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2018 Event Schedule
The Women’s Fintech Forum is where female founders and executives are honored and offer mentorship to the next generation of Fintech innovators.
A meeting of the minds behind the most innovative tech in finance. Join leaders from banks, tech giants, and the hottest startups to learn what’s next.
One half conference, one half party. The premier awards ceremony in Fintech, where leaders celebrate innovation in financial services.
The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is the premier gathering of cannabis entrepreneurs and investors in North America. No other conference offers the level of access and seamlessness of interaction between entrepreneurs building future billion-dollar cannabis enterprises and the investors whose capital will make that happen.
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Chairman, O'Shares ETF Investments
President, Personal Investing At Fidelity Investments
Vice Chairman, Rock Holdings
President & CEO, TD Ameritrade
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Global Head of Digital Wealth Management, J.P. Morgan
President Emeritus, Prosper
VP, Global Head of Information Solutions, CBOE
Board Member, LendingTree
CTO, IBM Watson
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Aaron is responsible for leading go-to-market strategy and operations for Experian’s Fintech and Insurance verticals. He works closely with online lending startups, the venture capital community and Experian's sales, product and marketing teams to fuel innovation and growth for companies building exciting new businesses within Financial Services.
Before joining Experian, Aaron spent 5 years at Line 6, a venture-backed music technology firm where he held various leadership positions in product and marketing. Prior to that, Aaron worked at Analysis Group, one of the largest privately-held economic consulting firms where he supported top academic experts in the areas of intellectual property, securities fraud, and antitrust litigation in the software and pharmaceutical industries.
Aaron is as passionate about music as he is about technology: an accomplished electric bassist of over 20 years, he has collaborated and recorded with a diverse range of professional songwriters and amazing musicians from Diane Warren to Victor Wooten to Weezer.
Aaron double-majored in Physics and Mathematics at the College of William and Mary, and received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Adam Boyden is a five-time entrepreneur who has provided leadership for venture capital backed companies that have disrupted multi-billion dollar industries and generated more than $2 billion in exit value. He was the co-founder and CEO of RPM portfolio company Openlane, an online wholesale automotive marketplace, which was acquired by KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR). He went on to serve as VP of Business Development and Marketing at Xfire, an early social networking company focused on gamers, which was acquired by MTV Networks (NASDAQ: VIA). Boyden was President of Conduit, a cloud-based user engagement platform, early in its lifecycle and built it into the most successful Internet company in Israeli history. During this period Boyden was a Venture Advisor for RPM, led RPM’s investment in Social Finance (SoFi), and ultimately joined SoFi’s team as Chief Operating Officer as the company began to scale.
Adam currently sits on the board of several of RPM’s portfolio companies, including: Able Lending, the world’s first collaborative lender, specializing in small business financing; DailyPay, who is reinventing pay-day lending by offering hourly workers rapid access to earnings for a small fixed fee; Roost, a manufacturer of connected IoT devices and sensors; and Hippo, an insurance company who offers binding homeowners insurance quotes in minutes.
Additionally, Adam was the founder and former general manager of the China Consultancy, an advisory firm to companies entering the Chinese market. Boyden holds a 1st Class Honors BSc in Engineering Science from Exeter University, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Alexander Wong is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and head of venture capital at the D. E. Shaw group. Dr. Wong has more than 20 years of operating, technical, private equity, and venture capital experience in the technology industry. His investment interests span a wide range of areas including financial and emerging technologies. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Dr. Wong was a partner at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm. Before that, he served as a managing director at Intel Capital, the venture capital unit of Intel Corporation. Dr. Wong holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Andy is the co-founder and CEO of Liveoak Technologies, a leading SaaS provider of remote on-boarding & identity verification tools that leverage human expertise & interaction in the digital customer experience. Andy has 20+ years experience as a financial services executive with a focus on sales, customer success, and technology within the insurance and wealth management industry. He has worked for notable firms such as Hartford Financial, John Hancock, and MassMutual throughout his career.
