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Haseeb Qureshi

Haseeb Qureshi

Formal First Name
Haseeb

Haseeb Qureshi is Managing Partner at Dragonfly Capital, a global cryptoasset investment firm based in San Francisco, California. He has a background as a professional poker player, which he pursued for five years until the age of 21. Qureshi then learned how to code and is now an esteemed software engineer, cryptocurrency hedge fund manager, and writer. Above the financial freedom and incorruptible non-state digital monies offered by cryptocurrencies, Haseeb sees great value in mainstream crypto use cases spanning NFTs, DeFi, blockchain gaming, and the metaverse.

POKER

  • At age 16, Qureshi began playing online poker under the stage name INTERNETPOKERS with $50. By age 17, he won over $250,000 using game theory, risk management, behavioral economics, and data mining. 
  • At age 19, he was ranked one of the 10 strongest online heads-up no-limit Hold'em players in the world, a sponsored poker pro, and a self-made millionaire, netting over $1,000,000 in a year. 
  • He was sponsored by Full Tilt Poker from 2009 to 2011. 
  • He privately coached many of the strongest poker players around the world, charging fees up to $1100 per hour. 
  • In 2011, one of his closest friends and fellow professional poker player, José Macedo, was caught stealing from friends. Qureshi tried to hide the scandal and give Macdeo a chance to pay the victims back. However, the fraud went public and destroyed Qureshi's reputation and caused him to lose all of his sponsors.
  • At age 21, he permanently retired from poker. 
  • At age 23, he wrote How to Be a Poker Player: The Philosophy of Poker, a bestselling book that was a culmination of everything he learned in his career.


APP ACADEMY

  • In 2014, Qureshi began reading about the effective altruism movement and was inspired by organizations and researchers to go into technology entrepreneurship.
  • In 2015, he studied programming for two weeks and applied to App Academy, a leading 12-week programming boot camp on full-stack web development in San Francisco. Even with a 5% acceptance rate, he got into the program and moved to San Francisco.
  • After graduating, he worked for App Academy as an instructor.
  • He created a new course, "a/A Jump Start", which generated over 400,000 in additional revenue for App Academy via student acquisition.
  • After three months, he was promoted to become Director of Product, where he managed the company's engineering team, developed partnerships with UC Berkeley and Udacity.
  • In 2016, he decided to leave App Academy and join the tech industry as a software engineer. 


CAREER IN TECH
  • Qureshi worked at Airbnb, joining their anti-fraud team where he worked on mitigating payments fraud. He learned a lot about security, distributed systems, and machine learning in adversarial environments. This gave him an understanding of the weakness of the traditional financial system and got him interested in cryptocurrency. \
  • In June 2017, he decided to go into the blockchain space full-time and left Airbnb.
  • He then worked on security research, consulted to a company called 21, now Earn.com, did a lot of writing and speaking, and taught a course on cryptocurrencies at the Bradfield School of Computer Science.

CRYPTO

PHILANTHROPY
  • In 2013, Qureshi began getting involved in philanthropy after leaving the world of poker.
  • He donated all of the money he had saved up as a poker player which amounted to about half a million dollars and started over with $10,000.
  • In 2014, he became a believer in the concept of effective altruism and earning to give, pursuing a lucrative career so he can donate more to charity.
  • In 2017, he became a member of the Founders Pledge and publicly committed to donating 33% of his pre-tax income to charity.
  • He has also volunteered with organizations including RailsBridge, The Last Mile, National Safe Place, and Interfaith Action of Central Texas.


MEDIA

  • Qureshi has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.