About Us

RW3 Ventures (”RW3”) is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the blockchain industry.

The RW3 team consists of seasoned financial market professionals and blockchain industry insiders who helped build and launch two of the most successful blockchain companies and some of the original crypto and cyber investigative units for The US Department of Justice.

RW3 is built in partnership with The Raptor Group (“Raptor”), a family office and venture capital firm established in 2009 that has active investments within the technology, consumer, financial services, healthcare, and sports and media verticals. RW3 has a considerable advantage over other emerging managers as it also benefits from Raptor’s successful early-stage investing experience, and leverages their highly experienced internal teams for operations, legal, accounting, finance, and compliance.

Meet Our Team

Pete Najarian

Managing Partner

Pete has considerable experience at the forefront of new markets with an outstanding track record spanning 30 years. Pete started his career in fixed income sales and trading at Merrill Lynch in 1993, where he helped develop the nascent Emerging Markets (“EM”) desk. Pete went on to have a storied career in EM, Co-led the EM businesses globally for both UBS and RBS, and managed teams in 25+ countries.

Pete’s passion for new and disruptive markets led him to Bitcoin. After developing a deeper understanding of the blockchain space, Pete joined Xapo, the worlds first digital asset custodian, to build their institutional business. Xapo’s Institutional Business was sold to Coinbase in 2019. Pete then joined BitGo as the CRO. During Pete’s tenure, he managed teams that grew BitGo from $100M in assets to over $65B. Having helped develop two of the most successful businesses in the space, Pete wanted to leverage his financial markets and operational experience to back the next generation of ambitious founders and leaders.

Jim Pallotta

GP Partner

Jim is the Founder of The Raptor Group. Prior to founding The Raptor Group, Jim managed a $10 billion equities portfolio as the Vice Chairman of Tudor Investments Corporation. Between 2012 and 2020, Pallotta served as President and Chairman of Italian football club AS Roma and was Co-Owner and Executive Board Member of the Boston Celtics. Throughout his career, Jim has actively invested in and across seed/early stages, growth stages, and late-stage companies within technology, consumer, financial services, healthcare, and sports and media verticals.

Jim has invested at an early stage in many successful private companies including Two Sigma, Snapchat, Spotify, Uber, Twitter, Blue Bottle Coffee, Fanduel, General Assembly, Chipper, Drive Wealth, Fnatic, Paxos, Reddit, and many others.

Jim sits on RW3’s investment committee.

Joe Bruzzesi

General Partner

Joe has more than 10 years of experience building, advising, and investing in early stage financial technology companies.

Prior to joining RW3, Joe ran the Americas business at BitGo, where he led over $10B of digital asset transactions with the top blockchain protocols, crypto investment funds and companies, and institutional investors.

Outside of BitGo, Joe’s investing and advisory experience includes being one the first advisors to Ava Labs, who built Avalanche ($10B+ market cap), and an early investor in companies like Gryphon Mining, Codex Energy, Arcade.XYZ, Casper Labs, Drut Technologies and Buttonwood Finance.

David Saunders


David brings 9+ years of TMT investing experience both in public and private equity, with a deep understanding of the gaming industry.

David began his financial career as an analyst at Impala Asset Management, a long-short equity hedge fund, where he was responsible for covering over 60 companies across verticals including internet, software, media, and video games.

David went on to get an MBA at NYU Stern specializing in entrepreneurship and technology management, and was an MBA associate at Morpheus Ventures and Global Founders Capital. Prior to joining RW3, David co-managed Founders Committee, an angel investing syndicate in New York.

Patrick O'Kain

Venture Partner

Patrick brings more than 15 years of differentiated experience working for the US Government to RW3.

Patrick started his career working with various US Intelligence agencies on counterterrorism financing issues and other national security objectives.

Patrick then joined the US Department of Justice where he led investigations into crypto-related crimes and spearheaded the launch of some of their first crypto and cyber units.

Patrick got his MBA at Columbia Business School and prior to joining RW3, co-led KPMG’s digital assets group where he consulted crypto companies and tier-one financial institutions.

Whether you're an entrepreneur or an investor and are interested in learning more about RW3, get in touch today