The team at Merlon Intelligence is that rare concoction, a blend of seemingly mismatched parts, that brought together are creating something previously considered impossible.  We like asking "why not" and challenging the status quo.  We don't have a motto, but if we did it would probably sound a lot like "If you keep doing the same thing over and over, why would you expect the result to change? Try something different."  So we did.  


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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.



Stephen Epstein

Chief Innovation Officer

As Chief Innovation Officer at Merlon Intelligence, Stephen leverages his extensive industry experience to drive the company’s solution direction, roadmap and go to market strategy. Stephen previously ran product strategy for Mantas, a leading financial crimes and compliance solutions company which was acquired by Oracle, and he was also in charge of product marketing for Digital Reasoning, a leader in AI enabled solutions. With 25 years’ experience within the financial services industry, Stephen also held leading technology and product positions at Deutsche Bank, JPMC and CDC Capital where he helped automate front office trading and back office compliance functions.


Peter Spina

Vice President of Sales

Peter is an executive with over 25 years of experience in sales, sales management, sales operations, pre-sales support, product marketing, and engineering at early stage through post-acquisition companies. His passion is building highly performant sales people and teams.

Most recently, Peter worked at an artificial intelligence startup focused on surveillance of electronic communications for compliance purposes. Working with sales leadership and executive management across multiple business units, he delivered and implemented a repeatable sales process to drive more predictable revenue. Prior to this work, Peter led global product marketing for Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications, including Oracle Mantas.  Peter received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.



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.



Hassan Ahmed

Director of Business Operations

Hassan brings over a decade of experience in operations, business strategy, and analytics to Merlon. He has experience across a breadth of fintech and traditional financial services companies as an operator, advisor and financial sponsor to scale startups and accelerate growth.

Most recently, Hassan was a Strategy & Business Operations manager at Venmo, the fastest growing mobile payments platform in the U.S. and a service of PayPal. Prior to Venmo, Hassan was a Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and an associate at Credit Suisse Private Equity.

Hassan earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA from Franklin & Marshall College.


Ann LacarrubBa

Director of Legal & Compliance

Ann has over 20 years of legal, compliance, and governance experience at highly regulated financial services companies including Fortune 100 companies, leading Private Equity firms and publicly traded commercial banks, serving in general counsel and chief compliance roles.

Previous to Merlon Intelligence, Ann was at Blackstone Group where she held the roles of Chief Compliance Counsel, AML Officer and Assistant General Counsel for a fintech Blackstone portfolio company. Ann was also at American Express where she was a member of the General Counsel’s Office and led the US Enterprise Growth line of business compliance team and the US regulatory examination team. She has significant experience in regulatory, Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering and governance requirements.

Ann earned her juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Is it time to try something different? Whether you're just getting started or maybe you've been at this for a while and need a change, Merlon Intelligence might be the place for you.  But first, a few questions to help you decide.  Are looking for a job?  If you answered yes, you might want to consider searching the job placement websites.  Being on the Merlon team is a lot of things -- unique, crazy, amazing, industry-changing, lifelong friend building -- but one thing it isn't: just a job.  So if you're a bridge-jumping, cold-water swimming, no challenge too big, setting-the-world-on-fire type of person you might be just the right fit with the rest of us!

And don't hesitate just because you don't see an opening listed for your skillset.  We look at the person first and the role second.  Also, we're growing faster than our webmaster can update the listings. Speaking of webmasters...