Mircea Mihaescu — Startup Executive and Financial Technology Investor
I am the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of OwlRidge Capital, a fund investing in early stage financial services startups.
Over the last 30 years, I’ve been building, growing and operating innovative software development companies, from startups to large corporations. My experience spans from integrating dozens of startup technologies in large technology and financial services companies to leading startups as COO, CTO and VP of Engineering.
Recently I have been the Chief Operating Officer of Moven, a US-based challenger bank, with over 1 million customers worldwide. Before Moven, I founded and lead SBT Venture Capital, a pioneer fintech-only VC fund that invested $40m in 11 startups in 2013 to 2015. During this time, I mentored, advised and assisted over 50 financial services startups with integrating into bank operations and aligning with banks IT strategies.
Previously, I was Director of IT Strategy and Director of the Technology Research Center at Sberbank, Director, CIO Lab at IBM, Director of Provisioning and Configuration Technologies for IBM Tivoli, Vice President of Engineering at Think Dynamics (cloud infrastructure management), CTO for beMANY (e-commerce group buying), and Technology Head for Bank of Montreal Capital Markets.
I have Engineering and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics Engineering from the “Politehnica” University of Timisoara, Romania and I completed postgraduate studies at MIT and Berkeley. I am a financial technology and open innovation expert, speaker, mentor, and practitioner.