Tony Pham lives in New York City and is currently the Head of Marketing at Kadena, a hybrid blockchain technology company. Outside of his role at Kadena, he serves as both a startup advisor and meditation instructor. He is passionate about working with those who identify as people of color, queer, and members of other marginalized communities.
Tony (he/they) started meditating in 2010 during a difficult time when he began to question all the stories people told him about who he was supposed to be. He is a heritage Buddhist and healer that occupies the intersection of queer and BIPOC identities. He is a 2nd generation Vietnamese American whose parents came to the United States as refugees from war. Tony goes by Butterfly in spiritual spaces where they steward practices rooted in compassion, indigeneity, and sacred lineages. They graduated from MNDFL’s 300-hour meditation instructor program, having received mentorship from B. Anderson and David Perrin. He is a current student of Arinna Weisman (Theravada/Vipassana) and Lama Rod Owens (Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhism) in addition to participating in the East Bay Meditation Center’s PiTA8 program for social justice activists. Tony has also completed compassion cultivation, death doula and non-violent communication training. Butterfly is honored to currently serve as treasurer on the board of directors of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. They now reside in Brooklyn (occupied Canarsie/Munsee Lenape land).
Tony Pham is currently the Head of Marketing for Kadena, a blockchain company that spun out of J.P. Morgan and that TechCrunch has said is “pushing [enterprise-grade] technology forward.” In addition to leading co-marketing with DeFi partners such as Celo, Chainlink and Terra, he is responsible for branding, communications, customer development, lifecycle engagement, and product marketing.
Tony began his career in Silicon Valley by managing product marketing at Slide (acquired by Google), followed by a position as the first VP of Marketing at Life360 (IPO on ASX). He is recognized as an industry leader, winning a Webby Award and getting invited to speak at conferences such as Mobile World Congress (Barcelona), SxSW (Austin), and Marketing 2.0 (Paris). Outside of work, Tony mentors young entrepreneurs with 500 Startups (Latin America) and also volunteers as a member of New York City’s Tech Talent Pipeline Marketing Committee. He graduated from Grinnell College and is a Fulbright Scholar.
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