TEAM

Visar Nimani

Visar is a seasoned entrepreneur and hands-on technologist with extensive expertise in building and running P2P/Marketplace platforms.  In early 2007, Visar joined LendingClub where he served as the Chief Technology Architect responsible for the design of the world’s largest marketplace-lending platform and later as the Chief Technology Officer responsible for LendingClub’s overall technology strategy, development, and operations.  Before LendingClub, Visar worked at Oracle Corporation on the Oracle Database, XML DB, and Secure Enterprise Search.  Visar holds numerous patents in SQL execution, XML, and secure search technologies.

Paresh Gangodker

Paresh is an engineering industry veteran with extensive expertise in building large scale financial services and SAAS marketplace platforms. Before joining Uvamo, Paresh was the VP of Engineering at AppDirect where he led development and scaling of the platform. Prior to AppDirect, Paresh was the VP of technology at LendingClub where he was instrumental in building its award winning platform from scratch. His experience also includes a variety of software engineering and consulting positions where  he built large scale enterprise software applications for Fortune 500 companies.

Tony Nimani

Tony is a veteran risk manager and entrepreneur.  He has a broad understanding of the markets, modeling, and implementation of risk platforms.  He is a founding partner and Chief Risk Officer of Black Maple Capital. Before that, Tony served as the Chief Risk officer and a voting member of the Portfolio Committee at Stark Investments. During his 9 years at Stark, Tony was instrumental in building Stark’s state of the art Risk Management platform and oversaw the risk for 19 different strategies across 3 different continents. Tony holds a MS in Quantitative Finance (2004) and a BBA in Finance and Management (1999) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Leanid Mokin

Leanid is an IT and IT Ops virtuoso.   Leanid served as the Sr. Director of Technology at LendingClub, where he was responsible for the IT infrastructure and operations.   Leanid overhauled the security, scalability, manageability, high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of LendingClub’s platform.  Before LendingClub, Leanid was in charge of datacenter operations for the PlugandPlayTechCenter.com.  Leanid also advised many of the 200+ PNPTechCenter startups on IT design and strategy.   Leanid’s early career was spent as a datacenter operations team-lead for Banking Processing Center (NPC) which provides banking processing services for the majority of the Belarus banks.

Advisors

Soul Htite

Soul is the Founder and CEO of Dianrong.com, a marketplace lending platform based in Shanghai China. Before Dianrong, Soul co-founded LendingClub where he served as Head of Technology until 2011. Before LendingClub, Soul built enterprise software at Oracle Corporation. His focus was in real-time online services and system design for high availability and fault tolerance. Soul held a senior product development position in Oracle’s core Server Tech team, and led various research projects focusing on large scale online services.

Marc van der Chijs

Marc is a serial entrepreneur in the Internet industry and an investor in disruptive financial tech companies. Marc is a managing partner at CrossPacific Capital in Vancouver and serves on the boards of several of the fund’s portfolio companies, including China’s leading marketplace lending company, Dianrong. In 2004, Marc co-founded China’s leading online video site Tudou.com, where he served as a board member, and was responsible for strategy and business development. Marc was also founder and CEO of online game company Spil Games Asia (2006-2012), and in 2011 he co-founded online fashion company UnitedStyles. Before becoming an entrepreneur Marc worked at Daimler for 7 years in corporate finance positions in Germany, Indonesia, and China. Marc has a Master of Business Economics degree from Maastricht University.