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News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: techcrunch.com

Whether you call them granny units, in-laws or backyard studios, accessory dwelling units are rising in popularity in the U.S., in part due to new regulations that make it easier to obtain permits to build them in California. Now, a startup called Cover Technologies Inc. has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to give accessory dwelling units a high-tech makeover. General Catalyst and Khosla Ventures led the round. According to Cover co-founder and CEO Alexis Rivas, the Gardena, Calif. startup is on a mission to make well-designed and energy-efficient housing affordable and accessible. “We’re the first to use software to make custom-designed housing possible, and scalable as a business,” Rivas said. Cover’s software helps people determine what kind of livable shed they’re permitted to build on their properties, according to local regulations. It jogs them through a survey of 50 to 100 questions about the land they’re building on, and how they plan to use the new living space, then churns out design options. Other companies that offer “prefab” housing, for example Blu Homes, present users with a list of already designed layouts and let them figure out the rest. Most people still rely on contractors and architects for custom work to design and install an in-law or shed where they live. General Catalyst Managing Director Niko Bonatsos said he expects Cover to use its funding for hiring, and to produce demo units and prefabricated backyard studios that are already spoken for by early customers. Bonatsos said, “Most buildings on the planet have been custom designed and custom built. That’s a good idea if you are talking about building the Parthenon or Golden Gate Bridge. But everything else, from what we drink to our furniture, is now made in a factory. The prices come down and quality goes up with manufacturing. This space, housing, really requires this kind of innovation.” General Catalyst, which is an investor in Airbnb, also sees the potential for Cover to help expand the supply of non-hotel lodgings in the highest-demand markets in the U.S., Bonatsos said. Cover’s prefab homes and plans are only available for Los Angeles residents at this point. The company charges users $250 to generate designs and has not yet established pricing to make and install the completed “backyard studios.” The units are made from steel, bamboo and other ecologically sourced materials, Rivas said.


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Impossible Foods' sustainability report can be viewed and downloaded here and on our press page (https://www.impossiblefoods.com/press/). The company launched the report today to coincide with the annual Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit and will update the document to reflect rapidly increasing economies of scale and a growing team. "We are integrating sustainability into day-to-day operations wherever possible, into every aspect of our long-term strategy, and, of course, our products," said Impossible Foods Founder and CEO Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D. "Our goal is to set a new standard for transparency in the food industry, from our ingredients and methods to our environmental impact -- and we welcome your feedback." The Impossible Burger uses about 75% less water, generates about 87% fewer greenhouse gases and requires around 95% less land than conventional ground beef from cows. It's produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors. The Impossible Burger is served at about 20 restaurants in the United States and is expected to be in more than 1,000 restaurants within a year. Just last week, the Impossible Burger debuted at nine Umami Burger locations in the greater Los Angeles area. For the growing list of restaurants that serve the Impossible Burger, click here. The Impossible Burger is debuting at more and more fine-dining restaurants and multi-unit chains throughout the United States. The company is ramping up production at its first large-scale manufacturing site, in Oakland, Calif. When fully ramped up, we expect that the Oakland facility will be able to supply over 4 million Impossible Burgers each month. After Oakland is at full scale, Impossible Foods plans to introduce its plant-based burgers in more US restaurants, as well as in retail outlets and international markets. The company is also developing additional plant-based meat and dairy products. About Impossible Foods: Based in Redwood City, California, Impossible Foods makes delicious, nutritious meat and dairy products directly from plants -- with a much smaller environmental footprint than those produced from animals. The privately held company was founded in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., formerly a biochemistry professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Stanford University. Investors include Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, UBS and Viking Global Investors. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/impossible-foods-launches-sustainability-report-300464037.html


