|Place of residence||San Francisco, U.S.|
|Category||Investing, Law & Politics|
|Alma mater||Boston University, Stanford University|
|Known for||Fighting crypto crime, leading A16z's crypto fund|
A former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Kathryn Haun investigated Mt. Gox and was involved in taking down the Silk Road contraband marketplace while working for the Attorney General’s office. She later transitioned to crypto investing, taking a leadership position for Andreessen Horowitz’s cryptofund.
Kathryn Haun's 2019:
In May, Haun was named as one of the advisors for NextBlock Global Limited who was not in fact an investor. The firm was then fined over $500,000 for lying to investors about its advisory board, which it said included Haun, the former lead prosecutor of crypto’s highest-profile cases.
During the reveal of Facebook’s Libra project, Haun addressed A16z’s membership in the consortium to Fortune, likening the structure to a “constitutional convention” and stating, “You have all these different states coming in trying to form this union.” In October, Haun called out hypocrisy in the fiat-driven financial sector’s pushback against cryptocurrencies, claiming that 99.9% of fiat money laundering goes unprosecuted.
What Cointelegraph expects for 2020:
2020 will see several of Andresseen Horowitz’s crypto pursuits reach fruition, including the launch of the seven-week Crypto Startup School in February and the anticipated possible launch of Facebook’s Libra project. We expect Haun to provide commentary on the changing regulatory landscape, shaped by her unique experience as a former prosecutor in high-profile cases.