Serial entrepreneur with impeccable track record. The companies founded and led by him were sold for more than $200m.
Executive with more than ten years experience as CFO in different technology-driven companies in the financial sector. Michael has worked as a certified executive director for an European licensed financial institution and the stock listed companies T-Systems, SAP AG and Net1 UEPS Technologies.
Cofounder of Masterpayment AG and Sinus Cultur.
Very experienced software architect specialized in complex trading systems as well as highly available real time data processing systems with high-throughputs. Robert was in charge of the backend architecture of financial.com AG, where he successfully led a developer team of several highly-skilled experts working on scalable architecture solutions for processing huge amounts of streaming data in real time. Financial.com’s information systems supply more than 350 private banks in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland and the USA with real-time quotes and master data. Responsible for the strategic planning and development of complex data center solutions and operations which included the full process of software planning, development, realization, quality assurance and deployment procedures.
Former JP Morgan Chase and BP commodity market specialist Commodities markets specialist with long-term experience as an risk and trading analyst on the trading floor of British Petroleum in Spain and London as well as JP Morgan Chase. His deep understanding of commodity markets, in particular crude oil, was an important catalyst for Rise's trading models. Has been conducting research for more than seven years into anomalies in commodities price trends.
Dr. Dr. Gorbunov has more than a decade of practical experience in applying machine learning to a very broad range of problems in both academia and industry. In particular he was applying unsupervised learning for identification of patterns in large-scale multivariate time series arising from classical molecular dynamics simulations of large biomolecules, supervised learning for predictions of time series of sales for retail industry, reinforcement learning for inventory control, and deep learning on sets for modeling reactions of sales on price changes. Recently he was working as a Senior Research Scientist in Alexa Team at Amazon leading a team of researchers working on Language Modeling and Automatic Speech Recognition for Conversational Artificial Intelligence.
Max is a serial start-up founder, crypto trader, Harvard MBA, and the Head of Product of Rise. He has led the product team of UpTick since inception after serving several years as the co-founder & head of product of another tech startup. In his previous career, Max worked as a professional trader for a major Wall Street bank.
Simon is a serial start-up founder, crypto trader, London Business School PhD, CASS EMBA, and the chief platform architect of Rise. He has led the strategy and development of UpTick and has built several other start-ups which have been sold successfully. In his previous career, Simon led a Single Family Office focusing on private equity and real estate. He also worked in his family business for several years focusing on innovation opportunities in traditional brewery and agriculture sectors.
DLT-University Lecturer with strong background in Computer Science and Mathematics. Smart contract expert. Felix is a data scientist and blockchain-enthusiast with a strong background in Computer Science and Mathematics. He’s gathered experience in Ethereum Smart Contract Development and leveraging distributed ledger technologies such as R3’s Corda for applications in the automotive aftermarket. Before joining Rise he has worked for an IT consultancy in Switzerland applying statistical data analysis and machine learning methods. He’s regularly holding workshops for students at the Technical University of Munich educating about DLT-technologies and Machine Learning.
Entrepreneurship and Finance Expert. Helped build Masterpayment to 50m EUR. Benedict is passionate about innovation and growth in the crypto and finance space. He has built and grown companies across Technology and Beverage sectors in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. Before joining Rise he successfully built the working capital business at Masterpayment from scratch to a volume of over 50 million EUR. Benedict graduated in Finance from Maastricht University in 2014 and earned his Master’s in Entrepreneurship from Lund University in 2015.
Performance marketing specialist since 2002, multichannel online marketing consultant and crypto enthusiast. Timon has a degree in Computer Science and has been doing online marketing since 2002 with a lot of experience in SEO and paid advertising channels especially in Facebook and RTB traffic. Before he worked at several startups and founded some himself developing his skills. Now he is a successful performance marketing specialist, multichannel online marketing consultant and crypto Enthusiast.
Koung is a software developer with more than 20 years experience in the financial industry. Before joining Rise, he worked at leading companies including Masterpayment, financial.com, HypoVereinsbank - UniCredit Bank AG and Honeywell. Koung is an agile software architect which benefits from his strengths in software planning, development, realization, quality assurance and deployment procedures.
10+ years in various sales and business development leadership positions throughout the FinTech & Banking industry worldwide David is an agile and committed business driver moving projects and companies fast forward to economic success. With the age of 38, David has a proven track record for more than 10 years in various sales and business development leadership positions throughout the FinTech & Banking industry worldwide. He owns a University degree in Business Administration and is internationally experienced with a multicultural exposure.
Nikolay has been successfully developing algorithmic trading systems using machine learning in different Russian investment companies since 2008. As a quantitative analyst Nikolay was responsible for designing statistical arbitrage, options and futures models for indices, stocks and currencies. With his strong background in machine learning, mathematics, economics and computer science he is working on developing an AI trading engine. Nikolay graduated from Moscow State University with Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Master’s in Cryptography, as well as from Technical University of Munich with Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics.
Michael Zeller has more than two decades of quantitative fund management experience across a number of different asset classes. He has researched, developed and implemented a number of different systematic trading systems over the years. He has worked for the following asset management firms and institutions: BayernInvest, CM Equity Munich, Corebot GmbH, Lupus Alpha, Credit Suisse. Michael holds a BA Hons in Business Administration and Finance from Fachhochschule Augsburg.