"The other challenge is that we spend $3.5 billion to perform vital research and work with many important organizations like the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA and U.S. Department of Defense," Basile added. "This makes us a target for nation-state cyber attackers." Texas A&M successfully detected and mitigated seven network cyber attacks in one year using Vectra. And there was no need for expensive post-breach forensic analysis, which only provides a rear-view mirror of an attack, often months after cybercriminals have made off with your crown jewels. "You're looking at about $1 million every time you call in a post-breach forensic analysis firm," said Basile. "By eliminating the need for post-breach forensics, Vectra saved the university system $7 million in a year and we cut threat investigation times from several days to a few minutes." Vectra provides real-time attack detection and non-stop automated threat hunting powered by artificial intelligence and always-learning behavioral models. Instead of reacting to threats after a theft, the Texas A&M security team relies on Vectra to quickly find and stop hidden cyber attackers inside the university's networks. "With about 250,000 people on our networks at any given time, I thought that identifying cyber attackers among these users would be a formidable task," noted Basile. "But with Vectra, one person can investigate about 50 threats in just two hours." Student workers are effective as the front line of the security operations center and Vectra enables them to make rapid, accurate decisions on whether to escalate a detected threat for further investigation. "Vectra continues to shrink the time it takes to detect threats," said Basile. "At the same time, student workers have become a vital part of the security operations center and they're learning valuable cybersecurity skills in the process. That's a big win for both students and the university." "The dwindling cybersecurity talent pool is making Vectra incredibly relevant today," said Hitesh Sheth, CEO of Vectra Networks. "We augment existing security teams with artificial intelligence that automates manual, time-consuming threat hunting and detection." "This enables security teams to respond quickly and decisively to cyber attacks before damage is done and allows the highly skilled security analysts to focus on more strategic issues like incident response, loss prevention and eliminating network vulnerabilities," Sheth added. As one of the largest research universities in the U.S., the Texas A&M University System is tackling some of the world's biggest problems and creating new knowledge. With Vectra, the security operations team can protect that innovation actively – and efficiently. To register for the webinar on May 31st, please visit: https://info.vectranetworks.com/drowning-in-a-data-lake-looking-for-cyber-threats.  Attendees will hear first-hand from Dan Basile about Texas A&M's use of Vectra. About Vectra Networks Vectra Networks is the leader in automating the hunt for in-progress cyber attacks. Using artificial intelligence, Vectra correlates threats against hosts that are under attack and provides unique context about what attackers are doing so organizations can quickly prevent or mitigate loss. Vectra prioritizes attacks that pose the greatest business risk, enabling organizations to make rapid decisions on where to focus time and resources. In 2016, Vectra was named "Most Innovative Emerging Company" in the Dark Reading Best of Black Hat Awards. InformationWeek also named Vectra one of the Top 125 companies to watch in 2016. Vectra investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, IA Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and DAG Ventures. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and has European regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information, visit http://www.vectranetworks.com/. Vectra, the Vectra Networks logo and Security that thinks are registered trademarks and the Vectra Threat Labs and the Threat Certainty Index are trademarks of Vectra Networks. Other brand, product and service names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective holders. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/texas-am-university-system-saves-7-million-in-one-year-with-vectra-networks-automated-threat-hunting-and-cyber-attacker-detection-300461854.html


News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two Pore Guys, Inc. (2PG), today announced the close of a Series A venture financing round in the amount of $24.5 million, led by Khosla Ventures.


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"É uma honra trabalhar na Chain, em um tempo incrível nesse setor dinâmico", disse o sr. Jessop. "A Chain se estabeleceu como uma plataforma empresarial proeminente de blockchain, ao disponibilizar um conjunto de projetos importantes, de alto impacto, que estão destinados a transformar as barreiras do setor financeiro. Estou estimulado por poder colaborar com a equipe da Chain, com os clientes e parceiros estratégicos para acelerar a adoção da tecnologia blockchain em serviços financeiros e em outros setores". O sr. Jessop é mestre em administração de empresas pela Universidade de Nova York e bacharel em humanidades pelo The College of the Holy Cross. Ele é diretor da organização Tuesday's Children, que presta assistência às famílias afetadas pelos ataques de 11 de setembro e a outras vítimas do terrorismo global, e é copresidente da Holy Cross Leadership Council of New York. A Chain, Inc. (www.chain.com) é uma empresa de tecnologia que faz parcerias com grandes organizações para desenvolver, implementar e operar redes de blockchain que viabilizam produtos e serviços financeiros revolucionários. A Chain é a criadora do Chain Protocol, que potencializa a premiada plataforma de blockchain Chain Core. A Chain foi fundada em 2014 e levantou mais de $ 40 milhões em financiamento da Khosla Ventures, RRE Ventures e parceiros estratégicos como Capital One, Citigroup, Fiserv, Nasdaq, Orange e Visa.


