Tiantian Kullander, co-founder of HK based crypto company Amber Group, dies suddenly in his sleep at 30

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Tiantian Kullander

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28th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) The co-founder of a Crypto company has been described as a “great partner and true friend” after he died suddenly, aged 30.

Hong Kong-based digital asset company Amber Group posted a statement announcing the death of Tiantian Kullander, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on 23rd November 2022. 

“Tiantian (or “TT”, as he was lovingly known) was instrumental to the founding of Amber and a pillar of our success,” the statement read. 

“He put his heart and soul into the company, in every stage of its growth.

“He led by example with his intellect, generosity, humility, diligence and creativity.”

He began his career working as a market trader for financial services Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Mr Kullander co-founded start-up Amber Group in 2017, a digital asset trading platform that earlier this year was valued at $US3 billion ($4.5 billion). 

That lead him to make Forbes’ prestigious 30-under-30 list in the Asia Finance and Venture Capital category in 2019. 

Mr Kullander sat on the Board of Fnatic, an e-sports organisations, and founded KeeperDAO, a decentralised finance app, before giving it back to its community.

“We lost a great partner and a true friend in TT and words cannot express our sorrow at this time,” the Amber Group statement said. 

“TT’s legacy will live on and we will work even harder to make Amber the category-defining leader of our industry, as this was TT’s ambition and dream.

“His passing is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

He is survived by his wife and son. 

The crypto entrepreneur, nicknamed “TT,” started Amber in 2017 together with a group of former finance professionals, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley alumni. The company, whose backers include Singaporean state investment company Temasek Holdings Pte, is in talks to raise about $100 million, Bloomberg News reported erlier this month.  

Five of Amber’s founders — Kullander, Michael Wu, Wayne Huo, Tony He and Luke Li — previously worked together on Morgan Stanley’s fixed-income trading floor in Hong Kong. 

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