Financial Diligence Networks LLC was founded by John Casano and John Cornish in 2012. Having each worked in the hedge fund industry for over a decade, with experience both on the asset management and evaluator sides, the founders determined that the industry’s way of doing business could be greatly enhanced through the development of a private network with beautifully designed software at its core. Merging the founders’ deep domain experience with the superior talents of a best-of-breed product design and development team led by Jeff Suarez, and supported by a world-class group of technical and business advisors, FDN seeks to change the way the industry works. Our goal is to solve the challenges researchers have as they spend more time collecting information than analyzing it, and the frustrations hedge funds have communicating due diligence information to investors and evaluators.
John Cornish is a co-founder and Managing Member of Financial Diligence Networks LLC. Prior to FDN, John served as a member of the hedge fund research team at Cambridge Associates where he sourced, evaluated, and monitored global long/short equity, event-driven, activist, and emerging markets hedge funds. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, John worked for the general counsel’s office at Soros Fund Management. In addition to FDN, John serves on the Board of Overseers for the Handel and Haydn Society and as a Director on the Board of Governors for the Harvard Club of Boston, where he is also Chair of the Author Series and a member of the Athletic and Programs Committees. John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University in 2000 with an A.B. in English, and received the Charles William Kennedy Award at graduation. He is married and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
John Casano is a co-founder and Managing Member of Financial Diligence Networks LLC. John has been allocating to hedge funds since 2001. From 2010 to 2012, he was employed as a Senior Hedge Fund Research Consultant at NEPC, LLC, involved in the firm’s hedge fund research and due diligence activities. John also provided consulting services for allocations to non-traditional asset classes made by various public, corporate, Taft-Hartley, and endowment/foundation clients. Prior to joining NEPC, John was employed at Cambridge Associates, and he has also held hedge fund research and risk management related functions at several funds of hedge funds in New York City. John received his B.S. in Finance from Villanova University in 2001, and the CAIA accreditation in 2002. He is married, has four young daughters, and lives in Connecticut.
Josh Jordan is a Lead Software Engineer for FDN. Josh joined us from Amazon, where he architected and developed scalable technology to support a yet unreleased product on the team that produced the Kindle. He was a key part of launching the Amazon Boston office and building the software development culture there. Prior to Amazon, Josh worked as a member of the Digital Products team at Vistaprint. He served as a technical lead on several projects to deliver electronic marketing solutions to millions of customers, running the gamut from search engine optimization to heavy third-party integration. Josh earned his BS in Computer Science and Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in his home town of Troy, NY, and his MS in Software Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. In his free time, Josh is an avid fan of guitar music of all types and attends dozens of live performances each year. He’s currently exhausting much of his personal attention on a recently acquired rescue puppy.
Jason Rowe is FDN’s senior architect. Jason joined FDN from Vistaprint where he served as Architect for the digital products team. He was responsible for driving the architectural vision for digital products while remaining a key individual contributor on projects. Jason was responsible for performance tuning in all components of the systems as well as being responsible for diagnosing and rectifying difficult to understand issues in the production environment. His focus on strong design and mindfulness of performance has allowed him to build robust, scalable solutions for real-world problems with short time-to-market.
Matthew Granade currently advises early-stage companies in areas where he has operational and strategic experience, including financial technology, “big data,” personal finance, media, and cyber-security. Matthew recently finished six years at Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest and best-performing hedge funds, where he was Co-Head of Research. In that role, he was responsible for building and managing the teams that ensure Bridgewater’s understanding of the global economy, create new systems for generating alpha, produce daily trading signals, and publish Bridgewater’s market commentary. He was also responsible for the technology, data, and security required to fulfill these responsibilities. He oversaw ~225 professionals and reported directly to the firm’s Co-CEO/CIO. Previously, Matthew was an Engagement Manager and a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was President of The Harvard Crimson, the university’s daily newspaper. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and was named a George F. Baker Scholar.
Christopher Thorpe is an expert in information security and finance. Currently, he is the President of Tivli, and was a cofounder of Fresh Pond Partners, Solano Labs, and Blueleaf. After completing his PhD. from Harvard University, Dr. Thorpe began his career as a software engineer in electronic commerce with Viaweb and Yahoo! Shopping, eventually coordinating the internationalization of Yahoo!’s e-commerce properties and later Tellme Networks’ speech recognition telephony platform. He is an inventor on multiple patents and patents pending in applications of cryptography in auctions and securities exchanges (Harvard University) and natural language processing (Microsoft). He has published several papers and articles in information security and applications of cryptography. Dr. Thorpe holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
Steven Willis is founder of multiple networking companies over the past three decades. In 1986, he co-founded Wellfleet Communications, a pioneering Internet router company and became the director of software development. In 1989 he started Wellfleet’s Advanced Engineering Group which developed Internet and ATM standards and technology. In 1997 he co-founded Argon Networks, a maker of Internet core switch/routers. In 1999, Argon was purchased by Siemens. In early 2001 he joined Datapower as the VP of Advanced Technology and drove the development of a hardware based XML processor. Datapower developed high performance XML processing and transformation engines for web based services and was sold to IBM in 2005. In 2009, he co-founded Overlook Networks, a venture addressing new networking technology for the data center.
Chris Sims is a serial entrepreneur and experienced business strategist with experience in operating all stages of business. Before cofounding Fresh Pond Partners, Mr. Sims was a senior manager at Bain & Co., consulting to Fortune 1000 executives and private equity backed companies. Earlier, he cofounded and managed a successful e-commerce company after a leadership role at MarketDrive, which sold to Cars.Com. Mr. Sims holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Andrew McCollum was part of the founding team of Facebook, where he contributed to numerous aspects of the core product and architecture. He cofounded Fresh Pond Partners in 2011, and is an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Enterprise Associates and Flybridge Capital Partners. Since Facebook, Andrew has also been part of startups covering such disparate areas as social file sharing (Wirehog), computational finance (Babel Research), and resume creation (JobSpice). Andrew received his A.B. in Computer Science and Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology, both from Harvard University.
James Wong is Managing Director and Partner at Paulson & Co, an SEC-registered hedge fund with headquarters in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Mr. Wong is the senior product specialist and principal liaison between the investment team and the firm’s nearly 600 global institutional investors. The firm was founded in 1994 and has more than $30 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining the investment management industry in 2000, Mr. Wong, was an entrepreneur and consultant in both the technology and commercial real estate industries. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Tufts in 1986, was a four year All-American swimmer, and served as captain of the team. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Athletic at Tufts University, the Advisory Committee of the Tufts Financial Network, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Peddie School. He lives in Darien, CT with his wife and their three children.
John Fawcett (“Fawce”) is the founder and CEO of Quantopian, where you can develop, test, and run algorithmic investment strategies from your browser. Fawce mentors entrepreneurs and advises startups in consumer internet, enterprise software, and fintech. Prior to Quantopian, Fawce was CTO and co-founder of Tamale (acquired by Advent), an equity hedge fund analyst covering software, and a technology consultant to Major League Baseball. He lives in the western suburbs of Boston with his wife and three sons.