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: www.greentechmedia.com

Longtime venture capitalists Abe Yokell and Josh Posamentier have decided to do something that nearly all of their Silicon Valley peers have been avoiding: invest in early-stage cleantech startups. The two are actually calling it investing in “sustainability technology,” and together they’ve launched a new fund called Congruent Ventures, which they discussed with GTM for the first time this week. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the fund is raising $50 million for seed and Series A rounds. There’s also another $50 million that will be used for follow-on investments. The duo says they’ve already made their first investment, though they declined to name the startup, and they plan to do approximately 10 investments of around $1 million each per year. While small, the new fund is notable. It's one of a very small number that are still willing to make bets on early-stage entrepreneurs and startups that are building companies around energy technologies, new kinds of materials, advanced manufacturing and agriculture. Most investors backing these types of companies are investing at a much later stage, hoping it will make those investments less risky, or are opting for these investments only when they’re based on software and computing innovations. For the few investors that are still committed to these types of early-stage companies, there are still big opportunities. The megatrends that provided the basis for the original cleantech wave are stronger than ever: World populations are increasing and more people are moving to cities, the climate is changing, and countries and cities are shifting to lower-carbon technologies. With fewer investors hunting for deals, there’s also less competition. Most of these rare investors are developing new funds, instead of trying to do more investments under firms that have mostly moved away from cleantech. The idea is to tell a new and more positive story to limited partners looking to put their money to work. Other new funds include 1955 Capital, created by former Khosla Ventures partner Andrew Chung, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a fund with a billion dollars from investors Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla and John Doerr. Green Bay Ventures, a $130 million fund from NEA co-founder Dick Kramlich, has indicated it will also do early-stage energy, manufacturing and transportation investments. Yokell and Posamentier said they’re looking for sustainability technologies that are hardware- and software-based, and plan to make investments across a full spectrum of sectors. “We think the babies are being thrown out with the bathwater when it comes to hardware. There are some good hardware investments out there,” said Yokell, who spent 13 years with RockPort Capital Partners investing in cleantech companies. In a conference room at RockPort Capital’s offices in San Francisco, Yokell and Posamentier laid out some of their philosophies and plans for how Congruent Ventures will make money investing in this difficult sector. Part of their strategy lies in how they’re structuring the fund; the other part is their collective experience of seeing the inflating and deflating of the cleantech bubble over the years. The investors see Congruent Ventures as a new type of fund that collaborates closely with follow-on investors. The two partners will make the early-stage investments through their $50 million fund. Then a group of partners, who are investing in the $50 million follow-on fund, can opt for additional investments in the selected companies. “The challenge with this sector right now is that if you’re trying to do early-stage investing, you have to have some of the follow-on capital prebaked, or at least predisposed. There is a big financing gap between early and late [stage] right now,” said Yokell. While the pair declined to identify their limited partners, Yokell described some of them as investors in the space who don’t currently have an investing team, along with others who are looking to bring more capital into the earlier stages of the sector. In that way, Congruent Ventures could act as a feeder fund and screening mechanism, and also a confidence booster for bigger firms. The structure is highly unusual and could be difficult to implement. Yokell confirmed that for the follow-on fund, “There’s no legal commitment for them to do anything.” Beyond the fund structure, the partners shared similar philosophies about ways to invest. Posamentier, who was formerly a partner with Prelude Ventures, acknowledged the capital intensity of cleantech. However, he argued that it hasn’t been that much worse than other sectors -- only that mistakes were made on when to deploy large amounts of capital. “I think for a lot of the challenging investments in cleantech, the trigger was pulled too early on the capital investment. By the time you knew it worked or didn't work, it was entirely too late to throttle that investment,” said Posamentier. Another way to de-risk investments is to leverage the ecosystem that has built up around cleantech over the years, said Posamentier. “Today you can build an advanced materials company that really doesn't have to put in a dime of capex, because there’s already manufacturing infrastructure they can use out there.” There are also newer incubator and accelerator programs like Cyclotron Road and Greentown Labs that were created specifically to support hardware-oriented energy, materials and manufacturing entrepreneurs. Posamentier said the new ecosystem and infrastructure for early-stage cleantech startups is similar to how consumer web startups can rely on Amazon Web Services and database providers to lower their costs. It’s also similar to how the semiconductor industry moved to fab-less chip companies. “Cleantech is moving to that more mature business model,” he said. Few think cleantech investing will hit the heights of the bubble of years ago. But Congruent Ventures is part of a trend of investors trying out new models. “I think there will be some amount of resurgence. It’s not going to be huge,” said Yokell. Other investors are backing the themes of sustainability with their own unique methods. Andrew Chung of 1955 Capital is focused on bringing technologies born in the U.S. and Europe to be commercialized in China and other developing countries. Chung was able to help a handful of startups work on commercializing technologies in China through Khosla Ventures. It’s unclear how successful these ventures will be. But the world needs new energy, materials, manufacturing and agriculture innovations more than ever. And Yokell and Posamentier want to stay ahead of the trend. “If you don't have the early-stage stuff starting, you’re not going to have the late-stage stuff. It’s got to start somewhere," said Yokell.


