One of the distinguishing characteristics of the changing media and fintech landscape today is that either you “get it” or you don’t. Either you grew up in it, and helped create and shape lightning fast paradigm shifts like the moves to digital, mobile, platform distribution, and programmatic advertising, or you didn’t, and just explaining lay of the land takes too long to effectively deal with typical investors.
If you did grow up in it, like we did, you were faced with and helped solve never-before-seen challenges in monetization and distribution with a fraction of the resources brought to bear by large social platforms, search engines and ad-tech behemoths.
We “bleed” digital media, and have faced and solved those challenges. We believe the inherent value in quality content and engaged audiences deserves to be partnered with capital, creativity, and the best technology and monetization.
We are here to help you do that.
Meet the Team
Following 15 years helping financial services firms build tools to better integrate financial data, Ian transitioned to consumer media, becoming GM of MarketWatch, Inc., one of the largest multi-channel financial media brands globally. After MarketWatch, Ian co-founded Even Financial, now the premier platform to provide customizable financial product offers. Following two years as CEO of Even, Ian left to become CEO of Stocktwits, Inc., the largest social network for investing and trading with more than three million members. While there, Ian extended the platform by launching Trade App, the first FINRA approved broker-dealer with social features. Ian graduated with highest honors from The University of Michigan, and currently serves on the External Advisory Board of the UM School of Information. He also serves as a mentor to fintech founders through Techstars, and to returning US military veterans through American Corporate Partners.
Dr. Vinay Nair
ChairmanDr. Vinay Nair is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of The TIFIN Group, a platform to conceive, create and operate fintech companies in wealth and investments that are shaping the future of investor experience. He was also the Founder and Chairman of 55ip, which was successfully sold to JPMorgan Chase, and continues as a special advisor to the CEO of JP Morgan’s Asset Management Business helping them think through the introduction of fintech within their businesses. A serial entrepreneur, investor and academic, Vinay has started several companies in financial services linking investments and technology (55ip, Magnifi, Clout, Positivly, Louise) as well as started and managed a quantitative hedge fund (Ada Investments). He is also a founding member of Pulse Agri Investments, a platform to invest and transfer leading ag-science and ag-tech solutions from Israel to the rest of the world. As a finance faculty member at Wharton, with teaching experience at schools such as MIT and Columbia, he focuses on venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurship. He is also a recognized expert in the areas of sustainable and responsible investing and has written “Investing for Change”, a book published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. His academic background includes a PhD in Financial Economics from the Stern School of Business at NYU with an award for the best thesis, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras with the Governor’s Gold Medal, an award for all-round excellence.
Head of Partnerships
Claire has almost 20 years of experience in financial services and digital media and has held strategy, partnership and business development roles at TheStreet, Dow Jones, and Bloomberg. At Amazon she ran business development for the news vertical at the App Store during the launch of FireTV, Fire Phone and Alexa. She has an MBA from Wharton and a Bachelor’s from The Johns Hopkins University.