KoreConX

About KoreConX

KoreConX was launched by co-founders Oscar Jofre and Jason Futko. The two began KoreConX after Jofre and Futko became involved with the creators of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act — the ultimate catalyst to democratize investments and define how companies access capital worldwide.

Jofre and Futko spent years nurturing and assisting a variety of businesses to raise money, grow, list on stock exchanges, restructure and practice good governance. Realizing the private capital markets were fragmented and seeing new laws such as the JOBS Act, spurred the need for an infrastructure solution.

A secure, all-in-one platform to streamline global private company capital markets. The goal, to give small- to medium-sized enterprises (SME) a single location to manage all of their corporate records, funding, investors and investment brokers so they could efficiently take advantage of innovative new capital-raising opportunities.

KoreConX eliminates organizational problems because it is built upon the philosophy that corporate information, financial documents and company knowledge can be more efficiently contributed, managed and distributed to all parties involved with corporate financial matters.

KoreConX combines the ability to manage corporate and financial records, deal room and transaction support, board management activities, stakeholder reporting and a communications platform in a single, easy-to-use interface that expedites deal preparations, decision making and investment management. All aspects are managed in a secure, auditable yet accessible platform that provides oversight and control to ensure all fiduciary responsibilities are completed and compliant.

Whether it’s raising equity/debt capital, running board meetings or trying to streamline shareholder communications, KoreConX’s all-in-one platform provides security, efficiency and success.

KoreTeam

Oscar A Jofre

Co-Founder, President/CEO.

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Oscar A Jofre

Co-Founder, President/CEO.

Jofre is one of the top 10 global thought leaders in Equity Crowdfunding, a Top 10 Fintech & Blockchain Influencer and a Top 50 InsureTech Influencer. Prior to co-founding KoreConX, Jofre founded SaaS-based, multilingual translation portal, BabelFish Corp. where he led a team of more than 135 individuals to provide multilingual solutions to 7,600 contractors around the world. He was awarded the Vision 2012 Businessman of the Year by the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a globally sought after speaker on the topics including equity crowdfunding, blockchain, FinTech, compliance, shareholder management, alternative finance and RegTech.

Jason Futko

Co-founder & CFO.

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Jason Futko

Co-founder & CFO.

Jason Futko is co-founder and chief financial officer for KoreConX. Prior to KoreConX, Futko co-founded Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada. In addition he was managing director of an Exempt Market Dealer and Chairman of a public investment vehicle in the United Kingdom. Jason has vast experience in financing businesses globally. He has extensive knowledge of international know your client (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations.

Kiran Garimella, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist & CTO.

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Kiran Garimella, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist & CTO.

Kiran Garimella, Ph.D., is the chief scientist and chief technology officer at KoreConX, leading the strategy and development of blockchain and machine learning solutions. A sought after speaker and author, Kiran has more than 25 years experience in information technology, consulting and financial services. Previously, Kiran held roles such as global CIO and chief architect at a General Electric company and vice president and chief evangelist for BPM at Software AG. He is also an advisor to the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors and the MidMarket Alliance, principal founder of iKnowCentral and co-founder of CognitiveWorld.com.

Jonathan Heymann

Director, Compliance & Registrations.

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Jonathan Heymann

Director, Compliance & Registrations.

Jonathan Heymann began his career in the financial services industry working at Spectrum United, a mutual fund company. In 1999, Jonathan joined the Ontario Securities Commission and within two years became a Supervisor in the OSC Contact Centre, where he developed a broad knowledge of the Capital Markets in Canada and particularly the role of compliance. In 2007, Jonathan started Wychcrest Compliance Services Inc. to provide consulting services in compliance and registration for all categories of registration.

Paul Niederer 

Director Australia

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Paul Niederer

Director Australia

Paul Niederer is one of world’s leading authorities in equity based crowdfunding, investor aggregation and the emerging trust based blockchain driven systems relative to capital raising. He has personally been involved with, and has successfully assisted, 92 companies to raise capital.

