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At Random Forest Capital, we approach investment management from the perspective of data science.
At Random Forest Capital, we approach investment management from the perspective of data science, in which machine learning within fully non-parametric statistical models are applied to the problem of expected gains in financial investments. Rather than having humans look at each individual event within the marketplace, machine learning employs statistical algorithms over thousands of variables and millions of observations that are capable of detecting persistent effects across all aspects of data. We use not only a wide array of machine learning methods that simultaneously apply successfully to real-life applications from medical diagnoses to sports analysis, but additionally apply proprietary methods developed in house to optmize returns.Hire us
Julie Choi, Ph.D
Chief Risk Officer
Julie Choi, Ph.D serves as Chief Risk Officer for Random Forest Capital. Julie started her career at Deutsche Bank in New York as a Quantitative Analyst, focusing on portfolio optimization and risk modeling on credit. Following Deutsche Bank, Julie served as a Portfolio Manager for Millennium Partners running systematic, statistically driven trading strategies. Julie was most recently at Cubist Systematic Strategies focused on deploying computer-driven trading strategies across multiple asset classes. Of most interest to our team is Julie's work at Stanford while earning her Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, with a Minor in Statistics. Julie was advised by Peter Glynn; on her dissertation studying tail event stochastic simulation. Julie will be a key ingredient in monitoring risk and portfolio construction serving as a human overlay to the model intensive culture at Random Forest Capital.
Austin Trombley, MBA
CTO || Business Intelligence
Austin D. Trombley is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Random Forest Capital, LLC handing the company's data infrastructure and all platform API data integrations. His background includes having been an analytical R, Python, SAS, SQL, and NoSQL guru for 7 fortune 500 companies. He has 10+ years of thought and people leadership, strategy, Big Data Consulting, Data Science, and the proven ability to execute. He is an avid student studying Economics and Business as an undergraduate, Finance during his MBA, and recently Machine Learning @ UC Berkeley. Mr. Trombley also has acquired domain knowledge of the FinTech and Marketplace lending space from his time employed within this space.
Carl Siemon, Ph.D
Chief Investment Officer || Principal Data Scientist
Carl Siemon, Ph.D will handle the firm’s R&D for investment/trading algorithms. Carl is a Physics Ph.D. graduate from UT Austin, where he was supported by the prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship; awarded to just 5% of graduate applicants. His research focused on computational and theoretical plasma physics in scenarios relevant to both nuclear fusion and particle acceleration. Amongst a wide scope of novel work, he was the first physicist in the world to successfully tackle a research problem alone that better funded, renowned research groups attempted and failed to solve properly. After graduate school, he joined Gainsight, where he excelled as a Lead Data Scientist and built the company’s custom predictive models.
Anatoly Pavlov, Ph.D
Anatoly Pavlov, Ph.D is a data scientist handling development of the company's proprietary algorithms and data pipelines.Anatoly is a Physics PhD graduate with specialization in Cosmology from Kansas Sate University. His research was concentrated on studying accelerating expansion of the Universe, a phenomenon that contradicts conventional theory of gravity and is not fully understood. Besides utilizing analysis of observational data to test competing cosmological models Anatoly developed an extension to one of the theoretical models where he introduced non-flat spatial background and build a numerical simulation of expanding universe for cases with open and closed spatial background geometries. Anatoly has extensive experience in computational physics and sate-of-the-art data analysis.
Aaron Travis is an advisor and early investor in Random Forest Capital, LLC. He is helping guide the firm's formation process and longer term business strategies. Aaron has extensive experience in FinTech and growth focused investment banking. His background includes public equities, private placements, and other forms of capital raising. He was an early employee at CircleUp and held the CEO role at Deal Labs. Aaron has a BSBA from Georgetown University.
