“A dream you dream together is reality.”
We are a multi-disciplinary team with deep experience in the areas of technology, computer science, AI, digital transformation, finance, banking, traditional capital markets and risk management. Collectively we are characterized by our foresight, intellect and humility.
Robert Breedlove, CPA | Founder & CEO/CIO
After spending his early years as a finance executive, Robert began personally investing in the digital asset space in 2015 and became an early investor in Ethereum. Shortly after realizing that he discovered a space that combined three of his primary interests: technology, finance and social impact, Robert founded Parallax Digital in early 2017.
Prior to starting Parallax Digital, Robert served as the Consulting COO/CFO of Carepoynt, a venture funded healthcare software startup. Prior to that, he served as the CFO at Skywire, an international hospitality technology firm and served as the CFO of Xpert Exposition Services.
Roberts holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance and Masters of Accounting, Finance and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee of Knoxville. Robert is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee.
Volkan Salar, CRC | Co-Founder & Advisor
Volkan is one of the co-founders of Parallax Digital and its former COO/CRO. He spent his career in corporate banking credit risk management and most recently was the SVP, Divisional Chief Credit Officer at Western Alliance Bank responsible for the credit risk administration of the bank's LA & OC markets as well as leveraged lending and corporate credit portfolios.
Prior to co-founding Parallax Digital, Volkan served as Senior Vice President, Sr. Credit Administrator at Opus Bank, and prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Credit Products Market Manager for BBVA where he led the west coast credit products team, which managed a $2.5Bn+ mid-corporate credit portfolio.
Volkan holds an MBA from University of Houston and a BA in Business Management & Marketing from Tennessee Tech and Marmara Universities (Istanbul, Turkey). Volkan also holds Credit Risk Certification from Risk Management Association.
Volkan remains as a board member and an advisor to the firm.
Yasin Kavsak | Co-Founder & General Partner
Chairman & CEO - OLKA
After spending ten plus years as a corporate executive at Turkey’s leading retail operator Boyner Group, Yasin founded OLKA in 2011 and turned it into one of the most successful and fastest growing companies in Turkey in just seven short years.
Today, OLKA is the biggest local sports retail company in Turkey with over 650 employees and has the largest wholesale distribution network along with a large network of corporate owned and operated retail stores in Turkey. OLKA also is the exclusive distributor of Asics and Skechers brands for the region.
Yasin has been involved in the digital asset space as an avid investor since early 2017 and leads Parallax Digital's international fundraising and investor relations efforts.
Ibrahim Gokcen, PhD | Advisor
Dr. Ibrahim Gokcen is the Chief Technology Officer and Non-Executive Director at Schneider Electric, a fortune global 500 company. Prior to Schneider, Ibrahim was the Chief Digital Officer of A. P. Moller Maersk, the global leader in container shipping and logistics, where he lead the digital strategy, transformation and creation of digital businesses, including a set of products built on distributed ledger technology.
Prior to that, Ibrahim was the Head of Software Product Management at GE Digital based in San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to that he was the Chief Information Officer for GE's largest growth region covering Middle East & North Africa.
Ibrahim is an expert, well-regarded and sought-after speaker in AI, blockchain and IoT technologies. He has been either a part of or led the digital transformation of multiple large industrial companies, spanning multiple geographies and cultures.
Ibrahim holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Tulane University and BS in computer engineering Middle East Technical University. His research during his PhD was funded by DoD, MDA, NSF and NASA. He has filed several patents and published articles in international conferences and journals.
Ibrahim is a trusted advisor of Parallax Digital since inception and assists the team with market analysis, asset fundamentals, technical analysis, and portfolio construction.
Gavin McDermott | Advisor
Gavin is the Director of Research for the IDEO CoLab Distributed Web Portfolio. As a software engineer and venture designer with extensive experience and relationships in the digital asset industry, Gavin leads the exploration of emerging protocols and networked economic structures.
Along with a small team, Gavin also guides the CoLab’s first investment activities in the distributed web space, pioneering a new investment model that augments world-class engineering with IDEO’s venture design methodologies. Four times a year, he helps lead cross-disciplinary teams of students, professors, and professionals in exploring and prototyping concepts using these emerging technologies.
Prior to joining the CoLab, Gavin served as the founding engineer at BitGo, Inc.—the world’s first web-based, multi-signature Bitcoin wallet. Since 2013, he has contributed to various open-source protocols and ecosystems, including IPFS, Grin, and Bitcoin.
Gavin holds BSBA in finance from Creighton University.
Gavin assists the team with his expertise in token generation events, market analysis, asset fundamentals, and portfolio construction.