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

„Die Blockchain-Technologie ist die Neuauflage der Markttechnologie", erklärt Herr Ludwin. „Die Kommerzialisierung dieses bahnbrechenden Modells erfordert, tiefgreifende Partnerschaften im ganzen Markt aufzubauen und Veränderungen vorantreiben, die jedem Teilnehmer zugute kommen. Tom hat genau dies während seiner Zeit als Leiter für Business Development und strategische Investitionen bei Goldman Sachs wiederholt umgesetzt. Er ist ein bewährter Lenker, der eine beeindruckende Kombination von operativer Kompetenz miteinbringt, und genießt weithin Anerkennung als strategischer Vordenker in den Bereichen Finanztechnologie, Kapitalmärkte und Blockchain. Wir sind begeistert, dass Tom sich unserem Managementteam anschließen wird". „Ich fühle mich geehrt, mich Chain zu einem für diese dynamische Branche derart spannenden Zeitpunkt anschließen zu können", sagt Herr Jessop. „Chain hat sich durch die Bereitstellung einer Reihe von hochkarätigen High-Impact-Projekten mit dem Potenzial, die eingefahrenen Wege des Finanzsektors wirksam zu transformieren, als die führende Enterprise-Blockchain-Plattform etabliert. Ich freue mich, mit Chains Team und seinen Kunden und strategischen Partnern zusammenzuarbeiten, um die Akzeptanz von Blockchain-Technologie in der Finanzdienstleistungsbranche und anderen Industriezweigen zu beschleunigen". Toms hat sich während seiner gesamten, 17 Jahre umfassenden Karriere bei Goldman Sachs auf die Schaffung von und das Investment in Technologieplattformen für die Kapitalmärkte fokussiert und dort in seiner Rolle im Technology Business Development eine Reihe von erfolgreichen Investitionen und Joint Ventures geleitet. Er war zuvor als Senior Leader im Bereich Principal Strategic Investments tätig, wo er ein globales Team führte, das sich auf Investitionen in Börsen, E-Trading-Plattformen, Post-Trade-Netzwerke und andere Fintech-Lösungen in den Renten-, Währungs-, Rohstoff- und Aktienmärkten konzentrierte, und wurde 2015 auf der erstmalig in diesem Jahr von Institutional Investor erstellten „Fintech Finance 35"-Liste geführt. Vor seiner Zeit bei Goldman Sachs war Herr Jessop als Managing Director bei Standard & Poor's, wo er für den Geschäftsaufbau und Betrieb von mehreren Unternehmen sowie die Verwaltung von funktionsübergreifenden Teams und die Bereitstellung von strategischer Planung und Marketing-Leadership verantwortlich zeichnete. Herr Jessop hält einen MBA der New York University und einen BA in Economics vom College of the Holy Cross. Er ist im Vorstand der Organisation Tuesday's Children, die Unterstützung für 9/11 Familien und andere Opfer des globalen Terrorismus bietet, und Mitvorsitzender des Holy Cross Leadership Council of New York. Chain, Inc. (www.chain.com) ist ein Technologieunternehmen, das partnerschaftlich mit führenden Institutionen Blockchain-Netzwerke entwickelt, bereitstellt und betreibt, die bahnbrechend neue Finanzprodukte und -dienstleistungen ermöglichen. Chain ist Urheber des Chain Protocol, das die Grundlage für die preisgekrönte Chain Core Blockchain-Plattform bildet. Das im Jahre 2014 gegründete Chain hat von Khosla Ventures, RRE Ventures und strategischen Partnern einschließlich Capital One, Citigroup, Fiserv, Nasdaq, Orange and Visa Mittel in Höhe von mehr als 40 Mio. USD erhalten.