Zack Oelerich, MA
Director of Organizational Health & Behavior
Zack provides strategic analysis to better understand and negotiate the challenging group dynamics which exist in the daily work environment. Working extensively with technology professionals in the private and public sector, Zack has served as primary counsel to leaders at many Bay Area companies such as Stanford Research International, Google,Uber, Hambrecht & Quist, and Sandia National Laboratories. Zack has a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy and his Master’s degree in counseling from the University of San Francisco.
COO || Data Strategy
Kevin Farrelly is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of the General Partner. Mr. Farrelly handles the firm’s business strategy and capital raising efforts. He raised a successful seed round for Random Forest Capital from outside investors and launched Random Forest LP, Random Forest Capital Offshore LTD, and Random Forest II LP. Mr. Farrelly specializes in moving a business from analysis to execution stages. His resume is an aggregation of 10+ years of experience in capital markets and software. Prior to Random Forest Capital, Mr. Farrelly worked for Tealium; a data intensive software company which is currently backed by Silver Lake, Bain Capital and Battery Ventures. Mr. Farrelly earned his BSBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Richmond.
Geoff Yang Co-Founded Redpoint in 1999 and has invested in many impactful brands that we all use and know today. Geoff also serves on the boards of AT&T, Esquel Group, and Franklin Resources (Franklin Templeton Funds).
Jeffrey Kaditz is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has helped drive a wide range of technologies and businesses. His fields of exploration have included rockets, anti-ICBM technologies, consumer electronics, mobile gaming, finance, lemonade stands, network security, and biotechnology.
He founded Affirm, a fintech company which focuses on bringing transparency to consumer lending, prior to which he served as Chief Data & Analytics Officer at mobile gaming giant ngmoco. In 2015, Jeffrey founded Q Bio, a healthcare startup dedicated to reinventing healthcare from scratch.
Jeffrey has degrees in Quantum Physics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He resides, and skis, in Wilson, Wyoming.
Doug was the Co-Managing Partner at Standard Pacific Capital until 2016 when he returned outside capital to focus on investing for his family office. He joined Standard Pacific in 1998 as a Principal and served as Co-Portfolio Manager of Standard Pacific’s Global Long/Short Equity Fund from since December, 2005. Prior to joining the Firm, Doug worked at Fidelity Investments (1997) in London and Boston as an Equity Research Analyst during business school. He also worked at JP Morgan as an Audit Analyst in Emerging Markets and at Morgan Stanley (1994-1996), as a Financial Analyst in the Real Estate Group and later as a Financial Analyst in the Firm’s investment banking division in Hong Kong.
He attended Georgetown University (1989-1993) where he played baseball and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and International Business. Doug received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998. Doug also served on Georgetown’s Board of Regents from 2010-2016. Doug resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife and 3 children.
Jeremy is the former Global CEO and Global CIO of Rosenberg Equities previously known as AXA Rosenberg. Jeremy was also on the AXA Investment Managers Management Board and Executive Committee and Chair of AXA Investment Managers NA. Additonally, he was on the AXA Investment Managers Asia and AXA Investment Managers’ UK Boards. Jeremy was with AXA from December 2010 through March 2017.
Steve Plank was co-founder and Partner at Espalier Global, a global technology, media and telecom hedge fund, from 2010 through 2016. During that time, Steve served as Principal and portfolio manager, with a focus on the internet and financial technology sectors. Prior to Espalier Global, Steve was co-founder and Partner at Emerson Capital, a services, technology and consumer oriented hedge fund formed in 2007. From 1999 through 2006, Steve was a Senior Managing Director in institutional equity sales at Bear Stearns. Steve began his financial services career in private client services at JP Morgan in 1994, joined Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1996, and opened a New York office and managed an investment portfolio for a foreign family in 1998. Steve graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating US Army Ranger School, he served as a platoon leader in South Korea and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After leaving the military, Steve received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1994, Steve lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY with his wife Julie and four children, Madeline, Tyler, Cooper and Justin.
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Random Forest Capital LLC.
2394 Broadway St.
San Francisco, CA 94115