ABOUT US

OUR PAST GUIDES US INTO THE FUTURE

OUR TEAM

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Paul Murphy

CEO | Founder

Bio

Paul was born in Argentina. He grew up in France, Italy, and America. He’s been lucky enough to work in New York, London, Buenos Aires, Zug, and a few other places. He used to write a lot of code. Now he’s kind of rusty. He does whatever needs doing, whether or not it’s fun.

In his spare time Paul participates in several activities that make his vegetarian friends unhappy. He firmly believes that the answer to most questions can be found in musical and opera scores.

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Neil Zumwalde

CTO | Founder

Bio

Neil was born in a state of sanity called Minnesota. His parents taught him never to trust fast-talking people from the coasts, which has served him well. Neil moved to Austin because he was tired of being cold.

In his spare time he writes music for a pretty famous band, performs with several less famous bands, and has more ideas per hour than normal people have in a lifetime

Momin Ahmad

DATA ENGINEER

Bio

Momin is the engineering group’s secret weapon. He pretends to know very little and then solves problems in ways that surprise his older team members.  Thanks to his years in the music industry, Momin is both unflappable and rarely surprised by the foibles of human nature.

 
A UT graduate with a focus in philosophy, Momin somehow managed to pick up all sorts of useful skills between gigs and basketball games.

Robert Cohen

ANALYST

Bio

Robert is a natural researcher and writer. He has worked for top early-stage VC firms Social Starts and Joyance, Manhattan Venture Partners and Keiretsu Forum. Robert’s analyses have appeared in leading technology magazines throughout the world.

 
Anyone who thinks philosophy degrees are useless should spend a day working with Robert. His thinking is all Hegel, with healthy doses of Plato, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.  It’s unclear how anyone can handle the implications of crypto without the help of this pantheon. 

Laura Dean

Finance Director

Bio

Laura has been a finance director or controller for the past 15 years. Her latest corporate gig was a four year stint as a controller at FICO. In the past five years Laura has begun focusing on startup finance.
 
Laura specializes in messy situations. She can deal with complex corporate structures and undisciplined management teams. She is, of course, happy that Graychain presents neither of those problems.
 
In her spare time Laura manages a husband and two kids.

Renan Feldman

Advisor

Bio

Renan spends his days looking for trouble. He is an experienced technology and product development leader with a very clear focus on cybersecurity. Renan helps us assess and respond to current threats, as well as prepare for future threats. 

 

Early in his career Renan worked for several Israeli cybersecurity startups running technical, product, and even customer-facing teams. Following a move to the UK, Renan held leadership positions at UBS (banking) as well as Misys and Finastra (fintech). 

 

Renan is thrilled to apply his deep knowledge to the emerging cryptocurrency/blockchain space so that the next financial system can thrive in safety.

Moses Njenga

Data Scientist

Bio

Moses Njenga is a data scientist specializing in credit risk measurement and management. (Someone has to do it! )

 
Moses is based  in Nairobi, Kenya where he has spent years building credit risk models for fintech companies. His familiarity with traditional and non-traditional credit models is a big asset to Graychain. 
 
Moses is a strong believer of data driven business decisions. He holds a bachelors degree in Actuarial Science.
 
Moses enjoys watching football ⚽and Formula 1 🏎️, but you will usually find him reading about geopolitics ⚠️and building machine learning models 🤓. He is a great fan of Eminem 🔥.

Asahi Sato

Designer

Bio

For  20 years Asahi has been revolutionizing strategic design for clients around the world, first in Japan, then the US, and now the UK and Hong Kong. Her core skills are data visualization, live presentation, and innovative film solutions. She’s versatile and creative to a degree that puts the rest of the team to shame. She can  switch between video projects, design dilemmas, and PowerPoint projects without missing a beat.
 
Asahi is also well-know for her diplomatic skills. When the rest of the team sends her a first pass at a design solution, she never responds with a 😂.

Wen-Chao Su

Business Development

Bio

Originally from Taiwan 🇹🇼, Wen-Chiao grew up in the US  🇺🇸, went back to Taiwan for high school, and then moved on to Japan 🇯🇵 for university. He’s worked in both Taipei and Tokyo and knows the APAC region well.
 
Most of Wen-Chiao’s early experience has been in venture capital. As much as he likes having people ask him for money, Wen-Chiao decided that he’d rather ask for theirs, which is why he joined Graychain to lead business development in Asia.
 
In his spare time Wen-Chiao enjoys reading 📚, chess 👑, photography 📷 , and nature walks 🌳🌲.

Serge Ugarte

advisor

Bio

Serge is both a rare bird and an odd duck.
 
Serge started his career as a management consultant in the Fintech space. Unfortunately the Global Management Consultant’s Union, a very secretive organization, kicked him out for being too smart, too hands-on, and too practical.
 
In 1998 Serge noticed that the Internet was really starting to get some traction, so he went to work for Cisco. He helped them navigate the post-crash world by selling hardware to companies that knew how to make money. Hands-on and practical turned out to be useful after all. In early 2010 Serge was recruited to lead Global Business Development at FICO. For a variety of reasons he also worked very closely with FICO’s Corporate Development division. His time there proved once again that competence is almost always rewarded with more work.
 
Today, Serge lives and breathes crypto, but keeps it  quiet from friends and family who wouldn’t understand how he could have strayed so far from a respectable career. He did tell his wife, however, when he realized that someone he trusts needed to be able to recover his hardware wallet.

" Cryptocurrencies are changing the world. They are the foundation of the next financial system. No financial system can exist without credit, and credit can't be extended without credit data. We want to help change the world, so we are providing this data. "

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