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Nick Fera - CEO of Firm58
Marc Grens - President & Co-Founder of Digital Mint
Canh Tran - CEO & Co-Founder of Rippleshot
Firm58 offers a scalable and integrated platform for capital markets firms large and small. Individual solutions that address specific needs such as billing and CSA/soft dollar programs comprise a middle and back office platform that protects revenue by optimizing post-trade processes.
Digital Mint, along with our other brand Red Leaf Chicago oversee one of the largest networks of Bitcoin kiosks, with 55 locations nationwide. Our state-of-the-art Bitcoin ATM kiosks make it easy to convert your cash to Bitcoin in minutes.
Rippleshot is transforming the way that issuers, merchants and processors detect fraud through a cloud-based technology solution that leverages machine learning and data analytics to distinguish fraudulent activity more quickly and efficiently.
340 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States
CEO & President
Nick has more than 24 years of business software management experience. As the Chairman and CEO of Parlano, Nick grew Parlano to more than 60 employees, established an intercontinental presence, raised $11 million in capital, and exponentially grew the customer base. Under his direction, Parlano was acquired by Microsoft in October 2007.
Prior to Parlano, Nick spent 18 months as the vice president of data warehousing and business intelligence at Platinum Technologies, launching a Year 2000 software product and driving revenues to over $20 million in just eight months. He has also held executive management positions a number of companies including President and COO of The Alcar Group (acquired by Hyperion Software) and currently sits on the Board of Directors at NewsGator Technologies, Inc. Nick holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Marc Jason Grens is the Co-Founder & President of DigitalMint, one of the largest on-demand bitcoin cash exchanges in the country that operates in 9 states and plans to expand to over 25 states in 2017. He has 15 years of experience in the buy-side investment industry as portfolio manager, research analyst, and investment advisor and has a proven track record of making companies perform at a high-level. Since 2011, he refocused his efforts to work with tech entrepreneurs, acting as a hands-on accelerator to help businesses grow. Marc held senior positions at Charles Schwab, HighTower Advisors, and Alpha Strategies. He serves on the advisory board for companies in the financial technology, business services and pet technology industries, and, prior to the acceleration of his bitcoin company, he was an active angel investor in the Chicago tech community. Marc received an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, studying finance and economics, and received his BA from Illinois State University.
Canh Tran is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience focused on big data and predictive analytics. Throughout his career, Canh has worked with large-scale data such as retail point of sale, payment transactions, credit, social and search information to solve sales, marketing, fraud, and credit problems.
Canh is the co-founder and CEO of Rippleshot - a venture-backed machine learning fraud analytics platform for banks and merchants.
Canh was previously the CEO of an e-commerce venture, co-founded a marketing analytics company, and led research at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Retail Management where he developed Addvisor, an artificial intelligence-based software that was designated ‘best of breed’ by the Food Marketing Institute.
Canh holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.
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