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Eric Ries
Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Co-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
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
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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Anashe Barton
Customer Success Lead
Prior to joining LTSE, Anashe worked in the legal start-up and nonprofit spheres where she gained a deep knowledge of corporate governance and law.  She is passionate about delivering an excellent experience to founders that is both educational and empathetic as they manage their capitalization. Anashe has worked with hundreds of companies and truly enjoys getting to know each founder and what their needs are. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and looks forward to going back to graduate school.
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Maliz Beams
Co-CEO, LTSE Group and Services
Maliz brings a wide range of executive level experience to LTSE, including strategy, finance, technology, marketing and product development. She served as CEO of Retirement Solutions at Voya Financial Inc. taking Voya public in the largest financial service IPO since 2008. Prior to Voya, she served as President of TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services; Counselor of the Department of State; Partner of Zurich Scudder Investments, Managing Director of Fleet Investment Advisors, Director at American Express and Citibank. Her current Board Directorships include the Principal Financial Group, Salesforce America’s Advisory Board; Board Chair FNZ Trust Company; Vestigo Ventures Advisory Board, a fin-tech investment fund; Beth Israel Lahey Health/Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Teaching Hospital.  Maliz holds a B.A. in English from Boston College, Special Studies in Strategic Planning from Harvard University, and an M.B.A in Finance/Marketing from Columbia University.
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Pavitra Bhalla
Product Engineering Lead
Pavitra brings engineering expertise to LTSE Software and has spearheaded the development of products including LTSE Equity 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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Jason Brausewetter
General Manager, LTSE Equity
Throughout his career, Jason has prioritized the customer experience, from first interaction through the entire journey. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, having spent most of his career building and accelerating growth at FinTech startups. He was a founding member of NASDAQ Corporate Solutions, where he grew revenue from $10 million to over $100 million ARR. He's also a startup founder whose company had a successful exit by acquisition. Jason considers himself a serial intrapreneur and has been part of the executive team at LOYAL3 and at Q4 Inc., two venture backed, hyper-growth startups.
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Leslie Castellanos
Software Engineer
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
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
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
Head of Operations
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
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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Cristal Garcia
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Before joining the Long-Term Stock Exchange, Cristal worked on regulatory affairs in telecommunications and co-managed commercial transactions at a publicly-traded REIT in New York City. Prior to those roles, she carried out legal and compliance matters at Nuveen, a TIAA company, in Los Angeles. Cristal believes that regulatory and compliance efforts lead to the flourishing of ethical companies and governments. She is passionate about access and inclusion in finance, specifically in capital markets. Cristal holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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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
Head, Office of the CEO and Chief Communications Officer
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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Brigitte Hackler
Head of Finance
Brigitte has a background in finance operations, software startups, venture, and accounting. Previously, she led finance for newly launched software startups at High Alpha, a venture studio based in Indianapolis. Prior to joining LTSE, she completed her MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she served as Director of the Corporations and Society Initiative and worked on portfolio operations for the Stanford Impact Fund. Brigitte is a CPA and has experience in public accounting. She earned her BS in Accounting and Technology Management from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
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Kelly Huang
Software Engineer
Kelly started her career at LTSE as a Data Science Apprentice, and has since shifted to software development. She's passionate about helping to create a financial ecosystem that reshapes capitalism to benefit thoughtful investors rather than short-term speculators, and is excited about the revolutionary impact LTSE can make on America’s current financial infrastructure. She's also proud to work for a company that promotes gender and cultural diversity. Kelly graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S in Economics and Mathematics.
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Patrick Johnmeyer
Senior Full-Stack Engineer
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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Joe Kondel
VP Engineering, Exchange
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Joe has over 20 years of experience building teams and the complex systems they’re responsible for. The production systems he's been involved with include those that helped NASA return the space shuttle to flight; people watch Game of Thrones premieres on HBO GO; and NASDAQ reliably operate their three US equity exchanges. He previously ran infrastructure and technical operations for IEX, and most recently built and launched the CartaX ATS. Joe is driven by LTSE’s mission to reshape the capital markets and is passionate about fostering an inclusive culture of learning and resilience around the often chaotic operations of critical complex systems. He's a proud alumni of Fordham University, from which he holds a BS and MS in Computer Science. 
