Potential partnerships – Assessing the strategic fit

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Potential partnerships – Assessing the strategic fit

About the speakers
  • Matt Ong
    Matt Ong
    CEO & Founder at Ctrl Alt
    Matt Ong | Founder & CEO - Ctrl Alt | Forbes Finance Council Prior to Ctrl Alt, Matt spent the first part of his career working across fund structuring, alternative investments and trading at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. It was here that he has developed extensive knowledge of building financial products, regulation and asset raising.
  • Victor Basta
    Victor Basta
    CEO and founder at DAI Magister
    Victor Basta is the founder and CEO of DAI Magister, DAI's capital advisory arm. Victor has advised on more than 130 transactions across 30 years and has helped found and build three successful corporate finance firms in the process.
  • Jacob Ayres-Thomson
    Jacob Ayres-Thomson
    Founder at 3AI
    Jacob Ayres-Thomson's work experience can be summarized as follows: 1. CEO / founder at 3AI (2018-present): Founded a machine learning company dedicated to building advanced and usable AI for investment professionals. Enhanced investor decision making with big data predictions and insights. 2. NVIDIA Inception Program - AI startup Accelerator at NVIDIA (2019-present): Participating in an accelerator program for AI startups. 3. Fintech Accelerator Program Cohort at NatWest (2020-present): Involved in a fintech accelerator program. 4. (Founding) Head of Data Sciences at Just Group plc (2014-2018): Built an award-winning data science team focused on investments and assets. Developed artificial intelligence that discovered investment strategies. Principles adopted by the Actuarial investment team. 5. Chief Machine Learning Research Officer at Alchematics (2008-2018): Held a senior role focusing on machine learning research. 6. Commission: Future of Stochastic Modelling under Solvency II at Barrie & Hibbert (2012): Participated in a commission project on stochastic modeling. 7. Stochastic Asset Modelling Expert at Phoenix Group (2011-2012): Expertise in stochastic asset modeling. 8. Founder at Vine Capital (2010-2011): Founded a company named Vine Capital. 9. Senior Consultant, Actuarial Consulting at PwC (2004-2009): Worked as a senior consultant in actuarial consulting. 10. Traveling (2003-2004): Spent time traveling and engaging in various jobs such as fruit picking and telesales. Also lived as a yogi in a Buddhist monastery. Jacob Ayres-Thomson pursued their education at UCL, where they obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Statistics, Computing, Operational Research & Economics from 1998 to 2001. Jacob then proceeded to earn a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Machine Learning & Computational Statistics at UCL, completing this program from 2009 to 2010. Jacob continued their academic journey at UCL, eventually obtaining a PhD in Machine Learning in 2011. In addition to their formal education, they also obtained a Certificate in Securities & Financial Derivatives from the Securities Institute in September 2002.

Key takeaways

What criteria do you use to assess the strategic fit of a potential partner?