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

„Die Blockchain-Technologie ist die Neuauflage der Markttechnologie", erklärt Herr Ludwin. „Die Kommerzialisierung dieses bahnbrechenden Modells erfordert, tiefgreifende Partnerschaften im ganzen Markt aufzubauen und Veränderungen vorantreiben, die jedem Teilnehmer zugute kommen. Tom hat genau dies während seiner Zeit als Leiter für Business Development und strategische Investitionen bei Goldman Sachs wiederholt umgesetzt. Er ist ein bewährter Lenker, der eine beeindruckende Kombination von operativer Kompetenz miteinbringt, und genießt weithin Anerkennung als strategischer Vordenker in den Bereichen Finanztechnologie, Kapitalmärkte und Blockchain. Wir sind begeistert, dass Tom sich unserem Managementteam anschließen wird". „Ich fühle mich geehrt, mich Chain zu einem für diese dynamische Branche derart spannenden Zeitpunkt anschließen zu können", sagt Herr Jessop. „Chain hat sich durch die Bereitstellung einer Reihe von hochkarätigen High-Impact-Projekten mit dem Potenzial, die eingefahrenen Wege des Finanzsektors wirksam zu transformieren, als die führende Enterprise-Blockchain-Plattform etabliert. Ich freue mich, mit Chains Team und seinen Kunden und strategischen Partnern zusammenzuarbeiten, um die Akzeptanz von Blockchain-Technologie in der Finanzdienstleistungsbranche und anderen Industriezweigen zu beschleunigen". Toms hat sich während seiner gesamten, 17 Jahre umfassenden Karriere bei Goldman Sachs auf die Schaffung von und das Investment in Technologieplattformen für die Kapitalmärkte fokussiert und dort in seiner Rolle im Technology Business Development eine Reihe von erfolgreichen Investitionen und Joint Ventures geleitet. Er war zuvor als Senior Leader im Bereich Principal Strategic Investments tätig, wo er ein globales Team führte, das sich auf Investitionen in Börsen, E-Trading-Plattformen, Post-Trade-Netzwerke und andere Fintech-Lösungen in den Renten-, Währungs-, Rohstoff- und Aktienmärkten konzentrierte, und wurde 2015 auf der erstmalig in diesem Jahr von Institutional Investor erstellten „Fintech Finance 35"-Liste geführt. Vor seiner Zeit bei Goldman Sachs war Herr Jessop als Managing Director bei Standard & Poor's, wo er für den Geschäftsaufbau und Betrieb von mehreren Unternehmen sowie die Verwaltung von funktionsübergreifenden Teams und die Bereitstellung von strategischer Planung und Marketing-Leadership verantwortlich zeichnete. Herr Jessop hält einen MBA der New York University und einen BA in Economics vom College of the Holy Cross. Er ist im Vorstand der Organisation Tuesday's Children, die Unterstützung für 9/11 Familien und andere Opfer des globalen Terrorismus bietet, und Mitvorsitzender des Holy Cross Leadership Council of New York. Chain, Inc. (www.chain.com) ist ein Technologieunternehmen, das partnerschaftlich mit führenden Institutionen Blockchain-Netzwerke entwickelt, bereitstellt und betreibt, die bahnbrechend neue Finanzprodukte und -dienstleistungen ermöglichen. Chain ist Urheber des Chain Protocol, das die Grundlage für die preisgekrönte Chain Core Blockchain-Plattform bildet. Das im Jahre 2014 gegründete Chain hat von Khosla Ventures, RRE Ventures und strategischen Partnern einschließlich Capital One, Citigroup, Fiserv, Nasdaq, Orange and Visa Mittel in Höhe von mehr als 40 Mio. USD erhalten.


