The private table in the back of Nobu was a tabloid photographer’s dream. It was January 2005, and Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Alex Rodriguez, Bill Clinton, Gary Cohn and Marc Lasry were among the group dining at the Japanese eatery after 18 holes at Jordan’s celebrity golf tournament in the Bahamas.

For most 25-year-olds, having a seat at this table would have been nothing short of a miracle — or at least, a once in a lifetime opportunity. For an up-and-comer named Will McDonough, who now calls some of those men “brothers,” it helped get him hired as a rookie with a lackluster finance resume at some of the most respected firms on Wall Street.

“It’s still not lost on me how pretty damn cool that is,” McDonough said in a recent interview. Now 38 years old, McDonough is taking center stage, leading his startup, iCash, through an initial coin offering that launched in mid-July.

Already, iCash has attracted investments from the 1Confirmation Fund backed by Peter Thiel, Marc Andresssen and Mark Cuban. It’s also backed by Goldman Sachs alum Matthew Goetz’s crypto hedge fund BlockTower.

He joins a growing list of Wall Street alumni who have left the perceived safety of places like Goldman for the new frontier of technology known as the blockchain. McDonough is not used to talking about himself. Read more from…

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