Meet the team

Bradford Cross

CEO

Bradford is the founder and CEO of Merlon Intelligence Inc. He is also a founding partner at DCVC, a leading machine learning and big data venture capital fund.

Bradford has founded two machine learning startups since 2009. Prismatic used machine learning for personalized content ranking and natural language processing for topic classification. Flightcaster used machine learning to predict the real-time state of the global air traffic network, using FAA, carrier and weather data.

Bradford has been a hedge fund investor since 2002, starting with statistical value and momentum strategies at O’Higgins Asset Management, and a venture investor since 2010 as a founding partner of Data Collective.

He has spent 7 years building statistical trading strategies, 6 years building machine learning startups and 8 years on systems engineering, including 2 years working on distributed systems at Google.

Bradford studied Computer Engineering and Finance at Virginia Tech, and Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.

bradford@merlonintelligence.com

Konrad Alt

COO

Konrad is a noted financial regulatory expert, having seen the compliance and risk management challenges of major financial institutions from all sides.

As a young lawyer, he was immersed in the U.S. savings and loan crisis, first as an attorney in private practice and later as counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. Recruited to join the U.S. Department of the Treasury, he served as the second-ranking official at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. After relocating to San Francisco in the mid-1990s, he held senior executive roles in the mortgage and credit card sectors before launching the San Francisco office of the Promontory Financial Group in 2004.

Konrad built a substantial compliance and risk management consulting practice at Promontory, leading dozens of engagements at major financial institutions in the western U.S. and around the world, and later serving as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Konrad began advising Merlon in the fall of 2016 and joined the firm as COO in January 2017.

Konrad holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a former editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also holds an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Reed College.

konrad@merlonintelligence.com

Abe Danziger

Chief Customer Officer

​​​​Abe is an executive with over 30 years of demonstrated success in growing and developing global Customer Success and consulting organizations at enterprise software and data analytic companies. He brings unparalleled experience in sales leadership, solutions sales, and global management expertise.

Before joining Merlon Intelligence, Abe was most recently Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Digital Reasoning, a startup that develops AI solutions to automatically extract actionable intelligence from structured and unstructured data. At Digital Reasoning, Abe developed and led a global team of experts covering areas such as technical support, training, and consulting implementation services. Before Digital Reasoning, Abe was a senior executive leading customer-focused teams at companies such as Informix Software, Hyperion Solutions, Amdocs, and Marklogic.

Abe graduated Suma Cum Laude from the City University of New York City College where he earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics.

abe@merlonintelligence.com

Andrej Danko

Head of Product

Andrej is a business leader, technologist, software engineer and entrepreneur with experience in global enterprise software and start-up firms. He has led large, high-performing and culturally-diverse teams across the globe and has delivered outstanding value to thousands of enterprise customers worldwide.

Throughout his career, Andrej has held significant managerial and operational roles in corporate strategy, product management, engineering and finance. His main area of expertise is in product globalization: internationalization, localization and regulatory compliance. He was behind scaling SAP Business One ERP solution for small and midsized businesses to 70 countries and 40,000 customers globally.

Andrej received an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in innovation, entrepreneurship and global leadership, where he was an MIT Sloan Fellow. He also holds a Ph.D. in Applied Computer Science, and an M.S. in Applied Computer Science. He is an IEEE Senior Member and MIT $100K business entrepreneurship competition judge.

andrej@merlonintelligence.com

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Advisory Board

Neal Wolin

Neal Wolin is currently a senior counselor at The Brunswick Group; an equity partner at Data Collective Venture Capital and a board partner at the Social + Capital Partnership. He is also an advisor to Nyca Partners, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on financial technology.

Mr. Wolin was Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from May 2009 until September 2013. Mr. Wolin served as Acting Secretary of the Treasury in January and February 2013. Prior to his confirmation as Deputy Secretary, Mr. Wolin served in the Obama White House as Deputy Counsel to the President for Economic Policy.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Wolin was President and Chief Operating Officer of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hartford Financial Services Group. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Hartford and oversaw the company’s law, government affairs, communications, marketing and tax functions.

Mr. Wolin has also been the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor; Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council; and Special Assistant to three Directors of Central Intelligence.