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

In their new book, Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era, Silicon Valley insiders Matthew C. Le Merle and Alison Davis reveal invaluable insights on how to participate and prosper in the Fifth Era – this coming age of unprecedented innovation and change. The book achieved international Best Seller status on Amazon.com on its online launch date of April 25. “The Internet didn’t even exist 30 years ago, and now billions of people are connected to the web every day, and remarkable new technologies have been invented that will dramatically change the way humans exist on our planet,” said Alison Davis, co-founder of Fifth Era (http://www.fifthera.com), a San Francisco-based firm focused on innovation, investing and advising. “This emerging playing field is not well understood and so we have attempted to demystify it for everyone.” Today’s most valuable companies are Fifth Era companies—built in the spirit of entrepreneurialism and technological innovation. Likewise, many of the richest people in the world today are first generation technology entrepreneurs or investors in innovation. This book identifies ways to build a fortune during this time of extraordinary wealth creation opportunities. “Despite the dramatic pace of change and the enormous wealth being created, most people are missing out,” said Matthew C. Le Merle, co-founder of Fifth Era and managing partner of Keiretsu Capital, the most active venture investor in the US. “The tens of millions of households in the US and around the world who could participate in early stage companies - which provide the highest returns to venture and angel investors - hardly ever do.” The book, released online on April 25, hit the Amazon.com Best Seller status on its first day in Canada, the UK and US, and has earned the accolades of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investment icons: "People are constantly asking me questions about angel investing and venture capital. Read this book if you want to understand the capital that fuels the entrepreneurs and technology innovation changing the world." Keith Rabois, General Partner Khosla Ventures “Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era is a timely and important read. Alison and Matthew share their deep and broad experience to encourage broader participation in the investment opportunity that is one of the most unique, and potentially rewarding, of our lifetime." Tracey Brophy Warson, North America Private Banking Head “No one can read this book and not be left struck by the uniqueness of our time, the potential for wealth creation, and the importance of embracing change.” Eric Stang, Chairman/CEO Ooma “The authors have been focused on innovation for most of their working careers. This book shares the lessons they have learned as investors, advisors and board directors.” Tony Hsieh, NY Times Bestselling Author, CEO Zappos.com The book was officially launched industry-wide at the Bay Area Angel Capital Expo, a premier gathering of the angel investment community, bringing together investors and entrepreneurs. Attendees included more than 500 investors, venture capitalists, and CEOs. Book co-authors Le Merle and Davis were among the keynote speakers. ### ABOUT THE AUTHORS Alison Davis is co-founder of Fifth Era (http://www.fifthera.com). She is a global strategist, finance professional, public company board director and active investor in growth companies. She was CFO at BGI (Blackrock), GP at Belvedere Capital, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey and A.T. Kearney. Alison has degrees from Cambridge (MA/BA) and Stanford (MBA). She was born in Sheffield, UK and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Matthew C. Le Merle, and their five children. http://www.alisondavis.com Matthew Le Merle is co-founder of Fifth Era (http://www.fifthera.com) and managing partner of Keiretsu Capital, the world’s largest angel network and most active US venture investor. Matthew is a sought-after speaker and innovation consultant having worked at McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Monitor, Booz and Gap. Matthew has degrees from Christ Church, Oxford (MA/BA) and Stanford (MBA). He was born in London, UK and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Alison Davis, and their five children. http://www.matthewlemerle.com ABOUT FIFTH ERA Fifth Era invests in and incubates early stage technology-enabled companies. The managing team also advises companies and conducts development initiatives to support innovation and growth strategies. For more information, visit http://www.fifthera.com. Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0986161330 http://www.buildyourfortuneinthefifthera.com Find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

