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Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Finance 2022

by Don Mark

Every year, Forbes ranks the top 30 under 30 individuals who have made influence in global money flow. The list for the year 2022 has already been published and as usual it includes several young talents making tremendous impact in the financial industry.

Take a look at the top 30 under 30 2022 list below;

Luana Lopes Lara and Tarek Mansour

Luana Lopes Lara and Tarek Mansour founded Kalshi. Kalshi lets investors place bets on future events, like how many Americans will receive a Covid vaccine.

Since the company’s launch a few months ago, Kalshi has attracted over 4,000 users to join the platform. Liquidity and trading volume has noticeably risen over that time, with the over $30 million in venture-backing starting to show its influence on the industry. The two co-founders are both 25 years old

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Ambika Acharya – 27 years

In early 2020 she cofounded Weav, a fintech startup that aggregates sales data for small businesses and makes it accessible through an API, letting lenders see it in seconds to assess borrower risk. Brex was Weav’s first customer, using it to power its instant payouts feature. In August 2021, Brex bought Weav for $50 million. At Brex, Acharya is focused on bringing Weav’s ecommerce data to more of Brex’s products.

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Caroline Ellison and Sam Trabucco (27 and 29 years old)

Sam Tabasco is CEO of Alabama Research one of the world’s biggest quantitative cryptocurrency trading firms. He has big brain and make big market move and went to MIT for math and computer science.

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Before joining Alameda in 2018, Caroline worked at Jane Street as a trader on the equities desk. She graduated from Stanford with a degree in math.

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In August 2021 billionaire Alameda founder Sam Bankman-Fried promoted the traders to co-CEOs so he could focus on his FTX cryptocurrency exchange. By charging basis points on $5 billion volume a day the quantitative trading firm makes about $3-4 million daily.

By investing that income into blockchain platforms like Uniswap and Compound that connect lenders and borrowers with little overhead, Alamada generates an additional 7% to 50% annualized depending on the asset.

Both natives of Boston, Ellison wrote her MIT professor-dad an economics paper analyzing stuffed animals’ prices when she was eight years old, before getting a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Stanford and a job at Jane Street, where she met Bankman-Fried. Trabucco is a former competitive Scrabble player who studied computer science at MIT, where he also met the Alameda co-founder.

Alex Atallah -29 years

The software engineer worked at Palantir and two early-stage startups before cofounding OpenSea in early 2018. OpenSea is the largest marketplace for consumers to buy and sell non-fungible tokens (NFTs). In July, a month when the company processed $330 million in NFT transactions, it raised $100 million in funding at a $1.5 billion valuation.

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Sahana Athreya – 29 years

Sahana Athreya researches alternative datasets to provide investment insights. Her statistical and machine learning models have been crucial to a broad set of investment teams. When joining Millennium as an analyst, Sahana was instrumental in designing and implementing a platform that centralized trading data.

Clinton Bembry – 27 years

Founded in September 2020 Slingshot provides a single user-friendly portal to access defi trading platforms like Uniswap and others. Instead of charging fees on the $2 billion volume, they’re experimenting with Robinhood’s model that charges market makers to route orders.

Albert Owusu-Asare and Ameer Shujjah – (both 28 years old)

The pair immigrated to the U.S.–Owusu-Asare from Ghana and Shujjah from Pakistan–and met on their first day of college, at Iowa-based Grinnell. In early 2021 they cofounded Cadana, which helps African workers access the daily wages they’ve earned, charging employers and employees $1 a month for unlimited access to earned wages. After launching in May 2021, Cadana has 60 employer-clients in Ghana and Nigeria and processes payments for 7,000 employees.

Scott Kazmierowicz and Michael Spelfogel (both 25 years)

After working jobs in investment banking and credit card research, the duo thought there weren’t any companies catering to mid-sized brands that wanted to release their own credit cards.

They founded Cardless in 2019, creating software that lets brands launch their own cards. They’ve hatched cards for teams like the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Marlins. Cardless has raised more than $50 million and is valued at $315 million, according to PitchBook.

