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The Derivative

111 EpisodesProduced by RCM AlternativesWebsite

Welcome to The Derivative by RCM Alternatives, where we dive into what makes alternative investments go, analyze the strategies of unique hedge fund managers, and chat with interesting guests from across the investment world. Hosted by RCM Managing Partner, Jeff Malec, join us to take a ride through… read more


Talking Tech, VC, eSports, Uranium, Bitcoin & more with Dr. Chris Dark

Now we’re cooking! We’re turning up the heat and bringing an abundance of flavor in this episode with a special guest who discusses venture capital, working capital, adds in a dash of e-sports and computer games, and sprinkles in being a rocket scientist. Dr. Chris Dark does it all, retiring at the age of 39, he continues to invest his family office across all asset classes, focusing on crypto, long-term out of consensus strategic plays, and allocating to external managers with specialist strategies. This leaves us with just one question, what can’t Dr. Dark do!?

In this full force of a discussion, we're talking what it’s like to be a co-founder and executive at five companies (eSports, video games, trade finance, blockchain, venture capital), investment philosophies, Bitcoin, market structure & environmental impacts, and what it was like meeting a less famous Elon Musk and introducing the idea of space elevators. Plus, we play a little game of “What Would You Invest In?”

Highlights from this week’s episode include:

  • Why most venture firms don’t make it and how they’re missing one unique component- investing in things they like
  • Why Bitcoin is such an important asset when volatility often increases as the price goes up
  • How to disrupt banks, then do it again
  • Understanding we’re in an interesting time with inflation,  even though it's undeniable that technology is a deflationary force
  • Lessons from a serial entrepreneur, and more!
  • Where Chris would invest $1k, $100k, and $1mm


00:00-02:23 = Intro

02:24-14:29 = The Superconductors & eSports Super CV

14:30-28:57 = A Working Capital Marketplace & Venture Capital as an asset class

28:58-38:15 = Luck or Skill? & Avoiding the Entrepreneurial Trap

38:16-01:12:09 = Investment philosophies, Bitcoin, Market structure & Environmental Impacts

01:12:10-01:21:07 = Lithium, Uranium, Meeting Elon, and AI as Snake Oil

01:21:08-01:30:49 = What would you invest in?

Additional Resources:

  • Check out Dr. Dark After Dark here.
  • Follow Chris on Twitter here.

Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest.

Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit

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