Simons Chase is a senior cryptocurrency strategist for Systematic Alpha LLC, a NYC-based quantitative hedge fund. The firm is the manager of Systematic Alpha Cryptocurrency Fund LP launched in January 2018 when the Chicago Mercantile Exchange initiated trading of the first bitcoin futures contracts. He has over 20 years of media, finance and early-stage investing experience on the frontiers of emerging trends, starting with oil & gas finance in Russia in the 1990s. Simons is the publisher of CubaJournal.co and High.co, two niche media sites. Previously, Simons was the CEO of Instra Corp. (New Zealand), a digital marketing company, and CEO of dotRIP Ltd, a digital memorial startup and Instra holding company, that was sold to Demand Media. In his early career, Mr. Chase was a structured finance banker and operating company executive with broad exposure to hotel, oil & gas, mining, telecom and hydropower sectors in more than 30 countries including Russia, Jordan, Colombia, Guatemala and Jamaica. Simons is finalizing Earth Tycoon, an autobiographical novel, and hopes to publish next year. The novel is set in a variety of countries but focuses on the human side of his experience running a mining company in the Jordanian desert that was financed by the late Forbes-list industrialist, Jerry Zucker. Simons studied developing country economics in graduate school (MA Economics) and has a BA in English.