Brandon Gell and Nick Scaglione -(both 27 years)

Clyde’s technology lets manufacturers offer extended warranties on consumer products and helps them manage the claims process. It counts more than 300 merchants as customers, up from 117 a year ago, including Dyson and popular air filter company Molecule. With 75 employees, it’s bringing in tens of millions annually in premiums. Clyde has processed more than a million warranty contracts and recently raised $40 million in series B funding from investors including Spark and Crosslink.

Jeron Davis (28 years)

Jeron Davis has deployed more than $210 million for RLJ Equity Partners, whose founder Robert L. Johnson is the first African American billionaire. Other notable deals include the $60 million leveraged buyout (LBO) of Pro-Vac, and the $31 million TechMedia acquisition. Before joining RLJ, Davis was an investment banker at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. where he completed a $4.6 billion LBO of Petco, and $2.2 billion divestiture in which CenturyLink sold data centers to BC Partners and Medina Capital.

Antonio Juliano (28 years)

In 2017, after stints as a coder at Coinbase and Uber, Juliano started Dydx, a crypto derivatives trading platform that caters to professional traders outside the U.S. It averages roughly $2 billion in daily trading volume (Coinbase does about $5 billion). The 19-person startup brought in $75 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2021. It expects to reach $125 million in revenue for the full year and $80 million in net profit.

Sophie DeWaal -(28 years)

Sophie DeWaal is an investment banker specializing in the consumer and retail group at Bank of America. She has advised on more than $18 billion of transactions, including the sale of Dunkin Brands to Inspire Brands, and the acquisition of FreshDirect. DeWaal also supports recruitment for the corporate and retail investment banking business.

Albert Abedi and Sami Tellatin (27 and 29)

While working as a project manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tellatin learned that farmers were often slow to adopt new technology due to the hefty upfront costs. She and Abedi created FarmRaise, whose technology automates the process for farmers to apply for federal grants and loans, shrinking down an eight-form, three-hour application process to 17 minutes. FarmRaise has 250 paying customers and expects to reach $1 million in annualized revenue by the end of 2022.

Tegan Kline (28)

After raising $22.5 million to help The Graph build an open source tool that lets ethereum developers understand how their products are being used, she co-founded Edge & Node to help monetize the project. Edge & Node was originally funded with an 8% stake of the GRT token, which is now worth about $650 million. Kline has also led Edge & Node’s investments into projects adjacent to The Graph, totaling $3.1 million in 2021.

Jen Liang (29)

Jen Liang is a portfolio manager at AIG, an international insurance company, where she co-manages more than $13 billion in emerging market debt. Typically, insurance investing focuses on traditional, liquid assets such as short-term bonds, but she incorporated sustainable investing in their strategy to support the growth of companies in the ESG (environmental, social and governance) space, while generating outstanding returns for AIG’s clients.

Mason Liang (28)

Mason Liang is a portfolio manager at Millennium Management, a $50 billion hedge fund. He oversees the quant business for Passaic Capital, one of the largest teams within Millennium. The business combines quantitative and fundamental analysis to assess investments. Liang is a former quantitative researcher at Balyasny Asset Management.

Akash Magoon (25)

Magoon did stints at Amazon Web Services and data consultancy Enigma before cofounding Nayya in 2019. The insurtech startup helps consumers pick the most cost-effective health insurance plan, find lower-cost pharmacies and use tax-efficient healthcare savings accounts more often. It has 400 customers, including Guardian Life Insurance, one of the largest life insurers in America. Nayya is on track to reach $7 million in revenue in 2021 and is valued at $230 million.

Sam Aarons and Matt Marcus (29 and 27)

For businesses that frequently move money in and out of bank accounts for their customers (like fintech and insurance companies), managing bank payments is time-consuming and manual. Modern Treasury automates those payments with software that connects directly to the banking system. It has 80 clients, including fintech companies Pipe and BlockFi, up from 20 a year ago. It’s processing more than $2 billion in monthly payments and recently raised $85 million at a $2 billion valuation.

