Founder and CEO
Stephen has founded and successfully sold several consumer data focused start-ups over the last decade. As a serial entrepreneur, Stephen likes to challenge the status quo and if it’s broken, he likes to fix it. In 2009 the identity veteran started his most recent start-up, Trulioo, to help build a trust layer into the Internet, and fix the problem of broken identity that today effects so many online businesses.
Co-Founder and COO
Tanis has a passion for starting businesses, which is reflected in the multiple data-driven companies that she has successfully co-founded and sold over the last decade. Her belief in entrepreneurship as a vital piece in the business landscape drives her to help others bring their ideas from concept to fruition. Today, Tanis' most recent company Trulioo, is tackling the big issue of "online identity" by creating products that will enable businesses and people to interact and conduct commerce globally on the web.
Anne has over 18 years experience in the financial and administrative management field. Anne ensures the necessary financial controls and systems are in place for smooth operations including the development of cash flow budgets, and monthly and year-end financial reporting against budgets.
Director of Product Development
John joined Trulioo in 2014 as Director of Product Development. John is responsible for the Software Development, Ops, Data Science and Product Management functions at Trulioo. Prior to joining Trulioo, John held Analytics and Product Management focused roles at HootSuite, Central1 and Move. John is a member of the board of the Vancouver Public Library where he chairs the SFHR committee and the board of InterLink where he serves as Treasurer and chair of the Finance committee.
Director of Business Development
Jon is responsible for leading the Trulioo global sales team and strategic partnership initiatives. Prior to joining Trulioo, Jon held positions launching and building successful sales teams in start-ups, and managing some of the largest SaaS-based technology deployments in North America. With his focus on optimizing consumer interaction, Jon thrives on the challenge of introducing new innovative products to the marketplace.
Dr. Kazem Jahanbakhsh
Chief Data Scientist
Kazem leads the data science team to build advanced machine learning algorithms scoring the authenticity of online identities & detecting fake users. Kazem has industry experience in optimizing CTR for display ads and solving hard NLP problems using machine learning. Kazem completed his PhD in Computer Science focusing on social networks analysis, machine learning, and algorithms design.
David is the Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital and has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. Prior to founding Blumberg Capital in 1991, David managed technology investments with Claridge Investments, Adler & Co., Apax, and T. Rowe Price Associates. David earned his AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD.
Saurabh Ranjan is Managing Director at UST Global, an 18,000 employee systems integrated based in Los Angeles, California. He is responsible for Operations, Marketing and Strategic M&A and also leads UST's geographic expansion as part of its sovereign strategy. In addition to expanding UST's business in the US, Saurabh has been instrumental in establishing a large UST Global footprint in LATAM and EMEA markets and has fostered strong relationships with Global 1000 CEOs and CIOs. Prior to joining UST Global, Saurabh spent more than 12 years working for large IT product and service organizations like Cadence, Keane, and Covansys, heading teams in training, resources and expansion.
Tom Purves is a Senior Director for Visa Inc. & V.me by Visa checkout product, where he is responsible for developing future of mobile and online form factors for credit and debit cards in the digital world. Previously, Tom was co-creator of Interac Email Money Transfers, used daily by millions of Canadians. Tom is also recognized as an international speaker, conference organizer and community leader in the tech/startup scene.
Erik Stuart is the head of eBay Inc.’s corporate strategy team. He joined eBay in 2003 as a product manager, moved to product strategy in 2004, and joined corporate strategy in 2006, where he leads initiatives ranging from long-term revenue growth strategy to discovering and engaging with startups. Prior to eBay, he worked at E2open and McKinsey, and received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford.
Blumberg Capital is an early-stage venture firm that works closely with innovative entrepreneurs to build exceptional companies. The team has over a century of relevant experience collaborating with disruptive technology companies in Software, Digital and Social Media, Mobile and Consumer Internet. Their relevant operational expertise and focused network enables them to be bridge-builders, connecting entrepreneurs with key business, technology, and investor partnerships to drive success. Blumberg Capital is headquartered in San Francisco with team members located in New York and Israel. (www.blumbergcapital.com)
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is a federal Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada. Its mandate is to help create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, subordinate financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. The bank was founded in 1944 and its corporate headquarters is located in Montreal. BDC has more than 100 business centres across Canada and serves about 28,000 clients.
Tenfore Holdings is an investment management firm that provides operational value-added to growth-stage companies where technology plays a transformative role. Tenfore focuses on commerce and Big Data equity/debt investments where they can apply their operating experience and strategic relationships to enhance value. They have extensive experience operating at scale, and understand how to build smaller enterprises to scale. By providing capital, strategic guidance at the board level, and operational support to talented managers, the firm helps companies realize their full revenue, profit and market-value potential for the long-term.