As an investor and M&A advisor, Ashish reviewed, was a signer of, or drafted (as principal) over 100 contracts. He has been a principal in several contractual disputes and an advisor during several others. Because of Ashish’s M&A work, many of those 100+ contracts were related to business sales. Since business sale contracts encapsulate agreements rooted in varied areas of law -- including corporate, securities, IP, labor, real estate, international, and tax -- Ashish is acquainted with the many applications of contract law. Ashish founded M&A advisory firm Next Bridge Advisors Inc in 2015. Since 2015, he has made several private debt and equity investments, including alongside co-investors through Pico Ventures and Mini Search. In 2012, he started a virtual conference business called Second Meeting. Ashish has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he specialized in Entrepreneurship. He has a BA from Amherst College, where he majored in math and economics.
Vlad is a serial entrepreneur and a 3-time CTO. In 2017, he started to consult on ICOs and smart contracts. Vlad started a design lab called Elemental which is aiming to disrupt prefab housing market. The platform has been partially developed on Ethereum Blockchain using Solidity. In his early career, Vlad co-founded a startup accelerator called Unreasonable Institute. Since inception, over 500 companies from over 90 countries participated and raised over $220M. At Unreasonable, Vlad led the development of the crowdfunding platform (before crowdfunding was a buzzword). Before Elemental, Vlad spent 4 years in New York as a Chief Data Scientist at DonorsChoose.org. There he hired a team, built data infrastructure on AWS from scratch; integrated business intelligence tools, powered by Looker, across the organization; and deployed predictive models, classification algorithms. He has received a degree in Applied Mathematics and a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder.