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Hardeep Walia, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Hardeep Walia

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Hardeep co-founded Motif Investing to create an intuitive way to invest conceptually. He spent more than six years at Microsoft, where he was General Manager of the company's enterprise services business, and prior to that was a Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, helping to oversee Microsoft's investments and acquisitions. He started his career at The Boston Consulting Group. Hardeep holds a BS in Economics and Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses in the securities industry, is an active member of FINRA's Small-Firm Advisory Board, serves on FINRA's Technology Advisory Committee and contributes frequently to Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business and Forbes.

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Connie Kuhl

Chief Compliance Officer & SVP of Customer Service and Operations

As one of the early executives at E*TRADE, Connie brings to Motif Investing a wealth of experience in the online brokerage space and an impeccable track record for success. Her career at E*TRADE spanned over 13 years, during which time she held roles such as Chief Communications Officer and Senior VP of Global Service Quality & Brokerage Operations. Connie was instrumental in building and growing the franchise from $23M to $2B in annual revenue and taking the company public in 1996. She has served on the Boards at Archipelago Holdings, E*TRADE Securities, Web Street, and as an advisor to the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. Connie holds the Series 7, 63, 24, and 55 licenses.

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Paul Schmidt

Chief Financial Officer & SVP of Strategic Partnerships

Paul brings more than 30 years of experience in finance, business strategy and operations to Motif Investing. Prior to joining Motif, Paul was CFO of Strategic Alliances for the Applications and Services Group at Microsoft Corporation where he helped negotiate and implement partnerships for Microsoft’s online businesses. Before that he held senior finance roles with Microsoft’s sales, marketing and services group in the US, Europe and Latin America, building strong teams and applying strategic planning and sound business analyses. He has also held positions in the treasury and controller’s groups at ExxonMobil. Paul holds a BS in Chemistry from Wheaton College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He holds the Series 27 license in the securities industry.

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Tuhin Ghosh

VP of Investment Products & Analytics

Tuhin has over a decade of experience spanning investment management, trading systems as well as semiconductors and life sciences. Prior to joining Motif Investing, he led the research and development of quantitative market-making strategies and trading systems at Ronin Capital for the US equity index and commodities futures markets. Before that he was a quant strategist at Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock) where he worked on portfolio management, signal research, and large-scale market data analytics. Tuhin holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, he has co-authored several highly cited publications based on his doctoral work at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is also a CFA charter holder and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses. Tuhin is particularly interested in the intersection of disruptive technology, data analytics, and fundamentals-based investing.

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Michael Harris

VP of Engineering

Michael is a passionate technologist with experience ranging from trading systems, to search, to big data. In his tenure at Motif he has built critical pieces of infrastructure as well as led teams responsible for the core pieces of the system. He holds four patents for his work at Motif. Michael comes to Motif from Amazon's A9 search technology group where he worked on building data pipelines and distributed systems to analyze trillions of user actions as well as systems to measure search relevance. Prior to A9, Michael worked on realtime systems integrated into Sprint's CDMA cell phone signaling system at Telespree Communications. Michael holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

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Jeff Loman

VP of Product

Jeff brings more than 14 years of product management and strategy experience to Motif Investing. Before joining the team, he led the development of PayPal’s mobile applications and mobile wallet initiatives. Over four years, he drove app downloads from 3M to 50M+ and doubled app payment volume each year. Prior to that, he was a strategy consultant at the Monitor Group advising Fortune 500 companies across biotech, pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Jeff holds an MBA degree from the University of California-Berkeley and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.​

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Susan Harstrick

VP of Customer Service

Susan brings over 25 years as a customer service executive specializing in the brokerage space. She led the brick and mortar to call service center transition at Charles Schwab and Company, opening their first call center which was then used as a model for all subsequent service centers. After 12 year at Schwab, Susan moved to E*TRADE and was responsible for running two call centers with over 2,000 customer service representatives. Susan is passionate about the customer experience. She has been at Motif since 2011.

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Kyle Kelly

VP of Operations

Kyle brings more than 17 years of compliance, supervision and operations experience to Motif Investing. Prior to joining Motif, he was Director of Supervision at Securities America responsible for the daily oversight of registered representatives. Before that, Kyle was Vice President of Broker-Dealer Operations at Brecek & Young, which was later acquired by Securities America in 2008. He started his career at E*TRADE where he focused on regulatory and operational compliance, created surveillance programs and was the company’s Compliance Registered Operations Principal. Kyle received his BS degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University. He holds the Series 7, 63, 66, 24, 4 and 53 licenses.

Our Investors

J.P. Morgan
Goldman Sachs
Foundation Capital
Balderton Capital
Ignition Partners
Northwest Venture Partners
Wicklow
Renren