Business development executive with experience quickly scaling high-growth, venture capital backed start-ups that have differentiated research and technology for the financial services space. Deep understanding of alternative data, financial technology, security analysis, market structure, financial planning, portfolio construction & alternative investing.
In his 21-year career at Piper Jaffray, Gene Munster became one of Wall Street’s most respected and followed analysts for his coverage of Apple as it became the world’s largest company. Now, as managing partner of Loup Ventures, he’s seeking out companies building world-changing technologies.
Founder, Caliber After 13 years as a media executive at Investor Relations (IR) magazine, Corporate Secretary, and PRWeek, Harvey founded Caliber Corporate Advisers in 2010. During his tenure working for leading financial and legal B2B media, Harvey recognized he was in a unique position to turn his attention towards helping his clients in niche industries tell their story and ultimately grow their business.
Caliber has assisted more than 100 organizations, including Goldman, Blackstone, KKR, and Berkshire Hathaway portfolio companies, asset management firms, and numerous other industry-leading and entrepreneurial companies.
Harvey and Caliber also proudly graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Kimberly Trautmann, CFA, Director, DRW Venture Capital
Kimberly joined DRW Venture Capital in 2015. DRW VC, an arm of principal trading firm DRW, is a private investor in financial and enterprise technology. The team focuses on revenue generating and growing businesses that will derive value from DRW beyond capital: as a client, as a product advisor, and through our deep trading industry expertise. The current portfolio holds more than 25 investments, including OpenFin, Droit, RedSeal, Solarflare and Pico.
Prior to DRW, Kimberly was an investor at Goldman Sachs on the Principal Strategic Investments team for nine years. She holds a BS from Wagner College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Mani Mahjouri is the CIO and Chief Strategist of Tradeworx, Inc., responsible for research and implementation of investment strategies. Mr. Mahjouri has over 18 years’ experience in hedge funds. Prior to Tradeworx, he was Global Head of Foreign Exchange at Sun Trading LLC. Mr.Mahjouri began his career at AQR Capital Management in 1999, where he was a senior member of the Global Asset Allocation team. Mr. Mahjouri completed a triple major from MIT with a BS in Physics, BS in Mathematics and BS in Finance.
After 40 years on Wall Street as a trader, stock broker analyst and options trader, Marc founded Chaikin Analytics LLC to deliver proven stock analytics to investors and traders, based on the Chaikin Power Gauge, a 20-factor alpha model proven effective at identifying a stock’s potential. Chaikin pioneered the 1st real-time analytics workstation for portfolio managers and stock traders, now part of Thomson Reuters’ institutional workstation, and developed computerized stock selection models and technical indicators, including Chaikin Money Flow, which are industry standards.
Matt Harris is the Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures.
Matt joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2012, to lead the NYC office and focus on business services companies, with a particular interest in financial services.
Most recently, Matt co-founded and ran Village Ventures, where he focused on the same sectors and invested in such companies as BlueTarp, Consumer United, Dwolla, iSend, On Deck Capital, Simple, TxVia and Zipmark. Earlier in his career, Matt worked at Bain Capital in the private equity group.
Matt went to Williams College, graduating in 1994 with a degree in Political Economy.
Matt was the Captain of the Williams College Rugby Club for his junior and senior year, which as you can imagine consumed nearly all of his spare time.
Outside of work, Matt is delighted to spend time with his wife, Jessica, and their two children.
He is the Chairman of the Board of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a regional theater associated with Williams College.
Matt is obsessed with military history, and some day will write a book connecting the strategy and tactics of insurgency with what he has learned about entrepreneurship
Michael is the CEO of M Science, leader of the executive team and sits on the company’s board. Prior to M Science, Michael was an Executive Committee Member and Head of Research, Sales & Trading at Investment Technology Group where he led one of the world’s largest and most respected data-driven research teams and was instrumental in the divestiture and sale of its Energy research business to Warburg Pincus for over $120mm in late 2015. Previously, he has held senior roles at RBC Capital Markets and Lehman Brothers. Michael currently serves on the Boards of the City Parks Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House of NY. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and previously served as a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy on Long Island. He enjoys spending time on the east end of Long Island with his 3 children.
