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We’re a diverse team of investors, hackers, engineers, and product people that have cut our teeth at Google, Microsoft, TikTok, Acorns, Binance, JP Morgan and multi-billion dollar hedge funds. Our mission is to see you achieve financial success in the revolutionary world of web3.
Meet the team
Alex was previously a lead product manager at GumGum. He worked on the core internal tool that launched GumGum Sports (Now Relo), which leverages computer vision to unlock and analyze media value for professional sports sponsorships. Alex also previously scaled and sold an e-commerce brand and graduated with a BA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.
Guillaume runs technology, blockchain strategy and D2C growth for Ember Fund. He architected the Evite workflow for crypto gifting powered by NFT and Defi technologies (patent filed). And has designed and built the key components of Ember’s backend. He is an expert in smart contracts and blockchain infrastructure that power’s Ember Fund. Guillaume previously led the data engineering team at Gumgum. He scaled one of the largest distributed services in LA, starting 0-1 and going to processing petabytes of data. Prior to that, he built the backend infrastructure at Tastemade from 0 to 1 and led their Machine Learning team. He is an open source contributor to Apache Druid (Real-time database) and Apache Kafka (Distributed event streaming platform). Graduated with a Master of CS from University of Compiegne, France.
Mario is an expert at building smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain and contributed to the Set Protocol codebase. He spent the last 4 years integrating bluechip DeFi protocols into Ember. He has a strong expertise in auditing and testing complex smart contract infrastructures. He previously led the second largest engineering department at GumGum, the Ad Server team. He also spent the last 4 years building infrastructure around Ember smart contracts (audit, testing, on-chain settlement, automations). He holds an MS in Computer Science from University of Zaragoza, Spain and Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. Master thesis worker as research assistant at the Cloud Computing department at Aalto University. He is an open source contributor to: Set Protocol (Ethereum), Cassandra (distributed database). International speaker at Cassandra Summit 2015.
Karim spent the last year building on top of web3 technologies, he focused on building automations to facilitate on-chain settlement for Ember. He built the entire Ethereum gas relaying system at Ember as well as all the backend systems for our fiat on-ramp features into crypto. He has extensive experience in securing and scaling cloud infrastructures. Karim was previously a machine learning lead and data engineering lead at GumGum. Prior to those roles, he managed 300+ servers while he was on the site reliability engineering team. Karim graduated with a Master of Engineering from University of Compiegne, France.
Kailash spent the last 2 years building our mobile D2C app. He is proficient in React and React Native and is the go to person for blockchain and web3 integrations on mobile devices. He has years of experience in building UX on mobile and web. Previously lead software engineer at Adobe and Malware researcher at McAfee. Kailash is also a CFA Level 2 holder. He graduated with a BA from the University of Jadavpur, India.
Experience auditing complex IT infrastructures and building backend systems. Expertise in cryptography and security. Pierre has been focusing the past 1.5 years building UX for our mobile wallet. He excels in building beautiful interfaces to interact with blockchain technologies on mobile applications.
Harrison was the 12th employee at Tiktok and is currently the CEO of Unblocked, a music NFT marketplace . He previously ran growth at Blockfolio before ($150M exit to FTX). He has also led growth for FlipFit, Fair and Flipagram (Acquired by Bytedance). Harrison holds an MBA from USC and a BS from Johns Hopkins.
Head of Growth
Cher started her career at Lehman Brothers evaluating investment opportunities for their $3B private equity fund. She then led the E-Commerce division at Forever 21 where she grew revenue to $400mm. She was previously on the growth team at Dave App, a fintech mobile app that went public via a $4B SPAC. Cher graduated from Cornell University.
Harsharn started his career in finance & strategy in the tech space, working within healthcare and ad-tech industries. He worked at Quantcast, leading finance for sales and marketing, helping launch new products and markets for the Company. Prior to Ember, he was an investment analyst at a $800M long/short equity fund covering consumer and fintech. Harsharn has also been actively involved in crypto space since 2016. Personally investing and actively involved with various ICOs, DeFi protocols and other on-chain activities. He is also an advisor to a publicly traded company in Canada, helping draft their token design and DeFi strategy. Harsharn holds a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and BSc from New York University
Hayden previously managed risk & banking operations at Acorns. Prior to that, he was a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual Irvine managing $10M in AUM. Hayden also co-founded an edtech company, and was an early contributor to some of the first DAOs back in 2017. Hayden holds a BS in CS and Human-Computer-Interaction from University of California, Irvine.
Product & Growth
Michael was previously a product intern at Intuit and a summer analyst at Wells Fargo Asset Management. Michael is actively involved in various cryptocurrency communities and invests in a multitude of blockchain projects. Michael holds a BA in Economics and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology from the University of California, Berkeley.
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