« La technologie Blockchain (chaîne de blocs) est une technologie de marché, réimaginée », a déclaré M. Ludwin. « Commercialiser ce modèle révolutionnaire demande de forger des partenariats étroits sur un marché et de conduire le changement qui bénéfice à chaque participant. C'est exactement ce que Tom a fait, à de nombreuses reprises, lorsqu'il a occupé des fonctions de développement de grandes affaires commerciales et d'investissements stratégiques chez Goldman Sachs. C'est un dirigeant chevronné qui apporte une impressionnante alliance d'expertise de l'exploitation et de large reconnaissance en tant que fin stratège dans la technologie financière, les marchés des capitaux et les secteurs de chaîne de blocs. Nous sommes ravis de le voir rejoindre notre équipe de gestion. » « Je suis très heureux de rejoindre Chain à un moment formidable pour ce secteur dynamique », a déclaré M. Jessop. « Chain s'est imposée comme une grande plateforme de chaîne de blocs pour les entreprises en fournissant une gamme des projets haut de gamme et à fort impact qui sont prêts à transformer les donnes de l'industrie financière. Je suis ravi de collaborer avec l'équipe, les clients et les partenaires stratégiques de Chain pour accélérer l'adoption de la technologie de la chaîne de blocs dans les services financiers et dans d'autres secteurs. » L'ensemble de la carrière de 17 ans de Tom chez Goldman Sachs a été axée sur la création et l'investissement de plateformes technologiques pour les marchés des capitaux. Dans cette fonction de développement des activités technologiques, Tom a conduit avec succès un certain nombre d'investissements et de coentreprises. Avant cette mission, il a été haut dirigeant dans le groupe des investissements stratégiques principaux où il gérait une équipe mondiale axée sur les investissements dans les échanges, les plateformes d'investissements boursiers électroniques, les réseaux post-négoce boursier et d'autres solutions de finance technologique sur les marchés des revenus fixes, des devises, des marchandises et des capitaux. En 2015, il a été nommé sur la liste inaugurale « Fintech Finance 35 » des investisseurs institutionnels. Avant de rejoindre Goldman Sachs, M. Jessop était directeur général chez Standard & Poor's, où il était responsable du lancement et de l'exécution de plusieurs activités, de la gestion d'équipes inter-fonctionnelles et où il apportait une planification stratégique et du leadership en marketing. M. Jessop détient un MBA de l'université de New York et un BA (Bachelor of Arts) d'économie du College of the Holy Cross. Il est l'un des directeurs du Tuesday's Children, qui apporte de l'aide aux familles du 11 septembre et aux autres victimes du terrorisme mondial, et il est co-président du Holy Cross Leadership Council de New York. Chain, Inc. (www.chain.com) est une société de technologie qui noue des partenariats avec les plus grandes entreprises et organisations pour créer, déployer et exploiter des réseaux de chaînes de blocs qui permettent de créer des produits et des services financiers révolutionnaires. Chain est l'auteur du Chain Protocol, qui alimente la plateforme de chaîne de blocs primée Chain Core. Chain a été fondée en 2014 et a levé plus de 40 millions USD de financement de la part de Khosla Ventures, RRE Ventures et de partenaires stratégiques, dont Capital One, Citigroup, Fiserv, Nasdaq, Orange et Visa.

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