Michael Sidgmore is a Venture Partner at Broadhaven Capital Partners, where he invests in early-stage FinTech companies. He is on the Board of Liveoak Technologies and Credijusto and on the Advisory Board at Trizic.
Michael is also the Founder of Let's Humanize Finance, a podcast that interviews FinTech innovators who are changing how we interact with money.
Prior to Broadhaven, Michael was a pre-product employee and a Senior Vice President at iCapital Network, a financial technology company that provides simplified and tech-enabled access to alternative investments at lower costs and lower minimums. Michael helped build the family office and RIA networks and helped grow the platform to over $2.1 billion of assets.
Prior to iCapital Network, Michael was the first sales hire and the Director of Institutional Investments at Mosaic, a financing platform for affordable home solar loans that has surpassed $1 billion of loans originated and has received a $200 million equity investment from Warburg Pincus. Michael started his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs' Principal Strategic Investments team in London, a direct investing team focused on market structure and FinTech investing.
Michael is an Advisory Board Member for Village Capital's US FinTech Program and a Special Advisor to Panorama Point Partners.
Michael Sidgmore Venture Partner
Nathan Richardson is a well-known financial technology & digital entrepreneur. Currently, he is building Trade It (TM) that enables online trading with customer’s existing brokerage accounts from any app or site.
He advised Bloomberg, served briefly as President of AOL Live, he co-founded #waywire with Mayor Cory Booker.
He built, launched and served as the President of Gilt City, a subsidiary of Gilt Groupe, Inc. Nathan also led the launch of GiltMAN.
He was the C.E.O. of ContentNext Media, where he led the sale to Guardian Media/UK.
Nathan served as the Head of DowJones Online, where he oversaw Marketwatch, WSJ.com, Barrons.com and several other vertical sites.
Nathan is best known for building, growing and leading Yahoo! Finance into the number-one online finance and business destination, he was named most influential by Institutional Investor.
Nathan was part of the original team at DotBank prior to its sale to Yahoo; was as an Emerging Markets Associate with Citibank in Istanbul, Warsaw, Johannesburg and Jeddah; and served as the Country Director for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia. Earlier in his career he served a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. Nathan serves as a board member with Caribe Media Inc., and as an advisor to several early-stage venture backed companies.
In 2005, Institutional Investor ranked Mr. Richardson No. 1 in its sixth annual Online Finance 40 ranking.
Nick Britz, Finance at Google Fiber.
Nick has over a decade and a half of operating experience in Tech, Fintech and management consulting. He currently works for Google Fiber and has previously overseen finance for products such as Google Wallet, Offers and Google Express. Prior to joining the Google, Nick was VP of Corporate Development and FP&A for Zecco (now Tradeking). Nick holds MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering Mechanics from The Johns Hopkins University.
Innovative product management and product marketing professional with ability to create successful strategies and build product teams and roadmaps that align to key performance indicators. Proven ability to leverage data science and machine learning to define and create B2B and B2C solutions.
Hands-on leader who excels at working cross-functionally with data science, engineering, operations, sales, marketing, customer service, finance and executive teams.
Highly efficient, analytical and capable of using Agile principles of collaboration and prioritization. Technology-driven, able to quickly learn new methodologies and technologies and deliver products and services that delight customers.
