Founder & CEOSiddhartha Jha has over 13 years of experience in the financial industry covering the interest rates and commodities in both quantitative research and trading roles. He launched an agriculture futures trading portfolio managing over $100mn at a major commodity trading firm. Sid was the first analyst at a startup commodity hedge fund, which grew to manage over $600mn in assets. He was Vice President of Interest Rates Strategy at J.P. Morgan.
Sid authored the well-received book "Interest Rate Markets", published in both English and Mandarin. He has taught financial markets at NYU and was on the board of a non-profit working with inner city youth. Sid graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. Cum Laude in Applied Mathematics and M.A. in Statistics as part of a 4-year combined degree program.
Sid is passionate about development economics.
CTOBen began programming on his own at age 12, and started his first business when he was 16. He went to Stuyvesant High School in NYC where he took advantage of Stuy’s computer science program. By age 18 he had already built a rudimentary chess computer and a graphics engine.
Ben received his BA from McGill University. During college, he worked as a mapping engineer at Citymaps ($12 million in funding, acquired by TripAdvisor in 2016).
In 2012, Ben co-founded Simply Grid, an on-demand electricity provider, where he helped build charging pedestals for food trucks and managed relationships with installation owners.
In 2014, Simply Grid was acquired by MOVE Systems ($30 million in funding to date). At MOVE, Ben has worked on software projects for mobile, web, and IoT platforms in both engineering and managerial roles. He has also worked on several computer hardware projects.
In 2017, Ben participated in the pilot episode of a tech focused reality show, which is set to air on a major broadcast network in the fall.
CFO & COOPhilippe brings decades of senior executive experience in commodities and emerging markets. He has been investing in assets across emerging markets including Asia, Africa, and FSU since 2001.
Philippe is an ex-partner at the commodities trading unit at AIG, one of the largest insurance companies in the world. He is a contributor to the discourse on blockchain technology including published articles.
In addition, Philippe has been a member of the NY Board of Trade Commodity Exchange and is former President Circle member of Asia Society.
He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. Summa Cum Laude and MBA
AdvisorOsho is a senior data scientist for an equities focused hedge fund. With over 9 years of experience as a data scientist, he has published research and built trading strategies leveraging alternative data to understand e-commerce consumer trends. Osho has previously worked at Blackrock’s interest rate strategy. He graduated in three years from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Mathematics.
Crop Insurance SpecialistJulie has a background in agriculture insurance including Farm & Ranch, Crop Liability, Crop Insurance, Noninsured Crop Disaster Program (NAP), and Weather Based Insurance. After 21 years in the crop insurance sector, she joined the Climate Corporation focusing on weather index products, private products, and crop insurance. After the sale of the Climate Corporation, she has worked as an independent adjuster focusing on Crop Liability, Seed Treatment Errors, Tank Contamination, and Feed Contamination claims in Farm & Ranch Insurance.
Julie is the Executive Director of the Ag Claims Association focusing on educating and informing adjusters on Farm & Ranch (agricultural) claims through the Ag Claims Conference, on-line training modules, the Association’s website and, social media.
Julie grew up on a farm in Northwest Indiana before graduating with a B.S. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She owned and ran a 600 farrow-to-finish hog operation, served as a contract adjuster, regional claims manager, and national claims manager in the crop insurance sector.
Chief Strategy OfficerWith extensive international business development and brand marketing experience in both large matrix organizations and early-stage ventures, Mr. O’Leary oversees and optimizes revenue growth investments such as marketing and sales spend to grow revenue faster and more efficiently across teams, processes and products.
Industry concentrations include fintech, payment solutions, blockchain/cryptocurrencies, online trading, asset management, cross-border stock brokerage, and varied early-stage start-ups. Prior to the financial services industry, he held a range of senior positions in the consumer packaged goods industry, including ten years at Unilever Bestfoods and positions with Novartis Consumer Health, iRobot Corporation, and a marketing consultancy.
Mr. O’Leary holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Columbia Business School