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Hardcore Lab

We blend a new, trillion-dollar asset class with hardcore math and analytics

What we do

We generate return by using crypto market inefficiencies in a market-neutral way, without crypto exposure

Simply put: we earn in USD regardless of whether crypto prices rise, drop or stay the same

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Crypto has evolved into decentralized finance - a term for traditional financial services implemented on a decentralized infrastructure (blockchain). Examples are decentralized exchanges, lending, or derivative protocols.

What we do

We allocate capital to a diversified list of trusted decentralized platforms and receive incentives - similar to the way traditional investors receive returns on bank deposits. Our data analytics and algo units ensure optimal capital allocation and hedging.


Crypto is a trillion-dollar market with institutional capital, yet it's still much less efficient than traditional finance. The inefficiencies (coming from systematic drawbacks, manipulations, and lags) can be utilized.

What we do

Our inhouse algorithms signal and execute trades when inefficiencies develop - for example, in the form of price spreads between congruent assets


We are professionals in traditional finance, asset management, crypto and data science

We are alumni of McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Aave and Quantum Brains and are prize winners of national competitions in maths and programming. Previously, we have successfully managed funds up to $200M.
Alexander Makogon

Alexander Makogon

Managing Partner

  • Ex-CEO & Partner of a multinational crypto asset manager.
  • 7+ years of consulting and data science experience in McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and QuantumBlack with focus on advanced analytics and machine learning applications in fintech, banking, and tech.
  • Graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University with a degree in Low temperature physics & Cryogenics.
McKinsey & Company BCG Quantum Black AI by McKinsey MSTU
Philipp Vasiliev

Philipp Vasiliev

Partner, Head of Research

  • 7+ years of professional crypto career with roles in venture capital, research & analytics.
  • Former senior portfolio manager at $300M DeFi hedge fund.
  • Senior expert at BDC Crypto Expert Network and advisor to several crypto startups.
  • One of the first employees of Aave and TON.
  • Former strategy and M&A analyst at Raiffeisen Bank CIB.
  • Degree in Economics from Higher School of Economics and University of London.
Raiffeisen Bank International AAVE University of London HSE University
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