Albert Einstein once said: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Our software enables private market companies to make complex calculation results available for non-technical professionals, allowing them to increase transparency and improve communications about distribution terms among business partners.
qashqade was founded in early 2018 with the objective to allow private market companies and their investors to calculate their waterfall and carried interest in a fully automated system. qashade replaces manual, error-prone spreadsheets and allows a direct communication between general partners and limited partners about the terms and the potential payout.
During the early part of our journey, we discovered that qashqade can also be used by start-ups and private companies to model and simulate their CAP table, helping them to track their investors and shareholders and allowing them to model and forecast the next funding round. Given the demand for such a tool in the market, we also added this instrument to our product suite.
Oliver has over 30 years experience in various senior roles in the financial services sector in Zurich, London, New York and Düsseldorf. Among other roles he held positions as CEO of Equatex and Head of Business Development. Oliver holds an MBA from the University of Florida and Nyenrode University, the Netherlands.
Gregor is an expert in waterfall calculations and distributions in the private markets sector. He has worked in various roles in financial services, predominantly as product manager and IT leader. Gregor holds a Masters in Physics from the ETH in Zurich, an MBA from Rochester-Bern and a certification in Financial Modelling, Valuation and M&A from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.
Sharon Vaz joined qashqade in February 2023. Sharon has worked for over 20 years in the financial sector in both London & Switzerland where she worked at Deutsche Bank, UBS and BIL Suisse. She started her career with PwC where she qualified as a chartered accountant.
Paul has worked in financial services for over 20 years, including trading, wealth management, private banking and institutional crypto. He joined qashqade in September 2022 as CTO and is responsible for product development and the IT function of qashqade. Pauls holds a BSc from Derby University.
Marco Marty is a specialist in developing and managing operational units in banking, stock exchanges, and investment businesses. With over 20 years of experience as a manager at financial service providers and an IT System house focused on banks and stock exchanges and well-founded knowledge in administration, he connects theory and practice with quality and efficiency.
István Lajtai, CFA joined qashqade in January 2020. As Head of Advisory for Private Markets, István brings along a decade of experience in financial modelling and performance-based executive compensation in the investment management industry. István holds a Double Master´s Degree in Economics and in CEMS International Management.
Thomas joined qashqade in May 2022 as Head of Business Development US. He brings along vast experience in equity trading, desk management, selling commission, recapture, and transition management. He worked 15 years as National Sales Director for TH at a US financial institution. Thomas holds a degree in Marketing and Finance from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus in New York and studied International Business at Richmond College in London.
David joined qashqade in 2023 to drive strategic growth and customer success in EMEA. He comes from a distinguished SaaS sales background working with Investment Management Fintech’s in Luxembourg, London, New York, and Boston. David lives with his family in England’s New Forest and has a keen interest in Rugby Union where he has represented Ireland and Luxembourg at international levels. David holds a BSc Honours Degree in Project Management.
Jeffrey Gelfand brings over 20 years experience in the investment manager world. As the former CFO of Centerbridge, a USD 28bn AuM private equity firm, he knows the challenges of the industry and understands the value our software can add. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Universitiy of Michigan.
Richard is a private markets professional with 25 years of expertise in alternative investments: product development, technology deployment, stakeholder management, partnerships, business development and strategic planning. Starting a career in financial services with PwC, Richard has Managing Director experience in fund and asset servicing and private markets consulting with State Street, UBS and SEI, where he also co-led an incubator focused on early stage FinTech and RegTech companies. Richard holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Manchester.
Uwe has built long standing relationships with GPs and LPs around the globe during his time at German Pension Fund BVV Versicherungsverein des Bankgewerbes a.G. where he was in the lead since 2009 to build a multi-billion Euro global Private Markets portfolio. As well as having 20+ years of investment experience, Uwe is a certified CEFA Investment Analyst (DVFA), Private Equity Advisor (EBS/BAI) and Infrastructure Advisor (EBS/BAI) from the European Business School.
Matt has spent 25 years working in software and private markets, launching numerous firms and holding Director and C-suite positions in others. Alongside his duties at qashqade’s advisory board, he is Head Tutor of the University of Oxford’s Private Markets Investment programme, as well as running Wagtails Private Markets Advisory and Brandstory Partners, a branding and communications agency. He is a subject matter expert and frequent speaker on the topic of LP/GP relations and runs one of LinkedIn’s largest private markets groups. Matt lives outside London with his wife, three children and their dog, Lottie.