The sudden and unexpected death of a young crypto founder at the age of 30 has rocked the financial world.
Tiantian Kullander, co-founder of Hong Kong-based digital asset company Amber Group, died in his sleep on November 23, according to the company’s website, “with the deepest sadness and a heavy heart.”
Amber was founded in 2017 by Kullander and a group of finance insiders, including former Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley employees.
Prior to that, he worked as a trader at both financial behemoths, and in 2019, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, which recognizes the most talented emerging entrepreneurs and leaders.
Earlier this year, the start-up reached a staggering $3 billion valuation after scoring a $200 million funding round.
Earlier this month, it was revealed the company was in the process of raising around $100 million, with the firm describing him as “instrumental to the founding of Amber and a pillar of our success.”
“He poured his heart and soul into the company at every stage of its development.” “With his intellect, generosity, humility, diligence, and creativity, he led by example,” according to the company statement.
“TT was a respected thought leader and widely regarded as an industry pioneer.” His breadth of knowledge, eagerness to collaborate, and desire to always assist others aided countless start-ups and individuals.
“Many projects, people, and communities were inspired by his insights and creativity.”
In addition to co-founding Amber and “building it into a multi-billion fintech unicorn,” TT served on the Board of Fnatic, one of the world’s most successful e-sports organizations, and founded KeeperDAO, the first on-chain liquidity underwriter, according to the statement.
“We lost a great partner and a true friend in TT and words cannot express our sorrow at this time,” the statement continues.
“TT’s legacy will live on and we will work even harder to make Amber the category-defining leader of our industry, as this was TT’s ambition and dream.
“TT was a devoted husband, a loving father and a fierce friend. His passing is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Many insiders have taken to social media to express their shock and sadness at Kullander’s death.
Arthur Cheong, founding partner of DeFiance Capital, was among many who paid tribute to Kullander online, writing on Twitter that the “industry lost a young, bright, and most importantly, a good soul.”
Kullander is survived by his wife and young son.