Michael Patryn is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur, blockchain advisor, and venture capitalist. Michael has over 19 years of experience working with fintech companies specializing in payment processing, banking, and platforms utilizing digital currencies.
Michael also works with a number of nonprofit organizations such as the World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, the Vancouver Bitcoin Cooperative and the Lifeboat Foundation.
Michael is the founder and chairman of Fintech Ventures Group (FVG). Fintech Ventures Group launched in 2015 as Canada’s first incubator for blockchain related startup companies. FVG has assisted over 18 companies in financing, M&A, the listing process for the Toronto Stock Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange, payments system architecture, front-end design, corporate structure, and even regulatory compliance. Fintech Ventures Group has since grown into Canada’s most profitable blockchain-focused hedge fund.
Michael is a founder of QuadrigaCX, a Vancouver-based cryptocurrency exchange platform. Quadriga’s goal is to provide an easy-to-use platform to simplify the process of buying and selling bitcoins. Quadriga has been Canada’s leading (by market share) bitcoin exchange for several years.
The Vancouver Bitcoin Co-Op, where Michael serves as a director, is a voluntary association of individuals united by a shared interest in bitcoin. They organize presentations, discussions, pub nights, parties, and other creative outings to foster a community of people and businesses interested in learning about bitcoin.
Since 1999, Mike Patryn has worked with numerous top private digital currency providers in the capacity of: Market Maker, Broker, Marketing Consultant and Regulatory Advisor.
Michael has been quoted as a subject matter expert in a number of media publications on cryptocurrencies and has appeared at several conferences, including Euro Money 20/20.
Along with his work in fintech and cryptocurrencies, Michael has assisted numerous companies with the process of going public on the Canadian Securities Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, helping with finance, compliance, M&A and strategic growth.
Michael Patryn serves on the advisory board at the Lifeboat Foundation, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization focused on encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive the possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/artificial intelligence, as we move towards the singularity.
For six years, Michael has been a personal trainer, teaching Krav maga, Thai kickboxing, blade combat as well as self defence training. He is also the founder of the World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, a nonprofit organization run by Marcus Soares, who is an 8 stripe black belt under Carlson Gracie Sr.
Michael earned his Master’s degree in Social Psychology at the University of California,