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Fintech in Chicago Panel Discussion
DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
Thu, February 2, 2017 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Fintech in Chicago Panel Discussion. Free Food & Drinks. Event open to the public


Jason Henrichs, Co-Founder, FinTeX

Kristi Ross, Co-CEO and President, dough Inc.

Kristi Ross is the co-CEO and President of dough, Inc. dba tastytrade (“tastytrade”), the most-watched online financial network making finance fun and actionable. tastytrade recently launched a new brokerage firm, tastyworks. The collective offering focuses on empowering the do-it-yourself investor to engage more with their finances, through the unique combination of content, technology and fees. Previously, Ms. Ross was the CFO of thinkorswim Group as a private company where she led numerous mergers, acquisitions and integration. thinkorswim sold to TD Ameritrade for $750M in 2009. Prior to thinkorswim, Ms. Ross was CFO of Automated Trading Desk Specialists, a stock specialist on the Chicago Stock Exchange. Ms. Ross started her career in public accounting, specializing in financial services industry clientele including individual traders, proprietary, market makers, specialists, discount brokerage and advisory firms and has been in and around the trading business for more than 25 years.

As co-CEO and President of tastytrade, Ms. Ross has been honored as the Illinois Technology Association CityLights’ Prominent Tech Woman, the Moxie Awards’ Woman in Tech, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, James Haugh Award and has been named to Innovate Finance Global Women in Fintech Powerlist, Crain’s Chicago’s Tech 50, the Techweek 100 list and Chicago Business Journal’s Women of Influence list. Ms. Ross has spoken at Techweek, WiSTEM, Ms. Tech and Woman 2.0 and Chicago Ideas Week and has been featured by prominent publications such as Fortune, Chicago Tribune, and Crain’s Chicago. In addition, Ms. Ross is an active board member of companies in the technology as well as the trading industry, is an active member of the ChicagoNEXT Fintech Council of World Business Chicago, board member of CEC/1871 and an Economic Club of Chicago member. Philanthropic passions include Midtown Educational Foundation, Rock the Street Wall Street, Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy, EveryHandCounts.

Marc Grens, Co-Founder and President, Digital Mint

Marc Jason Grens is the Co-Founder & President of DigitalMint which is one of the largest on-demand bitcoin cash exchanges in the country operating in over 9 States and expect to reach over 25 States by the end of 2017. Previous in Marc’s career, he has achieved over 15 years of professional experience in the investment industry where he developed an extensive knowledge of businesses and investment structures, with a proven track record of making companies perform at a high-level.

Since 2011, he’s changed his tune to focus more on working with entrepreneurs acting as a hands-on accelerator utilizing his knowledge of the investment markets and providing out-of-the-box ideas to grow a business.

Marc held senior positions at investment companies such as Charles Schwab, HighTower Advisors, and Alpha Strategies. Marc is currently affiliated with several companies serving in an advisory board capacity in financial technology, business services, and a pet tech company and has made a few angel investments in Chicago tech companies. Marc received an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University studying finance and economics.

Samara Mejia Hernandez, Senior Associate, MATH Venture Partners

Samara is an early stage investor at MATH Venture Partners based in Chicago. Prior to joining MATH, Samara spent eight years at Goldman Sachs, where she was continually ranked top 5 in selling financial products, providing market insights, advising on portfolio construction, and consulting on business practices. She started her career in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity (FICC) group where she lead multiple technology enhancing projects across global exchanges. Samara is actively involved in the Chicago tech community and passionate about helping underrepresented groups get into STEM education, venture capital and entrepreneurship. She is on the leadership council for Women Tech Founders and an active mentor at 1871.

Samara earned an Industrial and Operations Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University.


Dr. Lamont Black, Assistant Professor, Finance


5pm-6pm Networking

6pm-7pm Panel Discussion



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