THE ONEIRO TEAM

 

  • Jim KentCEOJim Kent has worked in the high technology sector for various companies on a worldwide basis for over 35 years ranging from VC-backed firms, publicly-traded entities and highly successful private companies. As an internationally-experienced C-level finance and operations executive, Jim has leveraged and invested his experience in cutting-edge financial and security technologies in the software industry and applying it to leading companies. Most recently, Jim was the CFO of ICONICS Inc, a world leader in Building Automation and advanced IoT-enabled Energy Smart Building technology, where he engaged in innovative early-adoption studies of blockchain use in highly secured energy-smart buildings, as well as the oil and gas industry. A crypto-currency investor himself, Jim is a graduate of UMASS Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Accounting.
  • Chris QuirkCEO - ndevAs a veteran of eight start-ups, Chris has helped launch many first-version products. A proven executive, mentor and coach, that can operate in both the business and technology worlds, and translate between the two. His team-first approach combined with a dedication to maximizing individual talent has created lasting, loyal teams. His understanding of technology, business and data has resulted in strategic shifts, allowing his companies to enter new markets, save millions or pivot to a more appropriate market fit, leaving them more aligned, efficient and agile. Chris has a long history of using data to support community collaboration. Most recently he created a new Assessment platform for ANet which used data visualization to identify gaps in student mastery of standards. At Viximo he created one of the first services to manage virtual currencies for social networking applications. And at eRoom he built vertical specific solutions on top of a generalize collaboration platform. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.
  • Stephen LeahyManaging Director - ntrdSteve is an experienced Business Development executive and COO focused on the FinTech industry, blockchain-enabled digital assets and the impending revolution in financial services. He got his start in the world of cryptocurrencies when he built out a cryptocurrency risk management team for a sell-side desk. As founder of three fintech companies, he has broad expertise on the buy-side, sell-side and in building financial services platforms. Steve has worked at every operational level of financial services businesses, from operations staff, through risk management, product development, business development, and senior management. This insight and knowledge has enabled him to build, launch and grow complex, financial technology service systems. Steve received his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Babson College.
  • Ed McNierneyCTO - ndevEd McNierney has served as a Chief Technology Officer and senior engineering executive at a wide range of technology companies, from two-person startups to the Fortune 100. He has commercialized innovations from high-end graphics hardware to multi-terabyte online mapping services and has been involved in the blockchain and cryptocurrency community since 2014. Most recently he led competition design and engineering at the XPRIZE Foundation, driving radical innovations in artificial intelligence, VR, robotic avatars, and machine learning. And as CTO and VP of Engineering at the One Laptop per Child Foundation he managed the hardware and software teams that brought personal computing to millions of children in developing countries. Ed has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.
  • Kent QuirkVP EngineeringKent Quirk has nearly 40 years of software engineering and management experience. He has led projects and teams in a variety of settings, including several startups as well as Fortune 100 companies. His diverse technology background includes consumer software, computer games, educational software, graphics and visualization, medical devices and other embedded systems, and cloud computing. Kent graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Science in Physics.
  • Kris PelchatSR Software EngineerKris came to ndev with 18 years of commercial systems engineering experience in software product development and technical operations. He has expertise in the full software development lifecycle (specializing in Agile) from requirements definition through deployment as well as architecting and implementing solutions from system to software to create scalable applications.. He is a full stack engineer with exceptional skills in a wide variety of languages and technologies. Kris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
  • John GreenlandSR Software EngineerJohn Greenland has 35+ years of software engineering experience. A successful software consultant, he was principal at LDRA Ltd, responsible for enterprise products for their fortune 100 client portfolio. His resume includes senior applications engineering positions at Telargo, Green Hills Software and Rational Software. John is a graduate UC Irvine and has an MBA from Boston University.
  • Gus AndrewsDirector of User ExperienceGillian “Gus” Andrews has fifteen years experience in UX research and design and 9 years product and project management experience, including time at ThoughtWorks and Linden Lab. Specializing in the intersection of human-computer interaction and security, Gus has helped improve the usability of a number of open-source encryption tools, including Mailpile, Psiphon, and Tahoe-LAFS/GridSync. She has spoken on human factors issues at ShmooCon and HOPE, and is a regularly invited speaker at the US Army Cyber Institute. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and a masters and doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation on search engine usability was selected for a Google Academic Research postdoc.
