Armani Ferrante

Armani Ferrante

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Armani Ferrante is the Founder and CEO of Backpack, a next-generation cryptocurrency exchange and multi-chain wallet. He is one of the fastest-rising names in Web3 and one of Solana's most prolific contributors. He actively contributes to the development of the space through his works and his involvement in the NFT community. Also known as Mad Armani, he is the creator of the Mad Labs NFT collection which was created by the Solana framework development company, Coral. Previously, he was a software engineer and developer at Alameda Research, Oasis Labs, Counterfactual and Apple.

Professional Experience


  • Backpack is the all-in-one Web3 wallet behind Mad Labs, the No.1 NFT collection by market cap on Solana.

  • The exchange boasts impressive trading metrics, including ultra-fast order placement and cancellation times. 

  • Recently, Backpack collaborated with Banxa, a global crypto on-ramp provider, for smoother crypto transactions, benefitting users in 130+ countries.


  • Ferrante is a proponent of Web3 technologies and their potential to revolutionize digital ownership and interaction.

  • He and Coral developed the Mad Lads NFT project as the first release for the xNFT Backpack platform. 

  • It features 10,000 NFTs. Each NFT within the collection was minted for a price of 6.9 SOL starting on April 20, 2023.

  • Aside from quickly stealing the show as a potential new blue-check collection, Mad Lads achieved notoriety for its unique drop and token mechanics.


  • He started his career at tech giant Apple, where he worked on some of the most popular iOS applications, including Reminders and Calendar.

  • He studied Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.