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Our People

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Management

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Magnus Sigurdsson

Co-Founder, CTO

Magnus has spent his career utilizing data science to help investors make more informed investments. Magnus was part of the core team at 55ip before it was sold to JP Morgan and has spent his career developing and utilizing data science at leading hedge funds and institutions. He specializes in designing, implementing, and monitoring quantitative strategies to enhance investment performance. Magnus graduated as valedictorian with a BS in Economics from The University of Iceland. He received his Master of Finance from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Max Wolff

Co-Founder, CEO

Max is a thought leader, economist, and renowned venture mind. Max was part of the core team at 55ip before it was sold to JP Morgan and has been Chief Economist and Research Director for numerous investment firms. He has also made thousands of appearances in leading media outlets (CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, WSJ, etc.) Max did his undergraduate studies at Yale University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received a BA and MA in Economics, both summa cum laude, and completed his coursework for a PhD and his AbD from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Max sits on several start-up boards.

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RC Willenbrock

Head of Product

RC has spent his career building and growing business and most recently co-founded and was CPO of CompIQ and was part of the founding team of Stella.ai (acquired by Cornell Capital & Trilantic Capital). Before taking the leap to entrepreneurship, he was at Level Equity, a growth equity fund, and spent time at Morgan Stanley in their technology investment banking group. RC graduated from Dartmouth College, Cum Laude, with a BA in applied mathematics and economics.

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Cezhan Ambrose

Director of Business Development

Cezhan has spent the past decade advising leading equity fund and wealth managers across the US and Canada, investing in companies including Alibaba, Palantir Technologies, Spotify and Lyft. Cezhan is on the faculty at Cal State University and is currently completing Pepperdine's Doctoral of Business Administration program, with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility practices.

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Uwe Umlauff

Partnerships

Uwe is a business and innovation consultant to large family offices, hidden champion companies, and private investment firms across Europe and Asia with 30+ years experience in venture. Uwe is advisor to international organizations such as UNIDO and managing director of Steinbeis STI, member of Steinbeis International Network, a tech transfer company based in Stuttgart, Germany,

 with own university and more than 1,000 research and tech transfer

centers in 60 countries.

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Stefanie Unger

Head of Europe

Stefanie is the CEO of Agency Berlin GmbH, has published 5 books, and advises companies on how to equip for the future. She has been nominated to 35 Young Elites Under 35, named Future Performer, and to 50 Most Important Women of the Economy. She regularly contributes across various media outlets.

Board

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Donna Burke

Board

Donna is Co-Founder and board member of Sparkpr. She has created a public relations powerhouse and fostered a spirit of fearless, creative communication. With extensive experience at IBM, Nokia, Netscape, and News Corp Donna has become a trusted relation within top media and industry influencers. Donna graduated from NYU and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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Steven Fifita

Board

Steven is Managing Partner at Rocket Wagon Venture Studio and Co-founder of the Palo Alto Venture Studio with Stanford University GSB. He served 25 years as senior executive at Cisco, HP, BBY and $300M Department of Defense Incubator leading corporate development and strategy, startup advisory and technology transfer.

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Santita Jackson

Board

Santita is a trusted voice in daily talk radio with over 1 million weekly impressions and global syndication. Her reach includes regular commentations on MSNBC, FOX News, Good Morning America. Santita is a continuing force of civil liberty through her involvement with Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson. A graduate of Howard University, Santita currently resides in Chicago, Il. 

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Leonid Kogan

Board

Leonid is the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Professor of Management and a Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Leonid has published extensively in leading academic journals and has won numerous professional awards.

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Mark P. Kritzman

Board

Mark is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, president and CEO of WIndham Capital, and partner at State Street Associates. He serves on several boards and has written extensively on investing and risk management for academic and professional journals. The author of six books, including Puzzles of Finance and The Portable Financial Analyst, Mark holds an MBA from NYU and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Advisors

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Don DeLoach

Advisor

Don is an entrepreneur, author, board member, and evangelist for IoT. He is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Rocket Wagon Venture Studios, creating startups for the cyber-physical world. He was CEO of three prior companies spanning the last 20 years. Don is the former co-chairman of the Midwest IoT Council and co-author of "The Future of IoT".

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Vikram Kuriyan

Advisor

Vikram is Chairman of GWA, a Trustee of the CFA Institute Research Foundation, and an Adjunct Professor at New York University. Previously, Vikram was the Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Strategies for Bank of America's asset management division, managing over $30 billion of client assets.

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Thomas R. Hyland

Advisor

Thomas was the Co-Founder of Aspada, an early stage Indian venture capital fund backed by Soros Economic Development Fund and later sold to the LGT Group. He worked previously at SeaChange Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs. He is a frequent speaker on emerging market venture capital and impact investing and advises several startups.

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Kunal Sachdeva

Advisor

Kunal is an Assistant Professor of Finance with the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. His research focuses on the financial intermediation between institutional investors and households, with his dissertation studying the life settlement market.

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Hisham Kassim

Advisor - MENA

Hisham A. Kassim is the managing partner of Kassim Legal, a family-run boutique law firm based in Amman, Jordan specializing in cross-border M&A transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions, and international tax. To date, Hisham has successfully closed over 100 M&A and corporate transactions representing numerous funds and corporations throughout the MENA region, the U.S., the U.K., and Europe. 

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Jamil Wyne

Advisor

Jamil is an investor and advisor, and has worked with the World Bank, IFC, and UN, focusing on tech ecosystem development and innovative finance, as well as a range of impact investment funds and startups. He was a Fulbright Fellow, and his work has been featured or cited in numerous media outlets, university curricula, and books.

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