Alex Pruden is a partner on the a16z crypto investment team. Before a16z, Alex was a crypto deal analyst at GGV Capital and worked on the Coinbase Corporate Development team. Before arriving in Silicon Valley, he spent nearly ten years in the United States Army Infantry & Special Forces. He was deployed three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. Working with oppressed communities in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria inspired Alex to make crypto the focus of his post-military career.
Alex holds a B.S. in International Relations and Arabic from the United States Military Academy and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His academic interests include cryptography, economics, physics, and operations research. He also enjoys woodworking and being a dad for his two boys, Luke and Oren.