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.
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Eric Ries
Founder and CEO
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 is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, practiced by individuals and companies around the world and the inspiration behind 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.
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Martin Alvarez
Chief Commercial Officer
LTSE
Prior to joining LTSE, Martin spent over 20 years as an investment banker. He has led 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. He 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.
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Dan Amar
Head of Trading and Market Operations
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Dan brings experience in market operations, compliance and policy responsibility to the Long-Term Stock Exchange. He has built teams responsible for service implementation of new platform technology and exchange launches in several asset classes and 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 SUNY Albany and received an MBA from DePaul University.
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Tiho Bajic
CEO, LTSE Software
LTSE
Tiho is a serial product builder and is passionate about tools that help people work smarter. Prior to joining 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. Tiho started his career as a software engineer at Workbrain, where he participated in its IPO on TSX. He is the founder of Serbian Entrepreneurs, which fosters the entrepreneurial ecosytem in Serbia. He earned his Hon B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Toronto.
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Jeff Bashaw
Director, Stakeholder Research & Policy
LTSE
Jeff comes to LTSE with experience in economic and regulatory research, as well as a background working with company leaders on competitive strategy. Previously, he worked in economic development and state government in Louisiana, collaborating with business leaders and policymakers to build broad stakeholder coalitions around issues of economic competitiveness and comprehensive tax reform. Prior to joining LTSE, Jeff served as COO of One Acadiana, a regional economic development organization based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jeff received his B.A. and M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Virginia and earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
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Pavitra Bhalla
Product Engineering Lead
LTSE
Pavitra brings engineering expertise to LTSE Software and has spearheaded the development of products including Captable.io, Fast409A and Safegenie. Prior to LTSE, he was part of both founding teams and large public companies. He has written software for a wide range of use cases including fully-autonomous indoor flying robots, a cloud platform for fitness trackers, and a content management system for US-based media companies. Pavitra is passionate about creating products and services that sustainably add value to communities. He received his masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Santa Clara University.
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Leslie Castellanos
Software Engineer
LTSE
Leslie taught full stack software development at Hackbright Academy, a coding bootcamp for women, before joining LTSE. While teaching coding fundamentals she also provided guidance to students on scoping and building their individual web applications. She has also worked 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.
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Mirna De Jesus
Senior Software Engineer
LTSE
Mirna comes to LTSE with several years of Software Development experience working on large projects in the areas of healthcare and telecommunications. Her past experience as an SOS-Developer and as a Team Leader at Telvent Global Services has given her deep expertise in the Java Language and Software Development practices. Mirna's accomplishments as a young software developer in the Dominican Republic have been recognized on a number of occasions. By excelling in her role, she aims to have a positive impact on society and to inspire other women. She holds a Software Development Technologist degree from ITLA and a B.Sc. in Information Systems from UNAPEC.
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Carolyn Dee
Chief of Staff
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Carolyn joined the Long-Term Stock Exchange after working at 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.
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Samantha DeVito
People Business Partner
LTSE
Samantha brings experience in operations and international program implementation to her role. She started her career at non-profit Operation Smile, coordinating and implementing surgical programs in countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, The Philippines, Vietnam, Dominican Republic. Before joining LTSE, Samantha focused on compliance and legal operations at a biotech start-up in New York City. Samantha has a B.Sc in Business Administration and Management, International Business from Marist College. 
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Alicia Diamond
Director of Commercial Operations
LTSE
Alicia brings deep knowledge of marketing, human resources, finance, and product development to her commercial operations role at LTSE. Previously, she was Chief of Staff to the CEO at Label Insight. She also held that position, followed by COO, at 511 Capital, where she built and led a team to manage operations and financial performance across all portfolio companies. Alicia gained additional experience at Fathom Communications, where she led operations for the financial and creative teams. Alicia holds a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Ben Ehrlich
Special Assistant to the CEO
LTSE
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 B.A. from the University of Michigan.
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Gary Goldsholle
Chief Regulatory Officer
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Gary has 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 outside counsel while a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Gary is a graduate of Duke University, where he earned a B.S. in computer science, and the University of Chicago Law School.
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Steve Goldstein
Chief Marketing Officer
LTSE
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 the State Department, 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.
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Marcus Gosling
VP Product
LTSE
Marcus leads the product team at 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 LTSE Marcus led design at Highway1, a leading SF based hardware startup accelerator. Marcus holds a B.Des in Industrial Design from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland.
