We are company founders, business builders and experts in technology, finance, regulation, law, and marketing who share a commitment to supporting modern companies and their investors.
Eric is the author of New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup, The Startup Way, and The Leaders Guide (funded by one of the top Kickstarter book campaigns of all time). He's also the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, practiced by individuals and companies around the world and the inspiration behind the LTSE. He has founded a number of startups, including IMVU, where he served as CTO, and has advised on business and product strategy for startups, venture capital firms, and large companies across many industries.
Prior to joining the LTSE, Martin spent over 20 years as an investment banker leading over $50Bn of public book-run equity and equity-linked transactions, including IPOs, follow-ons and convertible debt. In addition, Martin has led several M&A financings and complex recapitalization transactions. Martin ran technology equity capital markets and equity-linked origination at Piper Jaffray and served as a VP in Morgan Stanley's global capital markets group.
Dan brings market operational experience to his role at the Long-Term Stock Exchange as well as compliance and policy responsibility. As a cross-functional leader, he has built teams responsible for service implementation of new platform technology and exchange launches in several asset classes. He has represented company interests at industry sponsored forums in the equity derivatives markets. His customer service perspective comes from roles earlier in his career as a retail broker and exchange floor broker. He is a graduate of The State University of New York at Albany and received an MBA from DePaul University.
Beth has written code for everything from networking for real-time video understanding systems at BAE Systems to a serverless donation page platform for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. She is a proponent of collective code ownership, automated testing, user experience design, and inclusive culture. She’s on the board of Tech By Choice, which works to help underrepresented people earn both technical and nontechnical skills relevant to roles in tech, and has a BA in Theater from Smith College.
Tiho is a serial product builder and is passionate about tools that help people work smarter. Prior to LTSE, he served as the CTO at Nitro, a smart document productivity company. In 2008, Tiho was a founding engineer at Rypple, a social performance management platform later acquired by Salesforce. He earned his Hon B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Toronto.
Pavitra comes to LTSE with both founding team and public company experience, having both built cloud platforms and scaled software infrastructure operations. He started writing code at 10 and, among other things, has built competitive fully autonomous indoor flying robots. He received his Masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Leslie comes to LTSE from Hackbright Academy, a coding bootcamp for women, where she taught full stack software development. While teaching coding fundamentals, she also provided guidance to students on scoping and building their individual web applications. Her previous experience was in nonprofits as a fundraising director, and in freelance graphic design and web development. Leslie believes that a diverse, inclusive staff leads to a more productive culture and to better products. She has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Pomona College.
Mirna came to LTSE with more than five years of Software Development experience working on large projects in the areas of healthcare and telecommunications. She likes learning, helping others and being part of the solution. By excelling in her role she aims to have a positive impact on society and to inspire other women. She holds a BS degree in Information Systems from UNAPEC.
Samantha brings experience in operations and international program implementation to her role. She started her career at non-profit Operation Smile, coordinating and leading surgical programs in low- and middle-income countries. Before joining LTSE, Samantha focused on compliance and legal operations at a biotech start-up in New York City.
Carolyn came to LTSE from the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she served as the Deputy Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. Passionate about connecting with people and driving solutions to complicated problems, she has also worked in management consulting and has spent time on Capitol Hill and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Syracuse University.
Lydia works with LTSE’s network of companies on corporate governance initiatives and our software platform. Previously, she has worked on projects ranging from research and policy to exchange operations. Lydia began her career as a business analyst at the NYSE, where she worked on NYSE’s electronic block trading platform and in sales and relationship management before helping to develop and grow the Corporate Responsibility team. She has a BA in Economics from Columbia University.
Prior to joining LTSE, Ben consulted with the Canadian Government’s trade mission in New York on helping clean technology companies commercialize their products. Before that he worked at The OutCast Agency, a technology marketing firm, developing campaigns for a variety of companies including Andreessen Horowitz, Airbnb, Intuit TurboTax and Google Nest. He also scaled YC-backed startup Cribspot, dedicated to improving the student rental experience. Ben has a BA from the University of Michigan and is a rabid Michigan sports fan.
