Garrett MacDonald

Ski fast and take chances.

Berlin, Deutschland


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Hi, I'm Garrett. I bring to the table a healthy dose of ambition, and passions for learning, cultivation, and advancement in technology and therefore our ability as a species to achieve greater things. I have excellent communicational and interpersonal skills which I leverage to see whatever it is I am working on to fruition. I thoroughly enjoy innovating, and working on projects that will somehow positively affect people.


  1. General Partner

    Berlin German Technology Entrepreneurship Center
    November  2015 - Present
    • Working closely with startup companies from around Europe, and overseeing management of emerging financial technology companies.
    • Speacilist in Information Security, Blockchain Integration, and connecting US companies to Europe and vice versa.
  2. Chair

    Bozeman, MT Abdera Ventures
    April  2015 - Present
    • Leveraging our Network to match an investor with projects tailored to her liking.
    • Years in development, and based on a series of human decisions, our proprietary learning algorithm matches people, businesses, and capital with a largely successful funding rate.
  3. Founder, Board Member

    Bozeman, MT Gary Foundation

    October 2014 - On Hold

    • The Gary Foundation has been a dream of mine for years, and now I have finally made it a reality. Chrondosarcoma, a rare cancer of the bone, took my father when I was seven years old. I refuse to let his death hault his good doing and great positivity and kindness toward others.
    • Primarily providing research grants to groups focused on Chrondosarcoma, the Gary Foundation aims to improve the well being of those affected by cancer and their families.
    • All directors of the Gary Foundation have agreed to recieve no compensation for their efforts, ensuring maximum efficiency in converting our recieved donations to a cure for this cancer.
  4. Founder

    Bozeman, MT Cognitive Inc.
    March 2014 - November 2015
    • Cognitive Inc. provides a variety of services in the Cryptocurrency industry, ranging from ASIC design to trading various currencies based on the blockchain technology.
  5. Founder & CEO

    Coeur d'Alene, ID Cognitive Mining LLC
    March 2012 - April 2014
    • In March of 2012 my IPO sold out within 3 days, initially raising 2500 bitcoins, which at the time was just over $12,000 USD.
    • I grew the company from this inital $12,000 investment to a net worth of over one million dollars in less than two years.
    • Publicly traded on the Global Bitcoin Stock Exchange, Bitcoin Trading Corp., and Havelock Investments.
    • Commonly regarded as the best of all the assets on said exchanges.
    • Cognitive was recognized for being the most transparent, shareholder-friendly, and efficient mining company.
    • I designed ASIC hardware specifically for mining bitcoin, managed negotiations on seven figure deals, and ultimately exceeded the expectations set in all of my agreements.
    • I worked closely with the blockchain technology, harnessing it as a public ledger for accounting and share management and allocation.
  6. Bitcoin Subprojects

    • Bitcoin Mining Bond Issuance Company -- Synergy Mining
    • Bitcoin Dispenser - Gave free bitcoins to new users
    • Bitcoin Mining Pool Development - Stabilized mining payouts from a large degree of randomness to a steady, daily stream.
    • Arbitrage. Lots and lots of arbitrage. The bitcoin markets were extremely volatile.
  7. Machinist, Tech Guy

    AMI Machining, Inc.
    June 2009 - December 2012
    Hayden, ID
  8. As soon as I was of age (14), my neighbor John Grimm hired me to work in his extremely high-tech die making shop, AMI Machining, where I operated various electron discharge machines.

    • Learned much about miscellaneous types of metals and how to cut them down to the hundred thousandth of an inch using electron discharge machining technologies.
    • Performed miscellaneous tasks, varying from petty chores to managing network infrastructure to operating million dollar machinery where one wrong keystroke can disable a machine for months.



  1. Cryptography, High School G.E., University

  2. Montana State University
    September 2013 -January 2014
    Bozeman, MT
    • Philosophy
    • Honors College Member
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Aviation
  3. Stanford
    August 2012 -October 2012
    • Cryptography I
  1. Coeur d' Alene High School
    September 2009 -June 2013
    Coeur d' Alene, ID
    • FIRST Robotics: Lead Designer, Lead Driver, and Programmer
    • Crew/Rowing: Four year varsity letterman and three year captain
    • Senior thesis: The Controversy of Automated Intelligence

Relevant Skills

  • Business Management
  • Team Building
  • Corporate Relations
  • Finance
  • Business Strategy
  • Team Player
  • Business Law
  • Currency Trading
  • Many more!
  • Business Operations
  • Leadership
  • Computer Hardware Design
  • Cryptocurrency


knowledge and experience gain, hardware and software, communication methods and technology, civil rights defense, actively opposing and combating censorship, flight, film, photograpy, skiing, travel, economics, gadgets, and quite a bit more. My curiosity is rampant and I thrive on discovering why and how things work, probably most prevalently the human mind.