Digital Transformation in Finance
Best Financial & Market Data Solution
Named 1 of 29 U.S. Companies
Zac Sheffer named in EY program
Best Tech Innovation – SMB
UBS: Future of Finance Challenge
Innovative Tech of the Year: Financial
Elsen was founded to tackle the longstanding and industry-wide challenges with the way financial services firms manage, access and use data.
The idea for Elsen blossomed through experiences the company’s founder, Zac Sheffer, had working at Credit Suisse. Zac thought he’d have access to cutting edge technology and resources to conduct research and make investment decisions, but the reality was far from what he envisioned. Even at one of the world’s largest investment banks, the technology being used on a day-to-day basis was decades-old, at best. When Zac learned that this was the status quo across the financial services industry, he decided to do something about it. He connected with fellow Northeastern University alumni with expertise in high-performance computing and user experience design – to complement his background in finance and engineering – and they began building a solution.
A year after Elsen was founded in 2014, the company was selected as a member of the inaugural class of FinTech Sandbox, a non-profit founded to promote fintech innovation. Soon after, Elsen began working with some of the most respected companies in the financial services industry and has continued to build its business and expand these relationships by delivering on its ability to make data-driven investment strategies more accessible and cost-effective.
Chief Executive Officer
Chris brings the Elsen nPlatform to institutions worldwide, managing partnerships with top financial firms while building Elsen’s global sales force.
A seasoned financial services executive, Chris brings years of experience selling and marketing investment products for firms such as Symphony Asset Management, Mitsubishi Bank, Bank of New York, Bankers Trust, and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Elsen’s work hard, play hard environment is a perfect fit for Chris’ personality. He’s thrilled to bring his sales expertise to such a passionate team of people. Outside of the office, he’s an avid skier, golfer, traveler, and wine-taster. He also loves working with his local Boys & Girls Club.
Chris holds a BA in Business Economics from UCLA.
COO & Founder
Zac keeps Elsen running. From recruiting and managing a top-performing executive team to driving critical decisions and developing partnerships with world-class companies, he ensures all areas of the business are aligned with the company’s strategic goals.
An engineer by training, Zac worked at Schneider Electric before catching the finance bug. During a later position at Credit Suisse, he applied his engineering and programming skills to macroeconomic research. His ability to create solutions that address complex problems in manageable ways gave him the tools he needs to solve difficult financial problems.
What Zac loves most about Elsen is its talented team of dedicated people who want to do something awesome every day. When he’s not leading the team, he enjoys longboarding, surfing, cooking, watching Chef’s Table, and playing board games.
Zac holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and holds several patents for cool stuff like fluid mechanics.
CPO & cofounder
Ryan champions excellence in all user experience and interface design efforts for new and existing Elsen products.
Prior to Elsen, Ryan led UI/UX design for early-stage startups as well as several large international companies (FTSE 100). He’s designed everything from medical devices to consumer products to sophisticated enterprise software.
For Ryan, the most rewarding part of working at Elsen is bringing good design and innovative technology to the largest financial institutions in the world. When he’s not doing that, he enjoys playing video games and taking trips with his amazing wife. He also once partied with DJ Tiesto’s mother.
Ryan holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and an M.S. in Business from Northeastern University.
Head of quant analytics & research
Andrew is Elsen’s resident expert in all things data and data technology. He takes his understanding of clients’ data needs and implements them into the platform, designs and approves the analytics in the engine, and trains users on advanced features.
Andrew developed his expertise in data at BlackRock Solutions, where he analyzed new clients’ portfolios for market risk and added a layer of human quality control on top of their analytics engine. He also implemented new clients’ portfolios and brought them into production on the risk analytics platform. After that, Andrew was a Senior Product Specialist at Thomson Reuters, where he worked with some of the best financial data in the market. His foundational knowledge allows the Elsen nPlatform to be ready for any problem.
Andrew’s favorite part of working at Elsen is the team’s tenacity and ability to solve every problem thrown their way. Outside of Elsen, Andrew is an avid political organizer around local elections and state legislation.
Andrew holds a BS in Financial Systems Engineering, magna cum laude from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science and an M.A. in Applied Economics from Duke University.
Cofounder & advisor