When I invest in companies, I always like to know the real team behind the CV. What is their collective life experience? What are their motivations? Will they have what it takes to survive the ups and downs of growing a business?
We’ve recently been asked by some of our new investors what makes us tick. Here is a snippet of the Rush Gold team, as of 8:00 am today, 2 December 2019.
Our CEO Jodi Stanton began her career on Wall St as an actuary and risk manager and since 1999 has been supporting the Australian start-up eco-system through funding and advising dozens of entrepreneurs, funds and family offices. She is the 2019 Australian Femtech Leader of the year.
I am passionate about closing the wealth gap, the importance of owning an asset in a world of record debt levels, and gifts that do not end up in landfills.
Jodi has climbed several peaks including Denali, ridden her push bike over 40,000 km circumnavigating the globe, and run her own whitewater rafting company.
Head of Business Development Mark Pey has spent his career at the juncture of financial services and technology, including a 10-year stint at Microsoft where he was Financial Services Industry Manager.
I’ve always believed that simple and fair access to financial benefit can extend to everyone given the right product and the right technology.
Mark made an early ascent of the world’s longest rock climb, sailed across the South Pacific, and once swam from Europe to Asia.
Executive Director Steve Bond is an experienced board member, start-up advisor, and software industry executive formerly with IBM in senior financial services roles across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East/Africa and Central Europe.
I am passionate about Rush Gold’s capacity to drive growth and transform global markets with our people, innovation & technology based on gold – the world’s oldest sustained source of value.
Steve actively seeks new challenges and adventures, whether it’s hiking the great walks of New Zealand with his family, travelling across the diverse countries of Asia or snowboarding on the big mountains of Canada.
Chief Technology Officer Alan Keenleside has over 15 years of experience delivering technology for the financial markets covering Clearing and Settlement, Custody Operations and International Trading.
I believe that instant peer-to-peer transfers are the future of FinTech. Basing those transactions on gold makes them real and globally recognised.
Alan is a 2-time winner of the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge, a 4-time Ironman finisher, and in 2018 he cycled the Canning Stock Route, which at 1750kms is recognized as the longest offroad track on earth.
Chief Engineer John Townes brings over twenty-five years’ experience within the software development industry from application architecture and database development to systems architecture, working within financial services and a wide range of other industry sectors.
Building a technology that helps people and the planet is a natural goal for me.
Being something of a sailor, John thought moving the wind sport into the third dimension would be fun, so flying seemed a natural progression.
Chief Security Advisor Steve Wilson is a recognized global expert in cybersecurity in financial services, with senior roles and projects for Price Waterhouse Coopers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Standards Australia Information Security Committee, and banks including Standard Chartered.
I’m slowly becoming a great believer in the Slow Movement. I cut my teeth in painstaking ultra high reliability software development, and I find that most security problems today still relate to haste.
Steve has been into cryptography and digital identity for 25 years, privacy and data protection for 15 years, vinyl records for 40 years and trekking for four years. He and his wife have recently rediscovered the great outdoors, trekking the Larapinta Trail in central Australia, Kopra Ridge off the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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