Leadership Team

A groundbreaking product from a groundbreaking team.

Mark Nelson

Founder, CEO

Mark is a true visionary and an expert in both the worlds of literature and technology. His unique background makes him exceptionally qualified to lead Equeum, a data aggregator company that helps its customers make informed decisions.

After earning a BA and MA in English Literature from Columbia, Mark taught himself coding and wrote Ovid, the first search engine for medical information. His hard work and innovation paid off, as Ovid quickly became the dominant platform for doctors and researchers worldwide, eventually being sold for a staggering $200 million. This accomplishment speaks to Mark’s ability to identify problems in the tech industry.

But Mark’s contributions to the tech industry don’t end there. Along with Ovid CTO Mike Gursky, he co-founded Alpheios, a software that makes learning Ancient Greek and Latin easier and more accessible. These accomplishments make Mark the perfect leader for Equeum. Investors can trust that with Mark at the helm, Equeum will be well positioned for success in the data aggregation industry.

Mike is a key player in the success of Ovid and, by extension, Equeum. As the first person to join Mark in launching Ovid, he was instrumental in getting the company off the ground. While working at IBM Research, Mike saw the potential in Ovid and decided to take the leap and join the company. His technical expertise was crucial in helping Ovid grow and develop full-text and natural language processing capabilities, making it the go-to platform for doctors and researchers worldwide.

Mike’s background in mathematics and his proven track record of success make him an invaluable asset to Equeum. His contributions to Ovid speak to his ability to identify and solve important problems in the tech industry, and investors can trust that he will bring that same level of dedication and expertise to Equeum. With Mike on board, Equeum is well positioned to continue its growth and success in the data aggregation industry.

Michael Gursky​

Chief Architect​

David Risher​

Chairman​

David is a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader with a track record of success. As the founder of Worldreader, a nonprofit that has brought reading to over 20 million people in 48 countries, he has demonstrated his ability to identify and solve important problems on a global scale.

Before founding Worldreader, David had a successful career in the tech industry. He began at Microsoft, where he managed the launch of MS Access and MS Investor, and later joined Amazon in its early stages. While there, he is credited with transforming the company from a $15 million seller of books into a $4 billion seller of everything. His expertise and leadership played a crucial role in Amazon’s impressive growth.

David’s educational background, with a BA from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School, speaks to his dedication to lifelong learning and his commitment to staying at the forefront of his field. Investors can trust that with David at the helm, Equeum will be well positioned for success in the data aggregation industry.

Doug Cutting is a renowned innovator in the field of data management and analysis, having founded several highly influential projects including Hadoop, Lucene, Nutch, and Avro. His work has played a pivotal role in the rise of Big Data and has enabled organizations around the world to harness the power of their data to make better informed decisions. With a strong educational background, including a BA in Linguistics from Stanford University, Doug has the skills and expertise necessary to continue driving forward-thinking solutions for the ever-evolving field of data management. Investors can feel confident in Doug’s ability to deliver results and drive value for their investments.

Doug Cutting​

Senior Advisor​

Rishi Narang​

Senior Advisor​

Rishi is a highly experienced and respected leader in the world of systematic trading and quantitative investing. As the founder of T2AM, a leading systematic strategy trading firm, and the co-founder of Tradeworx, a successful quant hedge fund, Rishi has a proven track record of delivering exceptional results for his clients. In addition to his successful career in the industry, Rishi is also a thought leader and author, having written the influential book “Inside the Black Box” on the subject of quant investing. He is also the organizer of the prestigious “Inside the Black Box” quant conferences, further cementing his reputation as a respected voice in the field. With a strong educational background, including a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley, Rishi is well-equipped to continue driving success for his clients and investors.

Marty is a proven leader and successful investor with a track record of driving growth and value for innovative, data-intensive companies in a variety of markets. As the Chairman of Ovid, Marty played a crucial role in the company’s success and has also served as CEO, lead investor, and advisor for a range of organizations, including ZoomInfo, ProQuest, Code Ocean, OneSource, and Vista. In addition to his executive and investment experience, Marty has also advised leading private equity firms such as Bain and American Securities. With a strong educational background, including a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Marty has the knowledge and expertise to continue driving success for his investments and clients.

 

Marty Kahn

Equeum Board​

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