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Holly Grant
Chief Operating Officer
LTSE
Holly leads operations for LTSE’s family of companies, overseeing a cross-functional team that is responsible for finance, legal, HR, talent, culture, marketing, communications, and investor relations. She also manages LTSE’s executive leadership. Previously Holly served as deputy to Washington D.C. investment, sports, and entertainment mogul Raul Fernandez, where she worked on a range of investment, growth, and management projects spanning sports, fashion, and tech. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
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Patrick Johnmeyer
Senior Full-Stack Engineer
LTSE
Patrick brings more than two decades of software development experience to LTSE, from industries including aerospace, sobriety monitoring, and market data. Having worked for three-person teams in basements, Fortune 50 global corporations, and most everything in between, he enjoys applying generalist principles for building reliable and pragmatic software solutions. He successfully mentored dozens of new developers as they entered the industry through LaunchCode, and maintained a popular open source testing library for several years. Patrick is a proud partner and father, and hopes to leave the campground cleaner than he found it.
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Hyon Lee
Software Architect
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Hyon spearheads the Long-Term Stock Exchange’s 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 a bachelors degree and a masters degree in Computer Science from MIT.
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Lincoln Li
Data Analyst
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Prior to joining the Long-Term Stock Exchange, Lincoln was an investment analyst at a hedge fund in New York. Previously, he worked at Selerity Inc (acquired by Dealogic in 2019), a financial technology startup. In that role, he developed a live data product driven by Natural Language Processing. Lincoln is passionate about applying machine learning technology to the market microstructure field. Lincoln is a graduate of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, where he earned a B.S. in Economics, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Lindsay Liu
Head of Marketing
LTSE
Lindsay is responsible for the growth of LTSE's brand and business. She brings over a decade of experience building demand and teams at global technology and design companies including Method and Accenture. With an interdisciplinary background in product and new business, Lindsay was most recently Managing Director overseeing Growth at Work & Co, where she grew the company to 400 employees and 7 global offices, and was a trusted strategic advisor to startups and Fortune 100 client partners. An entrepreneur at heart, she has also founded initiatives including a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and real estate venture. She earned her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Arjun Mehta
Product Design Lead
LTSE
A passionate designer of product systems, Arjun brings a broad set of skills to help LTSE sustainably prototype, discover and build its growing suite of products. Previously, Arjun led design and engineering initiatives at a number of innovative technology startups in San Francisco. At IDEO Palo Alto he enjoyed collaborating to serve a wide range of clients and industries (automotive, finance, healthcare, telecommunications +). Arjun holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Carleton University, Ottawa.
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Mawulom Nenonene
Head of Talent
LTSE
As the Head of Talent at LTSE, Mawulom draws on his experience within talent, operations, engineering, inclusion, and belonging programming to build equitable, scalable recruiting practices. He finds meaning and purpose through empowering others to achieve their professional goals. Educated as a biomedical engineer, he was driven early on by making an impact on the individual level. What moves him now is the opportunity to help whole ecosystems evolve through fundamental, large-scale shifts.
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Gabriela Noronha
Market Operations Analyst
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Gabby comes to LTSE from Brokertec US, a global fixed income trading platform recently acquired by CME Group. At Brokertec, she worked in market operations on product development, the management and maintenance of the securities and the platform, and customer relationship and experience. Her experience spans many different asset classes, including fixed income and derivatives and equities. She also has in-depth knowledge of trading platforms and exchanges. Gabby is passionate about trading and economics and bringing more sustainable practices to the industry. She graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics and Finance from Pace University in New York City.
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Susan Ochs
Global Head of Capital Markets
LTSE
Susan has over two decades of experience in the financial sector as a practitioner, regulator, and change agent.  Previously, she served in senior roles at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of the Treasury.  Following the 2008 financial crisis, she worked to reform banking practices, advising the NY Federal Reserve and most US bulge bracket banks. Her previous roles include JP Morgan and Solera Capital.  Susan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Duke University.
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Ike Onyeador
Market Operations Analyst
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Prior to joining the Long-Term Stock Exchange, Ike worked in Corporate Finance at Citi in both New York and London. He brings years of experience in client sales, operations, and account management to the Market Operations team. Ike is passionate about extracting long term value from the private sector to improve outcomes for all. He is particularly excited about LTSE's multi-stakeholder approach to reimagining the capital markets. Ike holds both a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. 
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Zoran Perkov
CEO
Long-Term Stock Exchange
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. Previously, he was Head of Technical Operations at the Investor's Exchange (IEX) and before that Head of Global Operations at NASDAQ. He's led teams that have built numerous exchanges and trading platforms across multiple asset classes and has deep experience incorporating resilience engineering practices in all aspects of systems building.
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Teagan Russell
Operations Manager
LTSE
Teagan joined LTSE in 2018, bringing operational, administrative and customer service experience to her role. She began her career at the Walt Disney World Corporation in Orlando, FL, completing the College Program and a Professional Internship. She has since amassed experiences in the construction, financial services and healthcare sectors. She has successfully planned and executed industry events from five to five-thousand attendees. Teagan is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, currently sitting on the NYC Alumnae Panhellenic Board.
