A bold vision. A fundamental shift.

We believe it’s time to disrupt access to assets and wealth.

Our Mission

Just as the internet democratized access to information, the goal of the VALOR Platform is to democratize access to wealth.

SMART VALOR set out to overcome the current investor access restrictions to capital markets, while reducing intermediaries, fees and minimum investment sizes in full legal compliance.

Our platform democratizes access to borderless wealth and investment opportunities as we believe passionately that global investments should be simple, fair and accessible to everyone.

We believe that being in control of and protecting your wealth is a human right.

Making this a reality is what drives us.

Bitcoin and blockchain technology have reinvented money… and how we generate, manage and store wealth will follow. This is only the beginning – we’re excited to lead this revolution.

Our Team

Our team of 35 dedicated, diverse professionals boasts a unique combination of skills in blockchain technology and cryptography, banking, software development and the implementation of large-scale IT projects.

We are headquartered in the heart of Swiss ‘Crypto Valley’ in Zug, where we are proudly alumni of the Thomson Reuters Incubator. We also have offices in Vaduz, Munich and Paris.

Leadership Team

Olga Feldmeier

Founder and CEO

The ‘Bitcoin Queen’ of Switzerland’s Crypto Valley, Olga is a visionary entrepreneur who focuses on the intersection of banking and blockchain technology. She is formerly Managing Partner at Xapo (bitcoin startup – Switzerland/USA), Executive Director: Wealth Management Division of UBS (Switzerland), VP Corporate Strategy at Barclays Capital (London), and a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (Germany).

 

Julien Bringer, PhD

Chief Security Officer

Julien is a serial innovator. He holds over 50 US patents and authored
over 80 publications on security and cryptography. Julien holds a PhD
in applied mathematics and computer science. He is a former
innovation programs lead at global security and identity solution
provider IDEMIA, where he also headed their cryptography and
security expertise team for six years. Today he is part of ISO TC307
“Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies” as leader of the
“Security, privacy and identity” working group.

Thomas Felber

Chief Information Officer

Thomas has over 12 years of experience building custom software products and solutions for multiple industries. He is the Co-founder and Head of IT at BeeZero – the Linde Group’s hydrogen-powered car-sharing initiative (Germany). Thomas was formerly the Co-founder and Managing Partner of software development and IT consultancy Tekaris (Germany) and a Senior IT Consultant for enterprise application integration in multiple industries.

Oliver Feldmeier

Chief Operating Officer

Oliver is an expert in digital transformation. He has a strong background in managing large scale technology projects in the financial sector. Previous roles include Founder and Managing Director of Verto Advisory (Switzerland) and Technology Advisor at Capgemini (Germany). He holds an MBA from EGADE, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico and a Masters Degree from Reutlingen University, Germany.

Davide Carboni

Senior Blockchain Architect

Davide is a technical leader with many years of experience acquired
at the intersection of research and industry. He worked for companies
like Intel Corporation / Labs Europe (IE and UK), Tiscali (IT), CRS4 (IT)
and Laboratoire IXL (FR). Davide holds a PhD in computer science. He
designed and developed several applications in the blockchain and
IoT space. Author of more than 30 scientific papers, two books, and 8
pending patents Davide was also a co-founder of IoT startup
paraimpu.com and consultant of multiple blockchain related
projects. Additionally, he is on the Blockchain Advisory Board of IIB
Council

Alexandra Sowa

Head of Legal and Compliance

Alexandra is a licensed lawyer with 15+ years of experience in
banking supervisory, investor protection and post-trade
transparency (FATCA, MIFID II, MAR). During the five years prior to
SMART VALOR, Alexandra led a regulatory requirements team and
was in charge of development of compliant business and
customer-oriented solutions across HSBC Global Private Bank.
Before that she was Head of Compliance Operations at Zurich
Insurance.

Advisors and Contributing Experts

Matthew Roszak

Leading Blockchain Investor, Founding Partner of Tally Capital and Chairman of Bloq

Matthew is one of the early Bitcoin investors, who Gave Richard Branson And Bill Clinton their First Bitcoin. He is also known as the early advocate of tokenization of assets and thought leaders in the blockchain space.

David Johnston

Chairman of the Board at Factom Inc

An active angle & venture stage investor, David has been CEO of several technology startups, board member & advisor to growth stage companies and open source software companies in blockchain space. He is currently Chairman of the Board at Factom and Managing Director at Yeoman’s Capital. Other companies where he serves as an advisor include Abacus Protocol, Polymath, etc.

