Futurist is lead by experienced, driven and successful entrepreneurs and executives.
Founder / Inventor / CEO
Bugra M Gezer developed his first neural network while working for the nuclear reactor design center of Electricite de France. He then became a successful private equity investor focusing on the global insurance industry. He participated in the startup of several insurance companies and served on their board of directors.
He holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from University Joseph Fourier, a software engineering degree and an MS in Artificial Intelligence from INSA Lyon and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.
Co-Founder / Product Lead
Jon T. DeVries is an entrepreneur and executive who delivers innovative products targeting high value markets. He has worked hard as a strategist, offering manager, and general manager at startups (Supertron which he co-founded) and international giants such as IBM Watson Health Imaging. He has experience in M&A, having been part of the team that sold Merge to IBM for $1B, and raising venture funding.
He received his BS in Physics from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA from Columbia University and holds multiple patents
Shiva Rajgopal is the Kester and Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing at Columbia Business School. He has also been a faculty member at the Duke University, Emory University and the University of Washington.
Professor Rajgopal’s research interests span financial reporting, earnings quality, fraud, executive compensation and corporate culture. His research is frequently cited in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, Business Week, and the Economist.