He received a B.A. degree in history, summa cum laude, from Yale College; an M.Sc. in Development Economics from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Mike Marcus

Michael Marcus is the founder of Marcus Partners, LLC, a strategic advisory firm to major retail financial services organizations. He is a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, and to Argus Information and Advisory Services (a Verisk company).

He is on the Board of Directors of ForwardLine (a small business lender), and serves as an Advisory Board member to a number of startups in the FinTech, RegTech, and alternative data spaces. Michael is the former CRO, CMO, Head of Strategy/Business Development, and Head of Customer Information Management at HSBC/Household’s credit card business.

Prior to this, he was a Partner at The Boston Consulting Group in the firm’s Financial Institutions practice, where he worked in the Chicago and London offices.

Michael has an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Grinnell College.

Rich Sorkin

Rich Sorkin is a Silicon Valley based entrepreneur with extensive experience in financial services and artificial intelligence, politics, energy and education. He has pioneered the adoption of new technology for over 20 years. Rich ran the billion dollar Sound Blaster business prior to becoming CEO of Zip2, which led the development of local services including mapping, business reviews and real estate guides. The company’s functionality became the bedrock of services like Google Maps, Yelp and Zillow. Zip2 was acquired in 1999 for over $300 million, at the time the world’s largest all cash acquisition of an Internet company.

Following Zip2, Rich has founded, led or advised over twenty startups, primarily in the area of machine learning or artificial intelligence, including Kaggle’s credit scoring work with Fair Isaac and MasterCard, the first company to mine credit bureau data to identify consumers who had been victims of identity theft, and the first company in the world to run 30-day weather forecasts in the cloud (to drive commodity trading strategies). Rich is also a cofounder of FlexSchool, a transformative school for gifted middle and high school students.

Rich has been involved in national politics for almost 20 years. He was an early backer of Congressman Devin Nunes, now Chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. He has advocated extensively to Congress as a private citizen and worked with regulators in financial services and energy sectors.

Prior to his career in technology, Rich worked at NASA, Bain & Company and Goldman Sachs and graduated from Yale College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chuck Muckenfuss III

Mr. Muckenfuss has more than 40 years of senior experience in the financial services industry, including 33 years as partner at Gibson Dunn, and public service as Senior Deputy Comptroller of the Currency and as Counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He is a recognized leader in the field of financial institutions supervision and regulation and an advisor and investor at the intersection of finance and technology.

Mr. Muckenfuss is a Retired Partner of Gibson Dunn where he led the financial institutions practice. His work included active participation in legislative and public policy, supervisory and enforcement matters, mergers and acquisitions, development of new products and the representation of new entrants into the banking business. His clients included major domestic and foreign financial institutions of all types, the most significant non-financial participants in the financial sphere, non-bank entrants into the banking business, GSEs and other important mortgage finance participants and regional and small financial institutions.

Mr. Muckenfuss is a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Treliant Risk Advisors, Operating Partner of Vista Capital Advisors, Chairman of the Board and a co-founder of City First Bank of DC and Clinical Visiting Lecturer at the Yale Law School where he teaches and supervises a clinic that was responsible for the establishment of an FDIC-insured de novo community development bank in New Haven, Connecticut.

Active as an advisor and investor in connection with emerging enterprises at the intersection of finance and technology, Mr. Muckenfuss is a member of the boards of Ethos Lending LLC, a technology-enabled mortgage company, and ImpactUs Marketplace LLC, a platform seeking to match investors with community development financial institutions and other mission oriented enterprises. He is also an Advisory Board member of One Financial Holdings Group, Inc. (Bee), Sipree, Inc., Final, Inc. and Float, Inc. and active in two funds that are leading investors in the FinTech space.

Mr. Muckenfuss also is a board member and past Chairman of the Board of City First Enterprises, Inc., the non-profit controlling shareholder of City First Bank, and a member of the boards of directors of the Roosevelt Institute and the Arts Arena International. He was a founder and former Chair of the Petra Foundation, a small foundation which provided recognition and support to unsung individuals making distinctive contributions to racial justice, human freedom and community development.

Mr. Muckenfuss received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree from Yale Law School. He was law clerk to the Honorable William E. Miller of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.