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Evan Sanfield
ESG Data Analyst
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Evan is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont's Sustainable Innovation MBA program. During his time at UVM, he contributed to developing a proprietary rating system designed to rate the impact of investment portfolios. He was also a finalist in the Wharton Total Impact Portfolio Competition (TIPC). His project demonstrated new ways to understand how impact investing materially benefits organizations and shareholders' long-term success. Evan also holds a BBA from Michigan's Ross School of Business, and has worked as a commercial banker for JP Morgan Chase.
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Nawreen Sattar
Regulatory and Compliance Counsel
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Nawreen brings experience as a corporate and securities attorney to LTSE, including deep knowledge of corporate governance, public company reporting, and policies and procedures relating to compliance and disclosure matters. She was most recently in-house counsel on a team overseeing these matters at ViacomCBS Inc. Prior to that, she was a capital markets associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she worked with both issuers and underwriters in public and private issuances of securities. Nawreen holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. and an M.Phil from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
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Ray Shan
Senior Director of Product Management
LTSE
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. He is a four-time entrepreneur and founded his first startup at the age of 22. Prior to joining LTSE, Ray headed product and engineering at Yewno, where he worked on building a search engine backed by artificial intelligence. He is also the host of the Modern Web podcast. Ray is a graduate of the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business.
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Mike Sherry
Head of Business Development, Markets
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Mike is passionate about building and scaling fintech businesses and electronic markets. He brings strong leadership in sales and strategy to his role at the Long-Term Stock Exchange, which includes actively engaging with market participants and building out the exchange data analytics team. He has a deep interest in cross-asset market structure as well as in-depth knowledge of the US equity market. Mike has launched both US equity and currency trading platforms. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance from St. John's University.
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Fina Silva-Santisteban
Software Enigineer
LTSE
Fina brings experience at companies in both Europe and the U.S. to LTSE. She has worked as a Data Analyst and Software Engineer for various tech companies, most recently as a Data Analyst at LinkedIn. She was raised in Germany and holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Bonn. She also completed Hackbright Academy's immersive software engineering program for women in tech. As a working mother, Fina believes that diversity, inclusion, and compassion are essential parts of company culture.
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Ola Sotoye
Data Analyst Lead
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Prior to joining the Long-Term Stock Exchange, Ola worked in research, strategy and pricing for the Equities & Options teams at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Prior to NYSE, he worked on the Trade Reporting Facility at NASDAQ. Ola is responsible for pricing strategy, market structure research, and analytics. He believes in the power of data, and extracting valuable insights from datasets in order to better inform stakeholders.
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Howard Steinberg
General Counsel
Howard brings more than 25 years of legal, transactional, and regulatory compliance experience to his role as General Counsel for both the Long-Term Stock Exchange and LTSE. 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.
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Carol Suchit-Hudson
Head of Information Security
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Carol's expertise lies in the delivery of enterprise information security and technology solutions. Most recently, she was Global CISO for NICE Systems, the market leader in financial fraud software. Before that, she led a security engineering group in the Global Information Security division at Bank of America. Named one of Computerworld Magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, Carol holds an M.S. In Computer Science, Cyber Security from NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering, designated a Center of Academic Excellence by the NSA.
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Hubert Tabug
System Reliability Engineer
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Hubert brings a passion for cutting-edge technology to the Long-Term Stock Exchange, combined with extensive experience in the finance and trading industry in stock markets throughout the United States, EMEA, and APAC. He has built and led technical teams, encouraging and empowering them to create and integrate software solutions in a wide range of environments and situations, from start-ups to expansions to mature operations. He has engineered new exchange software and connectivity, migrated exchange protocols and integrated exchange software applications.
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Tara Teich
VP Engineering
LTSE
With twenty years of experience developing software and leading engineers, Tara brings to LTSE a focus on enabling inclusive teams via a transparent and collaborative approach. She started her career building AI for video games. Tara then joined Apple, where she spent five years working on iOS performance, learning how attention to detail creates products that delight customers. She then moved to Stripe, where she led mobile development, practicing customer focused product design.
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Risun Udawatta
Financial Analyst
LTSE
Prior to LTSE, Risun worked at EquityZen, an early-stage startup that operates a marketplace for pre-IPO shares. At EquityZen, he was a Research Manager and an Investment Committee Member, leading a team of analysts to create private-company offering materials and assessing investments for managed funds. Risun began his career at Moelis & Company as an investment banking analyst, focusing on mergers & acquisitions and restructurings. He has a B.B.A. in Finance, Investment and Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.