- B2C and B2B new product development and product lifecycle management
- Product roadmaps
- SaaS web, mobile, desktop and API product management
- P&L management
- Data science and machine learning product solutions
- Data enrichment, data personalization and data intelligence
- Strategic partnerships, custom solutions, RFP and Statement of Work
- User experience, user interface design and A/B testing
- Product evangelist, customer advocate and webinar speaker
- Product marketing, go-to-market strategy, sales enablement and content marketing
- KPIs, business intelligence, web analytics and funnel analysis
- SaaS subscription revenue model and online payments
- Agile development and requirements (MRD, PRD and user stories)
- Team hiring and building, offshore team management
Sonny is one of the leading FinTech executives in Silicon Valley and is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at BitPay. BitPay is the largest processor of bitcoin in the world and has raised over $30M in funding from top investors like Founders Fund, Richard Branson, and Index Ventures. Previously, Sonny was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Jumio, which has raised over $40M from Andreessen Horowitz, and Citibank.
Sonny has spoken at numerous FinTech conferences throughout the world and has published several articles in TechCrunch and Finance Magnates. He is a Venture Advisor for Lumia Capital and is also an angel investor in several companies including TubeMogul (IPO), Estate Assist (acquired by DocuSign), Getaround, Jumio, Civic Technologies, Sendhub (acquired by Cameo Global), and Naritiv. Sonny has an MBA from Thunderbird, is a graduate of Binghamton University (NY) where he played collegiate tennis.
CEO & Founder
FinTech Growth Syndicate
As CEO & Founder, Sue and the Syndicate team bring a depth and breadth of corporate and start-up experience and passion in FinTech, InsurTech and innovation to their clients.
The FinTech Growth Syndicate provides corporate innovators and start-up company leaders the tools and expertise they need to grow their businesses and accelerate their response to the changing needs of their clients. We specialize in 2 things – engaging you with the ecosystem outside your organization, and working with startups to master B2B sales and partnering.
Our model is designed to provide you with agile, on the ground experts in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo – talent that has deep experience in corporate innovation, design thinking, commercialization, B2B market expansion and partnering. We are truly deep in innovation and disruption, are plugged into every corner of the ecosystem, and can leverage our relationships and knowledge of the global FinTech ecosystem to accelerate innovation.
Prior to starting the company, Sue was Vice President & Head of Global Innovation for D+H. the 21st largest FinTech globally. She was also responsible for distribution and marketing strategies through partners and channels, and is an expert in influencer relations and how to sell through strategic partners in global financial markets.
She was SVP and General Manager of a start-up business unit she created for Broadridge, where she invented and launched award winning solutions for brokers and dealers in Canada, that grew to $40 Million in revenue in 24 months. Sue has spent 25 years in various corporate executive positions. Sue is a thought leader, speaks at numerous events, and holds many advisory roles that help to drive awareness and progress in Canada around innovation and FinTech, including the ICT Advisory Board for Global Affairs Canada, FinTech Advisory Committee for the OSC Launch Pad, Advisor for the Digital Finance Institute, and mentor to the HK FinTech SuperCharger.
Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, has 3 children, and lives in Toronto with her husband and youngest son.
Tim Seymour has over 19 years of global and emerging markets investment experience as a hedge fund manager, trader and in capital markets, across multiple asset classes.
Seymour looks at markets with a global lens focusing on economic, political and technical analysis to shape a bottom up view towards trading and investment. Seymour's investment approach and passion for markets has been shaped by spending significant time living abroad and investing through major market trends and transformations.
Seymour is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Triogem Asset Management, a hedge fund and wealth management firm formed in 2008. At Triogem, Seymour is the CIO and chairs the investment committee. Triogem's clients are both institutional and HNW investors focused on global investment opportunities and portfolio allocation via fund investment and individual managed accounts. Triogem has traditionally employed a bottom up, low volatility approach, that emphasizes stock picking and risk adjusted returns. Prior to Triogem, Seymour was a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at Red Star Asset Management (Moscow, New York), where the core strategy was a low volatility, multi-strat fund investing across Russia and the CIS.
