Matt Hougan

Matt Hougan

Formal First Name
Matthew (Matt)

Matt Hougan is the Chief Investment Officer of Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest provider of cryptocurrency index funds, with more than $1.5 billion in AUM. In his role, he helps in building and refining the index methodologies that underlie the firm’s investment products. Hougan is the creator of the world's first cryptocurrency index fund. He is one of the world's leading experts on cryptocurrency, ETFs, financial technology, and disruption. He conducts fundamental research into the role crypto assets can play in a diversified portfolio. Previously, Hougan served as the CEO of and Inside ETFs, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system, the leading ETF media site and the world’s largest ETF conference. In addition to his management responsibilities, he is a crypto columnist for Forbes and an advisor to multiple startups.

Professional Experience

Academic History



  • At Inside ETFs, he helped guide efforts to educate financial advisors on the role ETFs and index-based investments can play in building efficient portfolios.

  • Managing Director of Global Finance at Informa, where he helped grow the company's footprint in the most innovative areas of Finance.

  • At, he helped lead the business through its sale in three separate, highly successful transactions.

  • He served as an analyst for, an interactive analytics platform that gives you real-time, ad-hoc access to your financial data.


  • He is a three-time member of Barron's ETF Roundtable.

  • He is a member of the ETFdb’s ETF Hall of Fame, and the eighth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from for contributions to the ETF industry.