Just as the internet democratized access to information, the goal of the VALOR Platform is to democratize access to wealth.
Today’s capital markets are highly concentrated amongst a small, elite pool of investors with exclusive access to the best opportunities. Intermediaries, fees and minimum
buy-ins prevent all but the very rich from participating.
Isn’t it possible to make exclusive investment opportunities more widely accessible? Shouldn’t there be a way to help people protect and secure their wealth? And wouldn’t this kind of system help asset issuers to access whole new markets too?
We believe passionately that global investments should be simple, fair and accessible to everyone. Making this a reality is what drives us.
SMART VALOR has been created to achieve these goals. We believe that being in control of and protecting your wealth is a human right. Where you are in the world, the extent of your wealth and who you know shouldn’t matter. Our platform democratizes access to borderless wealth and investment opportunities – independent of home state intervention.
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 be leading this revolution.
Our team of 20 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 Baar/Kanton Zug, where we are proudly part of the Thomson Reuters Incubator. We also have offices in Munich and Paris.
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).
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.
Chief Security and Cryptography Expert
Julien is a serial innovator. He holds over 50 patents and has authored over 80 publications on security and cryptography – and holds a PhD in applied mathematics and computer science. He is the former innovation programs lead at global security and identity solution provider IDEMIA, where he also headed their cryptography and security research team for 6 years.
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.
Advisors and Contributing Experts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.