As a result of his experience in the due diligence processes involved in capital raisings for businesses and non-profits he has shared his experience with the SEC and a score of regulators worldwide. He is sought after to advise on building complaint capital raising systems.

His “Fundability Circles©” process has been performed live in Europe, America, South Africa, Asia and Australia for entities wishing to raise capital.

With the intense interest worldwide in EquityCrowdfunding Platforms, and Collaborative Funding Platforms Paul is involved in consulting to a number of parties on how to structure their funding por- tals, processes and regulations to have successful raises with a fair deal for investors and stakeholders.

Paul has had extensive experience in managing both accredited and unaccredited raises with both investor types often in the same raise. Internationally he is known as “Mr Governance” due to the fraud free reign he managed while day CEO of ASSOB, the world’s oldest equity crowdfunding platform. He as spoken in minimising fraud in equity based crowdfunding transactions a number of times.

Paul relishes the opportunity to discuss peer to peer finance developments and any moves towards the democratisation of capital. 

Edwin Lee

Director MENA Region

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Edwin Lee

Director MENA Region

Edwin was a partner in an international boutique corporate finance house for over 15 years. He managed the corporate finance house’s Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai office during this period. Recently, Edwin has been involved with the financing, as well as consulting and helping Start Ups together with Small, Medium Enterprises prepare for capital raising efforts in Dubai. Edwin has extensive experience in sourcing, negotiating and managing cross-border transactions covering jurisdictions including Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia, India and China. He has previously been on the Board of Directors and been Chief Financial Officer for various private and publicly listed companies in North America and Asia, covering industries in hospitality, mining, biotech & pharmaceutical, infrastructure, information technology and real estate.

Gittan Niederer

Director Australia Share Registry

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Gittan Niederer

Director Australia Share Registry

Gittan Niederer has run several customer service and fulfilment businesses in both Australia and Sweden. All of these businesses had one thing in common. Keeping customers satisfied so they got exactly what they wanted when they expected to get it. This requires a focus on meeting and often exceeding customers expectations. The businesses have ranged from baby products distribution, information fulfilment centres, CD & DVD Duplication Services and flight services scheduling. Gittan brings her excellent planning, scheduling and customer service skills to KoreConX.

Steve Ferrando

Director Business Development

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Steve Ferrando

Director Business Development

Steve Ferrando has over thirty-five years of experience working with firms ranging from small startups to large international investment banks with the majority of that time being spent in traditional financial services as well alternative finance. Has an extensive background in business development as well as both management and technical consulting with a proven ability to drive engagements to successful outcomes.

Possesses strong analytical skills with an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with both business and technology stakeholders. He is a highly motivated team player with an exceptional ability to recruit, train and mentor new team members.

Rosanna Mancuso

Director Australia

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Rosanna Mancuso

Director Australia

Edmund Tan

Director ASEAN

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Edmund Tan

Director ASEAN

Edmund was a senior consultant and practice lead covering the Asia Pacific region with global consultancies Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) and the HayGroup before being asked to head up the HR operations of a telco startup. He then went on to found a HR and Organisational Performance Consultancy. He was involved with numerous Singapore government panels and currently runs a Private Equity Fund.

Byron Sanders

Director Business Development

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Byron Sanders

Director Business Development

Byron is the Founder and CEO of Crowd Consortium, LLC., and CTO of John B. Lowy, P.C., a securities law firm in midtown Manhattan which has taken more than 200 companies public. Byron began his career in the regulated crowdfunding space in 2015 when his company started working with Fund America (acquired by Prime Trust). He is the former Director - Business Development for Tangible IP, LLC., a strategic intellectual property advisory firm and patent brokerage with more than 3,000 patents sold and has been credited for sourcing patented inventions which have been acquired by Microsoft and Samsung. Byron began his career in the technology transfer and licensing industry as Business Developer for Tynax, a patent market exchange in Silicon Valley. He is a former master distributor for Sprint (NYSE: S) and Boost Mobile with Platinum Wireless, Inc and Tracfone (NASD: AMOV) with Rushstar Wireless, Inc.

