Vivek Nasta | Co-Founder & CEO
Vivek Nasta is the Co-Founder & CEO of Scout Finance. He is an experienced Product and Operating Executive with an expertise in enterprise customers and their mobility challenges. As a consultant for Mobilize - a mobile research and product management firm he founded in 2008 - Vivek was a member of the Management Team of Kirusa, an Accel-backed leader in mobile communications in Africa and other emerging markets. Through Mobilize, he led corporate mobile initiatives for Hearst and started Wipro’s Financial Services Mobility Advisory Business. Vivek was the former Global Head of Mobile at Thomson Reuters, which he joined in 2010. Previously, Vivek was at Nokia in various global product management and business development roles. Early in his career, Vivek worked in venture capital at AOL, as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, and at the White House. Vivek regularly appears as a mobile strategy and tech expert on the Fox Business Channel and Fox 5. He has a degree in engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ariez Dustoor | Co-Founder & VP of Product Development
Ariez Dustoor is the Co-Founder & VP of Product Development. He has an extensive business and product background. Ariez has a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. He worked at McKinsey & Company after graduating and then joined a private equity firm in Boston. In 2009, he joined Yahoo’s Corporate Development team where he worked on global M&A and investments with a focus on mobile among other spaces. After Yahoo!, Ariez had an entrepreneurial itch and started an e-commerce company in Asia. Ariez moved back to the US in late 2013 and started working full-time on launching Scout Finance.
Paresh Patel | Chairman & Co-Founder|Managing Partner, Sandstone Capital
Paresh Patel is Chairman & Co-Founder of Scout Finance. Paresh is also Founder and Managing Partner of Sandstone Capital, a value-focused hedge fund focused on investments in public and private companies. Prior to Sandstone Paresh established Sparta Group, the family office for a $1b+ technology entrepreneur in the United States. Paresh is an investor in several category-defining private companies including: SKS (IPO 2010), Micromax Informatics, Flipkart, A123 Systems (IPO 2009) and Relicore (acq: 2006). Paresh has a BA from Boston College in Economics and Art History. Paresh has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jeff Parker | Founder, First Call & StreetEvents
Jeff has an extensive history of success as an entrepreneur, CEO, and investor in financial services companies over the past 30 years. Jeff founded Technical Data Corporation, a provider of financial analytic services for the institutional investor community. In 1983, he founded First Call Corporation, which quickly became the financial community’s leading provider of real-time broker-sourced research, earnings estimates, equity and fixed income ownership information, insider trading information and corporate news releases. In 1997, Jeff co-founded CCBN.com (Corporate Communications Broadcast Network), a leader in enabling direct communications between companies and the investment community over the Internet. Jeff served as CCBN's Chairman and CEO until the sale of the company to The Thomson Corp. in March 2004. He is currently an investor and advisor in a number of leading financial technology companies.
Mike Walsh | General Partner, Green Visor Capital
Michael Walsh has over 13 years of financial services industry experience, including 10 years of institutional investing experience. He is a General Partner at Green Visor Capital (www.greenvisorcapital.com), a leading venture capital firm specializing in financial technology. Prior to joining Green Visor, Michael was a partner and founding member of Lusman Capital Management, a hedge fund with ~$400 million under management. His investment experience extends across assets classes, industries, and geographies. Mike also spent three years at Citigroup in the Investment Banking Division where he helped raise billions of dollars in equity and debt transactions for financial institutions, as well as assisting in M&A advisory work. Michael received his BA in Economics from Harvard College.