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Photo Tux Pacific. Art by Clark Miller
Photo Tux Pacific. Art by Clark Miller

How a Crypto Founder Went From Skeptical Mormon Teen to Transgender Anarchist Raver

Tux Pacific’s Entropy recently accepted a $25 million seed round from Andreessen Horowitz.

Sept. 10, 2022 7:00 AM PDT

Tux Pacific dreams of anarchy. “We need to convince people to opt out of the current system of things,” they said. “We need to make the state powerless.” The founder of one-year old crypto company Entropy, Pacific (who uses they/them pronouns) is a rarity in Silicon Valley circles—and not just because they're transgender. They’re also vocal about their stance as a free-market, anti-capitalist anarchist, meaning Pacific still wants a free-market economic system, but one without state involvement. Crypto is their path to this goal, and in June, they got a co-sign on their vision via a $25 million seed round led by Andresseen Horowitz.

While crypto marketplace Coinbase holds assets on behalf of its customers—a distinctly centralized practice—Entropy uses complicated cryptography to let users store and access their crypto in a decentralized manner. Pacific has likened its core product to a sort of Google Authenticator for digital assets: Entropy will validate users’ transactions without actually storing their assets. Here, the 26-year-old founder walks us through their unconventional life path, from being raised Mormon to raving their way through NFT.NYC.

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