Mick Hagen is a tech entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist with a proven track record of success. Having dropped out of Princeton University, he founded Zinch, an edtech startup connecting students globally with higher education opportunities, which was later acquired by Chegg. Mick then became an active angel investor, co-investing in promising tech startups alongside GV, Spark Capital, Peter Thiel, and Max Levchin. He bought Bitcoin in 2013 and founded Cluster Capital, an investment group for blockchain founders, which invested over $50M in top projects such as Polkadot, ICON, Zilliqa, and Oasis Labs.
Mick is currently the CEO of Hightop, a digital bank powered by blockchain technology, and Chairman of Mainframe, an open-source project leveraging decentralized protocols to provide people with greater financial access, services, and freedom. His contributions to the crypto industry have earned him recognition from Forbes as one of three "Titans of industry who are bringing crypto to mainstream" and as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Crypto” by Crypto Weekly. He has spoken at top industry events and his writing and work have been featured on CNN, Fortune, Techcrunch, and other platforms.
Apart from his successful career in tech, Mick and his wife prioritize philanthropic work, focusing on populations that are overlooked or vulnerable. He has mentored at startup accelerators and served on the Board of Effect.org, an international non-profit that operates low-cost private schools. He has also volunteered at refugee camps in Greece and served as a Christian missionary in Brazil.