The financial world has been rocked by the sudden and unexpected death of a young cryptocurrency founder at the age of just 30.
Tiantian Kullander, co-founder of Hong Kong-based digital asset firm Amber Group, passed away in his sleep on November 23, with the news confirmed on the company’s website with “the deepest sadness and a heavy heart.”
Kullander, better known as “TT,” launched Amber in 2017 with a group of financial insiders, including former Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley employees.
Prior to that, he worked as a trader in both financial giants, and in 2019 he got a coveted place in Forbes 30 under 30 The list that recognizes the most talented entrepreneurs and leaders.
Earlier this year, the startup reached a staggering $3 billion valuation after securing a $200 million funding round.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the company was in the process of raising around US$100 million, with the company calling it “instrumental in establishing Amber and a pillar of our success.”
“He put his heart and soul into the company, at every stage of its growth. He set an example with his intelligence, generosity, humility, diligence and creativity,” the company statement reads.
“TT has been a respected thought leader and is widely recognized as a leader in the industry. His depth of knowledge, willingness to collaborate, and willingness to always help others have benefited countless startups and individuals.
“His ideas and creations have inspired many projects, people and communities.”
The statement added that besides co-founding Amber and “building it into a multi-billion dollar fintech unicorn,” TT also sat on the board of directors of Fnatic — one of the world’s most successful esports organizations — and founded KeeperDAO — the first on-chain liquidity guarantor.
“We have lost a great partner and true friend at TT and words cannot express our grief at this time,” the statement continues.
“TT’s legacy will live on and we will work even harder to make Amber a class-defining leader for our industry, as that was TT’s ambition and dream.
“TT was a devoted husband, loving father, and fierce friend. His passing is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The financial sector flocked to pay tribute to Colander, with many insiders taking to social media to express their shock and grief at his death.
Arthur Cheung, founding partner of DeFiance Capital, was one of many to honor Mr. Kullander online, posting on Twitter that “the industry has lost a brilliant young man and, most importantly, a kind soul.”
Mr. Colander is survived by his wife and young son.
Originally published as ‘Deep sadness’: Crypto founder Tiantian Kullander dies ‘unexpectedly in his sleep’ at 30