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Goldman is welcoming back its quants who wandered into crypto.

Goldman Sachs VP who quit for crypto returns as an MD

For Andrew Pesco, the move from Goldman Sachs' quantitative investment strategies (QiS) team into a crypto start-up appears to have worked out very well. Less than a year after leaving Goldman Sachs as a vice president, Pesco is back at the firm again - as a managing director.

Pesco's return to Goldman came this month, according to his LinkedIn profile. After a previous eight-year stint in QIS, during which he went from analyst to VP, he's rejoined Goldman's asset management division as a managing director in quantitative equity solutions.

We spoke to Pesco in March 2022. At that time he was six months into his new job as chief investment officer at Domain Money, a platform that combined crypto and stock investing.

"In 2021, it became clear to me that there was enough activity in the crypto industry to build a career," Pesco told us in March. "The pandemic drew forward a lot of technical innovation - a lot of products got started in terms of Blockchain innovations. The group I was in at Goldman was entrepreneurial, but I could see a lot of growth opportunities in crypto, and I wanted to be part of a team building the financial infrastructure of the future." 

Since then, things have changed in the crypto world. Expressed in US dollars, for example, bitcoin has nearly halved in price. Six months ago, Pesco told us he was hiring four people at Domain Money, but today the company's jobs site is closed. 

Pesco clearly reconsidered his decision. And Goldman, it seems, was only too pleased to have him back. Pesco declined to comment.

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AUTHORSarah Butcher Global Editor
  • pb
    17 August 2022

    Given that crypto is one of the biggest cons of all time, I'd never want to hire - at any level, someone who ran off to that world and then bailed out when it collapsed. Wouldn't trust them as far as I could kick them.

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