Founding partner/CTO of amaysim Australia (IPO 2015), Founding partner/COO of simyo (trade sale in 2007), Co-Founder Letsbuyit.com, Business Angel and Enterpreneur Entrepreneur, Business Angel and international investor in early stage tech companies Advisor, investor and senior executive for over 20 years international telecommunications companies, and mobile/internet start-ups
. Founding partner and CTO of amaysim Australia Inc. (IPO in 2015) Founding partner, shareholder and COO of simyo in Europe
(trade sale in 2007 to E- Plus/KPN) Member of the Letsbuyit.com start-up team 1999 and international IT-manager.
Former web.de executive, founder of billiger.de, PlanetSports, Misterlinse, Adscale and Adtraffic. Business Angel with global network. Urs Keller is founder of billiger.de, PlanetSports, Misterlinse, Adscale, Adtraffic, and Misterlinse. Urs Keller started his online career in 1999 after completing his studies in industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe with the founding of websolute AG, an Internet agency with more than 100 employees in Karlsruhe and Hong Kong. In 2000, he sells the company to WEB.DE AG and, as Senior Manager, takes over the management of the portal of Germany’s largest email provider with more than 20 million customers. In 2003, Urs Keller leaves WEB.de and since then has founded numerous start-ups. As a business angel, he also supports numerous founders and companies with extensive market know-how and an extensive network. His diverse investments include Stylight, Localists and Quandoo.
Founder of WebStock AG (exit to BAADER Bank) and TradeCross AG (exit to VEM Aktienbank), ex director of Equity Capital Markets at VEM. Active multi-supervisory board member. Volker Rofalski is the founder of WebStock AG, which he sold to BAADER Bank in 1999 and TradeCross AG, which he sold to VEM Aktienbank in 2005. Since then, Volker was director of Equity Capital Markets and authorized officer of the VEM Aktienbank. He studied business economics at the University of Augsburg. Volker is a member of the supervisory board of several listed and not listed companies.
Ex-CEO and founder of PAY.ON. Founding Partner of CURRENT Ventures, a global Fintech incubator, and co-founder of multiple Fintech startups. Markus is the Ex-CEO and founder of PAY.ON, a leading global payment gateway, that got acquired by ACI Worldwide in 2015. Markus is also Founding Partner of CURRENT Ventures, a global Fintech incubator, and co-founder of multiple Fintech startups.
Former BMW and IBM and Deutsche Bank executive, ex board member of MS Industrie AG. Founder and board member at UMT AG. After graduating as Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. and PhD in Germany and the USA Dr. Albert Wahl began his career at BMW AG in Munich. After successful years as a manager at IBM and Deutsche Bank, he then worked from 1998 until the end of 2012 as a member of the executive board at MS Industrie AG (formerly GCI Industrie AG). Since 2010, he serves as company founder and board member of UMT AG.
International attorney (Harvard), executive law firms in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Washington DC, Munich, Paris, London and emerging markets. Advisor to NATO, UN, Microsoft, etc. Since graduating from Harvard Law School, Sasha has been working as an international attorney, entrepreneur and senior manager at some of the best corporations and law firms in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Washington DC, Munich, Paris, London and emerging markets. As a member of several management teams, he has been leading companies’ legal and growth strategy across the world, bringing in new cloud-based and DLT-powered products. As a lead attorney, he handled major technology deals, with organizations such as NATO, UN and the EC. He also assisted blue-chip tech companies, such as Microsoft and Akamai, with cybersecurity, anti-trust, compliance and tax matters. He speaks seven languages and is admitted to professional bars in the EU and in the state of New York.
Ex-CEO of a German bank sold to NTT DoCoMo, member of the management board of Liechtenstein Life and also chairman of the board of Satabank PLC, Malta Christoph has several years of experience in the financial industry and was CEO of a leading German bank which he successfully sold to NTT DoCoMo. With net- mprivatbank 1891 AG he enabled several startups in Germany and Central Europe. With his venture fund affinity ventures ag he managed to exit several of his investments. He is member of the management board of Liechtenstein Life and also chairman of the board of Satabank PLC, Malta.
Founder of a large logistics corporation, founder of several international trading companies, active StartUp Investor. Carsten Erdt, born in Lampertheim, studied Economics at University of Mannheim. Founded a logistics service provider in 1990 (Erdt Group) with 500 employees 40 million annual turnover today. In 1995 he founded several trading companies with production in China and Korea. Active investor in startups (currently 20 participations) for 6 years. Member of various advisory boards, e.g. Founding committee of Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences and Innowerft Walldorf (Incubator of SAP and City of Walldorf).
Professor of Finance at the Dublin City University, PhD in Quantitative Finance, ex Quantitative Analyst within the Global Risk Function for BP Oil International, editor and lecturer. Mark Cummins is Professor of Finance at the Dublin City University Business School and Head of the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Academic Group. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Finance. Mark has research interests in an array of areas: computational finance; energy and commodity finance; model risk management; behavioral finance; fintech; cybersecurity and data breaches. He has published in leading international finance journals.