Andrew is a co-founder of Predata and its Chief Architect. He was a founding partner of Doceoware, an educational software company, where he built server side systems for massively online open courses (MOOCs). Prior to that, he worked in the EDGE Lab at Princeton University as a software developer. He studied operations research and financial engineering at Princeton. Andrew believes there isn’t much you can’t cure with a good bowl of pho.
Chief Architect, Co-Founder
Dawani joins Predata having spent the past 10 years as co-founder and CEO of OptionsCity, a global electronic trading platform with offices in Chicago, New York and London. He led the business through various growth stages, managing multiple investments rounds, growing a large customer base, and overseeing products vision. Dawani previously served as a director in the software department at Chicago Trading Company and has also worked at SSI as a software engineer where he built real-time embedded systems solutions. Dawani grew up in Jordan and moved to Chicago to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has B.S. in computer engineering from IIT. In his free time, he enjoys Skiing, table tennis, a good Chess match, and spending time with his family.
Chief Executive Officer
Molly conducts specialized research in the platform and supports clients’ analytic success. She has a degree in Politics with a certificate in Russian & Eurasian Studies from Princeton University. She previously served with the Department of State in Russia. Her current aspiration is to cook like a babushka.
Eric coordinates Predata’s analysis effort and is responsible for our client support and user training programs. He holds a Masters in European Affairs from Sciences Po, where he was the 2015 laureate of the Michel-David Weill Scholarship, and an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. He has previously served with the State Department’s European Affairs Bureau in Brussels and in Washington. In a past life, Eric was a semi-professional theater technician.
Director of Analysis
Roly was an early employee of Poptip, a natural language processing firm focused on social media, which was acquired by Palantir. Despite reading all of the other bios, he still cannot come up with more to say. He’ll get back to you if he thinks of anything.
Aaron has been a hedge fund investment professional for over 20 years. His most extensive experience came from MKP Capital where he started in financing and balance sheet management and ultimately served as a senior portfolio manager and partner. Mr. Garvey has managed portfolios in several strategies including global macro, interest rate relative value, and mortgage and mortgage derivative arbitrage. In addition to portfolio management Mr. Garvey has served on investment and risk management committees and managed a global macro strategy and research team. He likes to spend his spare time in the Adirondacks.
Josh served as a Senior Signals Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army, driving SIGINT collection and reporting for the Sahel region of Africa. He then worked as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting Strategy Service Line, focused on rethinking how the Intelligence Community views their “customers”. He has a BA in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Josh enjoys spicy and savory spirits.
VP of Product and Analysis
Deeply motivated by a search for links between the structured complexities of the mathematical world and human culture, Dakota joined Predata while on academic leave from Princeton, where he is a PhD candidate researching applications of machine learning to music theory. He has a BA from Rutgers University, where he studied Musicology, Mathematics, and Linguistics, and an MA in Musicology from Princeton.
Director of Data Science
Gordon leads Predata’s geopolitical research efforts. Before that, he worked as a journalist and researcher covering international politics and corruption. He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia and has served at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels. He holds an MPA in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in English literature from the University of Colorado. He enjoys mountains.
Sam joins Predata with the intention of developing Macro Trading Strategies. A value investor at heart, he is fascinated by the trend of big data and “deep-learning” in the finance industry. Sam graduates this December with a Masters in Financial Engineering from Columbia University. Sam is an avid reader of The Economist and books on epistemology. He also reckons he’d be a NBA player in another life.
Joel was a Senior Vice President at Dataminr working with public sector clients. He previously worked with the U.S. Government, serving in the Office of the Secretary of Homeland Security focused on countering terrorist threats to the Homeland emanating from abroad, and on the White House National Security Council staff focused on countering violent extremism. He has a BA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from the American University Washington College of Law.
VP of Government and Corporate Markets
Dane serves as Predata’s resident data librarian, responsible for maintaining up to date source and event data for our customers. Previously, Dane served as a cryptologic linguist in the U.S. Army where he was an integral part of the Intelligence community’s effort to understand the Sahel region of Africa. Dane supported numerous time sensitive crisis situations and served as the lead linguist for several mission sets. Dane hails from Rockwall, TX, and has a turtle named Steve.
Tori is motivated to discover and promote what’s at the heart of an organization. She has a degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University where, after a summer working in Cairo, she completed her thesis on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt. In her spare time she designs clothes and hosts costume parties.
Director of Marketing and Operations
Catherine is an interaction and service designer with a background in consulting and a masters in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University. Since studying economics and international studies in undergrad, she has had the pleasure of calling Chicago, San Francisco, London, Peru, Kenya, DC, Pittsburgh—and now New York—home.
After 2 decades in Silicon Valley and Asia, first at Advanced Micro Devices and then Dialogic, which he co-founded, Jim served as National Intelligence Officer at the CIA and Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. He has an MBA from Harvard and a BA and PhD from Princeton. He is equally baffled by machine learning and options theory.
Steve graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Economics and Finance. While at the investment bank Sandler O’Neill, he discovered his passion for programming and has since developed software for buy-side and sell-side firms specializing in the fixed income markets. On the weekends, you can find him playing the bass in his band, Super Gravity.
Collin formerly developed software for Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group and TripAdvisor. He has a BSE in computer science from Princeton. Collin is a juggling enthusiast with experience ranging from diabolos to torches.
Chief Technology Officer
Daphne recently graduated from Princeton, where she studied Computer Science with a focus on NLP and blockchain. She is a yoga teacher and an avid reader of histories of utopian communities.
David was previously on the foreign exchange electronic trading desk at Citi. He has a BSE in operations research and financial engineering from Princeton University. In his spare time, he can be found playing tennis.
Moji has a Masters degree in lock-breaking and is a skilled escape artist. He joins Predata with the intention of sleeping on laps or playing with squeaky toys during meetings. Moji is a seafood aficionado (omega 3 is crucial), and in his free time enjoys chasing squirrels and learning English.
Jr. Happiness Engineer
The Predata Story
Predata was founded to discover and analyze the most valuable intelligence from public data sources.
In 2015, the founding team and a group of Princeton engineers came together to build a technology solution that could parse open-source data and generate quantitative indicators of risk. Together, they developed machine-learning algorithms that could not only describe current security, political and financial trends, but could predict them as well.
Predata’s platform uses this technology to help clients across industries to anticipate risks and identify opportunities. With offices in New York and Washington D.C. and our diverse team from the worlds of finance, data science, and international relations, Predata is now a rapidly growing company that’s helping solve some of the world’s most complex challenges.