Team and Advisors

The Team

EMX is built from the collective expertise of traders, technologists, and exchange operators.

Jim Bai

Chief Executive Officer

9 years at Citigroup & Graham Capital. Managed $1B+ futures and options book. Founded machine learning startup. B.S. Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. B.S. Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon University.

Craig Austin

Chief Technology Officer

12 years at Microsoft & AQR Capital Management ($208B hedge fund). Led asset allocation research engineering at AQR. Managed team of 18 developers. B.S. Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.

Jerald David

Chief Operating Officer

20 years in finance and exchanges. Chief Administrative Officer, GreenX. Director of Venture Management, CME Group. Chief Marketing Officer, Dubai Mercantile Exchange. B.S. International Business, Franklin & Marshall College.

Jim Falvey

Chief Regulatory Officer & General Counsel

20+ years of experience in financial services regulatory and compliance. Former General Counsel for ICE, EurexUS, RJ O'Brien, and Green Key Technologies. Former CAO for the US Futures Exchange. JD, Georgetown University Law Center. MBA, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Shehzad Hassam

Head of Asia Operations

14 years experience in financial services and operations. Former Head of Support at BitMEX. Equity Derivatives Sales at Tullett Prebon, Nittan Securities Asia and Cantor Fitzgerald. 3 years at BNP Paribas in front office support and 2 years at the Bank of New York as a custody analyst. MSCi in Mathematics, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Evan Rothmayer

VP, Engineering

13 years at Microsoft, Amazon and other startups. Architect on DevOps and Cloud Engineering team of 130 engineers. Lead developer on multiple “from scratch” product launches at Amazon. B.S. Computer Science, Iowa State University.

Ryan Hansen

MD, Business Development

15 years at FCMs with proprietary, multi-asset trading platforms. President at Tradovate, the commission-free futures trading platform. Managed the exchange-traded products business for GAIN Capital. B.S. Business, Penn State University.

Kay Chang

VP, Product

12+ years of experience in product management and marketing. 3 years at Apple managing the iAd App network. Former director of Clover Network, where she built and led the Clover App Market business to become the largest global point-of-sale platform based app ecosystem. B.A. in Political Economy, UC Berkeley.

Eric Rogstad

Blockchain Development

7 years at Microsoft & Amazon. Social startup founder. Crypto trader and early investor. Bought BTC at $0.25. B.S. Computer Science, Duke University.

Sohyung Kang

VP, Marketing

13 years in marketing and digital media, at HBO, DIRECTV and Viacom. Director of Marketing Production at HBO, leading campaigns for Game of Thrones and Westworld. Former acquisition marketing strategist for DIRECTV. B.A. Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Vinson Leow

Director, Business Development

10+ years of experience in startups, event marketing and crowdfunding. Founded 3 Australian startups, exiting 2. Founded Crypto Round Table, a trading and investing community. Leading Australian crowdfunding expert and consultant, raising over $1.8M+ USD. Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Marketing Management, University of New South Wales.

Pavel Petukhov

Market Data Development

6 years of research and development experience at Akuna Capital and NeurOk Software. Designed and built market data and execution platforms for crypto trading. M.S. Applied Mathematics, Moscow State University.

Michael Siedlecki

Senior Engineer

8 years of full-stack engineering experience. Founding engineer at 6 YC-funded startups. Acted as interim CTO at NexTravel, where he managed on boarding processes and oversaw time-sensitive web scaling and performance challenges. Former senior software engineer for American Express. B.A. in Economics and Geography, UCLA.

Earth Koed

Marketing & Social Media Manager

4 years experience in digital marketing and brand strategy. Former marketing manager at Amazon Prime, where he created social campaigns on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and developed email marketing promotions for millions of customers. Graduated early from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in Marketing.

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EMX is fortunate to receive guidance from experienced professionals across the quantitative trading, technology, and regulatory sectors.

Simon Sejoon Kim


CEO of #Hashed, leading South Korean VC. Frequent speaker and advocate of crypto-currencies. Founder of Knowre, education technology company. B.S. Computer Science & Technology, Pohang University of Science and Technology.

Kevin Guo


Founder & Co-CEO of, leading Chinese P2P lending platform. Chairman of Starwin Capital, fintech investment fund. Managing Partner at Yulan Partners, specializing in intellectual property. Executive MBAs from Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Howard Chao


35+ year career in law and technology investment. Principal at Doon Capital, emphasizing U.S./China synergies. Senior Advising Partner at ShoreVest Partners. Was Partner at O'Melveny & Myers, Chair of Asia practice. J.D., U.C. Berkeley.

T-Kiang "TK" Tan


Chief Investment Officer of Grasshopper, a leading Asian liquidity provider, and Chief Investment Officer of Tilde, a digital asset liquidity provider. Founder and CEO of ChatQ, a financial chat app. 20 years of experience in the trading technology industry, overseeing the building of large-scale software and high-frequency trading platforms.

Pang Chau


16+ years leadership in quantitative finance. Managing Director at Citadel Investment Group. Managing Director at Knight Capital Group. Built largest dark pool in the U.S. October 2008. M.S. Computer Science, Stanford University.

Stephen Klein


Founded discretionary macro fund Abingdon Global. 15+ years of futures trading experience. Portfolio Manager at Graham Capital and AT Global. Managed capital for Brevan Howard and Goldman Sachs. B.S. Economics, Vassar College.

Jimmy Homma


CEO and Co-founder at United Bitcoiners Inc. Focusing on delivering Lightning Network. President of the Japan Digital Money Association. Researcher Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Kyoto University.

Jon Anderson


Was Head of Execution Strategy at Citadel Investment Group. Alpha Research at Goldman. Sachs Asset Management. Quantitative Research at Radix Trading. B.S. Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon University.

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