Prior to his hedge fund career, Seymour was a partner and managing director at Troika Dialog, (now Sberbank CIB, Russia's largest investment bank). Seymour moved to Moscow in 1998 as Head of Fixed Income and was later appointed Global Head of Sales for all products. In January 2000, Seymour moved from Moscow to New York to found Troika Dialog USA, a full-service FINRA/SEC regulated brokerage firm and subsidiary of Troika Dialog Group where he served as President for four years.
Seymour started his career at UBS in New York, focusing on international credit (cash, swaps, forex) in a specialized hedge fund group. Seymour completed the firm's training program after graduating with an M.B.A. in International Finance from Fordham University. Seymour received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business.
Seymour founded EmergingMoney.com in 2009 to offer investors broader insight into the Emerging Market asset class. With a view that many investors need access to dedicated emerging market analysis and "investment education," EmergingMoney.com seeks to explain EM investing and to deliver trading concepts and market insights.
My current industry focus is financial services including digital banking, fintech, cryptocurrencies, and AI-enhanced algo trading. I have extensive experience in cloud computing, AI/machine intelligence, machine learning, IoT (Internet of Things) and blockchain technologies.
Expert at critical thinking for producing new and unique methods to solve complex issues and processes. Comprehensive education and experience with commercial business, computational finance, fintech, emerging payments, and blockchain deliverables. High energy individual contributor as well as team leader who formulates useful strategies on positioning and leveraging information for systems-based commercial success. Reliability, innovation, clear communications, mobilizing others and a high expectation of myself and others are some leadership trademarks. The overall benefit of my efforts is day-to-day high performance which creates and produces value and makes a measurable difference for my clients.
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CEO, CTO & Co-Founder of Push Payments
Travis Dulaney is Co-Founder and CEO of Push Payments. He has been responsible for directing and building Push Payments’ Real-Time payments capabilities, as well as establishing Push Payments’ South Florida office. Mr. Dulaney has over 25 years of Financial Services experience, specializing in Payments, Processing, and Banking across vertical markets providing vision, insights and creative solutions.
Travis Dulaney has held executive positions with, FIS the #1 FinTech company as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Government Services; VP of Product Development for eFunds Systems a payments switching and card processor; VP of IT for Interliant, a ASP. Travis’ experience ranges from software development to Six Sigma process engineering, Product Design and Operational Management providing him a unique ability to have vision across corporate functions.
He spent the last two years building what is probably the only, fully compliant, scalable, secure, easy to use, intelligent and true real-time payments platform in the world. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the financial services industry focusing primarily on banking, core financial processing, and card mobile payments, using his expertise to improve efficiency in financial systems while creating and building new innovative payment systems and products. He has worked with a wide array of clientele, both in financial services and other industry sectors providing guidance and management as they deal with the ever-changing financial-services landscape. His clients have included international and regional commercial banking institutions, payment processors and government agencies, including the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and OCFI.
Yin Luo joined Wolfe Research, LLC in September 2016, as a Vice Chairman to lead the coverage of quantitative research, economics, and portfolio strategy (QES). Prior to Wolfe Research, Yin was a Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Strategy at Deutsche Bank. Yin started at Deutsche Bank in New York in October 2009 and in seven years, he built a world class quantitative and macro research franchise. Before arriving at Deutsche Bank, he spent over 12 years in investment banking and at a management consulting firm with various roles in quantitative research, fundamental research, portfolio management, investment banking and consulting.
Yin has been ranked #1 in Institutional Investor magazine’s II-All America equity research survey in quantitative research for the past six years (2011-2016), and top ranked in the Accounting & Tax Policy and Portfolio Strategy sectors. At Deutsche Bank, Yin also led the team and achieved #1 ranking in II-Europe and II-Asia surveys. In 2016, Yin was selected to the UPstanding’s top 100 ethnic-minority executives in the US and UK by the Financial Times.
Yin holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Renmin University of China, a MBA in Finance from University of Windsor, and a Master of Management and Professional Accounting from University of Toronto. He is a CFA charterholder, a U.S. CPA, a CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant), and a PStat (Professional Statistician). Mr. Luo is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Renmin University of China.
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