’t monetize or were fettered by costs. I like the idea of eliminating the middleman. It’s a utopian idea, but blockchain technology can potentially do that. I decided to delve into it further.
What does a blockchain ledger mean to you?
To me, a blockchain ledger is a source of trust....
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