Patrick Mrozowski (25)

In 2016, he opted not to attend college and started his first company, Crumbs, which turned spare change into bitcoin and was acquired by Metal Pay. In late 2018, he started Point, a debit card targeted at consumers earning more than $100,000. Point offers extra rewards for purchases from businesses like Uber, DoorDash and Amazon. The 60-person company has tens of thousands of customers, annualized revenue in the single-digit millions and a $275 million valuation.

Elena Nadolinski (25)

Originally founded to create a privacy protecting cryptocurrency like zcash, Iron Fish expanded to include privacy protecting technology that can be digitally wrapped around any cryptocurrency. The platform now has 750 fully functioning nodes compared to bitcoin’s 10,000, and is preparing for a public launch later this year.

Hannah Buchan (28)

Hannah Buchan is a partner at Beehouse, a $300 million investment firm focused on the legal cannabis industry, that has deployed tens of millions of dollars across private equity, stocks and debt deals. As the firm’s first hire, she has served on the boards of several of the companies they’re invested in. Before joining Beehouse, Buchan was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Brooke Nakatsukasa (29)

Brooke Nakatsukasa leads sourcing, ideation and execution of Vista Equity’s largest fund, which focuses on technology and software companies. She has been involved in bringing companies like Ping Identity, Datto and IAS to the public markets, and sits on the board of public companies such as Integral Ad Science and iCIMS. Her previous job was as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank.

Alex Nesbitt (29)

Alex Nesbitt is a principal at BC Partners, helping sign and close important deals like the $3.4 billion SPAC merger and IPO between Cyxtera Technologies, one of the largest data center companies in the U.S., and Starboard Value Acquisition Corp, a blank check company. Before joining BC, he was an associate at Oak Hill Capital, where he helped in the acquisition of Mercer Advisors, an investment advisor with $16.5 billion assets under management in 2019.

Rahul Raina (28)

TRM Labs provides forensic analysis for the IRS and dozens of others. By charging for licenses that let customers identify where an asset came from, who owns it and score the risk of that owner, the firm has grown 700% since last year and is on track to generate several million dollars revenue this year. Born in New Delhi, India, he graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in business and computer science. 

Roneil Rumburg (29)

Audius lets musicians create their own business models, using cryptography to ensure a their cut of the proceeds doesn’t change without their consent. While the platform is not yet monetized 100,000 musicians have uploaded songs to the platform and last month 6 million listeners logged in. Further growth is expected following video-sharing app TikTok’s August announcement it would let Audius musicians share their music directly on the site.

Ophelia Snyder (29)

Snyder co-founded 21Shares in 2018 to build sophisticated crypto investing technology her mom could use. Now valued at $700 million, the firm charges about a 2% management fee for 15 ETPs in 4 countries. With over $2.5 billion AUM it is on track for $60 million revenue this year. In October she and 21Shares board member Cathie Wood jointly filed with the SEC for what would be the first Bitcoin ETF.

Ben Spiegelman (29)

Hired by Fidelity in January 2021 to build a one-stop shop for institutional crypto adoption, he now manages billions of dollars’ worth of crypto assets for 10 liquidity partners including Arizex and 150 other institutional clients. Through Fidelity venture branch Avon he invested in institutional crypto-trading platform Talos and crypto forensics firm Soldus Labs.

Heather Steinman (29)

As a vice president at the Raine Group, a merchant bank that advises and invests in technology, media and telecom, Heather Steinman has executed more than $10 billion of transactions in the content sector. Some notable advisory assignments include the creation of Viacom’s BET + (a streaming service focused on Black content and audiences) with Tyler Perry Studios, and Universal’s financing deal with Perfect World.

Connor Wienberg (29)

Connor Wienberg is the youngest resource manager to date of the leveraged finance group at Deutsche Bank. Since joining as an associate in 2017, he has syndicated $90 billion of financings. This year he partnered with their managing director to build out the bank’s ESG leverage debt practice in the Americas. He has executed $11.25 billion of ESG financings.

Justin Woodward (28)

In 2018 Justin and his brother Austin launched TaxBit, giving enterprises real-time insight into taxes on crypto and equities. With clients including the IRS, the profitable firm raised $230 million from Tiger Global and others at a $1.33 billion valuation, but has yet to spend any of the capital it raised. 

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