Michel Aliphon

Director Australia

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Michel Aliphon

Director Australia

Following a lengthy tenure at Citibank as an executive lending manager, Michel started his own finance broking business in 1997, before starting his own real estate firm in 2010. Michel was offered a position of business development manager for the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) in 2014, assisting small to medium enterprises (SME’s) including start-ups raise capital for business expansion. Michel has extensive experience in sales and marketing and business development and is passionate about helping others succeed. He lives by the principal of King Solomon who once said "you can get whatever you want out of life, provided you help enough people get what they want first"

Elizabeth Frenchy

Marketing Assistant

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Elizabeth Frenchy

Marketing Assistant

Elizabeth is a management graduate and has vast experience in working with reputed financial services companies in India. She is familiar with Indian Capital market and Portfolio Management and she worked as Investment Advisor at HDFC Securities and Kotak Securities. In 2016, Elizabeth moved to Canada, where she took a diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administration. In 2017, Elizabeth joined KoreConX.

Advisory Board

David Weild IV

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David Weild IV

Father of the JOBS Act, stock market expert and Vice Chairman of NASDAQ. Weild is currently the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Weild & Co. Inc.

Keith Bear

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Keith Bear

Global Leader for Financial Markets within IBM’s Sales and Distribution organization.

Kim Wales

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Kim Wales

Founder/CEO of Wales Capital and CrowdBureau, LLC., Wales is an Adjunct Professor in Economics at City College of NY and an author/advocate of the JOBS Act.

Dan Conway, Ph.D.

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Dan Conway, Ph.D.

Author and faculty member at USF and COO of The Apollo Group. Dr. Conway has previously served on the faculty of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, Indiana University and Virginia Tech -- research includes blockchain and IoT.

Randee Pavalow

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Randee Pavalow

Randee Pavalow specializes in securities law and policy issues relating to exchanges, dealers, and access to capital. She has recently worked with the Ontario government on access to capital issues and is Of Counsel at CC Corporate Counsel. From 2013-2016, she held legal, regulatory and operational responsibilities at Aequitas Innovations, the parent company of: Aequitas NEO Exchange (a public stock exchange); and, Aequitas EVO Connect (a platform that focused on private market securities). From 2007 to 2012 she was responsible for both legal and operational functions at Alpha Exchange. Prior to 2007 she held various positions at the Ontario Securities Commission beginning in 1992. She held the position of Director of Capital Markets from 2001 until 2007.

Rod Wilmer

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Rod Wilmer

Managing Director of Bolton Capital, Wilmer has 25+ capital markets experience including BMO capital markets and CEO of the Canadian dealer Societe Generale.

Alessandro Lerro

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Alessandro Lerro

Italian attorney advising 25+ years on innovation and new technologies, Lerro’s expertise is in intellectual property and finance for FinTech and AltFi in Europe.

Richard Swart, Ph.D.

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Richard Swart, Ph.D.

Swart is a founding member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CIFRA) and Director of Research and Analysis for Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA).

Adrian Banica

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Adrian Banica

Serial entrepreneur, CEO and Director for leading technology startups, financing, brand development and revenue growth for both private and public companies.

Bruno Maruzzo

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Bruno Maruzzo

More than 25 years experience working with SME’s in the technology space, Marruzo is currently a director and advisor to a number of companies.

Brian Traquair

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Brian Traquair

Former EVP SunGard Data Systems, Fidelity, National Information Services, Loanet, Ip Sharp Associates and Reuters, Traquair is a advisor, director and investor for a variety of technology focused ventures.

Howard Atkinson

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Howard Atkinson

Howard has more than 30 years of experience as a financial services professional. He is also a ETF pioneer, a best selling author, a NFP, a private and public company director, and a cryptoasset executive.

Matt McGuire

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Matt McGuire

Matt is the Co-founder of the AML Shop and has served as an advisor to Canadian, American and foreign governments, as well as the United Nations Office on compliance effectiveness and was the leader of the National Anti-Money Laundering Practice as well as the Ontario region investigative and forensic services group at MNP LLP.