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Matt LaCoste
Head of Product
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Matt comes to the Long-Term Stock Exchange with extensive product leadership and management experience, specializing in infrastructure products that underpin FinTech ecosystems and regulated enterprises. His experience in FinTech started at IEX, where he helped bring the innovative IEX Cloud platform to market and led product efforts across the Exchange’s trading, market operations, and research platforms. After IEX, he led the Core Infrastructure group at Carta tasked with accelerating the firm’s growth through strategic infrastructure investments. Prior to his life in finance, Matt held various product management and consulting roles in application development and consumer electronics operations.  He holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Hyon Lee
Head of Exchange Platform
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Hyon wrote the first lines of code for the Exchange Software while building and scaling a team at the same time. His responsibilities span across Exchange Software and Exchange Data Pipeline. 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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Gracie Liu
Marketing Designer
Gracie comes to LTSE from leading brand, marketing, and UX design in the health and wellness startup space. Along with consultancy experience at SYLVAIN and Anomaly, she’s worked in healthcare, real estate, and education, crafting complex concepts into meaningful narratives and experiences through design. She holds a B.F.A. in Communication Design from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Shahnawaz Malik
Head of ESG Analytics
Shahnawaz leads the company's focus on ESG strategy and is responsible for partnering with both companies and investors building their ESG policies and practices. He brings over 13 years of experience within the asset management industry where he has held multiple roles across portfolio management, investment advisory, and ESG research. Having worked with institutional investors across Europe, Asia, and North America, he brings deep expertise in identifying ESG drivers of return and integrating them within the investment process. Shahnawaz holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.
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Greg Matthews
Head of Business Development - Markets
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Greg has over 20 years of experience helping to pioneer change within the electronic equity trading space. Prior to joining LTSE, Greg worked at electronic agency-broker Liquidnet for 16 years, where he began when the company was in early startup mode. He led teams building institutional relationships and growing the business from the ground up. Throughout his career, he has been passionate about building strong relationships and transforming products that drive innovation and deliver best execution. He is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, from which he received a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science. 
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Arjun Mehta
Product Design Lead
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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Sayena Mostowfi
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Sayena Mostowfi is the President of the Long-Term Stock Exchange. Sayena has two decades of experience in the securities business, with expertise in trading systems, electronic trading governance, and market structure. Sayena started her career at the Chicago Stock Exchange (acquired by NYSE) with a front-row seat to historic market changes leading to the implementation of Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation National Market System. She then served in a global strategy and business development role at a large proprietary trading firm, Sun Trading (acquired by Hudson River Trading) in Chicago. Following her move to New York, Sayena was Head of Equities Research at Tabb Group, responsible for leading the equities research practice, and then served in a global product development role as Managing Director, Strategic Planning at Convergex (acquired by Cowen). Most recently, she was the Global COO of Electronic Equities at Citigroup, where she was responsible for global electronic Cash business operations. 
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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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Zoran Perkov
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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Chike Rapu
Head of IT
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Chike brings experience working in both highly regulated and startup environments to LTSE. Prior to joining the company, he worked on designing, building, and managing enterprise systems at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Before that, he worked in various IT capacities in the software and healthcare industries. He is passionate about the application of technology to create enterprise solutions that enable collaboration. Chike holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Georgia College, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Natalie Riso
Marketing Lead
At LTSE, Natalie is responsible for the company's overall content and programming strategy and execution, supporting pipeline and lead gen initiatives, and managing LTSE's owned brand channels. Prior to joining LTSE, Natalie led global partnerships and content marketing at 500 Startups, one of the most active early-stage VC firms globally. She also made a name for herself in the world of online content, and in 2015, she was the youngest recipient of Linkedin's Top Voice award, going on to cultivate an audience of over 400,000 around entrepreneurship, social impact, and leadership.
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Teagan Russell
Business Operations Lead
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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Ray Shan
Senior Director of Product Management
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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Fina Silva-Santisteban
Software Engineer II
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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Jane Storero
Senior Corporate Governance Counsel
Jane partners with companies intending to list on LTSE for long-term policy development, evaluation of existing policies, new policy creation, alignment of internal stakeholders and required approvals. In addition, she coordinates with the exchange regulatory team regarding a variety of corporate governance matters. Prior to joining LTSE, she had a corporate governance consulting practice, and had previously served in numerous roles at a Fortune 500 energy technology company. She was also a partner in the public companies practice group of a large international law firm. Jane has a BA in Economics from Fairfiled University as well as a JD and an MBA from the George Washington University.
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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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Caroline Taymor
Software Engineer
Caroline comes to LTSE from VMWare, where they were an Engineering Manager. Prior to that they were a Staff Software Engineer and Engineering Manager at Pivotal Software. They believe deeply in the power of experimentation and fast feedback cycles, and using the scientific method to debug software. They love to use process, tooling and automation to remove stumbling blocks so that engineering teams can move fast for the long term. Their experience includes building operational tooling and platform software for enterprise companies. A parent, an artist, and a talmud student, Caroline holds a BS in Math from Mills College.
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Risun Udawatta
Manager, Customer Innovation
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.
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Shuyuk (Sherman) Yeung
Software Engineer
Long-Term Stock Exchange
Prior to joining LTSE, Sherman spent more than 15 years as core java server side developer for Wall Street investment banks. He worked on sell side e-trading platforms at banks including Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He also supported e-trading desks covering different security products such as credit, rates, equity and FX, mostly with OMS (order management) and Algo trading functionalities. Sherman holds a MSc from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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