The Team

Our organization is led by seasoned finance, machine learning and data science professionals, with over 100 years of experience in technology innovation.

David l. Shrier

Founder & CEO

We have an unprecedented opportunity for impact on peoples’ lives, creating new jobs and enabling better access to the global financial system


David Shrier
Founder & CEO

David Shrier is a globally recognized authority on financial innovation, and has spent his career developing growth platforms leveraging technology. In addition to his role with Distilled Analytics, he is Vice Chairman of Endor.coin, a price prediction solution for cryptocurrencies; and Chairman of Riff Learning, an AI-driven collaboration technology platform provider. David is also an Associate Fellow with the Said Business School, University of Oxford, and Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab. He counsels the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on technology trends; and, a blockchain-based commodities exchange, on strategy.

David is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering. He previously advised the European Commission on commercializing innovation with a focus on digital technology. He is presently a member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry’s self-regulatory body, advising on new developments impacting financial services.

He specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue, having generated 
$8.5 billion of growth opportunities with C-suite executives for Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, GE, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity and VC funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO.

David originated and is co-convener of the Oxford Fintech and Oxford Blockchain Strategy online programmes for the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, and teaches courses and workshops at MIT such as “Future Commerce” (the first graduate fintech course in North America), “Data Academy”, “Inspiring Change”, and “Big Data and Social Analytics”. David and MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Frontiers of Financial Technology, New Solutions for Cybersecurity, and Trust::Data. He also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press. David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally as a dramaturg and director after college.


Alex Pentland

Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States.

He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance and the Institute for Data Driven Design. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum.

Interesting experiences include dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space. Professor Pentland earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BS from the University of Michigan.

Alex Lipton

Alexander Lipton is the founder of Stronghold Labs. He most recently served as Managing Director, Quantitative Solutions Executive at Bank of America.

Prior to his current role, he was a Managing Director, Co-head of the Global Quantitative Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  He also held senior managerial positions at several sell and buy side firms.  Currently, Alexander is an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at NYU.

Previously, he was a Visiting Professor of Quantitative Finance at University of Oxford and Advisory Board member at the Oxford-Man Institute. Earlier, he was Visiting Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London.  Before switching to finance, Alex was a Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a Consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Alexander published more than a hundred papers on applied mathematics and quantitative finance and authored/edited several books on these subjects, including the Oxford Handbook of Credit Derivatives.

Board of Directors

Vicki P. Raeburn
Board Director, Advisor

Vicki P. Raeburn has a broad background in global business and is an expert in statistics and in cognitive science.  She is currently an independent consultant focusing on change management and operational excellence.

Vicki is on the boards or advisory boards of BizQualify, MDOnline and Customers First Now.  She has previously held senior leadership positions at IHS, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), Mergent, and Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

Vicki has taught at NYU’s Stern School of Business and at Vassar College.  She has a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.A. from New College of Florida.

Ulrik Christensen
Board Director

Dr. Christensen is recognized worldwide as an expert in learning technology. He has pioneered adaptive learning, data-driven content development, simulation and debriefing technologies. He is responsible for the strategy of Area9 Group’s businesses, that span from purpose-built platforms for optimization of business processes for large corporations over digital product design to corporate training based on intelligent, adaptive learning.

Founded his first company, Sophus Medical, in 1997 while still in medical school. Sophus Medical was acquired by Laerdal Medical in 2002. Dr. Christensen co-founded Area9 Group in 2006, which has been at the forefront of adaptive and personalized learning. Area9 Education was sold to McGraw-Hill Education in 2014.

Dr. Christensen earned his MD from the University of Copenhagen.

Praveen Mandal
Board Director

Praveen Mandal is a veteran of five successful formative stage start-ups and a seasoned innovation executive whose teams have developed industry recognized, market leading technologies and solutions in telecom, clean-tech and high performance computing industries. Companies and organizations founded are Emerging Technologies Group at SGI (served as SVP & GM), ChargePoint (served as President) and Pipal Systems (served as CEO).

He has also held senior executive positions at Riverstone Networks (VP of R&D), Lucent Technologies (VP of R&D for Carrier Ethernet Solutions) and aforementioned SGI (SVP of Engineering and GM of Emerging Technologies Group).

Praveen currently serves on the Advisory Boards of MIT’s Connection Science Group, Illinois Institute of Technology’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and on the Board of Directors at various “hard tech” startups in Boston and Silicon Valley.  He is co-inventor on 10 awarded patents and holds a BSCE from Santa Clara University.


Chris Larsen

Chris Larsen is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Ripple. Previously, Larsen served the company as its CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to Ripple, Chris co-founded and served as CEO of Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and E-LOAN, a publicly traded online lender.

During his tenure at E-LOAN, he pioneered the open access to credit scores movement by making E-LOAN the first company to show consumers their FICO scores. Chris serves at the Board and Advisory levels at numerous companies and organizations including: Betable, CreditKarma, and Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

He has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS from San Francisco State University.

Brian Longe

Brian Longe is President and Chief Executive Officer for the AST Group. Brian is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience generating significant revenue and earnings growth, particularly in the financial technology sector.

Prior to joining AST, Brian was Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer Financial and Compliance Services, where he developed and implemented strategies that transformed the company into a leading global financial services information technology business. He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Paragon Holdings/A.B. Dick Company and was President of Bell and Howell Imaging Companies.

Brian holds a three-year appointment as a Director on the U.S. Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also serves on the global board of Operation Hope and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee on Global Finance Policy.  Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Albion College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

John Joseph D’Agostino

John Joseph D’Agostino is an American business executive and entrepreneur. Currently, he is a Managing Director at the world’s largest fund governance firm DMS Offshore, where he also serves on the board of hedge, private equity and VC funds. He was previously a managing director at Alkeon Capital Management, a multibillion-dollar registered TMT investment adviser. Prior to this, John was known primarily for his driving the early development of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange.

His story was the focus of the book Rigged, the True Story of an Ivy League Kid who Changed the World of Oil by New York Times best-selling author Ben Mezrich.

John was featured in “The Startup of You” by Reid Hoffman in 2012. He has been a recurring guest lecturer at INSEAD and MIT Sloan, and is a frequent speaker at on topics ranging from fintech to capital markets. He attended Williams College, Oxford University and the Harvard Business School.