  • Peter Goodspeed-NiklausSoftware EngineerPeter is a backend engineer with over three years of experience building systems software. As a consultant, he led the backend teams for Patch, a medical startup, and Cardamom, a social media startup. He is expert in the design and implementation of scalable, performant, tested software infrastructure. In a previous career, he spent eight years as a Warrant Officer in the US Army, flying the UH-60 Blackhawk. He graduated with distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • Marko CekicAdvisor - ConsultantMarko is a seasoned Fintech and Payments entrepreneur and operational leader with extensive experience in global consumer payments and related operational and technology areas. He has a diverse background as a founding partner of a financial services consulting practice, a three-time Fintech Startup co-founder, board member, advisor and investor. 
Marko is presently focused on developing Consumer Applications of Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency, including cross-border payments, electronic value storage and exchange, and crypto-financing. Marko holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Columbia University.
  • John LesterTechnical Product Marketing.John Lester has worked in software development, product design, knowledge engineering and community development for over 20 years. He has led projects and teams in a variety of settings from startups to Fortune 100 companies, and his diverse background includes immersive learning, online communities, VR/AR, artificial life, natural language processing and content analytics. With a background in neuroscience and medical informatics, John developed immersive medical education platforms and online patient support communities at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At Linden Lab he led market development in the education community, and he has worked on product development with Ravencoin, an Open Source community-organized project building a blockchain service as the rails for assets and securities.
  • Josh AndersonSoftware EngineerJosh Anderson is a full-stack software engineer with 10 years of experience building applications with a focus on measurable results, automation, and testing. In 2015, Josh founded Also Engineering to help clients achieve their business goals with software applications. Previously, Josh was an analyst at RTI International, perfecting education, literacy and communication software tools. Josh has a BA in Psychology from Columbia University where he studied computer science.
  • Matt DiasDirector of MarketingMatt has held senior sales and leadership positions in a variety of industries including industrial, consumer products and tourism. Most recently, Matt was president of iTagged, Inc, a leading AR SaaS platform for the museum and special venue markets. Prior to that, he was VP of Sales at Boston Productions, an award winning producer of interactive media environments. Matt is a graduate of Saint Anselm College
  • Ciaran HynesChairmanCiarán is a serial entrepreneur who brings hands-on transatlantic experience to the COSIMO Team. He has over ten years of deep tech market experience and has worked closely with COSIMO’s portfolio companies Gecko, locatible, Nova Leah and Oneiro to help them develop their US infrastructure and expand into the US market. Ciarán leverages his extensive network of “pro-Irish” investors, advisors, government agencies and business leaders throughout the US to bring strategic benefits to these organizations. He is involved in many regional business organizations and sits on the US Board of the UCD/Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.
  • Rob FrascaDirectorRob is an online pioneer, experienced entrepreneur & proven product leader that has successfully developed and launched over 50-market leading products. He built 3 venturebacked start-ups with successful exits. Rob sold his first company in 1995, pre-Yahoo to Intuit and sold his second company to Lycos, where he became VP & GM of the number 2 Internet portal at that time. His third company is currently a market leader within its space, achieving exceptional year-over-year growth for the last 12 years.
  • Ken LangDirectorKen is a technology visionary and inventor. He is a pioneer in AI and machine learning and invented search-engine methodology and collaborative filtering (e.g. if you like this, you will like that). Ken has successfully developed and commercialized technology throughout his career. As COO of Keane Advisors, he developed new algorithms and technology for trading, asset allocation and private equity. Ken served as CTO of Vringo (renamed Form Holdings NASDAQ:FH) and served on the Board of Directors while teaching as Adjunct Professor of New York University. He developed and founded WiseWire, where he served as CEO, CTO and board member. After WiseWire was sold to Lycos, he served as Lycos’ CTO.