John Henry Clippinger

Research scientist MIT Media Lab

Chief Innovation Officer and Founder swytch.io

John is a research scientist at MIT Media Lab and co-founder of swytch.io, four software companies, and idcubed.org (a personal data non-profit). He has senior level experience in and with governments, large enterprises, non-profits and institutes including Santa Fe Institute, the World Economic Forum, Harvard and Harvard Law School, MIT Media Labs, and many more. John is an advisor to several companies and foundations.

Yessin Schiegg

CFO Status.io

Ex-Advisory Board Member Ethereum Foundation

Yessin is known as an ambassador of the Ethereum Foundation and is CFO of Status.im, an Ethereum-based decentralized mobile browser, wallet and instant messenger project. Being a Swiss Certified Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative InvestmentAnalyst (CAIA), Yessin supported the Ethereum Foundation in finance, operations, corporate structuring, tax and legal subject matters.

Marius Messerli, PhD

Founder at Mindliner AG

Marius belongs to the most active supporters of crypto communities in Switzerland and Bitcoin evangelizer. Focusing on several projects Marius was one of the first contributors of VALOR network and IOTA, where he serves both as investor and as a full node operator.

After his Ph. D. in biology Marius co-founded a Bitplane, which was lateracquired by Andor Technology. With a demonstrated history of working inthe computer software industry, Marius has established himself as a thought
leader and an experienced innovator. His current company, Mindliner AG, isfocusing on a flagshop product that lets users filter and aggregate highdensity information and lie it up for action.

Markus Rinderer

Founding Partner Current (VC) Founder

PAY.ON, Founder: PAY.ON

Markus is a proven expert in global cross-border ecommerce payments. He is the ex-CEO and founder of PAY.ON, which had a successful exit to ACI Worldwide in 2015. He was previously Senior VP and Head of Platform Business at ACI Worldwide. Markus is also Senior Partner at Barikuta Partners (an incubator) and the co-founder of multiple fintech startups.

Stéphane Pictet

Serial entrepreneur and investor

Founder and CEO Virtual Network SA

Stéphane has been involved in Virtual Network SA since 1997, as Founder, CEO and now Chairman. He is a former director and shareholder at Echovox SA – of which spin-off Zong SA sold to Paypal for $240m. Stéphane is a business angel in 20+ startups and was an early bitcoin investor.

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Denis Shulakov

1 st Vice President Gazprombank

Ex Managing Director Barclays Capital

Denis is currently Head of Capital Markets at Gazprombank, in charge of DCM, ECM, research and e-trading. He was previously Head of Russian Investment Banking and Head of Public Sector for Russia and CIS at Barclays Capital. Other former positions include Head of Representative Office of Barclays Bank in Russia,  Head of Intourist Ltd (London) and head of the Economic Section at the Russian Embassy in London, UK.

Alain Falys

Serial entrepreneur and investor

Co-founder and Chairman Yoyo Wallet (UK)

Alain co-founded Yoyo Wallet, a mobile payment and loyalty marketing platform in Europe. He also co-founded and ran OB10, the world’s largest electronic invoicing network that floated on the London AIM stock market as Tungsten Corporation Plc. He’s currently a partner at Firestart.co (internet/software seed capital investment group) and his advisory roles include Member of RBS’s Technology Advisory Board, Venture Partner at Touchstone Innovations Plc, Director at Pelican.ai, and OneLinq.

Daniel Kornitzer

EVP & Chief Business Development Officer at Paysafe Group

Daniel is EVP & Chief Business Development Officer at Paysafe Group, a global leading provider of payment solutions, trusted by businesses and consumers in over 200 countries, and with a combined transactional volume of US $56 billion in 2017 and 3,000 employees. Daniel leads the global development of strategic partnerships at Paysafe. He is also an advisory board member at Shyft Network, a blockchain-based federated trust network built for compliance data protection. Daniel has over 20 years’ experience in technology management, product development and strategic partnerships.

Ron Chiong

Impact investor, ex-securities regulator and ex-trader

Ron is currently at AvantFaire Holding Limited focusing on impact investing and early stage technology ventures. Formerly, he was an Associate Director in the Securities and Futures Commission responsible for Fintech, Crypto Assets and other thematic research, and a veteran in proprietary trading, equity derivatives and trading platforms with Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas, KBC Financial Products and Nomura.

Thomas Kern

Board Member, Swiss ICT Investor Club

Thomas is board member at Swiss ICT Investor Club, Swiss largest Business Angel Club that connects smart money to seed and early stage tech startups. Previously, he built up the consulting domain of a data network integrator which was then acquired by Swisscom. Thomas also works with Credit Suisse as a senior program manager and is an entrepreneur himself. He holds a master in computer science from ETH Zurich and an EMBA from HSG Saint Gallen.

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