Gary brings more than two decades of private and public sector regulatory experience and a track record for innovative and creative solutions. He served in senior roles at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Prior to joining the Long-Term Stock Exchange, he served as their outside counsel while a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Gary is a graduate of Duke University (B.S., computer science) and the University of Chicago Law School.
Before joining LTSE, Steve served as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department. Prior to his service at State, Steve held roles as Chief Communications Officer for TIAA, and VP and Head of Corporate Communications for Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal. During the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Steve served as an Assistant to the Secretary and the Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marcus leads the product team at the LTSE. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Marcus spent time as a design consultant at IDEO San Francisco and in 2004, co-founded IMVU.com with Eric Ries. In 2010, he left IMVU to head User Experience at Rypple.com - acquired by Salesforce in 2011. Before joining the LTSE Marcus led design at Highway1, a leading SF based hardware startup accelerator.
Holly brings a diverse set of financial, operational, and transactional expertise to her role. She manages internal operations, investor relations, and various strategic initiatives. Prior to the LTSE, she supported Raul Fernandez on running, growing, and investing in businesses ranging from sports to fashion to tech. She has a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Michelle brings legal, policy, and operational expertise to her role at the Long-Term Stock Exchange. Her experience includes serving in senior roles at the New York Stock Exchange and the US Department of the Treasury, as a consultant with McKinsey & Co., Inc. and as a securities lawyer. She teaches at Columbia University and has served on numerous non-profit boards and as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Michelle is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
Hyon spearheads LTSE’s Exchange Software on which orders are received and trades are executed. His experience ranges from writing the first lines of code for a platform to building engineering teams. Hyon strongly believes that great engineering culture stems from mutual respect, continuous constructive feedback, and diversity. His most recent startup, Peer, was acquired by Twitter in 2016. Hyon holds Bachelors and Masters degree in Comp Science from MIT.
Zoran has been the Chief Executive officer of the Long-Term Stock Exchange since its approval in May 2019, and is responsible for day-to-day operations, business development, and technology strategy for the Exchange. He was most recently the Head of Technical Operations at the Investor's Exchange (IEX) and is also the former Head of Global Operations at NASDAQ. He's led teams that have built numerous exchanges and trading platforms across multiple asset classes in order to meet the needs of the capital markets system. Zoran has worked in software systems engineering and technical operations for over 20 years and has deep experience incorporating resilience engineering practices in all aspects of systems building.
Jean works with private and public companies on strategies to build resiliency and achieve more sustainable outcomes for all stakeholders. She is the Founder and Former CEO of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the efficiency of the U.S. capital markets. Prior to founding SASB, Jean worked in sustainable development for Arup, a global engineering consultancy, and at Deloitte. A former Loeb fellow at Harvard, she is an Advisor to INSEAD's Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society and a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Jean holds a PhD in environmental engineering.
Teagan brings operational, administrative and customer service experience to LTSE. After completing the College Program and a Professional Internship at the Walt Disney World Corporation in Orlando, FL, she amassed experiences in the construction, financial services and healthcare sectors. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri.
Ray brings broad experience in business, engineering and design to LTSE. He started his career in Sales and Trading at Merrill Lynch, then moved from building products at Fortune 50 firms to founding and building technology startups. Prior to joining LTSE, Ray headed product and engineering at Yewno, where he worked on building a search engine backed by artificial intelligence.
Mike is passionate about building and scaling fintech businesses across asset classes. He has experience in launching both US equity and currency trading platforms. He brings strong leadership in sales and strategy to his role at Long-Term Stock Exchange. He is a graduate of St. John's University.
Howard brings more than 25 years of legal, transactional, and regulatory compliance experience to his role at the Long-Term Stock Exchange. Most recently with Goldman Sachs, Howard has previously served as GC for Nomura Securities and as US Chief Legal Officer and Head of Compliance for Scotiabank. He also served as Investment Banking and Equities Trading Counsel with Merrill Lynch. Howard received his J.D. from NYU School of Law.